The Historical Problem of the Essenes

Steven Neil (Steve) Mason

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Leaving aside hypotheses of affiliation of the Essenes with other groups (John the Baptist, Qumraners, early Christians), this study attempts to think again about how one should undertake a methodical investigation, then tries to illustrate the procedure by investigating each of our sources that names and describes the Essenes, seeking to explain both differences and commonalities while conjuring up the sort of group that lay behind such descriptions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCelebrating the Dead Sea Scrolls
Subtitle of host publicationA Canadian Collection
EditorsPeter W. Flint, Jean Duhaime, Kyung S. Baek
Place of PublicationAtlanta, USA
PublisherSociety of Biblical Literature
Number of pages51
ISBN (Print)9781589836037, 1589836030
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


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