The Essenes: Manaemus and Herod
From Josephus; "Antiquities of the Jews" 15, 371-9
Another Source provided by E-mail to TOV ResearchAntiques, Book 15, Chapter 10, Section 5:
Menahem the Essene, seeing Herod when he was a child going to school, saluted him as king of the Jews. He prophesies that Herod will reign thirty or more years and that he will "excel all men in happiness and obtain an everlasting reputation, but will forget piety and righteousness." Joseph concludes the section by writing, "...many of these Essenes have, by their excellent virtue, been thought worthy of this knowledge of divine revelation."
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