from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A community of Jews in Palestine formed in the second century b. c., originally representing a tendency rather than constituting an organized sect, and aiming at a higher degree of holiness than that attained by other Jews.
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I’m not sure if he was gay per se, but he kind of imitated the lifestyles of a religious goup known as the essenes who believed that sex distracted people from their faith and he lived in a “community” with his disciples.
Historical abridgment of essenes and antiquity of free masonry;: Its decadence and revival, introduction in America, its establishment in Indiana, and ... by Joseph E Crain
She has not only her priestesses, but her temple-curators, her essenes, her divines ([Greek: theologoi]), her choristers ([Greek: humnôdoi]), her vergers ([Greek: skêptouchoi]), her tire-women or dressers ([Greek: kosmêteirai]), and even her 'acrobats,' whatever may be meant by some of these terms.
Jesus shared a lot in common with the essenes, i.e., apocalyptic endtimes view, his stance on marriage, diet, the language used is also found in the essenes writings and yes, he may have thought himself as the essene's 'teacher of righteousness'.
we are currently doing a series of posts on essenes and their culture and i'll like to hear your take on the subject via comments.