What do the Essenes, the Book of Enoch, and Bible prophecy have in common? A lot more than we thought!
The Book of Parables, which is what scholars call chapters 37–71 of the Book of 1 Enoch, had a powerful influence on the New Testament—especially end times prophecy. It was probably written by Essenes, but not at Qumran. There was another Essene community in Galilee, near the town of Magdala.
Next week, we’ll explain how the Book of Parables influenced John the Baptist and John the Revelator, and why the location of the Essene community near the Sea of Galilee is significant.