By Gabriele Boccaccini
Revered student Gabriele Boccaccini the following deals readers a brand new and difficult view of the ideology of the Qumran sect, the neighborhood heavily similar with the useless Sea Scrolls. Boccaccini strikes past the Essene speculation and posits a distinct dating among what he phrases "Enochic Judaism" and the crowd normally referred to as the Essenes. development his case on what the traditional documents let us know concerning the Essenes and on a scientific research of the records stumbled on at Qumran, Boccaccini argues that the literature betrays the center of an old and designated number of moment Temple Judaism. Tracing the improvement of this practice, Boccaccini exhibits that the Essene neighborhood at Qumran used to be particularly the offspring of the Enochic occasion, which in flip contributed to the beginning of events led through John the Baptist and Jesus. Convincingly argued, this paintings would definitely spark clean debate within the dialogue at the Qumran neighborhood and their recognized writings.
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W. 132-33). It is within this context that we must understand the economic communism of the Essenes. W. 122) and live a simple and frugal life. "They do not hoard silver and gold, and do not acquire vast domains with the intention of drawing revenue from them, but they procure for themselves only what is necessary to life. Almost alone among all humankind, they live without goods and without property; and this by preference, and not as a result of a reverse of fortune. They think themselves thus very rich, rightly considering frugality and contentment to be real superabundance" (Philo, Omn.
86). Ancient sources agree that the sacred and, for nonmembers, inaccessible meeting place of the Essenes was basically a dining hall. It was a "place" (Philo, Hippolytus: topos; Josephus: chorion) that could be called an "assembly" (Philo: synagogê; Hippolytus: synodos) with regard to its function, or, with regard to its architecture, a "building" (Josephus, Hippolytus: 0ikēma), including a "vestibule" (Hippolytus: proodos) where the Essenes changed their clothes and a "refectory" (Josephus, Hippolytus: deipnētēri0n) where the Essenes consumed food.
W. 128-29; cf. Hippolytus: "each going to whatever employment they please," Ref. 21 ). Philo confirms that there was no communal work. Although the ideal of the Essenes was to "employ their whole activity for the common good, nevertheless they all follow different occupations and apply themselves with zeal. . There are farmers among them expert in the art of sowing and cultivation of plants, shepherds leading every sort of flock, and beekeepers. Other are craftsmen in diverse t r a d e s . .