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  • n. Plural form of Essene.


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  • [7] I cannot remember what the name Essenes comes from.

    The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • James Charlesworth, director of the Dead Sea Scrolls project at Princeton Theological Seminary and an expert on Josephus, says it is not unusual that the word Essenes does not appear in the scrolls.


  • Elior argues that the sect which preserved the scrolls, long identified as Essenes, were actually Sadducees who fled Hasmonean hegemony.

    Carried to Orthodoxy

  • The scrolls, which contain the oldest known version of the Old Testament, are the work of ascetic Jews called Essenes, who were poor by choice.


  • According to general speculation, the Essenes were attempting to hide and protect these sacred writings from the Romans during the Jewish Revolt in AD 66.

    The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

  • It is widely -- though by no means universally -- believed that the scrolls were deposited in these caves by a Jewish sect called the Essenes, who may or may not have used Qumran as a gathering place approximately 2000 years ago.

    The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

  • Around the time of his birth, another group of apocalypse-minded Jews called the Essenes lived together in ascetic community, and the Jewish historian Josephus found their marital customs odd enough to write down.

    Holy Family Values

  • The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in 1947 in caves along the Dead Sea, preserve the library of an ancient Jewish sect called the Essenes.

    The Jesus Dynasty

  • Their argument is that as some of the Dead Sea Scrolls contain ideas that are similar to those of Freemasonry, and as they claim ‘that the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls…were Essenes is now beyond doubt’4 then it would follow that the Essenes were the forerunners of Freemasonry.

    The Templar Revelation

  • The presumption that the authors of the 2,000 year-old Dead Sea Scrolls were a small Jewish religious order known as the Essenes living in Qumran, Israel, was hotly debated at a conference on the scrolls held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem this past July.

    Qumran Controversy


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