Essene

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a member of an ascetic Jewish sect around the time of Jesus

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In contrast, the Enochic/Essene hypothesis understands Essenism as the parent movement, of which the Qumran community was a radical, dissident, and marginal offspring.
It is not especially remarkable (if also not proven) to link John the Baptist and his ritual with Essenism.