from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of an ascetic Jewish sect that existed in ancient Palestine from the second century B.C. to the second century A.D.

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  • n. Member of a first-century ascetic Jewish sect, in ancient Palestine from the second century BCE to the second century CE. The Essenes are believed to have been the authors of the Dead Sea scrolls.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a sect among the Jews in the time of our Savior, remarkable for their strictness and abstinence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus
  • adj. said of or relating to the Essenes


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From Ancient Greek Ἐσσηνοι (Essenoi); earlier etymology unknown


  • A hundred years earlier, the Jews we know by the name Essene, read that same verse in Isaiah and literally moved to live in the Judean desert out by the Dead Sea in a little settlement called Qumran, where they wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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  • The reporter was surprised, and I went on that the Dead Sea Scrolls were going to reaffirm that Jesus was a member of that brotherhood of Egyptian seers called the Essene-a fact already known from Philo, the famous Egyptian historian of Jesus 'time.

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  • And on the other theory, how comes it, if the Divine Master was, as some modern writers claim, an Essene, that is, a Buddhist monk, that there is not in all his teachings a trace of the speculations and legends which had already buried the fundamental truths of Buddhism almost out of sight?

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  • 'Essene' is about a Benedictine monastery in Three Rivers, Michigan.

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  • That is not a bad idea, given our cultural understanding of "intellectual," but for now I am sticking with Pharisee for purely historical reasons relating to the fact that Israeli religious thought was divided in to two major (Pharisee and Saducee) and a few minor (such as Essene and Zealot) divisions.

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  • Colossian Heresy” bear out what is said in the text: — “The Essene is the great enigma of Hebrew history.

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  • If the 'Essene' might be called Salmean, as well as Kenite (and certainly he seems to have as much claim to it, if the word denote perfection, or austerity of life), then I could more confidently place our Salim, in the wilderness of Judah; because there I find Aenon mentioned in the Greek version, Joshua 15: 61,62: where the Hebrew hath it thus: "In the wilderness,

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  • "After my departure there will arise the ignorant and the crafty, and many things will they ascribe unto Me that I never spake, and many things which I did speak will they withhold, but the day will come when the clouds shall be rolled away, and the Sun of Righteousness shall shine forth with healing in his wings" ~Jesus, The Essene Gospel of Peace

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  • Jesus was a Essene monk who lived in a cave by the dead sea with John the baptist, his mentor, and they had scribes and made clay pots.

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