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John spoke to Jesus Christ in Jerusalem and said,
“You lied to the Jews
and you have deceived the men, the priests.
You cut the seed from men
and childbirth and pregnancy from women.
You loosed the Sabbath that Moses ordained.
In Jerusalem you lied to them with horns
and sounded tooting with a trumpet.”
Guard me, my brother, from the god fashioned by a carpenter!
If a carpenter made a god, then who made the carpenter ?
originally posted by: SethTsaddik
a reply to: glend
Paul was clear about being a Pharisee and going to Damascus has nothing to do with Essenes.
I know you are thinking of the DSS because you mentioned the Damascus Document which only presents a character called the Lying Tongue and other epithets for someone who resembles Paul's character.
But those people weren't Essenes. That was something pushed by Catholic scholars and De Vaux.
There is nothing in the Scrolls to suggest they were the peaceful Essenes, these people were militant and desired to conquer Rome, and similar to the Nazarenes, sometimes called themselves Ebionim, a Jewish Christian Church that rejected Paul.
And they were also called Zaddikim, Hasidim, for the ultra pious or righteous.
I would love to think it was Paul they were talking about but it's highly unlikely and I see no evidence other than being an enemy and called a liar that is where the information and similarities end.