Johann Georg Wachter ( 1673-1757) Origin : Germany
German linguist and classics scholar. Wrote on a wide variety of subjects including various Jewish topics. He was the first to suggest a connection between Jesus and the Essenes and to point out the influence of Kabbala on the writings of Baruch Spinoza. Although Wachter misunderstood both Kabbala and Spinoza, his suggestions have been taken up and developed by later authors.