You apparently missed my response to your thesis (see below).

David Suter
Saint Martin's College

The Rechabites as a priesthood seems unlikely.  They are more likely
smiths (the meaning of the name Cain), with their customs to be
explained by the demands of their trade rather than a nomadic
background.  The phrase "to stand before" can mean to serve as a priest,
but it also has other meanings that it would help your argument to
eliminate (check a lexicon), and as far as the connection to Enoch is
concerned, it doesn't work linguistically (all Cain and Henoch have in
common is the nun).  There is mention of metalworking in the Enoch
literature, but it is one of the arts that the Watchers teach that
corrupts humankind, not something taught by Enoch.  There was someone
back in the 60's or so who published on the Rechabites and the Dead Sea
Scrolls.  I can't supply you with the reference at the moment, but you
might want to check it out.

David Suter
Saint Martin's College

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of George Brooks
Sent: Saturday, May 25, 2002 10:27 AM
Subject: orion-list Jeremiah's Eternal Priesthood, the Rechabim

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
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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