Jesus the Wicked Priest: How Christianity Was Born of an Essene Schism
Book: Jesus the Wicked Priest: How Christianity Was Born of an Essene Schism , by Marvin Vining, ISBN10: 159143081X, ISBN13: 9781591430810, Inner Traditions Bear & Company, April 2008, Paperback
Marvin Vining, an attorney who is in the process of ordination in the United Methodist Church, spent 14 years researching and writing this book. He is a Biblical scholar who holds a master's degree in philosophy and has studied theology for many years. He lives in Mississippi, and his website is MarvinVining.com.
Jesus the Wicked Priest shows how Jesus, a former Essene, was deemed the "Wicked Priest" for his liberationist politics and humanist bent. It also reopens Christian doctrinal questions such as reincarnation and the Virgin birth--even demonstrating that these two issues are related.
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" . . . an attention-getting and provocative title. Appropriate, too, for the inevitably controversial ideas put forth in Vining's book. . . . The premise for this interesting interpretation comes from the Dead Sea Scrolls, which speak of the Teacher and the Wicked Priest."
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