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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Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.