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Sent: 28 May 2002 05:29
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Subject: RE: orion-list Jeremiah's Eternal Priesthood, the Rechabim


David Suter wrote:

The Rechabites as a priesthood seems unlikely.

George Brooks wrote in his initial post:

... the Rechabim (which the Fathers of the post-New Testament period mention
as still in existence)....
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So how does one explain the almost incidental remark about priestly
Rechabites in Eusebius' history (2.23) and said to have been written by
Hegesippus?:

'While they pelted him (James) with stones, one of the descendants of Rechab
the son of the Rechabim -- the PRIESTLY family to which Jeremiah the Prophet
bore witness, called out: Stop! what are you doing? the Righteous One is
praying for you.'

Presumably, there was more than one priestly descendant of Rechab around at
the same time.  Significantly, and in contrast to at least one recent
interpretation (BT's) I have seen, they appear to be defending their fellow
Rechabite colleague James, rather than attacking him. The 'one of them'
wielding the fullers club was NOT one of the Rechabites but was on the side
of 'they' who pelted him with stones. Who were the fullers, if not the
Essenes?

Geoff

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