Thursday, September 01, 2022

McGrath in the footsteps of John the Baptist (7)

RELIGION PROF: In the Footsteps of John the Baptist 7: Qumran and the Judean Wilderness (James McGrath).
The more time I have spent looking at the connections scholars have drawn between John the Baptist and the Essenes, the less persuaded I am that there is a basis to think John was part of that group at some point. He might have been influenced or borrowed ideas from them, but that could have happened anywhere and did not require him to have joined the movement, much less to have spent time at Qumran.

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