The Essenes: From Jesus to our time Paperback – Dec 1998
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Since the archaeological discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946, the word Essene has made its way around the world, often raising a lot of questions. Many people were astonished to discover that, two thousand years ago, a brotherhood of holy men, living together in a community, carried within themselves all of the seeds of Christianity and of future western civilization. This brotherhood, more or less persecuted and ostracized, would bring forth people who would change the face of the world and the course of history. Indeed, almost all of the principal founders of what would later be called Christianity were Essenes, St. Ann, Joseph and Mary, John the Baptist, Jesus, John the Evangelist, etc. -- Anonymous Reviewer
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From my heart, I dedicate this book to Steven Spielberg for his film "Schindler's List"-which, beyond its historical aspect, shows so clearly what humanity is heading towards if nothing is done to bring about the triumph of the inner light, which turns the physical man into a true Man in spirit and in life. Olivier Manitara.See all Product Description
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We discover that the idea of living together as brotherhood-sisterhood, is a concept that has been existing way before John Lennon. It's easy if we'd try...
Olivier claims that from Enoch (aka Hermes, Thoth, etc) just about every avatar (Buddha, Zoaraster, Mohammed, Jesus, etc.) was an Essene. For much of this book a nebulous whispy spirituality is presented and the fruits of all enlightment are known from Enoch only through the Essenes. Olivier should know that current thinking is that Quamram were probably not Essenes at all. In short, the fluffiness of this book (claims without substantiation), tells almost nothing verifiable about the Essenes.
What it does claim in detail would have been revealed by texts somehow not destroyed by the evil 'church of St. Peter' which somehow missed thosed texts. The evidence is neither from the Dead Sea Scrolls but from revelation spiritually to Olivier. These two extremes, non-specific bantering (in the spirit of I'm OK, you're OK, I'm spiritual, wheee) to specifics with no substantation leave no middle way (a term familiar to Buddhists).
On the back cover Manitara claims that 'Only techniques can liberate man..' But his writing is largely unspecific and borders on the style of creative fantasy. This seems like a marketing piece by Oliver. It leaves you unsatisfied enough to wonder what he might be holding back so you might make the mistake of spending more money and time for the same fluffiness.
There are other sources of information on the Essenes. But unfortunately there are no writings (that this writer is aware of) that can be considered authentically Essene. This includes this book or the works of Szekely. The Gospel Of The Holy Twelve is held up as an authentic Aramaic/Essene text but the reader will need to decide that for themseves.
You are better off sticking with sources based on Dead Sea Scroll texts. But keep in mind those writings are in no way guaranteed to be Essene. The Essenes are a great concept but unless more texts are found their legacy has been lost to history. What people are creating today and saying is authentic 'Essene' is at best creative re-construction (based on 'Essene Gospel of Peace' which is of unverified authenticity) and at worst imagination.
We recognize immediately that we have come upon a great treasure, and we sense immediately that it has begun to change us.
That has been my response to encountering this book.
There are no words: I recommend this book to anyone eager for truth, wisdom and beauty.
Thanks so much!