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Fragments of ten Enoch manuscripts were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. The famous scrolls actually comprise only one part of the total findings at Qumran. Much of the rest was Enochian literature, copies of the Book of Enoch, and other apocryphal works in the Enochian tradition, like the Book of Jubilees. With so many copies around, the Essenes could well have used Enoch as a community prayer book or teacher’s manual and study text.
 
[[File:MLP ECP Dead Sea CHM.jpg|thumb|Mark and Elizabeth Prophet at Qumran, with the first copy of ''Climb the Highest Mountain'']]
== Our origins in the Essene community ==
 
[[File:MLP ECP Dead Sea CHM.jpg|thumb|Mark and Elizabeth Prophet at Qumran, with the first copy of ''Climb the Highest Mountain'']]
These Essenes considered themselves to be the inheritors of the dispensation of the children of Israel. They considered themselves to be the only true Israelites. They called themselves the Church of God’s Elect. They lived a very stringent code of ethics and they have left records of their hierarchical structure including advancement within the community based on personal application and personal initiation. Jesus could not have founded Christianity as a brotherhood or a community had it not come out of this foundation.
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