13445Re: Dositheans - Dositheus
- Mar 24, 2008George
>>>I think Josephus was of a Sadducee familyas well.<<<
I have heard some recent speculation about that possibility but
Josephus himself speaks of the Sadducees in negative terms and
doesn't seem to include himself amongst their number.
Anyway, more important to our subject....
>>>I have no trouble with Dositheus originating out of theSadducees.<<<
You don't quote me, but since your post relates to my recent post on
the same subject I am guessing you may be answering my response to
The source I was pointing to (pseudo-Tertullian) does not state that
Dositheus originated out of the Sadducees, but that they originated
out of him. In other words, he created the Sadducees. I find this
very unlikely, but if it were true he would be long dead by the time
of John. Your idea that he instead came from the Sadducees is
obviously far more possible.
To some extent it simply boils down to which accounts seem more
reliable. Several heresiological sources state that he was a
Samaritan, and the Dosithean sect is referred to as a form of
Samaritanism in both Jewish and Arabic accounts. In these
descriptions of the Dositheans they do not appear to be in any way
related to the Simonians the way some heresiologists relate, nor do
they look to be very Gnostic.
Outside of that, I'm not really aware of any evidence linking the
Dositheans and the Mandaeans. Perhaps Ben had a specific source in
mind when he presented the possible connection? If so, maybe he can
shed some light on the subject.
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