The concept of the sacred is something that is seemingly irrelevant in the modern secular age. I think however that an account of the sacred is still important, because even if modern secular society won’t admit it, it is still haunted by the concept of the sacred. I read recently a paper by conservative (in the old school Tory sense) philosopher Roger Scruton touching on the Sacred, it’s a good article; however I think there is a conceptual problem in it. The problem I notice is the notion of the sacred as something pointing towards the transcendental. The definition sounds like a natural fit, however a clear example of why it may be problematic is that of sex and sexuality.
This post is a continuation of this one. Here I’d like to go into specifically the economic structure of the Essene Community and compare it to the early Christian community. Specifically I want to examine the communal economic systems that both the Essenes and the Christians implemented in their respective communities. It’s going to be quite long, and involve a lot of quotes. Let’s get right into it looking at what Philo says:
In this post I would like to go over some parallels I find between the Essenes, as described by Josephus and Philo, and whose works we have in some of the Qumran documents (according to many scholars). The 3 parallels I see are community meals as a form of worship, a type of pacifism, and a (small C) communist economic structure. In thist post I’ll go over the first 2.