Definition of Essene

1. Noun. A member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus.

Generic synonyms: Hebrew, Israelite, Jew

2. Adjective. Said of or relating to the Essenes.

Definition of Essene

1. n. One of a sect among the Jews in the time of our Savior, remarkable for their strictness and abstinence.

Definition of Essene

1. Noun. Member of a first-century ascetic Jewish sect, in ancient Palestine from the second century BCE to the second century CE. The Essenes are believed to have been the authors of the Dead Sea scrolls. ¹

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Medical Definition of Essene

1. Origin: Gr, lit, physicians, because they practiced medicine, fr. Chald asaya to heal, cf. Heb. Asa. One of a sect among the Jews in the time of our Savior, remarkable for their strictness and abstinence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Essene

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Literary usage of Essene

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1. The Post-apostolic Age by Lucius Waterman (1898)
"They continued the essene tradition of condemning flesh food, but they allowed and even ... Another contradiction of the older essene idea was the utter ..."

2. A Dictionary of the Bible, Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Robertson Smith (1896)
"... to essene doctrine« and practices ; (c) that they advocated that mi- mixture of Christianity, Judaism, and Oriental philosophy which afterwards became ..."

3. The Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity by Arthur Lillie (1893)
"The Anti-essene Jesus. I HAVE said that in the New Testament there is an essene and an anti-essene Christ. Both are most conspicuous in the Gospel of St. ..."

4. The Expositor edited by Samuel Cox, William Robertson Nicoll, James Moffatt (1885)
"18, represents the worship of angels as an aberration —probably of essene origin—connected with the service of the cosmic elements; but even more ..."

5. History of the Sacred Scriptures of the New Testament by Eduard Reuss (1884)
"... controversial writing against the Christology of the essene Ebionites, but gives un the historical character of the material and the residence of the ..."

6. Semitic Studies in Memory of Rev. Dr. Alexander-Kohut by George Alexander Kohut (1897)
"An essene Midrash on the Book of Jo"b reedited arid translated with Introductory and Exegetical Notes by Bev. Dr. K. Kohler (New York). introduction. ..."

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