Cynics, Stoics, Essenes, Christians, Decopolis

So interesting to see how modern day scholars are uncovering the manifold layers of cultures and philosophies on the ground in the Middle East, during the period 100 BCE to 100 CE .

From the writings of Josephus, Philo of Alexandria, Pliny the Elder, and Paul of Tarsus a picture is emerging of the merging and melding, of assimilation and cultural appropriation that was rampant at the time.

The Essenes
The Cynics, Stoics and Christians

Interesting to watch these two presentations back to back and ponder upon the influences upon the Essenes.

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