The Essenes were a monastic Jewish sect around the 2nd century B.C until the time of the war with Rome in A.D. 66-70.  They lived near the Dead Sea at what is called Qumran between Jericho and En-gedi and are probably responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls.  The Essenes married and had property though they were somewhat isolated from the rest of the Jewish Community.




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