Ok, I thought i’d try my question this way.
Background: I have been reading online about Jesus and John belonging to this Essene sect. The problem with this is that i’ve come across web pages that devote much time and effort to proving the following:
The NT was inspired and written by Essenes (especially the Gospel of John). These websites hold to this from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qurman writing which is attributed to the Essenes. These writings talk of sons of light, and so do the NT writings.
They contend that Jesus ate the last supper in an Essene household because of the “man with the jug of water”.
They contend that early Christians were simply Essenes who used a Jesus to further their cause because of their hate of the temple priests.
Most alarming: That Jesus didn’t die, but was taken from the tomb buy Essenes some how by money or force or deception to further their messianic prophesies.
I have scoured scripture and the internet to try and refute the scriptural evidence of the Essene-like terms used by the NT Gospel writers, but I can’t find any!!!
Can someone provide some clarity for me? I would love to hear some Catholic interpretations on these attacks on our Lord!!!
Please provide some perspective for a simple Catholic man like me!