I'm planning to post an essay on Josephus and another on Herodian interaction with Jewish cults. Until then, there are a couple of previous posts that might be helpful to you.
In our recent study of the Maccabees, I made an associated between the Parthian name Banus and the Jewish/Greek name John. However, the Banus who mentored Josephus could not have been the "Essene leader" John the Baptist. John the Baptist was likely beheaded shortly before Josephus was born.
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