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The History of the Rechabites: Volume I: The Greek Recension [Paperback]

The History of the Rechabites: Volume I: The Greek Recension [Paperback]

By James H. Charlesworth (Author)
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Language: English
Studio: Scholars Pr
Pages   107
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 5.94" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1982
Publisher   Society of Biblical Literature
ISBN  089130567X  
ISBN13  9780891305675  

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James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director and Editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA.

Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Canada. He is also President of the Institute for Biblical Research.

Blake A. Jurgens is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, USA, and a Fulbright Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany.


James H. Charlesworth has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  2. Dead Sea Scrolls
  3. Essential Guides
  4. Jewish and Christian Text
  5. Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies
  6. Princeton-Prague Symposia Series on the Historical Jesus

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The Rechabites - The Link to the Essenes?  Mar 4, 2000
In this English translation of an ancient work that has been discovered in many forms and by many titles, Prof. Charlesworth has done a marvelous job of uncovering some of the more mystical elements of the Jewish/Chrisitian mindset.

In one work we read about vegetarians, non-sexual nudity (as an indication of holiness), celibacy, and the location of a sacred island where a holy clan of Rechabites live in preparation for willingly giving up their souls so that the souls can travel to God and/or become as bright as a star in heaven.

The Rechabite "mythology" or "legend" seems to be the source of Josephus's discussion of where Essenes think souls travel after death.... to a sacred island.

A very strange story about the Rechabites.... who are an unsung undercurrent in the story of messianic and perhaps even Essenic Judaism. It is written by at least one Church Father that a Rechabite Priest was part of the inner circle of Jesus.

This is a must read for anyone interested in the Essenes or mystic ideas of our Jewish and Christian past.


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