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Are the Essenes Mentioned in the Bible?
Are the Essenes Mentioned in the Bible?

Opposed to other Jewish groups of the day such as the Zealots or Pharisees, the Bible makes no clear description or mention of an Essene man in the New Testament. We know that the Essenes were an all-male group that pledged themselves to chastity. They also shunned wealth, in a somewhat monastic and strict way of living. Barricading themselves away from the Roman Empire, they lived in isolation in caves along the Dead Sea where they would copy important Jewish texts.