Universal Essenes Understood Spiritual Allegory

“They [the Essenes] interpreted the Torah and other Hebrew scriptures in an almost exclusively spiritual, symbolic and metaphysical manner, as did the Alexandrian Jewish philosopher Philo. They also had esoteric writings of their own which they would not allow non-Essenes to see. But even more objectionable to the other Hebrews was their study and acceptance…

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Flowers and Birds, Spirits and Souls

“Our souls are like tender flowers at the mercy of the winds of Destiny. They tremble in the morning breeze, and bend their heads under the falling dews of heaven. “The song of the bird awakens Man from his slumber, and invites him to join in the psalms of glory to Eternal Wisdom that has…

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Personal Redemption, Myths and Allegory

“Long periods of probation were imposed, so that he knowledge of how to become as the gods might remain the sole possession of the worthy. Lest that knowledge be lost, however, it was concealed in allegories and myths which were meaningless to the profane but self-evident to those acquainted with that theory of personal redemption….

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Ezekiel’s Chariot and the Cherubim

“The blessed prophet Ezekiel relates a glorious and inspiring vision or apparition which he saw, and his description is that of a vision full of mystery unspeakable. He saw in the plain a chariot of Cherubim, four spiritual living creatures. Each living creature had four faces, one the face of a lion, another the face…

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