I'm looking at a reprint, edited by Leonardo Taran, of Philo's The Contemplative Life, in which he describes the Essenes: "Philo of Alexandria. About the Contemplative Life, or The Fourth Book of the Treatise Concerning Virtues." There's a lot of Greek and Latin in this book, in addition to English.
..... I'm also looking at the book "Philo of Alexandria, the Contemplative life, the Giants, and Selections" by David Winston (in English only). Essenes are described on pages 41 and 249-252. On page 252, for example, it includes: " ... neither the most savage-hearted nor the most profoundly treacherous, were capable of accusing the society of Essenes or holy ones here described. No match for the excellence of these people, they all treated them as men independent and free by nature, celebrating their common meals and their ineffable sense of fellowship, which is the clearest indication of a perfect and supremely happy life. (Prob.72-91)". Prob. is "Quod Omnis Probus Liber Sit", one of Philo's Treatises.
..... Yes, there is a resemblance between what the Essenes, as described by Philo, did, and what the FIRST version of Christianity, the one by Jesus, is/was all about. Unfortunately (most of?) the members of later versions of Christianity are not at all like the Essenes, and very likely these versions would have been rejected by Jesus. Compare with the partial description of what the apostles did per Acts 2 and Acts 4.