Josephus on the Essenes

Steve Mason argues that the texts of Josephus cannot be relied upon to support the conclusion that the Essenes were the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the inhabitants of Qumran. Flavius Josephus was a first-century Jewish historian, politician and soldier whose literary works provide crucial documentation of Roman Palestine in the first century …

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Who Were the Essenes?

Biblical Archaeology Society Staff • 02/07/2013 In a recent study about the Essenes of Qumran, archaeologist Eyal Regev used the tools of social archaeology to answer the question, “Who were the Essenes?” Photo by Zev Radovan. A recent study has sought to determine by sophisticated new methods whether Khirbet Qumran was home to a Qumran …