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Essene Explained

Essene at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1553, member of a Jewish sect (first recorded 2c. B.C.E.), from L., from Gk. Essenoi, of disputed etymology, perhaps from Heb. tzenum "the modest ones," or Heb. hashaim "the silent ones." Klein suggests Syriac hasen, pl. absolute state of hase "pious." ///

Essene at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Member of a Jewish sect active in Palestine from the 2nd cent. BC to the 1st cent. AD. The Essenes formed small monastic communities whose members strictly observed the laws of Moses and the Sabbath and held their property in common. They withdrew from society, avoiding temple worship in Jerusalem and supporting themselves by manual labor. They usually excluded women. It is likely that the Dead Sea Scrolls were composed, copied, or collected by the Essenes.

Essene at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Essene \Es*sene"\, n.; pl. {Essenes}. [Gr. ?, lit., physicians,
because they practiced medicine, fr. Chald [=a]say[=a] to
heal, cf. Heb. as[=a].]
One of a sect among the Jews in the time of our Savior,
remarkable for their strictness and abstinence.

Essene at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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

Essene at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » grc|en Inter: term » Ἐσσηνοι||lang=grc|tr=Essenoi; earlier etymology unknown
Inter: rfe » Confirm grc spelling. Confirm lack of earlier etymology


Inter: en-nou » 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 Category: w - :Dead Sea scrolls|Dead Sea scrolls.

    Coordinate terms

    * Pharisee
    • Sadducee

      Related terms

    • Essenic
    • Essenism


      Inter: trans-top » member of 1st century Jewish sect
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|essealainen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|Eiséanach|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: fi » Essene