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Re: Essene name

Re the discussion of the etymology of "Essene":

Nobody knows.  It might be of interest, however, that the Aramaic word
/asyan/, "healer" does occur in one of those tiny Aramaic fragments with no
context towards the end of the 4Q numbers (562-575).  Not enough context to
tell us anything, however.  Rats!

Ed Cook
Cincinnati, OH