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orion-list War Training - Earlier Generations of Essenes

This will sound self-contradictory.... but just because I maintain
that the Essenes emerged out of the military recruiting and
organization of the Maccabeeans, I would not be willing to
claim that they were still practicing "maneuvers" anywhere
near the time of Josephus.

I wouldn't be surprised if such overt preparations were allowed
to pass away in favor of fervent prayer and fervent self-denial.
Writing the War Scroll might have been the most overt military
preparation.... unless Sicarii-style assasination and terrorism
can be considered maneuvers of a type.
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