Say it ain't so!
"Elior, who teaches Jewish mysticism at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, claims that the Essenes were a fabrication by the 1st century A.D. Jewish-Roman historian, Josephus Flavius, and that his faulty reporting was passed on as fact through the centuries. As Elior explains, the Essenes make no mention of themselves in the 900 scrolls found by a Bedouin shepherd."
A fabrication? Really!?! I'm shocked!!! One of us atheists need to warn this poor scholar that she shouldn't try to point out contradictions in Christian lore. Doing this usually brings out the un-Christian side of Christians.
"Elior is braced for more criticism of her theory. 'Usually my opponents have only read Josephus and the other classical references to the Essenes,' she says. 'They should read the Dead Sea Scrolls — all 39 volumes — the proof is there.'"
Did she really suggest they read??? How quaint. This lady obviously never goes outside to interact with people - so naive! Proof? What really is proof. It's just a word!