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I understand that there were certain groups of Pharisees that required similar
probationary periods/initiation purifications as Josephus attributed to the
community of Essenes which would subsequently be somewhat analogous to the
requirements for new membership into the Yahad as reflected in 1QS. My
question is what primary source offers this info (regarding the Pharisees) and
whether there are any records of similar probationary/initiation requirements
for other 2nd Temple Jewish 'sects'?
Thanks in advance....