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The Essenes: From Jesus to our time Paperback – Dec 1998

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  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Telesma-Evida (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894341007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894341004
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,114,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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By A Customer on Sept. 6 2002
Format: Paperback
What people don't know is that the Brotherhood and Sisterhood do trully exist even today. But the truth or stricked laws are to be abtanded and never looked back. The sisterhood that i know today are with angle and they are the light that most people don't know about. This book was ment for a guide to continue the tradition and respect over all nature which today in day very little people would know about. When GOD gave the commandments thy shall not Kill that means no hunting or if you are about love you won't kill. If you eat meat you are a conspiricy to murder. My beliefe is that if you eat meat, have a blessing with the family each meal like Jesus Christ did. Yes the bible did say to eat meat and very much do i respect that but the essense on the brother and sisterhood where vegitarians. Which made them PUREITY. Most people don't know about that and still to come they don't even have a clue. The book is good if you are wanting to change you life completely. Remenber that in Revelation John the Baptist will return in spirit, Chapter 4 I believe. That mean's that riencarnation does exist. The world is not prepared for what is to come to pass. But i want to give a very big thanks to Oliver for this book... I recommend to meditate and pray before reading this book. So that you will get the full truth what is to come... There is a big diffence between Meditating and praying keep that in mind. That is where i got stuck... Oliver is true most people might disagree but most people are not spritualy active but only book knowledge.... Keep that in mind... You have to remember that there are more law of Heaven, Law of the Universe, Law's of the Earth,Mother nature.Read more ›
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa56c5864) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0xa75f57e0) out of 5 stars A journey through the past. Nov. 25 1999
By francois schott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book helps us to understand the importance of the Essenes 2000 years ago and their impact on our modern civilization -eventhough the conventionnal Catholic Church would try to deny it :)
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...
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75f575c) out of 5 stars Hold onto your money Nov. 26 2001
By MysticJaguar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am interested in the Essenes and really wanted to like this book.
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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75f5a74) out of 5 stars A living perspective -- I thoroughly enjoyed this book Feb. 25 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Essenes", a subject I have always been interested in reading about. I read many books on the Essenes, and this one offers a living, inner perspective. It is not an academic, dead work. The author found the living spirit of the Essenes, and reveals their rules of life, their organization, their principles. Deeply interesting.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75f5da4) out of 5 stars A treasure-trove for anyone open to the great wisdom July 20 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are rare moments in our life when the discovery of a book simply leaves us breathlessly filled with awe, gratitude and joy.
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.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75f5cb4) out of 5 stars A must read!!! May 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's the best book on the Essenes I've ever read. I've just finished devouring it. Others only scratched the surface, and I always knew there was more. I have been searching for these teachings for years.
Thanks so much!