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Book: Finding Myth and History in the Bible

Chapter: From Moses to the Essenes

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.23755


I suggest a historical outline in the Hellenistic period in six steps: on the identity of the Egyptian Moses; on a definite Egyptian connection; on Babylon and the Pharisees; on the non-lunar calendar common to the Sadducees and Essenes; on the Essene components in Rabbinic traditions; and finally, on the Essenes as heirs of the Egyptian Therapeuts.

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