The Covenanters of Damascus; A Hitherto Unknown Jewish Sect

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Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,119 / 73 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.9
LoC Category: BM
Downloads: 486
Added to site: 2010.04.13
mnybks.net#: 27335
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Religion
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The founder of the sect is called the "teacher of righteousness" (1 11),(16) "the only, or beloved, teacher" (20 14);(17) "the only one" (20 32); he is "the legislator," that is, "the interpreter of the law" (6 7); and this interpreter of the law, who came to Damascus, is the star who, according to Balaam's prophecy, was to issue from Jacob (7 18 f.).(18) He showed them how to walk in the way of God's heart (1 11); as interpreter of the law he ordained them statutes to walk in till the end of wickedness--statutes which shall not be superseded by any others "until there arise the teacher of righteousness in the last days" (6 11 f.). To him, therefore, are attributed the distinctive principles and observances of the sect as they are set forth in this book. "His anointed," through whom God made known to men his holy spirit, and who is true (2 12 f.), is in all probability the same person with the teacher, the star, just as the anointed from Aaron and Israel who is

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