The origin of the sect known as essenes is enveloped in mist, and will probably never be revealed.
The essenes taught reincarnation and the immortality of the soul.
The essenes found a remedy for morbidness in strictness as to meats and minute directions for the employment of time.
This rigorism was specially valued by the essenes and Therapeut.
The essenes were expected to wear the old clothes of their co-religionists until they tumbled to pieces.
The essenes, who had no families, were obliged to augment their numbers from without.
The essenes appear to have been rather peculiar in their mode of living.
Modern society has many examples of participation like that of the essenes.
While the essenes cultivated an ascetic brotherhood, the Nazarites were devoted to solitary discipline.
Its rites were identical with those of the Mithraists and essenes.
1550s, member of a Jewish sect (first recorded 2c. B.C.E.), from Latin, from Greek Essenoi, of disputed etymology, perhaps from Hebrew tzenum "the modest ones," or Hebrew hashaim "the silent ones." Klein suggests Syriac hasen, plural absolute state of hase "pious."
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 Matt. 19:11, 12, Col. 2:8, 18, 23.