New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond - Dylan Michael Burns

New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond - Dylan Michael Burns

Reading History with the Essenes of Elmira

New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond - Dylan Michael Burns

Anne Kreps [+-]
University of Oregon
Anne Kreps is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. She completed her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in 2013. Her research interests include Judaism and Christianity in antiquity, heresiography, and the reception history of para-biblical traditions.

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This paper studies a modern Essene movement based in the United States for its unusual merging of New Age practice with Christian fundamentalism with ancient history. By harkening back to the mystical religions of the ancient Mediterranean, these modern Essenes are able to engage in syncretistic practices while claiming to preserve the traditions of the ancient Essenes.

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Kreps, Anne. Reading History with the Essenes of Elmira. New Antiquities - Transformations of Ancient Religion in the New Age and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 149-174 Mar 2019. ISBN 9781781795040. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30640. Date accessed: 14 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30640. Mar 2019

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