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    Re: 'heterodox' Essenes/Nazareanes

    I wrote 'pan(en)theism;' I thought Dharma is panentheist, which is a bit better than plain pantheism. If you do not know what pan(en)theism is in Judaism, but Dharma has it, why assume the 'Western'...
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    Re: 'heterodox' Essenes/Nazareanes

    This is in reply to Sanjaya's questions about Semitic divinities.

    I do not know if the Essenes worshipped Ashtoreth, and I am not sure if any sect formally did, but a fair amount of ancient...
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    Re: 'heterodox' Essenes/Nazareanes

    Whether Judaism was influenced by Sanatana Dharma, to the rest I say 'not necessarily.' Just as there are many sects of Dharma, there have been quite a few sects of Judaism, which disagree. Even...
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    'heterodox' Essenes/Nazareanes

    I think you are right, though sometimes now the term 'Essene' is used to refer to the Nazareans, Therapeutae, and Ossaeans, the latter of which is probably just another translation. So you are right...
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