a reply to: LABTECH767
I think think the Essenes were propaganda and based off the Jessenes, a minor Jewish sect claiming descendancy from Jesse.
Or the Naasenes. I'm not sure on these spellings but the pronunciation is equal.
James was a Zaddikim. He was the Zaddik, a historically known title for the leader of the Sons of Zadok. Zaddik means righteous one or the
just(one). This is the community of radicals from Qumran written about in the Dead Sea Scrolls. They were finally vanquished at Masada with other
Judeans like Zealots and Sicari.
The Scrolls also mentions Chasidim (pious ones) and Ebionites/Ebionim (the poor ones). and these are all the sons of light. They were intolerant of
outsiders and had plans on conquering the the Roman and Syrian empires, however grandiose it seems they actually thought they would receive heavenly
assistance from angels and Melchizedek and the Messiah of heaven and earth and would defeat all the "sons of darkness" (everybody but them) and rule
the world from Jerusalem.
Somebody tipped off the Romans and they spent a long time fighting almost as long as the War Scroll prophecies, except they lost. They are actually
responsible for the wrath of Rome and are definitely not the peaceful Essenes of Josephus (the Zaddikim).
The Chasidim survive today and are still the same way only they don't try and take over the world anymore. The Pharisees became Rabbinical Orthodox
Judaism and follow Talmud as the most sacred of Jewish scriptures which takes half a lifetime to read before you study the Zohar and Sepher
The Pharisees learned from the Persian Parsi Magi how to control the rulership of any nation through religion and have employed the tactic with
The other kind of Persian Zoroastrian priests who were against the tactics of the Parsi/Magi faction that was abusing the wisdom were in a way the
first Gnostics in that they were good and disgusted with the theocracy and retreated to the wilderness to live communally and in peace and I believe
they ended up in Egypt after the demise of the Persian empire and were the model for the Nag Hammadi Christian texts just as much as Christianity as
they were already compatible. Much of Christianity is borrowed from Zoroastrianism, Hermeticism and the Nag Hammadi writings seem to be typical
Egyptian syncretism with a high moral standard and I believe that the Essenes ended up in Egypt and became one or another of the endless schools of
Religion of Egypt. Egypt was tolerant and not yet under the Roman domination and there were Israelites in Egypt after the expulsion from Judea. So I
think it is unlikely that they became Christian as we define it today after Rome took over the Messiah movement and turned it in to a salvation
sacrifice for sins on the condition of "believing Jesus died for your sins."
They were supposedly vegetarian and despised animal sacrifice so I don't see the Essenes accepting this false doctrine of faith and grace. They lived
the "contemplative life" according to the ancient author/historian who wrote a book by that title, Pliny I think. So they were thinkers and would see
through the Christ myth. They were put out of business or driven underground or are a pseudohistorical composite of the best qualities of a few
groups. Nazarenes being one.
James is said to have died as the Nasi of the Nazarenes and that would mean Nazarene was what Yeshua's disciples were called. The church did
everything to downplay this like making Nazareth the name of a town retroactive to Yeshua's own time when it was not. They make the residents of
Nazareth hate him because a prophet is always rejected in his home town (so says scripture). Makes the Nazarenes, the actual Apostolic churches,
look like they rejected the prophet.
So Essenes is probably a way of recording the history of the Nazarenes without using the dreaded word Nazarene which would be admitting the Christians
aren't the rightful successor to Yeshua the Nazarene.
Nazarene gospels have popped up claimed to be long lost gospels and Nazarene and Essenes are used interchangeably today. But I don't know if those
gospels are legitimate.
The Ebionites survived until the heretic hunters tracked them down and vanquished them for rejecting the false prophet Paul. They were loyal to James
and the Apostles and Paul was teaching lies about James and Jesus.
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