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The Nazarean Essenes

By Linda J. Paul
Both the Jews and the Christians acknowledge the fact that Jesus was a Jew. But, what sect of Judaism was he affiliated with? It is important to understand that there were several very different philosophies among the ancient Jews.

The three main branches included the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Essenes. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were in direct opposition to one another concerning politics and Jewish rites, rituals and beliefs. Both believed in the sanctity of the Torah, although they had differing interpretations concerning the content. The Essenes on the other hand, were a peaceful and self-contained branch of Judaism that referred to the other branches of Judaism at that time as “The Breakers of the Covenant.”

Read the original article at: Bella Online

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