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Re: orion-list Prof. Goranson's "DOERS" - A MACCABEAN EVIDENCE?

Dear Professor,

I am not convinced by your ethymology of 'Essene'. 
A number of possibilities  have been suggested and there is still no
consensus in favor of any of them.
As for me, I am inclined to favor the derivation from 'ah-sah' which
means a physician or a healer in Aramaic; it is found in the Targum (cf.
Jastrow, Dictionary of the Targum, Talmud...).
It would be in consonance with Philo's description of the 'therapeutaye'.

Leo Abrami 
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