Event - The Essenes in the Ancient Literary Sources
Professor Joan E Taylor (King’s College London)
The Essenes, hailed as the authors of many of the Dead Sea Scrolls, are known from many literary attestations of the first century. But are these texts read correctly? If we read them again with fresh eyes, what are the most interesting features of this mysterious group? May they appear under different names? This talk will delve into the sources on the Essenes and assess what we can know of a party that played a major role in Judaism of the time of Jesus, and – it will be suggested – indeed interacted with him.
Joan E. Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London and is the author of many books and articles about the world of Jesus, including The Essenes, the Scrolls and the Dead Sea (2012), The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism (1997).
Time: Tuesday, 9 May 2017; 7.30pm
Venue: University of Chester Hollybank House, Liverpool Road, Chester
Admission: at the door: £3.00 (Students: £1.00) Wine and refreshments
This event is organised by the Chester Theological Society