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Does anyone know (with sources) what the Essenes taught and believed in relation to what Christ taught? Sources are much appreciated.

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    This is an area of much dispute. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essenes for the range of views about Essenes.
    – user43409
    May 16, 2019 at 22:29

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Unlike the other ancient Jewish sects, some think the Essenes were celibate (unmarried), that Jesus Himself may have been associated with them, and that the early Christians were defected Essenes. See p. 18 fn 5 of Dyan 1993 for references.

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