Some scholars think the term “Essene” derives from the expression ‘osei ha-torah, “doers of the Torah,” a term that appears numerous times in the scrolls. See Stephen Goranson, “Others and Intra-Jewish Polemic as Reflected in Qumran Texts,” in Peter W. Flint and James C. VanderKam, eds., The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Comprehensive Assessment vol. 2 (Leiden: Brill, 1999), pp. 534–551.