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This is the conclusory chapter of the book, which concerns itself with the examination of the main cause that triggered the division between the groups known as Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes, and/or the group associated with the Qumran writings. According to the author, it is impossible to state that we are able to know the ultimate truth of events that took place two millennia before our time, and for which we have no authentic documentation regarding all the factors involved. We observe that contemporary events, recorded with all their relevant details, are still a matter of debate with respect to their intrinsic motives, and to which party is ‘right’ and which is ‘wrong.’ It is even more of a Sisyphean enterprise to make definitive statements with respect to a period and culture with different reactions to events, different values, and different methods of expressing their thoughts.

Keywords: Essenes; Pharisees; Qumran writings; Sadducees



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