|Original language||English GB|
|Title of host publication||Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online|
|Editors||David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte|
|State||Published - 2018|
The Essenes were a Jewish sect that flourished in Israel during the late Hellenistic and early Roman periods, and which was characterized by its simple and communal way of life.