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The Essene Name

Another of the corpus' self-designations would be 'ebionim' [the poor] which 
occurs frequently in several documents.  Whether or not the 'ebionim' referred 
to throughout the scrolls would be the one and the same as the 'Ebionites' 
described [interchangeably with Nazarenes] by Eusibius in _Ecclesiastical 
History_ some three hundred years later is highly subject to speculation, 
however there do seem to be references to the early Jerusalem church in the NT 
as 'the poor' [ptochos] as well.  Where would one find the earliest references 
to the [for lack of a better word] 'sect' of Ebionites??

Vernon Chadwick
Charlotte, NC