The Essene and jesus and the 12 are as far apart as is possible.<quoted text>
Actually there is debate as to whether they were a group of believers known as the Essenes (Jesus being a Nazarene and all) or not. From an outside perspective (I'm christian), messianic judaism appears to be the closest one can get to seeking The Way as the original twelve did. However, I have read that Jews don't consider it to be a branch of Judaism. Again, I am not a Jew. I am a gentile who chooses to live as closely to the root of the Tree of Life as possible.
Devaux had the dead sea scrolls far too long, and interpreted everything towards his experience and culture. So we get catholic and convent. Which would be an anachronism.
Well several sites/links point out the flaws.
In customs but also as to the actual use of the place, as found by proper archeology. And not biassed BAR enthousiasts.
But the main one would be that the trinkets, amulets and other papers and scrolls are spread over a wide area...but...all just above the highwatermark.
And only accessible from above.
And that waterlevel rise can again be dated by the proper science.
As well as the dating of the scrolls. If Essenes were a disparate people, moving in small groups, that allready does not fit with some huge organisation, nor is the timeframe right.