Isolate from Culture or Fight It?

Are the Essenes the same people as the Jewish Qumran Sect? And who are the Zealots and why does Josephus dislike them so much? Pinchas Shir helps us better understand the diverse beliefs among the Jews during the Second Temple Period. Stay tuned till the end of the episode when we discuss where these groups are now!

Pinchas Shir talks about the Essenes in this episode, but if you want more details, enroll in our course  The Shadow of the Essenes in the New Testament. We spend this episode talking about why the Essenes refused to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem and why they seem to disassociate themselves from the rest of society. In contrast, the Zealots were ready to pick up their swords to fight Rome.

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