In the times since the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947, the religion world has opened its eyes more to the existance of the Essene sect of
religion in the Holy Lands. They have discovered the Essene Quarter of old Jerusalem and how the Essene were the guardians for the Tomb of David and
the famous Upper Room for the Last Supper sat over this Tomb.
Some of the more interesting examples of these discoveries appear on the Internet. In what was Phonecia, in the times of Jesus, people have
discovered the ruins of the Essene Temple on Mt. Carmel and lots more history:
Likewise, Archiology around Jerusalem has found the Essene Gate there and the outside the wall baths and toilet facilties that only the Essene
And lots more, beyond the Bible, findings about what the Essene believed and taught in these ancient times.
Having established what the ancient Essenes believed about life, we will now consider how they actually lived. While some Essenes lived in private
homes in towns and cities, most of them lived in communal villages. There were many Essene communal villages in Israel, and several in Egypt. As
described previously, Jesus was primarily associated with the Essene Nazarene communal village near Mount Carmel. Many pie-in-the-sky utopian
communities have been very short-lived due to their failure to adequately address such basic human needs as food, employment and health care; but the
ancient Essenes created communal villages that thrived for centuries. Although they were advanced mystics with profound cosmological and theological
beliefs, they obviously must have mastered the practical aspects of daily life, as well as the philosophic. We now ask four very practical questions:
How did they organize themselves? How did they feed themselves? How were their members employed? What type of health care did they practice and
provide for their members?
Some of the Essenes worked as teachers. Hall writes:
"That the intellectual level of the community was high can be gathered from the historical accounts of the sect. Essenes were selected as teachers of
the young and Roman officials residing in Palestine selected these mystics, preferring them to scholars of other Jewish sects or tutors sent from
Rome. Under the gentle guidance of these godly men, children received not only learning, but also enlightenment."
Some Essenes worked as doctors. Hall reports:
"Some of the Essenes practiced medicine and healed the sick.... They were especially mindful of the poor, who could not afford to engage physicians.
When the Essenian doctor attended a patient, he would not only prescribe a remedy, but would also clean the house, do the mending and washing and any
other task which sickness had interrupted. If some gift was forced upon him by one of the grateful, it was placed in the general storehouse of the
It was into the ancient and mystical B'nai-Amen Temple of the Nazorean that Jesus was born; as it is written: "He shall be called a Nazorean!"
(Matthew 2:23). This B'nai-Amen Temple was the advanced level of the Nazorean Covenant which brought forth the "Chosen Ones," and is that advanced
level of truth which Jesus has again restored and is again seeking to make available to all righteous Nazorean who wish to espouse its fullness.
For 20 centuries, most of the life of Jesus has been hidden or suppressed, but modern archeological discoveries have now shed new light on his
enigmatic life. Archeologists have now proven that the city of Nazareth did not exist until three centuries after his death, and questions long
debated in scholarly circles are now coming to the forefront.
Armed with ancient sources like the Dead Sea Scrolls, the papyrus books of Nag Hammadi, and the long overlooked writings from the early church, modern
scholars and theologians are reconstructing the life and times of Jesus, and what they are finding is very different from the life and teachings we
have been "led to believe."
At the time of Jesus, there were three major Jewish Sects. The Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were
relatively similar in their beliefs and traditions, but the Essenes were radically different and openly opposed the theology, doctrines, and the
spiritual integrity of both the Pharisees and the Sadducees.
There are numerous historical, literary and archaeological accounts of the existence of the Essenes, yet the bible is strangely silent about them. We
know of their specific geographic locations throughout Egypt and ancient Palestine, we know of their customs and traditions, and we know the details
of their deeply rooted spiritual convictions and of their esoteric religious beliefs.
At the time of Jesus, there were three distinct Essenian groups that played important roles in his life, and their religious practices and spiritual
theology mirror in his teachings. They were:
The Theraputae of Egypt; where the infant Christ and his family fled during Herods rein.
The Essenes of Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls), the strict, celibate monastery of which John the Baptist was a part.
The Nazarenes of Mount Carmel, the cooperative family village where Jesus lived and studied.
Josephus and other classic writers tell us of the Essenes and their intense appreciation for the inspired Law of God and that they "strove to be like
the angels of heaven." They also opposed slavery, the sacrificing of animals and the eating of flesh.
The Bottom Line for these old histories is starting to line up and show the real history of those times, and that there well could be a real person
who came into popular acceptance in these times and threatened the seat of power from the 2nd temple due to their more pious beliefs and teachings on
Religion. It appears this most pious sect of religion were the real "Chosen Ones" of God, and not the 2nd Temples Synagogue of Satan.
The story of the Essene tells how they broke off from the Jewish sects that came from the Babylon Captivity and wrote the Babylon Talmud and these
were the 2nd temple corruption of religion that the Essene and Jesus called a Den of Snakes, Harlot Babylon, and Satan.
edit on 25-12-2011 by MagnumOpus because: added content