I was reading up on the Essens and how they came to be "Finally in 94 B.C.., the people rebelled ,led by the Pharisees .After six years of indecisive civil war , the Pharisees made an incredible mistake.They called on the Syrians to intervene.The people ,stunned at seeing the successors of the Hasideans in league with the ... Syrians, withdrew their support and went over to Janneus in time to repel the Syrian invasion. Once reinstated in Jerusalem, Janneus has 800 leading Pharisees crucified and their wives and children killed in front of them...Janneus and his concubines held a Greek-style drinking party and watched the bloody spectacle.One of the Dead Sea Scrolls comments on this event: ' He hanged living men on wood...' As in the days of the revolt against Antiochus,many fled to the hills and desert.The Wilderness of Judea once again became the refuge of those zealous for the law.Some set up monastic communities there, and among them were the Essens."(G.Ernest Wright, et el .Great People of The Bible and How They Lived.295)Of further interest is that there is a strong possibility that John the Baptist was associated with this sect."Some Biblical scholars now think that John the Baptist was an Essene."(G.Ernest Wright, et el...341)According to this source the Essens were huge on submerged baptism so maybe this could give us a another perspective of understanding baptism as described in the Bible especially the Disciples of John the Baptist Acts 19:3-7.