posted on Oct, 31 2005 @ 02:35 PM
Long before the purported life of Jesus, the Essenes followed a man known as the Teacher of Righteousness, known in Hebrew as Moreh ha-Zedek (Zedek
means righteousness, and is the same word used in Melchizedek).
From this site
In the spring of 1950 Andre Dupont-Sommer, Professor of Semitic Languages and Civilizations at the Sorbonne, presented to the academic community a
paper about the Moreh ha-Zedek which caused a sensation.
"Jesus," he claimed, "appears in many respects as an astonishing reincarnation of the Teacher of Righteousness. Like the latter, he preached
penitence, poverty, humility, love of one's neighbor, chastity.... Like him, he was the Elect and the Messiah of God.... Like him, he was the object
of the hostility of the priests.... Like him, he was condemned and put to death. Like him he pronounced judgment on Jerusalem, which was taken and
destroyed by the Romans for having put him to death.... Like him, he founded a Church whose adherents fervently awaited his glorious return.... All
these similarities -- and here I only touch upon the subject -- taken together constitute a very impressive whole."
In 1950, Andre Dupont-Sommer could not have simply come out and suggested that Jesus and the Teacher of Righteousness were one in the same.
The ancient historian Josephus wrote of the Essenes. According to Josephus, they were mostly pacifist, ascetic, celibate, separatist, and apolitical
mystics, although some were married and some were revolutionary zealots. Some resided in Jerusalem according to Josephus. Josephus wrote of three
sects of Jews; Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. The New Testament is very critical of the first two, but never mentions the third. That makes a
lot of sense if the Essenes are in fact the heritage of Christianity.
The Teacher of Righteousness predates Christianity by as much as ~200 years. If The Teacher of Righteousness and Jesus are one in the same, that
would explain why there is such a collective fog regarding the man Jesus in the earliest Christian writings, and it would also explain how it was
possible for such divergent Christian sects to have been in existence only 20 years after Jesus' supposed crucifixion; they were offshoots of the
much older Essene tradition.
To read more about the Essenes from Josephus, see this site.
between early Christianity and Essene tradition are so striking that they simply can not be denied.
There is speculation that the "The Liar" referred to in the Damascus Document of the Dead Sea Scrolls is none other than Paul himself, who from
their perspective, was attempting to corrupt Essene tradition with pagan concepts. More detail on
this theory here