2.Major differences with Qumran

The second major reason for rejecting this thesis is that, while there are similarities between Jesus and Qumran,^30 there are also many differences that oppose any close connection. As asserted by Brownlee, “The Qumran literature tells us much about the background of primitive Christianity, but it can tell us nothing

25 Ewing, Essene Christ, p. 51.

26 Ibid., p. 78.

27 Potter,Did Jesus Write This Book?p. 14.

28 Ibid., pp. 134–135.

29 Ibid., p. 136.

30 For an extensive list of similarities, see especially James H. Charlesworth, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Historical Jesus,” in Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ed. by James H. Charlesworth (New York: Doubleday, 1992), pp. 9–22; Jean Daniélou, “What the Dead Sea Scrolls Tell Us About Jesus,” in Daniel-Rops, Sources, pp. 23–28; John M. Allegro, The Dead Sea Scrolls(Baltimore: Penguin, 1956), pp. 148–151; William Brownlee, “Jesus and Qumran,” in Jesus and the Historian, ed. by F. Thomas Trotter (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1968), p. 75.

directly about Jesus.”^31 A number of scholars have noted numerous differences between Jesus and Qumran beliefs.^32