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Identification of the Sect

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  1. Overview
    1. Overview- Identification of the Sect
  2. Primary sources
    1. Josephus, Antiquities XIII, 297- The Pharisees and Sadducees on the Traditions of the Fathers
    2. Josephus, Antiquities XVIII, 18-22- The Doctrine of the Essenes
    3. Josephus, War II, 119-61- The Life of the Essenes
    4. Philo, Every Good Man is Free XII, 75-87- Description of the Essenes
    5. Pliny, Natural History V, xv- The Solitary Essenes
  3. Secondary sources
    1. Evidence of the Halakhic Letter, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994.
    2. Celibacy of the Essenes, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994.
    3. Essenes, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1994.
    4. Historical Ramifications, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994.
    5. Marriage Ritual, Lawrence H. Schiffman, Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia 1994.
    6. Sectarianism in the Second Commonwealth, Lawrence Schiffman, From Text to Tradition, Ktav Publishing House, Hoboken, NJ, 1991.
    7. Essene Origins- Palestine or Babylonia? Biblical Archaeology Review, Sep-Oct 1982.
    8. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, J.H. Charlesworth, Jesus Within Judaism, Doubleday, NY, 1988.
    9. The War Scroll, the Hasidim, and the Maccabean Conflict, Russel Gmirkin.
    10. The Wicked Priest, The Man of Lies, and The Righteous Teacher – The Problem of Identity, William H. Brownlee, The Jewish Quarterly Review 73,1 (1982).
    11. Frank Moore Cross. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the People Who Wrote Them.” Biblical Archaeology Review 3, 1 (1977).
  4. Videos
    1. What do we know about the people who composed the Dead Sea Scrolls? Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.
    2. What can be learned about Christianity from the Dead Sea Scrolls? Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman. Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS.

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