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Old 26th September 2011, 11:39 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default Dead Sea scrolls now online

The Dead Sea scrolls are a set of manuscripts found in Israel, near the Dead Sea, in the 1940's and 50's. They were written and used by a community of Essenes -- a Jewish sect that was prominent in the time of Christ. Blessed A.C. Emmerich often mentions the Essenes in her books about the lives of Jesus and Mary.

The Essenes were a very strict, very devout group of Jews. Many of them lived separate from the rest of Jewish society, and certainly apart from the heathens. Some Essenes mingled and lived among the Jews in Israel.

The community of Essenes at Qumran are the ones who wrote and used the Dead Sea scrolls. The scrolls include versions of some books of the Bible, some commentary on the Bible, and some books of order (rules and descriptions practices for their community). The Essenes at Qumran did not participate in animal sacrifices, they used a different liturgical calendar than the other Jews. The women and men who were married lived strict lives of self-denial, and were often apart.
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