The Ante-Nicene Period (“before Nicaea”), or Post-Apostolic Period, of the history of early Christianity spanned the late first century to the early fourth century, with the end marked by the First Council of Nicaea in 325. Christianity during this time was extremely diverse, with many developments difficult to trace and follow. There is also a relative paucity of available material and this period is less studied than the preceding Apostolic Age and historical ages following it.
The Evionites / Ebionites – The Ebionites (Greek: Ebionaioi from Hebrew Evyonim) were an early Jewish Christian sect that lived in and around Judea and Palestine from the 1st to the 4th century.
Locating Qumran – the beginnings of the story
Qumran (Khirbet Qumran) is located on a dry plateau about two kilometers (a mile) inland from the northwestern shore of the cin Israel. The site was constructed sometime during the reign of John Hyrcanus, 134-104 BC and saw various phases of occupation until, in the summer of 68, Titus and his X Fretensis legion destroyed it. It is best known as the settlement nearest to the hiding place of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the caves of the sheer desert cliffs.