Essene Academy of Religion, Theology and History

 

Course 1 - The Origins of the Essenes, Ancient Witnesses & Calendars

 

Vero Essene Yahad

Dr. Jackson Snyder

3495 1st St.  Vero Beach, FL 32968

(772) 696-2167

VeroYahad (at) gmail.com

 

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Greetings students of the Essene Academy of Religion, Theology and History, Vero Essene Yahad. Special greetings to newcomers and candidates within the ordination program. In this first installment, let us look at the history of the "Primitive" Essene movement. We actually have several origins and 'fathers' in our Essene Faith - here they are:

 

  -  'Melchizedek' in Jebus from about 1800 BC

  -  Zaphenath-Paneah in Egypt 1350 BC

  -  Moses is Egypt 1200 BC

  -  Zadok the Priest in Jerusalem 1000 BC

  -  Ezekiel the Priest / Prophet 600 BC

  -  Onias IV the Priest / 170 BC

  -  The Teacher of Righteousness 200 BC - 100 AD 

  -  Yahshua the Son of Man 30 AD

  -  James the Just 60 AD
 

The Essene Movement is a coming together of several middle Judaisms - The Zadokites, the Enochians, the Chasidim, The Nazoreans and the Ebionites. The Ebionites were finally absorbed into Islam through conquest. Our intention is to restore this line in our time, and there is a prophecy in the Scrolls that tells us that in the far-flung future, the line will live again - as soon as "the books ascend out of the ground." We understand this to mean the discovery of many essential writings of the first century that had been hidden or destroyed by religious or political agents in the first few centuries AD. Indeed, early histories of both church and state inform us that a plethora of books (important to us) were destroyed or "commended top the fire." Only some of these have been recovered, many in the last 120 years, including:
 

-  The Teaching of the Twelve (Didache)

-  The Epistle of Barnabas

-  The Dead Sea Scrolls (perhaps 850 books)

-  The Gospel of the Nazarenes

-  The Nazarene Acts of the Apostles (the Clementia)

-  More of 1st Enoch and 2nd Enoch

-  The Aramaic / Slavonic Josephus.

 

We will look into all these texts in due time in order to ferret out the real man who called himself by a legendary name, the 'Son of Man', so meaningful if we are to understand him.

 

But first let us get some history under our belts.

 

Most of the audios you will be listening to are from my radio show on Hebrew Nation Radio, but there will be various teachers also. Below are links to each audio for you to listen to and take notes from. You will need to develop your own system of keeping all of this information at your reach, for later referral. It's quite a lot to take in at first. There will be a small assignment for you to complete, to help you summarise what's important to learn and also so that we know how you are continuing in your study.

 

In addition, there will be a few books to read - you will need to read a part of them every week to keep up and keep the contents fresh in your mind. You are not tested on the book reading, however they will form part of the foundation for your understanding. I will supply you most books in pdf.  If you want printed books, I will supply a link to purchase those.

 

We will expect at least the first assignment to be completed in a timely manner, however if you are experiencing difficulty keeping up, just let us know. Not completing the assignment, which is easy, will get you expelled from the class. You cannot go forward to the next course, until you have succesfully completed everything in this one. It is our intention to get this course into the curriculum of a theological school, so we must garner results from you.

 

MP3 CDs are available at $7.50 per course. These can be played on a car (2007 and newer), a computer or a TV DVD player.


As for my credentials, I am a career pastoral minister and a speculative theologian.  Now at 65, I have been in the ministry since my youth.  I hold Associate and Bachelor degrees from Indiana University, Master of Divinity from Emory University Atlanta, Clinical Pastoral Education from Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, FL, Doctorate of Humane Letters conferred by the church through the Wesley Synod, and have worked in many areas of ministry and service down through the years. I find it a privilege to teach you what I know. This is not a cheap Bible course; this is Masters' level material and the extra credit material is often fit for Doctoral work.

 

The Origins of the Essenes, Ancient Witnesses and Calendars

 

Required Listening -  (Audio Links)

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES, TEACHING OR ORDINATION, TRY THIS ONE.

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