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Jesus the Wicked Priest, by Marvin Vining (2)

By Mike Gleason | February 3, 2011 | Leave a comment

Jesus the Wicked Priest: How Christianity Was Born of an Essene Schism, by Marvin Vining
Bear & Company, 9781591430810, 243 pp (with indexes), 2008

The topics of the origins of Christianity and their relationship to the Essenic community as portrayed in the scrolls discovered around Qumran in 1947 and afterwards are still being debated more than sixty years after first coming to the attention of the world. There have been hundreds of books written – scholarly and popular – which have been praised, condemned, and ignored. Why review another book on this theme? Because this author makes an effort to present his premise in terms understandable by the “common man.”

While his approach to, and understanding of, the information contained in the scrolls and its application to understanding Christian origins is definitely in the minority (or “dissenting”) camp, it has the advantage Continue reading