The Voice of the White House
Washington, D.C. March 13, 2014: “I was recently sent a link for a book published on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IWS0D0O
This book entiteled “Jesus the Essene by a Dr. Kushner, creates an approach-avoidance conflict. On the one hand, it is very well researched and I can find no fault with the scholarship. On the other hand, the conclusions of the author are, to be conservative, very unsettling. It is true that there are no period writings about the historical Jesus and it is also true that rumors about one of the Dead Sea scrolls have been floating about for some time but the thesis that Jesus was born in Alexandria, that he had two older brothers (effectively demolishing the virgin birth stories) and that Jesus was a practicing member of the Essene religious cult is a very disturbing one indeed. It is fairly well known in scholarly circles that the Essenes were clearly an agricultural and religious community that was exclusively male and without a doubt of a homosexual nature.
If this scroll in question is authentic to the period, as it appears to be, the entire dogma of the Christian church comes sharply into question. Dr. Kushner, one learns from Internet exploration, has also written a work highly negative to the person of Mohammad but like the current book on Jesus, it is well written and well researched. This is not a book for young people nor those of a strong religious cast of mind. For more reflective persons, I recommend it as a very thoughtful piece of writing. Continue Reading »