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The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea$
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Joan E. Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554485.001.0001

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The Herodians of the Gospel of Mark

The Herodians of the Gospel of Mark

(p.109) 4 The Herodians of the Gospel of Mark
The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea

Joan E. Taylor

Oxford University Press

The ‘Herodians’, who appear in the Gospel of Mark, have long been a mysterious group. The exploration of this chapter indicates that they are indeed to be understood as Essenes. Using the evidence of Eusebius and other patristic writers, it is possible to link it with what is stated in Josephus about Menahem the Essene’s prediction of Herod’s rule, which was made on the basis of an interpretation of Gen. 49:10.

Keywords:   Essenes, Herodians, Gospel of Mark, Josephus, Menahem the Essene, Eusebius

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