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Why Herod Honored the Essenes

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Why Herod Honored the Essenes

                                    

From "Antiquities of the Jews" 15, 371-9 Flavius Josephus

Among those spared from being forced [to take a loyalty oath to Herod] were those we call Essenes . . . . It is worth saying what caused [Herod] to honor the Essenes. There was a certain Essene whose name was Manaemus . . . . This man once saw Herod when the latter, still a boy, was on the way to his teacher's house, and addressed him as 'King of the Jews.' Herod thought he was ignorant or joking and reminded him that he was a private citizen. But Manaemus smiled gently and tapped him with his hand on the rump, saying: 'But indeed you will be king and you will rule happily, for you have been found worthy by God.'

[Translation from "The Essenes According to Classical Sources" (1989)]

Flavius Josephus Ioudaikes ... (Basel, 1544) Printed book. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

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