I'm still hoping that one of the more curious ORION
members will tackle this long over-looked problem of
Jeremiah's eternal lineage of Rechabite priests.

He seems to believe:
1) That they will "stand" (serve as priests) before the Yahweh
of Jerusalem.
2) That Yahweh looks favorably upon them, and thus will
be sure they will have an "eternal" office.
3) His "test" of the Rechabite representatives seems designed
more as a "ritual", and designed to prove his point, rather than
as an authentic test of their resolve.
4) That he links them with an Aramean migration into the
territory, which may in fact "inform" modern audiences as
to the source of the stories of Abraham the Aramean.

>From these points, one might then ask if the Rechabim
(which the Fathers of the post-New Testament period mention
as still in existence):
1) were directly linked to the Enochian community
that seems to have been very active between the return of the
exiles from Persia until the end of the BCE period;
2) and if, like the Greek Suidas specifically says, the Rechabim
actually are the roots of the Essene movement.  If so, it would
explain the non-Jewish character of the Essenes, since the Rechabim
seem clearly to be a non-Jewish sub-set of those devoted to Yahweh.
But this should not be too far-fetched.  By definition, the Benjaminites
and the Levites are ALSO non-Jewish (which is sometimes difficult
to remember).  But the Benjaminites and Levites are Hebrew.  And
perhaps there is a Hebrew linkage between the Rechabites and the
"House of Judah" as well.

Comments?  Thoughts?  

George Brooks
Tampa, FL

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