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orion Re: Jack Kilmon & Essene Christians

At 12:40 23/07/97 -0500, Jack Kilmon wrote:
>    I said nothing about the Essenes being Christians...I remarked that
>the earliest
>*scholars* who set the trends of DSS scholarship for so long were

Whatever the miscommunication was, this clears it up.

>    First of all, an Essene-Christian "connection" is not the same as
>the silly notion
>that the Essenes were Christians 

I don't think my concern was at all remote.  It was one reading of what you
wrote: "Along come the putative Essenes who wear the white
hats...er...robes..and they are perceived to be more like us Christians than
"dem durn Pharisees and Sadducees."

It appeared from this that you might be agreeing with the earlier assessment
and trying to pave the way to re-open an earlier line of discussion about
reading 'proto-Christians' into the Essenes.  That's why I initiated a
peremptory inquiry for clarification, which was hard to obtain.  If you had
understood my inquiry the one paragraph above would have solved it all.  In
any case, I'm glad it was a miscommunication and consider it resolved that
no link has been established between Essenes and Christians.
Yirmiyahu Ben-David
Paqid 16, Qehilat Ha-Netzarim (Nazarene Jews)
Ra'anana, Israel