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  Essenes - LoveToKnow 1911
(See EBIoNITES.) The Essenes were an exclusive society, distinguished from the rest of the Jewish nation in Palestine by an organization peculiar to themselves, and by a theory of life in which a severe asceticism and a rare benevolence to one another and to mankind in general were the most striking characteristics.
The Essenes did not renounce marriage because they denied the validity of the institution or the necessity of it as providing for the continuance of the human race, but because they had a low opinion of the character of women (Jos.
As the result of the ascetic training of the Essenes, and of their temperate diet, it is said that they lived to a great age, and were superior to pain and fear.
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 Essenes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Essenes (es'-eenz) were followers of a religious way of living in Judaism that flourished from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD.
The main source of information about the life and belief of Essenes is the detailed account contained in a work of the 1st century Jewish historiographer Josephus entitled The Jewish War written about 73-75 CE (War 2.119-161) and his shorter description in his Antiquities finished some 20 years later (Ant.
Some of these groups believe that the canon of the Bible, and even some translations of books considered "canonical," were changed by various hands to censor some of their beliefs (such as transmigration, the feminine aspect of Divinity, vegetarianism, and the practice of slavery).
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Essenes
Among the virtues the Essenes cultivated especially obedience, truthfulness, continence, justice, and temperance; they paid great attention to the sick, respect to the aged, and showed marked kindness and hospitality to strangers.
Many of the Essenes reached a great age and they acquired such fortitude of mind and body that the worst torments inflicted on them by the Romans failed to shake their constancy and they met death with a smile.
This was the only time when Essenes took oaths, their word being regarded by all as so sacred that Herod excused them from the oath of allegiance.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/05546a.htm   (1797 words)

  
 Essenes
They implied the Essenes abstained from marriage and sex but in many of the excavations of the Dead Sea Scrolls skeletons of women and children have been founds at almost all of the communities, even Qumran, leading investigators to speculate that the communities were not devoid of women and sex.
Due to the various spellings of "Essene" the word could also mean "pious one," or "doers," or "doers of the Torah" All of these meanings seem to have been derived from the word.
As always the Essenes saw themselves as the holy ones in the brotherhood of "The Sons of Light." Everyone else was evil, called "The Sons of Darkness," or the "men of the Pit." All were to participate in "The War of the Sons of Light with Sons of Darkness."
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/e/essenes.html   (1540 words)

  
 Essenes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Essenes are known to be among the first groups to condemn slavery, and they are supposed to have bought slaves with the aim of freeing them.
The Essenes have been estimated to have had around 4,000 members who were spread around the lands of Palestine and Syria.
It is possible that the Essenes and the Zealots formed an alliance, as there are many similarities — especially in terms of opposition to the established society.
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 Essenes
The Essene Jews developed a Messianic religion, giving birth to the ideas which were to play a dominant role in the ideas of John the Baptist and Jesus.
The similarity between the Essenes and Jesus and his community are immediately evident, the close community life, the sharing of a common purse, baptism, the healing ministry with power through the hands, the importance given to common meals, and the urgent expectation of the kingdom of God.
Essenes only took food and drink till they had enough, contenting themselves with the same dish day by day and rejecting great expense as harmful to mind and body.
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 Essenes
The similarity between a number of Essene and Christian concepts and practices (kingdom of God, baptism, sacred meals, the position of a central teacher, titles of officeholders, and community organization) has led some people to assume that there was a close kinship between the Essenes and the groups around John the Baptist and Jesus Christ.
Philo claims that the Essenes abstained from animal sacrifices altogether, while Josephus reports that, because of their views on purity, the Essenes were excluded from the temple courts and for this reason sacrificed among themselves.
Finally, Josephus says that the Essenes were thoroughgoing predestinarians, and that along with a belief in the immortality of the soul they held to a doctrine of preexistence.
mb-soft.com /believe/txo/essene.htm   (1716 words)

  
 Jerusalem's Essene Gateway
The Essenes considered the solar calendar used by the Hasmoneans in the Temple, tied as it was to a 354-day lunar calendar, to be adulterated with Babylonian elements.
Because of the Essenes' strict purity rules (among other things, sexual intercourse was forbidden in Jerusalem, and at least some members were celibate), we may assume that they lived in their own section of the city.
An Essene leaving Jerusalem through the Gate of the Essenes would turn to the northwest and follow the path between the city wall and the ravine descending into the Hinnom Valley and reach his destination at a bend in the wall near the former Bishop Gobat School.
www.centuryone.org /essene.html   (5190 words)

  
 Essenes - Theopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Though the Essenes of the Dead Sea Scrolls are not mentioned in the New Testament, they are described by Philo, Josephus, and Eusebius.
The Essenes probably were killed or forced to flee from their wilderness community c.
AD 68, yet some of their ideas can still be traced in the ministry of John the Baptist (who might have been an Essene) and in the thought world of the New Testament (see also Judaism).
www.theopedia.com /Essenes   (311 words)

  
 Essenes
The Essenes lived a simple life, focusing on the rhythms of the earth, of nature and of their inner being.
The sevenfold peace was the primary teaching of the Essenes and was the foundation by which they achieved balance of all the subtle bodies through the physical realm.
Through the Essene Jesus, we are able to bridge the gap between the eastern and western spiritual paradigms, and from there we can move forward as a unified whole.
www.livingspiritfoundation.org /essenes.htm   (2559 words)

  
 Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes
Besides, when we remember the views of the Essenes on purification, and on Sabbath observance, and their denial of the Resurrection, we feel that, whatever points of resemblance critical ingenuity may emphasize, the teaching of Christianity was in a direction opposite from that of Essenism.
Although the Essenes, who, with the exception of a small party among them, repudiated marriage, adopted children to train them in the principles of their sect, [2 Schurer regards these children as forming the first of the four 'classes' or 'grades' into which the Essenes were arranged.
This derivation of the name Essenes, which strictly expresses the character and standing of the sect relatively to orthodox Judaism, and, indeed, is the Greek form of the Hebrew term for 'outsiders,' is also otherwise confirmed.
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 Essenes: People/Characters of the Bible: Bible Picture Tour
The course of the Essenes' day was strictly regulated: first of all prayer, then work in the fields; at midday washings and a common meal, afterwards work again; and in the evening another meal in common.
Neither the Qumran community nor the Essene movement is even mentioned in the New Testament; nor, on the other hand, is there any mention of Jesus in the Qumran writings.
The Essene monks, even in their solitude, had always been preparing themselves for the last battle: the ``War Scroll" (1QM), gave precise directives for the conduct of the holy war.
www.mustardseed.net /html/peessenes.html   (1785 words)

  
 The Essenes & the Dead Sea Scrolls
Although the Essenes were closer in philosophy and tradition to the Pharisees than to the Sadduccees, still the Pharisees were considered corrupt, since their lives were much more worldly and therefore seemingly less intense in the religious observance than the Essenes.
The Essenes retreated from the controversy between the Pharisees and the Sadduccees and sought out a more purified life style in the tranquility of a hermit type existence.
Although the Essenes followed many of the same traditional teaching that the Pharisees accepted, there were many additional rules that they instituted and some differences in other laws.
www.jewishmag.com /14mag/essenes/essenes.htm   (1008 words)

  
 from jesus to christ: a portrait of jesus' world: the essenes and the dead sea scrolls
And the Essenes are a group that literally abandoned Jerusalem, it seems, in protest...
But what the Essenes and the Qumran scrolls do show us is the kind of challenges that could be brought against some of the traditional lines of Jewish thought, and even the operation of the Temple itself.
Here is a group of people who left Jerusalem, went to live in the wilderness, to live by themselves, totally isolated from other Jews, from the rest of the community, and as their Scrolls reveal, saw themselves as the new sacred community, waiting for the time, when...
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/portrait/essenes.html   (2452 words)

  
 Who were the Essenes?
The Essenes considered themselves to be a separate people--not because of external signs like skin color, hair color, etc., but because of the illumination of their inner life and their knowledge of the hidden mysteries of nature unknown to other men.
The Essenes considered their Brotherhood-Sisterhood as the presence on earth of the Teaching of the sons and daughters of God.
Despite some fear and joking, due to the rejection of that which one does not know, the people as a whole felt respect and esteem for the Essenes because of their honesty, their pacifism, their goodness, their discretion, and their talent as healers, devoted to the poorest as well as to the richest.
www.essenespirit.com /who.html   (930 words)

  
 The Essenes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Essenes were discussed by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, by Philo of Alexandria, and by Pliny the Elder.
Among the Essenes the prophet Manahem had prophesied correctly about Herod, and so Herod was not as harsh with the Essenes as he was with others who refused to swear allegiance to him.
But now if any one hath a mind to come over to their sect, he is not immediately admitted, but he is prescribed the same method of living which they use for a year, while he continues excluded'; and they give him also a small hatchet, and the fore-mentioned girdle, and the white garment.
www.vorsoft.com /faith/calendar/essenes.htm   (5647 words)

  
 Smith's Bible Dictionary | Christian Classics Ethereal Library
As a sect the Essenes were distinguished by an aspiration after ideal purity rather than by any special code of doctrines.
There were isolated communities of Essenes, which were regulated by strict rules, analogous to those of the monastic institutions of a later date.
Self-denial, temperance and labor—especially agriculture— were the marks of the outward life of the Essenes; purity and divine communion the objects of their aspiration.
www.ccel.org /ccel/smith_w/bibledict.e.html?term=essenes   (154 words)

  
 Introduction to the Ancient Essenes and the Modern Essene Church of Christ
The Essene Church is considered (by the Essenes) to be a doorway into the angelic realm, as many of the Dead Sea Scrolls make abundantly clear (see The Dead Sea Scriptures, translated by Theodore Gaster, for numerous references to the Essene belief that their order served as a doorway into the angelic realm).
Indeed, it is quite clear that the headquarters of the entire Essene movement was Mount Carmel in Northern Israel, not Qumran in Southern Israel, and that Jesus was primarily associated with Carmel.
Essenes were selected as teachers of the young and Roman officials residing in Palestine selected these mystics, preferring them to scholars of other Jewish sects or tutors sent from Rome.
www.essene.org /Ancient_Essenes.htm   (10405 words)

  
 Essene Nazarean Church of Mount Carmel
There were anciently two branches of Essenes - the Ossaeans and the Nazorean.
The B'nai-Amen lived in and around Nazorean Temples such as the one on Mount Carmel and the smaller one in the Essene Quarter of western Jerusalem (now known as the "Church of the Apostles, or Cenacle).
Essene villages near Mount Carmel were filled with Nazorean, hence the village name of Nazareth.
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 AllRefer.com - Essenes (Judaism) - Encyclopedia
B.C. The chief sources of information about the Essenes are Pliny the Elder, Philo's Quod omnius probus liber, Josephus' Jewish War and Antiquities of the Jews, and (possibly) the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The Essenes subsisted by pastoral and agricultural activities and handicrafts; they avoided the manufacture of weapons.
The Essenes' belief in several Messiahs is thought by some to have been a major influence in the development of Christianity.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/E/Essenes.html   (389 words)

  
 The Ancient Essenes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The ancient Essenes taught many truths that became the lineage of wisdom to a number of the major religions of the world including Christianity, Freemasons, Gnostics, and Kabalists.
Roman and Jewish scholars referred to the Essenes as “a race by themselves, more remarkable than any other in the world.” They were also called “Preparers of the Way.” Portions of their traditions are found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, dating back to 4000 BC.
The Essene Healing Ministries is indebted to Dr. Szekely’s family for permission to quote his works here and especially in the Daily Communions of the Angels.
www.sevenfoldpeace.com /essenes.html   (1155 words)

  
 Order of Nazorean Essenes
It was in these Essene Nazorean Monasteries that Yeshu (known as Jesus to modern Christians) was conceived, probably born, and raised to adulthood.
Essene Nazoreans predate the Christian era and survive as modern Mandaeans in southern Iraq and elsewhere.
The primary and secondary scrolls of the Essene Nazoreans.
essenes.net /bnei1.htm   (1235 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Jesus and the Essenes: Books: Dolores Cannon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The theories of Jesus and His disciples being Essenes are mostly based on dr J. Allegro's and dr R. Eisenman's mistaken translation of 4Q285, a text from cave 4 about Teacher of Rigthousness mentioned along with piercing.
The Essenes were, according to many accounts, key to the education of Jesus and their beliefs and practices were adopted by the early Christians.
Built on the assumption of reincarnation and the possibility of past life regression, she attempts to show much detail of the times and peoples that were the Essene community, and ultimately, the life of Christ.
www.amazon.com /Jesus-Essenes-Dolores-Cannon/dp/1886940088   (2002 words)

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