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From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Zealots
    a sect of Jews which originated with Judas the Gaulonite (Acts
    5:37). They refused to pay tribute to the Romans, on the ground
    that this was a violation of the principle that God was the only
    king of Israel. They rebelled against the Romans, but were soon
    scattered, and became a lawless band of mere brigands. They were
    afterwards called Sicarii, from their use of the sica, i.e., the
    Roman dagger.