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Behalf Of George Brooks
Sent: 17 August 2002 23:54
Subject: orion-list Enochian Sects: Samaritan vs. Judah-ite

George wrote:
Jeremiah's discussion of the Rechabites [who elsewhere are
connected with the region of Hamath] explains that the Rechabites
had retreated to Jerusalem to avoid Assyrian predations.
But how had they become so closely involved with the Yahweh cult
to receive the commendations of Jeremiah?  Was there faith a recent
acquisition?  Or had it been acquired a generation or generations

The Old Testament provides a clue; in 2 Kings 17 we read:

2 Kings 17:24-31
"The king of Assyria brought people from ... Hamath... and
settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites.
They [Hamathites and others] took over Samaria...Then the king
of Assyuria gave this order:  'Have one of the priests you took
captive from Samaria go back to live there and teach
the people what the god of the land requires.'...Nevertheless,
each national group made its own gods in the several towns...
the men from Hamath made Ashima [which is probably "a-shai-ma"
a reference to the Caravan god Shai al Qaum, the "Rechabite"
god who prohibited the consumption of wine"].

But the text continues in a strange duality:
2 Kings 17:32-34a
They [the deportees, including those of Hamath] worshipped
the Lord, but they also appointed all sorts of their own
people to official for them as priests in the shrines...
to this day they persist in their former practices."

This then alternates with the opposing view contained in
verse 34b:
"They nieghter worship the Lord nor adhere to the decrees and
ordinances, the laws and commands that the Lord gave the
descendants of Jacob."

This is then followed by yet ANOTHER contradictory doublet:
2 Kings 17:41
Part A -
"Even while these people were worshipping the Lord...

Part B - "they were serving their idols".

And this is concluded with "To this day their children and
grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did."

This appears to be an "on point" explanation for how and
where this alien "Rechabite" guild comes from.  Their ancestors,
being deported by the Assyrians from the home territories of the
Rechabites (i.e., Hamath) are settled in Samaria and are taught
the cult of Yahweh.  And that despite their interest in Yahweh,
they continue to include "alien" elements in their religious

Later, as Assyrian hostilities begin to creep south again,
eventually to swallow up even Jerusalem, they flee southwards,
to a safe haven for Yahweh worshippers.  Jeremiah is obviously
impressed with them.
[And I find it conceivable that Jeremiah is, himself, a highly
placed Rechabite.  But let's not digress.]

Dear George,

1.  Jehonadab son of Recab (2 Kings 10.15) was around before the exile
described in 2 Kings 17.  So presumably the Rechabite lifestyle was already
in evidence.

2.  How do you reconcile the nomadic, tent dwelling, Maverick Rechabites
with settled, law-bound, controlled, agricultural Essenes?


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