Re: [XTalk] Re: JB and Essene? priesthood
- At 10:07 PM 6/22/00 -0500, Brian McCarthy wrote:
Hello Gail and everybody who has been pursuing this topic,
I have only been skimming so I may be quite out of touch with the
discussion, but I have formed the impression that it is proceeding on the
basis not only of the idea that the Qumran people were Essenes, but of the
identification of the two, so that all Essenes were Qumran people.
Isn't there an argument--based at least in good part on the so-called
Damascus Document, that there were other--maybe many other--Essenes who
I think Josephus says so, although I don't have the references at hand, and it might have been Philo, who claimed that Essenes lived in many of the towns and villages.
If so, this would open up much more widely the q. of possible relations
between JB and the Essenes and their views?
The major attraction of the Qumran Essene connection, if such it was, seems ecological: both were active near the Jordan River, in a wilderness environment. J the B doesn't seem like the kinda guy to spend a lot of time in the towns and cities -- except, of course, when he got an invitation he couldn't refuse.
BobRobert M. Schacht, Ph.D.Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaff, AZ