Essenes

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  • Essay On Dead Sea Scrolls

    level of the lake lowered, some channels of water eroded in the soft rock dried out, forming caves. The caves were either small or covered over, so an entrance had to be dug out. This factor made the caves desired hiding places for treasures people wanted to keep hidden. In the caves, tightly sealed jars were found containing tightly rolled manuscripts. Out of forty jars only two were found intact (A. Powell Davies). The site of Qumran is believed to be close to the home of the Essenes. The Essenes were one of the three main sects of the Jews of the Second Temple Palestine. The other two sects were the Sadducees and the Pharisees. Those who wanted to be members of the Essenes had to spend three years proving themselves and then were allowed to join after taking strict vows of secrecy and devotion. Sect members worshiped and dined together and were under discipline of the elected officers. They were extremely strict in observance of the Sabbath, and maintaining ritual purity. The Essenes believed God was in control of earthly matters. They believed the soul was immortal and would go to heaven or hell after death. In 1947, three Bedouins encountered the first cave when herding sheep and made a surprising discovery inside. Philip Davies describes the Bedouin’s discovery, stating that along the cliff, one of the Bedouin men threw a stone in the cave and heard something break. After going inside, they found several large jars. Out of ten jars they found, in one…

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  • Lachrymose Theory Analysis

    Most notably, within traditional writings it is firstly a case of non-materialism alongside this egalitarian society hypothesised by both Philo and Josephus in sects such as the Pharisees, Essenes and Fourth Philosophy that can arguably also live and co-exist harmoniously when being practiced by a single person. The most common area agreed on by both contemporary and modern scholars is, however, the resilience of Jews and their ability to adapt. I find that by completely discarding the…

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  • Damascus Document And The Rule Of The Community: An Analysis

    In his Antiquities, he described the Essenes as people who “send votive offerings to the temple but perform their sacrifices employing a different ritual of purification.” Joesphus’ description of the Essene sect is like what was found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Jewish Sectarians from both the Damascus and the Rule of the Community rejected Israel’s main religious ideology because these Jews thought they God chose them as the holy remnant of Israel and that the mainstream Jewish religious…

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  • Jewish Museum Analysis

    The Jewish museum follows a model of three major themes that run throughout Jewish history. One of the themes is tradition and the reinterpretation of traditions. We have seen this in our class when it came to the Rabbinate's & Karaites, the Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes, and the different Rabbi interpretations or the Torah, Talmud, or Mishnah such as Rabbi Rashi or Rabbi Akiva. Throughout the museum, there were copies of the Torah in different structures such as the scroll made of parchment…

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  • Summary The Shadow Of The Galilean By Gerard Theissen

    The first is to investigate the Essenes, a secret community hidden in the wilderness and isolated from society. Their isolation and non partake in the sacrificial cult of the Temple make Romans unsure of their political allegiance. As Andreas and his two slaves, Timon and Malchus journey to the hidden community they stumble upon Baruch, a banished Essene and learn about the community through him. In Andreas report, he mentions how the Essenes “differ from other Jews above all by their own…

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  • The Shadow Of The Galilean Summary

    As they were traveling through the Dead Sea, their were no trees or bushes anywhere(pg 36). They found a man but did not know who he was. When they approached him he tried to run away from them, Baruch didn 't take his food or drinks, but they convinced him to come with them because he was banded from the Essenes and did not want to leave him in the wilderness. Baruch was one of them now and they all left the wilderness to go to Jericho. Andreas reports some of his findings back to Metilius, He…

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  • The Betrayal Of Flavius Josephus In The First Jewish-Roman War

    the First Jewish-Roman War, but it presents some important insight into the abuse of Jewish religious authority that laid the foundation for Jesus and his followers to defy the Orthodox Jewish community. Finally, Josephus’ writings are an attempt to write a history of the First Jewish-Roman War through the perspective of the Jewish community. However, Josephus was a member of the upper classes, which reveals his own high level of education. However, Josephus did not possess the radical views of…

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  • Comparing Paul's Missionary Journeys, Sadducees And Zealots

    the New Testament. ZEALOTS The Zealots, probably originated by Judas of Galilee (Acts 5:37), made up another religious group; a very militant religious group. They believed and taught that God alone was the ruler of the Jewish people; therefore, they were opposed to all government rules. Perhaps this Zealot belief prompted Paul’s discussion on civil government at Romans chapter thirteen. Simon, the apostle was a Zealot. (Mark 3:18) THE ESSENES A fourth major Jewish group, which is not…

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  • Similarities Between Zoroastrianism, Judaism, And Christianity

    This modules essay is a very intriguing and inspiring segment of the text. The religions that inspired this essay include Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity. The elements that will be discussed in detail will include a look at the common grounds that each religion might share, some similarities that may exist between the three faiths, an inspection of their distinctions, and uniqueness of each religious practice. Now that we have distinguished each topic that will be explicated on,…

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  • Religionism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, And Islam

    religions that dominated the world, known as – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. “According to Hebrew history narrated in Exodus, the second book of the Torah, the Hebrews became a nation and adopted a national god on the slopes of Mount Sinai in southern Arabia” (Ancient Jewish History). Judaism known to belief in a single powerful god, was led by Abraham who started his teachings in Jerusalem. A Jewish historian known as Josephus completed his writings in early 80 CE that the Jewish…

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