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Beyond the Essene Hypothesis
The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism
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This volume offers a provocative new view of the ideology of the Qumran sect, the ancient desert community closely related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Gabriele Boccaccini moves beyond the Essene hypothesis and posits a unique relationship between what he terms "Enochic Judaism" and the group traditionally known as the Essenes.
Building his case on what the historical records tells us about the Essenes and on a systematic analysis of the documents found at Qumran, Boccaccini argues that the literature betrays the core of an ancient and distinct variety of Second Temple Judaism. Tracing the development of this tradition, Boccaccini shows that the Essene community at Qumran was really the offspring of the Enochic party, which in turn contributed to the birth of parties led by John the Baptist and Jesus. Convincingly argued, this work will surely spark fresh debate in the discussion on the Qumran community and the famous Dead Sea Scrolls.
"Gabriele Boccaccini's book is a fascinating, incisively reasoned contribution to Qumran research."
Elaine Pagels, Princeton University
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About the Author
Gabriele Boccaccini is the Professor of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism at the University of Michigan.
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