One of the focuses of my Tuesday night Bible class, The Jewish Context of the Bible, was the Essenes. I always write a follow-up post regarding the topic of that week’s discussion that goes deeper than I was able to in class. The follow-up post for the Essenes lesson was The Essenes and the Messianic Banquet (Part 1) and I discovered there was much more than I could write into one post, so I left you hanging. Well, here’s the rest of it. If you haven’t already read the first one, you’ll understand this better if you go back and read it, and also if you listen to the Essenes Audio Lesson.
As we talked about in part one, the idea of the Messianic Banquet was strongly entrenched in the culture of first century Judaism. A feast, banquet, or wedding, was a favorite metaphor of Jesus’, so now let’s compare the Essene Messianic Banquet to the one Jesus talked of.