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Talk:Dead Sea Scrolls

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Jesus and the Essenes[edit]

Would the '(composite) person known as Joshua ben Joseph/Jesus' have known of the Essenes/interacted with them/read or at have been aware of their texts? Anna Livia (talk) 16:01, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

  • It is highly probable that the existence of the Essenes was common knowledge at the time. They apparently lived "in large numbers in every town" so the likelihood is contact would have occured. Regarding the texts, that's purely conjecture, there is no evidence I am aware of to support that the '(composite) person known as Joshua ben Joseph/Jesus' read anything, let alone proof of reading tests from this sect. Dysklyver (talk) 16:13, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
A quick search for 'Jesus reading' gives [1]. and going on the assumption that there was an actual 'narrator character and preacher man' called Joshua ben Joseph (even if material about other such became associated to him). Anna Livia (talk) 18:09, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
I can't say I have personal feelings on the subject, but in my view, contact was probable, reading less likely (ty for that bible passage though). Regarding Joshua ben Joseph, not sure. Dysklyver (talk) 18:22, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Like Arthur, Robin Hood and others there was probably 'a persons' who did things and to whom the stories and deeds of other persons of a similar kind became associated: and the various apparent contradictions were, in reality, about these several different characters. Anna Livia (talk) 23:08, 19 June 2018 (UTC)