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 (ĕs′ēn′, ĭ-sēn′)
A member of an ascetic Jewish sect that existed in ancient Palestine from the second century bc to the second century ad.

[Latin Essēnī, the Essenes, from Greek Essēnoi, from Aramaic ḥasên, pl. of ḥasē, righteous, holy; see ḫśy in Semitic roots.]

Es·se′ni·an (ĕ-sē′nē-ən), Es·sen′ic (ĕ-sĕn′ĭk) adj.
Es·se′nism n.


(ˈɛsiːn; ɛˈsiːn)
(Judaism) Judaism a member of an ascetic sect that flourished in Palestine from the second century bc to the second century ad, living in strictly organized communities
Essenian, Essenic adj


(ˈɛs in, ɛˈsin)

a member of a monastic Jewish sect that flourished in Palestine from the 2nd century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D.
Es•se′ni•an, Es•sen•ic (ɛˈsɛn ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Essene - a member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus
Jew, Hebrew, Israelite - a person belonging to the worldwide group claiming descent from Jacob (or converted to it) and connected by cultural or religious ties
Adj.1.Essene - said of or relating to the Essenes
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Here is a new enterprise of Brook Farm, of Skeneateles, of Northampton: why so impatient to baptize them Essenes, or Port-Royalists, or Shakers, or by any known and effete name?
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The word Essene has been traced as an Egyptian term for that of which Therapeutae was the Greek word, each of them signifying "healer," designating the character of this sect as professing to be endowed with the miraculous gift of healing.
Abstract: This study explores the Dead Sea Scrolls to demonstrate how Essene socio-religious values shaped their accounting and economic practices during the late Second Temple period (ca.
In this well-balanced and exhaustive assessment of the current state of Dead Sea Scrolls studies, Collins provides an extensive exegesis of the Damascus Document and the Community Rule, identifies what we can know of historical figures referred to in the scrolls, and surveys the Essene question and the findings of archaeology He concludes that the Teacher was active in the first century B.
There is some evidence that Yusuf's family actually came from the large Jewish community in the Hejaz; and that Nazareth did not exist in Pontius Pilate's day but was a later naming to explain why JC was called a Nazarene or Nazarite, which was actually the appelation of a sub-sect of the Jewish Essene sect.
He first examines the Community Rule or Yahad, and then considers the Teacher of Righteousness, a pivotal figure in the Essene movement, discovering that he was probably active in the first century BCE rather than in the Maccabean era.
The Scrolls, written on animal skins, papyrus and, in one case, copper, were stored away in pottery urns in the caves by their authors, members of the austere Essene sect who lived in a nearby celibate all-male religious community.
It is difficult to see, after even a cursory reading of the complex regulations evident in such documents as the Community Rule, that the Essene lifestyle can helpfully be called "simple.
The grace of wilderness is not only hugely significant in Scripture for everybody from Abraham on down to John the Baptist and Jesus, but what on earth do we think was going on in the desert with the Essene community and the Qumran community at the time of Jesus?