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The Spiritual History of the Dead Sea Sect
David Flusser

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Format: Paperback, 98pp.
ISBN: 965050480X
Publisher: Jewish Lights Pub
Pub. Date: December 1989

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The Essene sect was one of the most remarkable in both general and Jewish history. The Essenes sought a better world with a superior societal order, and attempted to realize these in their way of life.

This was a unique Jewish sect, some of whose writings were found in the Qumran caves and verified what had been known about the sect from other sources.

Prof. Flusser invites the reader to take a thrilling tour of the spiritual realms of the Essenes, and at the end of this tour he believes that the reader will ask himself whether he too, as the Essenes, longs for a better world, in which one "moves away from evil and clings to the good, and acts with truth, charity and justice in the world."


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David Flusser was the professor of Early Christianity and Judaism of the Second Temple Period at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Flusser is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is a recipient of the Israel Prize (1980), awarded by the State of Israel. In 1989 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology by the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Lucerne, Switzerland. His books include Jesus and Judaism and the Origins of Christianity. He has published over 1000 articles in Hebrew, German, English, and other languages. He died on his 83rd birthday on September 15 2000.

Table of Contents

I.The Essenes and their Origins9
II.Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes15
III.The Date of the Sect of the Scrolls22
IV.The Daily Life of the Sect and its Organization28
V.The Sect and the Rest of Israel34
VI.The House of Israel and the Sect40
VII.The Doctrine of Predestination46
VIII.The Conflict between Spirit and Flesh52
IX.The Concept of Man and Human History57
X.The Phenomenon of the Apocalypts63
XI.Apocalyptic Literature69
XII.The Hatred Through the Love76
XIII.Belief in Messiahs83

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