Dating of the canonical gospels
But He did join the Essenes in accepting an apocalyptic worldview that anticipated the coming of God’s kingdom.
This, as we’ll see tomorrow, helps to explain Jesus’s unusual attitude toward singleness and marriage.
This novel advocates the thesis that Jesus was in fact married to the woman we know as Mary Magdalene, that they had a child together, and that this “truth” was covered up by the church for self-serving reasons.
Many readers of , believing the fictional history of the novel to be true, have been buzzing about the possibility of Jesus’ having been married.
Both Philo and Josephus attest to the fact that Essene men remained single in the time of Jesus.
And, though he was in many ways a normal Jewish man (see Chapter 2 of my book ), in others ways he was utterly unusual.Here are excerpts from their writings: Philo, 11.14-17 Again, perceiving with more than ordinary acuteness and accuracy, what is alone or at least above all other things calculated to dissolve such associations, they repudiate marriage; and at the same time they practise continence in an eminent degree; for no one of the Essenes ever marries a wife . They neglect wedlock, but choose out other persons’ children, while they are pliable, and fit for learning, and esteem them to be of their kindred, and form them according to their own manners.