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This name derives from the Ancient Greek “zēlos (ζήλος) zēloō (ζηλόω) zelotes (ζηλωτής)”, meaning “ardent, eager, enthusiastic, fervent, passionate”. The term "zealot", in Hebrew “kanai”, frequently used in plural form "kana'im", means one who is zealous on behalf of god. The term derives from Ancient Greek “zelotes (ζηλωτήσ)”, "emulator, zealous admirer or follower". Zealotry was originally a political movement in 1st century Second Temple Judaism which sought to incite the people of Judaea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the Great Jewish Revolt (66-70). Zealotry was the term used by Josephus for a "fourth sect" during this period.

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