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It does not seem that John the Baptist could possibly have been a member of the community of Qumran (which we assume was occupied by the Essenes). The very reason the community withdrew to this remote site was to avoid contact with those less holy than themselves. This is explained in the Community Rule papyrus: The Community Rule - 1Q5-col V.1-3: (...


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Why oh why do we continue to share ignorance and ignore the scholarship of those teachers who have gone before us? Is it remarkable to suppose that someone in the 6,000 year history of mankind had the same question? That maybe some commentators who are experts in actual hermeneutics and Hebrew and Greek have already authoritatively answered this question? ...



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