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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??