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But He did join the Essenes in accepting an apocalyptic worldview that anticipated the coming of God’s kingdom.
This, as we’ll see tomorrow, helps to explain Jesus’s unusual attitude toward singleness and marriage.
There are about four thousand men that live in this way, and neither marry wives, nor are desirous to keep servants; as thinking the latter tempts men to be unjust, and the former gives the handle to domestic quarrels; but as they live by themselves, they minister one to another.
There can be no doubt that many Essenes (scholars say that some might have been married) chose to be unmarried.
Would they have died for something they knew to be a lie? Nevertheless, there are some who argue that the silence of the New Testament gospels should be taken as strong evidence for the marriage of Jesus. Part 2: New Testament Evidence for the Married Jesus The New Testament contains no explicit answer to the question of Jesus’ marital state.