The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah Volume 1

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...for those in authority. Otherwise the emphasis laid on abstinence from robbery seems strange in such a sect. I venture to think that even Bishop Lightfoot lays too much stress on the affinity to Pharisaism. I can discover few, if any, traces of Pharisaism in the distinctive sense of the term, hven their frequent washings had a different object from those of the Pharisees. 3 For a similar reason, and in order' not to affront the Divine rays of light'--the light as symbol, if not outcome, of the Deity--they coveret themselves, in such circumstances, with the mantle which was their ordinary dress in winter. purity in the body, and, indeed, in all that is material. Hence, also, CHAP.' their asceticism, their repudiation of marriage, and their frequent U lustrations in clean water, not only before their sacrificial meals, but ' upon contact even with an Essene of a lower grade, and after attending to the calls of nature. Their undoubted denial of the resurrection of the body seems only the logical sequence from it. If the soul was a substance of the subtlest ether, drawn by certain natural enticement into the body, which was its prison, a state of perfectness could not have consisted in the restoration of that which, being material, was in itself impure. And, indeed, what we have called the exaggerated Judaism of the sect--its rigid abstinence from all forbidden food, and peculiar Sabbath-observance--may all have had the same object, that of tending towards an external purism, which the Divine legislator would have introduced, but the 'carnallyminded' could not receive. Hence, also, the strict separation of the order, its grades, its rigorous discipline, as well as its abstinence from wine, meat, and all ointments--from every luxury, even more

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  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 599g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236946634
  • 9781236946638