Originally posted by kalki
I have few books by Dr. Edmond Bordeaux Szekely, who translated information on the Essenes from manuscripts in the Library of the Vatican, the Library
of the Hapsburgs in Vienna and the Library of the British Museum starting in 1927. No bible mention the Ancient Essenes.. 200 BC to 67 AD, even if
Jesus was part of that communiity.
Actually, I think there is speculation that He came from the Mt. Carmel Essenes, which was an older community than the Southern one at Qumran. The
more established Northern Essene community is a very likely candidate for where Joseph moved his family to, following his dream indicating he could go
back to Israel from Egypt, since Herod was dead. Joseph was still quite leary of the King, for although Herod was dead, Herod's family were still in
the seat of royalty, and these people didn't hesitate to kill their own flesh and blood for fear of being deposed...
Considering the Essenes were separatists who were amazingly allowed this in that age and society, by the other two Jewish sects, and left alone by the
Romans (mostly), as well as dedicated adherents to the laws given to Moses, it would be an acceptable place, safe and discreet, to raise a young
Jewish boy who the Herods viewed as a direct threat requiring extermination....
The commonly accepted tradition of 'Jesus of Nazareth' is actually an impossibility, since Nazareth did not exist during His lifetime. 'The parts
of Galilee.' that Joseph brought his family to, compasses an area. due west of the Sea of Galilee, that includes both what would later be the site of
Nazareth and the then-inhabitated area around Mt. Carmel.
The Mt. Carmel Essenes were also known as Nazoreans, or Nazarenes, and we read of the 'vows of the Nazarite' in the books of Numbers
(ch 6) and Judges, in the OT canon. Samson was a Nazarite (whose name means 'sunlight.')
Matthew 2:23 mentions 'Nazarene' and so it was passed down and accepted as 'fact' that Jesus was from Nazareth, when in all likelihood and
probability, it is actually a reference to him being a 'Nazarite'/'Nazorean.'