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Unformatted text preview: specific social classes or religious sects, which would differ from the more common discriminatory nature of other people. The passage on the Essenes shows a stark difference between them and the Jewish Christians. The Essenes, like the Pharisees, have a very orderly, structured, and rule-based society unlike the Christians. Although they had similar views on spiritual issues, the Essenes would not have treated their neighbor as oneself like the Christians. They do not even treat members within their own society the same. Seniors are deemed unclean should they ever come into contact with a junior. Women are seen as functional beings made in order to produce children. Jesus would have seen this as a discriminatory act before God, who would accept any and all human beings as equal....
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- Spring '09