Re: Just who do you think you are, Jesus?
More and more, I'm beginning to personally think that both St. John the
Baptist and Jesus were highly influenced by the movement which gave rise
to the Qumran community, whether or not it was "Essene" or not. They
keep finding passages which almost directly correspond to what those two
taught ... passages which the old redaction crowd kept saying they
couldn't have taught because nobody else at that time was teaching it
... (wrong not only in fact but in logic, LOL)/
I also personally think that there were customs, traditions, and even a
textual variation between the "Gallileans" (many of whom had been
Judaized by the Hasmoneans anyway) and the Jerusalem crowd.
Can't prove that one at all, I'm afraid!
PS -- I'm still searching, but we Cherokee as well as the Catholics have
traditions of angelic beings descending to earth and thus consecrating a
site ... the great Marian visionary enclaves, for instance ...
IN HOC MODO, MILLIS FRANGITVR!