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Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism
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Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism

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Eerdmans 1998

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Overview

In Beyond the Essene Hypothesis, respected scholar Gabriele Boccaccini offers readers a new and challenging view of the ideology of the Qumran sect—the community closely related to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Boccaccini moves beyond the Essene hypothesis and posits a unique relationship between what he terms “Enochic Judaism” and the group traditionally known as the Essenes.

Building his case on what the ancient records tell us about the Essenes and a systematic analysis of the documents found at Qumran, Boccaccini argues that the literature reveals the core of an ancient and distinct variety of Second Temple Judaism. Tracing the development of this tradition, Boccaccini shows that the Essene community at Qumran was really the offspring of the Enochic party, which in turn contributed to the birth of parties led by John the Baptist and Jesus. Convincingly argued, this work will surely spark fresh debate in the discussion on the Qumran community and their famous writings.

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Key Features

  • Offers readers a new and challenging view of the ideology of the Qumran sect
  • Discusses the Essene community at Qumran as the offspring of the Enochic party
  • Presents a unique relationship between what he terms “Enochic Judaism” and the Essenes

Contents

  • The Essenes in Ancient Historiography
  • The Prehistory of the Sect
  • The Formative Age
  • The Schism between Qumran and Enochic Judaism
  • Conclusion: The Enochic/Essene Hypothesis

Praise for the Print Edition

Along with the recent revival of interest in the DSS have come renewed questions and theories about the community that owned them. Boccaccini’s Beyond the Essene Hypothesis is a model attempt to advance beyond previous hypotheses by combining strong methodology with clear reasoning. . . . Though the nature of the evidence prevents his conclusions from being certain, Boccaccini does an admirable job of sifting and sorting historical descriptions and manuscript evidence to construct a persuasive theory of the development of an Enochic/Essene mainstream religious group from which the community at Qumran may have derived. His book will repay careful consideration.

Dead Sea Discoveries

Penetrating and lucidly presented analysis.

The Jerusalem Post

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About Gabriele Boccaccini

Gabriele Boccaccini is professor of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins at the University of Michigan and director of the Enoch Seminar, a biennial international conferences on the Enoch literature.