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History of Rechabites
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History of the Rechabites. A nonbiblical text of uncertain date and provenance that is classified as part of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. In the text, a monk, Zosimus, travels to a mysterious realm to see the Blessed Ones—descendants of the Rechabites mentioned in Jeremiah 35.In its current form, the History of the Rechabites appears to be a Christian-influenced reframing of a Jewish story about an Edenic realm where holy men and women (the “Blessed Ones”) live in ease and harmony, in close communion with angels and God. Chapters 8–10 identify these Blessed Ones as the Rechabites, who were, according to the text, imprisoned in Jerusalem during the latter days of the Judean monarchy, rescued by angels, and brought to this hidden paradise. The name of the entire work refers to this historical section as found in chapters 8–10. The existing form of the text may date to the sixth century ad, while the Jewish text that lies behind the reworking may date from the second century ad or earlier, but this is uncertain (Charlesworth, “History of the Rechabites,” 444–45).
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History of the Rechabites
History of the Rechabites History of the Rechabites. A nonbiblical text of uncertain date and provenance that is classified as part of the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha. In the text, a monk, Zosimus, travels to a mysterious realm to see the Blessed Ones—descendants of the Rechabites mentioned in Jeremiah
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Rechabites, History of
RECHABITES, HISTORY OF. This apocryphon is extant in numerous languages, including Ethiopic, Syriac, and Greek. A 12th-century Syr manuscript in the British Library (BM Add. 12174) may well accurately indicate the transmission of this document: “The History of the Blessed Ones, the Sons of the Rechabites