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The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran: The Essene Mysteries of John the Baptist [Format Kindle]

Robert Feather
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Chapter 25
Geographical Juxtapositions of Christian and Essene Settlements


The Galilee
If, as I claim, geographical factors underline the contention that Jesus and John the Baptist emanated from Qumran, the traditional view that Jesus was a Galilean and came from Nazareth in Galilee seems to go against this possibility.

In fact even more telling, in some ways, than the geographical coincidentally of early Christian establishments with Essene settlements, is the lack of Christian establishments in Galilee--the one region where one would expect a glut. Historians, such as Joan Taylor or H. Kasting, minimize the possibility of the Judaea Wilderness as a stomping ground for Jesus, ostensibly to distance him from Qumran, and place his ministry as having taken place predominantly in Galilee. Yet if this were the case and his origins were in the Galilee, the direct information on the existence of early Christianity or any churches in Galilee is virtually non-existent. Even the gospels, as Professor Sean Freyn of the University College of Dublin notes in his monumental study on the province of Galilee, are surprisingly silent on the mention of Galilee. Luke and Acts have evangelists going to Samaria, Gaza, Lydda, Joppa, Caesarea, and Judaea--anywhere but Galilee.

The obvious question remains: Why are so many places named in Galilee in the New Testament and why do both Matthew and Mark assert that Jesus commenced his ministry in the Galilee? There is no clear answer. It must be assumed that Jesus (and the twelve apostles and seventy evangelists) did indeed spend periods preaching in the Galilee, in addition to Judaea and the area around Qumran, as there was a greater population there. Perhaps Jesus concentrated on that area, initially, because John the Baptist was already more active in Judaea.

Nevertheless the readings of the first two gospels are ambiguous on the point, while Luke is fairly clear in his positioning of Judaea as being more significant to Jesus. When it comes to the Gospel of St John, Galilee is certainly of importance to Jesus, but John reiterates no less than five times that Jesus came from Judaea into Galilee when he was received at Cana. The New Testament readings are, in fact, entirely consistent, and more indicative, with Jesus “coming out” of Judaea having spent his early life of study there, and “coming into” Galilee at a later date.

Summation
It is now possible to review the geographical juxtapositions of Christian and Essene settlements in relation to Qumran, Christianity, and the key persons of the New Testament, and to establish a base position that is consistent with what many respected scholars assert:

• John the Baptist was at some stage in his life a member of the Qumran-Essene Community
• Jesus had a close association with John the Baptist and may have had some association with the Community and certainly would have had knowledge of it
• Early Christianity was rooted firmly in Judaism
• Early Christianity and the early New Testament had many exclusive features of commonality with the teachings, beliefs, and practices of the Qumran Community
• The texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls may prefigure someone identifiable with Jesus, but they do not mention Jesus per se--although there are similarities in the messianic expectations of the Community and the role fulfilled by Jesus, they did not conceive of a messiah, in the Christian sense, who was the divine Son of God, born of a virgin, or spiritual resurrection before the End of Time. In the light of emerging scholarship from Dead Sea Scrolls, this base position can, I believe, be moved to a much firmer understanding, and the balance of probability is strongly indicative that:
• John the Baptist was a member of the Qumran Community and kept in close contact with the Community in his role as a mobile Essene
• Jesus was almost certainly a member of the Qumran-Essene Community at some period of his life, commencing his ministry after his graduation at the age of 30
• The earliest Christian communities were closely associated, in a spiritual and geographical sense, with the existing locations of Essene communities.
• The New Testament authors drew heavily on the Dead Sea Scroll texts, beliefs, practices, and community structure of the Qumran-Essenes

Conservative and fundamentalist Christian theologians have traditionally viewed many of the Dead Sea Scrolls as an enemy, fearing they could compromise the originality of Jesus and the New Testament story. Perhaps the scrolls should be looked at in an entirely different way. In fact they could be the truest friend of Christianity. Apart from the New Testament and Josephus, there are no near-contemporary witnesses to the life of Jesus, John the Baptist, and his disciples. Even the earliest of the New Testament books were allegedly written at least 40 years after the deaths of Jesus and John the Baptist, and the earliest authenticated versions we have of these testimonies are dated to at least 200 years after the events.

The Dead Sea Scrolls that anticipate some of the information in the New Testament, the teachings of Jesus and the life of John the Baptist, are the only original contemporary writings we have covering the period of their lives and they are written in their own ethnic language. They are the greatest supporters of the validity of the New Testament, and even if 90 percent of the New Testament could be shown to have been derived from Dead Sea Scroll sources the core values of Christianity would not be affected. On the contrary, the existence of Jesus and John the Baptist would, for the first time, be buttressed by verifiable fact.

Revue de presse

"Feather’s book appeals because of its startling thesis, its systematic presentation of the evidence, and the author’s excellent story telling, Obviously, the last word about the origins of Christianity has not been spoken as yet. Perhaps, with The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Quamram, we are getting a little closer to the truth." (Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive, January 17th 2006)

"A fact-filled book about the Essene mysteries, and the role that John the Baptist performed with Jesus' initiation, are part of this big book of information. It is a good, old-fashioned reading experience, one the reader will deeply enjoy!" (Lee Prosser, Ghostvillage.com, Feb 8, 2006)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Est-ce vraiment la Grande Vérité? 28 octobre 2005
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Enfin! Voici le livre que tout le monde attendait. Après avoir lu le premier tome de Feather, j'attendais impatiemment la sortie du deuxième, mais je n'aurais jamais imaginé une suite aussi palpitante.
Reprise à partir de Qumran, l'histoire prend un tournant totalement inattendu et avance vers l'ère chrétienne en relatant les évènements ayant eu lieu à la suite de la destruction de la communauté pendant la dernière partie du 1er siècle.
Le début du livre est un peu astreignant, mais la cadence s'accélere rapidement et la suite se lit comme un thriller. Cependant, l'auteur affirme que ce qu'il révèle n'est que la stricte vérité.
Vrai ou faux, tout reste à être prouvé, mais il nous fournit tant de preuves et d'évidences, que pour ma part, je suis convaincue que ce que nous raconte Feather sur les évenements concernant les premiers chrétiens , St Jean-Baptiste et Jésus lui-même, reste la thèse la plus plausible à ce jour.
Si seulement la moitié de ce que Feather nous révèle; à travers le regard d'un prêtre déchu franco-polonais; s'avère être vrai, alors ce livre captivant changera le cours de nos opinions sur la connaissance religieuse.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A different kind of scholarly treatise. 24 décembre 2005
Par Joseph F. Pauswinski - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought "The Secret Initiation of Jesus at Qumran" because I had read Robert Feather's previous book, "The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran" and I wanted to see where his research had led. I settled into the "serious reading" chair in my home office that is very different from my "fun reading" chair (which actually consists of lounging on the living room sofa). I figured that I would need intense concentration and I even had a notepad handy to try to keep the names and dates orderly.

Perhaps it would be best to describe what this book isn't. I was prepared for a typical, dry, academic study. That would consist of a brief statement of facts followed by a seemingly endless series of footnotes. The purpose of the notes would be to show how other experts agreed with the wisdom being presented. There would be long paragraphs that needed to be diagramed to keep my understanding from getting untracked. That was the reason for my notepad.

This book reads more like a novel. Mr. Feather provided me with a map, charts, a compass, and a flashlight. The preface warned that it would be necessary to understand the basic history before the conclusions would be apparent. But then I was introduced to a kind of adventure hunt/thriller. I first met a noted academic in a spooky apartment and all the facts changed from memory challenges to clues in a puzzle. Whenever there was an overload of facts coming at me from every direction, Feather provided a chart that made it all clear. The impressive thing about this was that he even made clear the reasoning of those who reached different conclusions from his own. You could easily choose which horse you wanted to bet on. I readily understood the evolution of the Hebrew/Jewish concepts of resurrection and afterlife. I could even tell you which historian had used what data to put a date and name on the Essene's "Teacher of Righteousness."

I enjoyed his unusual chapter titles, such as "Scribblers, Squabblers, and Scholars" and "Paul's Smoking Gun." After 224 pages of preparation, Mr. Feather went back to the spooky apartment and re-introduced all the prime characters. I felt as if I now knew them and how they might act. The book then became a rapid page-turner, hurtling toward the conclusion. Instead of dry prose, you read phrases such as "It was one of those nerve-tingling moments." I could actually feel the thrill of the discoveries.

The preface promised a trip of discovery. Feather shined light behind the curtains and into the caves. At he end, he delivered on his promise of an unexpected turn of events and the finding of someone he wasn't originally looking for. It seemed as if he set out not to prove something but rather to discover it. I felt as if I was there when he did.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Da Vinci Code Companion 9 décembre 2005
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I whole-heartedly recommend this masterpiece to the "Da Vinci Code" fans, as well as to anyone who has ever curled up in front of a roaring fireplace to read a good mystery. Robert Feather is all about facts and logic, which might normally make it hard to keep one's fire, lit. But that's not the case with this fantastic story. Each turned page heats up more and more, making the book very difficult to put down.

It's a must read in today's world of religious uncertainty. It takes the reader behind the embryonic scenes of a new kind of Judeo-Christian-Islamic triangle, told in a way that only this author could, considering his background and extensive knowledge of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

As the pages were turned faster I could sense Mr. Feather's jubilant circumspection of the findings, which lead to this testament about missing (and perhaps deliberately hidden) links, within the corpus of those three religions. It's the stuff of Secret Societies and it may even be telling us where the bodies are buried! Until now, only by being a member of a select group or two, could one come to the same conclusions which Mr. Feather offers up for consumption by anyone who merely takes the time to read. "The Secret Initiation of JESUS at QUMRAN" is an easy and enjoyable path to enlightment.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Good Read from Robert Feather 27 octobre 2005
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You will enjoy the thorough scholarship in this engaging book more if you've already read Feather's Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran. In this sequel, Feather builds on his research into the connections between Akhenaten and the monotheism that became Judaism.

For almost fifty years after their discovery, a small team of scholars prevented access to the Dead Sea Scrolls. What were they afraid of? What were they hiding? Did the Essenes practice a purer form of Judaism? Was this the path to which Jesus was calling people? For those who have pondered these questions, Feather's research provides a wealth of well-documented information.

Feather provides convincing evidence that the primary communities initially connected with Jesus's Way correspond to known Essene communities. This is exciting news to those who seek the truth and it clears up many previously inexplicable details in both chronology and doctrine. Some of the "hard sayings" that caused people to leave the Jesus movement could well be based on the stringent demands of the Essenes.

Be ready for lots of scholarly details presented in a highly readable format. Feather's interviews with Jozef Milik and his wife Yolanta gave him an inside track to uncovering some of the cover-ups of the Dead Sea Scrolls officials.

Though sources are cited in the extensive footnotes, the book could profit from a bibliography to make it easier for interested scholars to find related materials.

A great gift for those willing to leave their Sunday School paradigm behind.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Scholarship of Robert Feather 30 janvier 2008
Par Abioseh Cole - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have done quite a bit of research on both the Essenes, and the Egyptian connection to Christianity. Nothing I have read to date was more conclusive than this book. The evidence that not only Christianity came from Essenic traditions, but that many of the early converts to Christianity were Essene, including its originators in Jesus and the John the Baptist, is quite clear. That said, Robert Feathers does not draw a conclusion for you, but shows you the perspective a variety of scholars, and explains why he doesn't agree with them. After reading this book, I realized how much the religion has changed from its original form to become what we see today. To quote Robert Feathers, "It really seems as though the wrong side won."
Things such as baptismal rights, the ressurection, and even the severe persecution that the early Christians face became much clearer after reading this book. The reasoning for so many of the Christian symbols having Egyptian origins also became clear, and though there are many theories, that attempt to explain why this is, Robert Feathers' conclusions, in my opinion, really hit the nail on the head. I have always been a follower of Christ, and even though I was raised by a Methodist Reverend, I have never had a "traditional" outlook on the bible. There were too many things in "traditional" christianity that just didn't seem to make sence to me, even as an adolecent.
After studying the Essenes, and with particular reference to Robert Feathers' work, I now better understand why I have always questioned the "traditionally accepted" forms of Christianity. I would reccomend this book to any true scholar of Christianity, to any one that doesn't just believe what they have been told, but allows themselves to think critically on the subject. Any such scholar will find Robert Feathers' work extraordinary.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 FOREVER CHANGES THE HISTORY OF MONTHEISM 16 octobre 2012
Par Robert Steven Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Robert Feather is one of the world's foremost scholars in research of the roots of Monotheism. Feather is a Dead Sea Scrolls expert with few equals. What sets Feather's work apart and makes it so compelling and worthy of praise is his fresh approach and trained, yet open mind. Most (if not all) of the Dead Sea Scroll team since their discovery beginning in 1947, has been made up of members of fervently established religions: Catholic, Protestant & Hebrew. As such, these partisan researchers have been shy, reclusive, reluctant and unwilling to share their knowledge, and freely pass on the information to other interested sources as they were originally compelled to do. As a result, for over 60 years, important information, details and segments have been withheld, hidden and even possibly intentionally destroyed by the very persons who were entrusted with its safekeeping and to bring the Dead Sea Scrolls to light of day. As a PhD and metallurgist, Feather was invited into the group to help decipher one of the most enigmatic scrolls, "The Copper Scroll of Qumran." In his first book (of the same name) Feather proved a clear a link between the ancient Essene Jews at Qumran and the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Akhenaten, indicating that the true roots of Monotheism were actually Egyptian - not Jewish! In this, his second work in a trilogy on the ancient Essene settlement at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, Feather focuses on new evidence that Jesus' missing years, along with John the Baptist, were spent as initiates in the Essene community. The book begins like a "detective thriller" and never lets up. There is no question that further dissemination of Feather's discoveries at Qumran will ultimately rock the foundations of modern monotheism be they Catholic, Protestant, Islam or Hebrew. Understanding the reality of these links establishes why the Jewish and Catholic team members in charge of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been so secretive, deceitful and very likely dishonest to the possibility of criminal activity. ENOUGH! It is time for more people to understand the truth of our human and religious heritage. This book goes a long way toward correctly interpreting them both. A MUST read for any reasonable, educated, curious person.
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