They Shouldn’t Have Made Such Essenes

With a hat tip to reader J. Kapok, we have an interesting item in which a scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls argues that the putative authors, the ascetic cult called the Essenes, never existed.

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  1. JK says

    “James Charlesworth, director of the Dead Sea Scrolls project at Princeton Theological Seminary and an expert on Josephus, says it is not unusual… . One proof of Essene authorship of the Dead Sea Scrolls, he says, is the large number of inkpots found by archaeologists at Qumran.”

    Run that by me once more.

    “The large number of inkspots?”

    I certainly hope no future Biblical scholars run across the three shirts I tossed in the landfill last semester some thousand years from now – otherwise we’ll have Essenes having emigrated to Arkansas.

    Posted March 20, 2009 at 4:37 am | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Of course I see what some may conclude an error but ah, such is not the case.

    These guys in the area had yet to figure out (much less to win the World Wars) how to turn oil into plastic. And Papermate wasn’t around to make clay ballpoints.

    Yes I said ink spots instead of pots. But heck.

    A thousand years from now, it’s likely Biblical Scholars will still be arguing whether it was ink at all rather than the Voice of God.

    Still, I’d rather hope my shirts in the landfill (should Religion manage to not put us all back to living in landfills) cause any problems.

    Posted March 20, 2009 at 6:15 am | Permalink
  3. John says

    uh…someone has ZERO familiarity with the DSS discussion…or is really bad at making jokes.

    Posted August 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink