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Bible Dictionaries

Easton's Bible Dictionary

Essenes

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A Jewish mystical sect somewhat resembling the Pharisees. They affected great purity. They originated about B.C. 100, and disappeared from history after the destruction of Jerusalem. They are not directly mentioned in Scripture, although they may be referred to in Matthew 19:11,12 , Colossians 2:8,18,23 .

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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Essenes'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/e/essenes.html. 1897.

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