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The Essene Book of Discipline from the Dead Sea Scrolls, for reference

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation
by: Michael Wise Martin Abegg, Jr. Edward Cook
HarperSanFrancisco
1996

 

Book of Discipline

 

 

 

Col. 1

A text belonging to [the Instructor, who is to teach the Ho]ly Ones how to live according to the book of the Yahad’s Rule. He is to teach them to seek God with all their heart and with all their soul, to do that which is good and upright before Him, just as He commanded through Moses and all His servants the prophets. He is to teach them to love everything He chose and to hate everything He rejected, to distance themselves from all evil and to hold fast to all good deeds; to practice truth, justice, and righteousness in the land, and to walk no longer in a guilty, willful heart and lustful desires, wherein they did every evil thing. He is to induct all who volunteer to live by the laws of God into the Covenant of Mercy, so as to be joined to God’s society and walk faultless before Him, according to all that has been revealed for the times appointed them. He is to teach them both to love all the Children of Light–each commensurate with his rightful place in the council of God–and to hate all the Children of Darkness, each commensurate with his guilt stand the vengeance due him from God.

All who volunteer for His truth are to bring the full measure of their knowledge. strength, and wealth into the Yahad of God. Thus will they purify their knowledge in the verity of God’s laws, properly excercise their strength according to the perfection of His ways, and likewise their wealth by the canon of His righteous counsel. They are not to deviate in the smallest detail from any of God’s words as these apply to their own nme. They are neither to advance their holy times nor to postpone any of their prescribed festivals. They shall turn aside from His unerring laws neither to the right nor the left.

Rules for the conduct of the community. In the first section the rules are general and abstract.

Col. 5

This is the rule for the men of the Yahad who volunteer to repent from all evil and to hold test to all that He, by His good will, has commanded.

They are to separate from the congregation of perverse men. They are to come together as one with respect to Law and wealth. Their discussions shall be under the oversight of the Sons of Zadok–priests and preservers of the Covenant–and according to the majority rule of the men of the Yahad, who hold fast to the Covenant. These men shall guide all decisions on matters of Law, money, and judgment.

They are to practice truth together with humility, charity, justice, loving-kindness, and modesty in all their ways. Accordingly, none will continue in a willful heart and thus be seduced, not by his heart, neither by his eyes nor yet by his lower nature. Together they shall circumcise the foreskin of this nature, this stiff neck, and so establish a foundation of truth for Israel–that is to say, for the Yahad of the Eternal Covenant. They are to atone for all those in Aaron who volunteer for holiness, and for those in Israel who belong to truth, and for Gentile proselytes who join them in community. Both by trial and by verdict they are to condemn any who transgress a regulation.

General principles of organization intended to govern the various local chapters of the Community in their joint meals and study of the Bible.

By these rules they are to govern themselves wherever they dwell, in acccordance with each legal finding that bears upon communal life. Inferiors must obey their ranking superiors as regards work and wealth. They shall eat, pray, and deliberate communally.Wherever ten men belonging to the society of the Yahad are gathered, a priest must always be present. The men shall sit before the priest by rank, and in that manner their opinions will be sought on any matter.When the table has been set for eating or the new wine readied for drinking, it is the priest who shall stretch out his hand first, blessing the first portion of the bread or the new wine. In any place where is gathered the ten-man quorum, someone must always be engaged in study of the Law, day and night, continually, each one taking his turn. The general membership will be diligent together for the first third of every night of the year, reading aloud from the Book, interpreting Scripture, and praying together.

The purpose of tlie community, its manfesto, is reiterated. This statement ends by looking forward to the arrival of a prophet–perhaps the “prophet like Moses” predicted by the book of Dueteronomy, or perhaps a herald such as John the Baptist became for early Christians–and two messiahs, one priestly and one presumably in the royal line of David.

When, united by all these precepts, such men as these come to be a community in Israel, they shall establish eternal truth guided by the instruction of His holy spirit. They shall atone for the guilt of transgression and the rebellion of sin, becoming an acceptable sacrifice for the land through the flesh of burnt offerings. the fat of sacrificial portions, and prayer, becoming–as it were–justice itself, a sweet savor of righteousness and blameless behavior, a pleasing freewill offering. At that time the men of the Yahad shall withdraw, the holy house of Aaron uniting as a Holy of Holies, and the synagogue of Israel as those who walk blamelessly. The sons of Aaron alone shall have authority in judicial and financial matters. They shall decide on governing precepts tor the men of theYahad and on money matters for the holy men who walk blamelessly. Their wealth is not to be admired with that of rebellious men, who have failed to cleanse their path by separating from perversity and walking blamelessly. They shall deviate trom none of the teachings of the Law, whereby they would walk in their willful heart completely. They shall govern themselves using the original precepts by which the men of the Yahad began to be instructed, doing so until there come the Prophet and the Messiahs of Aaron and Israel.

The Dead Sea Scrolls a new translation. (c) 1996 by Michael Wise, Martin Abegg, Jr., and Edward Cook. Reprinted by arrangement with Harper San Francisco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, Inc.

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A free Chapter of Jesus and John

Chapter   4 – The Essenes from the novel, “Jesus and John,” by Dr Pelham Mead iii

 

Mary went to the central market one day when Jesus was 14 year of age. While at the central market in Nazareth a man approached her, and asked, “pardon me madam, but is your name Mary the wife of Joseph of Nazareth. “Yes, I am, who are you,” Mary asked? “I am Simon of Nazareth,” the man responded. “I am one of the leaders of the Mount Carmel Essene community. My family and I live in Nazareth, but conduct our worship services on Mount Carmel,” Simon said.  “ What is your business with me,” Mary asked. “ I would like to meet with your husband, Joseph the builder regarding some repairs to my house in Nazareth. “We live four blocks down this road on the right side. You will see a sign hanging in front of our house,” Mary responded. “My husband and my sons are working there now if you wish to see him today,” Mary said. “Thank you Mary,” Simon answered.  After their exchange, Simon headed down the street that Mary pointed to where her husband had his workshop.

 

When Simon came to the house of Joseph, he noticed a young man outside cutting a log. “Can you tell me where I can find Joseph the builder,” Simon asked?  The young man was Jesus, and he answered, “he is inside stranger.” Simon knocked on the door, and called inside for Joseph. A few minutes later Joseph came out and greeted Simon. “ Joseph, I am Simon of Nazareth, and I have a home on the other side of Nazareth which requires some roof repair,” Simon said. “I have many jobs this week,” Joseph replied. “I can come to your house next week to assess the damage to your roof and what it will cost to repair it,” Joseph responded. “Fine,” said Simon.  “My home is on the road of Olives, and it located on the corner of the street,” Simon said. “I look forward to your visit,” Simon replied. They shook hands, and Simon walked off down the street. “What did the stranger want, “ Jesus asked. “He has a roof that requires repair,” Joseph said.

 

Two weeks afterward Joseph, James, Jesus and Joses all headed to the other side of Nazareth to repair Simons house on Olive road. Together they carried two ladders and their tools. The house of Simon was easy to find and Joseph had James and Jesus set the ladders up against the roof to inspect the damage.

“How bad is the damage,“ Joseph asked Jesus and James.  “It looks like we will have to replace some of the beams with new wood, and then put in a roof over the hole in the roof,” Jesus yelled down to his father. Joseph and Simon came to reasonable terms for the repair of the roof for the wood and covering plus labor. “We can begin tomorrow, “ Joseph told Simon. “That would be wonderful,” Simon replied. “My sons and I have to purchase some wood from Lebanon, and supplies and bring them to your house tomorrow,” Joseph stated. “Come my sons let us go to the market, and see if we can find a dealer in Lebanon wood,” Joseph remarked.

 

The next day Joseph and his sons returned and began to work on removing the rotted wood on the roof. They started early to avoid the broiling midday Judean sun. While James and Jesus were up on the roof, Simon and Joseph stood on the ground below. “What do you do for a livelihood,” Joseph asked Simon. “ “I buy and sell cloth at the market,” Simon replied. “I have not seen you at the Synagogue,” Joseph said. Simon replied, “I am a leader of the Mount Carmel Essenes community.”  “Really, what is the Essene community all about,” Joseph asked. “We prepare ourselves for the coming of the Messiah,” Simon answered.  “I have heard of your community, many of whom live in tents on Mount Carmel,” Joseph said.  “Yes, some of our communities seek solitude on Mount Carmel to pray, and study the Torah and the bible. “We welcome anyone to come and join our community or visit with our community in prayer, “Simon said.

When Joseph returned home that day he mentioned to Mary that he had met an Essene Jew. Mary asked, “What do these Essene do?”   “I am not sure,” Joseph said. “They worship God on Mount Carmel, and some of them live in tents on sacred ground, and that is all I know,” Joseph replied.  “How strange, why do they not come to our synagogue to worship as the rest of us do,” Mary questioned?  “I do not know,” Joseph remarked.

 

Six months later Mary and Jesus were in the marketplace shopping for food when Simon and his wife Ruth walked by and said “hello.“  Jesus asked his mother, “is that not the man called Simon that we repaired his roof.” “Yes, I think it is the man whom your father said was an Essene,” Mary replied. “What is an Essene mother,” Jesus asked?  “I do not really know my son. There is something mysterious about their movement. They are like the Pharisees and the Seduces whom study and practice in the temple. The Essenes prefer to worship outside of the temple on Holy ground on Mount Carmel,” Mary said. “John mention something about the Essene community at Qumram near the Dead Sea,” Jesus said.  After their discussion Mary purchased some greens and gave them to Jesus to carry.

 

“Several months later Jesus met a new friend at the synagogue. His name was Elisha of Nazareth, and he just happened to be the son of Simon of Nazareth whom Jesus had repaired his roof. Elisha and Jesus often discussed the Torah and the bible for many hours after visiting the synagogue. During one of their talks they were discussing what a Messiah was and whether one would ever come. Elisha invited Jesus to join him and his father in worship at Mount Carmel with the community of Essenes. Jesus accepted and was very curious to see what these Essenes were all about. After he told Elisha he would attend the worship service of the Essenes, Jesus mentioned it to his mother in passing. “Jesus my son, it might be good for you to see another approach to Judaism and learn from it. Do not tell your father however,” Mary said secretly.

 

The following Sabbath Jesus went up to the Mount Carmel Essene community after attending his own synagogue. It was a long one-hour walk to Mount Carmel for Jesus. As he approached the Mountain Jesus noticed many tents arranged in a large circle. This he knew must be where the Essenes were holding their worship service. As he came close to the tents Elisha came out to meet him and welcome him to the Essene community of Mount Carmel.

The Essenes were all dressed in white robes for the worship service, and many read from the Torah and the Old Testament, as was the same in Jesus’ synagogue. When the leader known as “the Enlightened One,” began to speak Jesus was mesmerized. The Enlightened One spoke very softly about the coming of the Messiah and how the Essene community by living the pure life might make ready for the Messiah. Jesus was most interested in this talk of a Messiah. It was a topic that he had never heard before in his own synagogue. After the service the Essenes sat down in small groups to discuss living the good life for God. Jesus and Elisha sat in one group of men and listened to the discussion. After they had some food and drink, Jesus returned home with many ideas in his head about the coming of the Messiah.

 

Jesus and Elisha became fast friends and Jesus continued to visit the Mount Carmel Essenes as often as he could. Eventually he told his father Joseph that he was attending the services at the Essene community. “If you find the Essene community to your liking son, they you have my support. Just beware of false prophets,” Joseph said to Jesus.

 

As the years went by Jesus asked Simon of Nazareth is he could formally be initiated into the Essene Community of Mount Carmel. Simon agreed to speak to his father Simon the leader of the Essenes for him. So, at age 18 Jesus began his formal initiation to the Essenes Community at Mount Carmel.

 

John his 2nd cousin had joined the Qumran Essene community a year before after his father Zechariah had died. The Qumran Essene community was located on the Dead Sea far out in the desert area of Judea. The Qumran community was more of a monastic community with spiritual purity and cleanliness of thought living a simple life in exile from the rest of the Jewish world.

 

Jesus being a Nazarene and a northerner of Galilee found a whole different philosophy with the Essenes of Mount Carmel. The Mount Carmel Essene community was not monastic, and some of the community lived in Nazareth and worship on Mount Carmel. Others of the community lived in tents on Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel was sacred ground, and only gardens or trees could be planted. No permanent structures or houses were permitted on Holy Ground. No trees could be chopped down or no one could kill anything there for food, not animals or birds. It was the prophet Elijah that made the mountain Holy Ground by making the mountain his home. It was here that Elijah built an altar of twelve stones (one for each tribe of Israel) on the mountain.  The Essenes established a divine school of holiness here in the tradition of Elijah. The Simon of Nazareth the Leader of the Essenes community taught the Essenes to prepare themselves through purity, dedication to the Torah, and deeply mystical spiritual life to receive the Messiah.

 

Eventually Mary and Joseph and their children followed Jesus’ lead and become members of the Mount Carmel Essene Community. Mary and Joseph were obsessed with the meaning of the coming of the son of man, and the messiah according to the Essenes who based a lot of their philosophy on the prophet Elijah.

 

Jesus was a good student and became well known in the Essene community for his understanding of the Torah, The scriptures, and The Book of Meditation. Jesus had to promise to Essene community to:

  • exercise piety before God,
  • observe justice before all,
  • do not harm to others,
  • despise wickedness and help the righteous,
  • show fidelity to all and those in authority,
  • not abuse authority,
  • show a simple of manner of dress,
  • love the truth and reprove those who lie,
  • never steal,
  • preserve the Holy Writings.

 

 

“Simon how do you know that the Messiah is coming in our time,” Jesus asked.  “ Because my son it is written that at the end of time a Messiah will come,” Simon answered.  “Stay true to your studies,” Simon encouraged Jesus.  “Your destiny may well lie in the studies of our Essene community,” Simon said. Mary had told Jesus many times about the Angel that foretold that Jesus would be a leader among men. Jesus knew that in some way, he must find his true destiny with God through study and prayer.  Mary also told Simon of Jesus supposed destiny. Simon took great interest in Jesus when he found that an Angel appeared to Mary before Jesus’ birth.

 

Jesus learned the power of prayer after hours of prayer, and meditation each day at the Essene community. His spiritual “eyes” were beginning to see a new meaning to life. The preparation of a good and simple life helped to prepare for the coming of the messiah. “Could this Messiah really save all the Jews from oppression,” Jesus asked himself?

 

 

As age twenty, Jesus was imitated into the Community of Essenes that worshipped on Mount Carmel. He had completed several years of study, and learned the Community Rule, the council of Holiness, and study of the Torah. He observed fasting, immersion in mikveh, kosher observance, and vegetarianism to live a purer life. He now had a choice of becoming a Scribe and studying with a Senior Scribe for several years. He chose to follow this path to his enlightenment. Becoming an Essene Scribe would help him to become an expert in the scriptures and the Torah.  Jesus was always a mild mannered young man who deeply believed that he had a destiny one day. He, being only human, lacked some self-confidence in becoming a Scribe. He hoped that in time he would be more self-confident and follow in the ways of the Lord.

 

 Jesus was required to give up his worldly possessions to the Essene community who would hold it in trust for him. At the end of the second year it was merged with the goods of the community. This was an opportunity Jesus could not pass up. He accepted the promise to life a pure life and became a Scribe for the Essene community. “I have little to give Master Simon,” Jesus said.  “Here are some personal items, and mementos my mother Mary kept from my childhood,” Jesus remarked. “it is enough that you give up worldly goods and distractions my son,” Simon said. “Come let me introduce you to the senior scribe under whom you will be studying. His name is Mathias and he has been in our community for over 40 years,” Simon said.  “Brother Mathias this is Jesus of Nazareth of whom I have told you great things,” Simon remarked. “He is about to enter into our program to become an Essene Scribe,” Simon said. “Welcome and God’s Peace be with you Jesus,” Mathias said to Jesus. “It is my honor teacher to learn in your presence,” Jesus remarked. And so it was that Jesus began his ministry as a Scribe. Now he would become more of an expert on the scriptures, the Torah, and the Book of Mediations. Mary and Joseph were very proud of Jesus’ accomplishments in the Essene community of Mount Carmel. He was fulfilling the prophecy that the Angel had predicted, “…a leader among men.”

 

One Sabbath Jesus noticed Elisha coming out of one of the tents in the Essene community. “God’s Peace Elisha,” Jesus shouted. “And peace be unto you brother Jesus,” Elisha said. “Where have you been lately Jesus,” Elisha asked?  “I have been deep in study with Mathias the Senior Scribe in my dedication to becoming an Essene Scribe and have had little time for anything else except prayer,” Jesus said.  “I am not old enough yet to become a scribe,” Elisha said.  “I have learned a great deal about the prophets and especially Elijah whom predicted the coming of the Messiah,” Jesus said. “You must come and join us in the seder and lead us in prayers,” Elija asked.  “I will try to come and see you and your father Simon in Nazareth when I have time,” Jesus promised.  “God go with you Jesus,” Elija said as he walked off down the Mount Carmel rocky road. At that time Jesus had hoped to finish his Scribe studies by the time he was 25.

 

At the age of 28 Jesus could begin rabbinical studies with twelve men, and three priests. This was Jesus’ ultimate mission to become a rabbi and preacher for the Essene community.  Jesus would then study the Holy Writings that God warned ‘Ezra’ to only “show the wise.”  These writings would include the “Book of Jasher,” “The book of Enoch,” and others. After two years at age thirty, Jesus would be set apart as a rabbi of the Essene Community.  So it was, and so it was recorded that Jesus after baptism by John the Baptist began his ministry at age 30. Never did he mention in public or private that he was a trained and active member of the Mount Carmel Essene community. Jesus had the Essenes to thank for his preparation for his ministry, and for his understanding of “the son of man,” and the Messiah to come. He had his mentors Simon the Essene and Mathias the Essene teachers to always turn to when he doubted himself. Simon and Mathias instilled in Jesus the importance of the end of time and the coming of the “Righteous Teacher and the Messiah.” No one could be as well prepared in the knowledge of the scriptures as Jesus was, thanks to Simon the Essene and Mathias the Essene.  In time Simon would tell Jesus that it was time for him to go out and be baptized by John the Baptist to certify the beginning of his Essene minded mission. Jesus obeyed Simon and at the age of 29 he went to the Jordan river to be baptized. He spoke first with him mother Mary about his seeking a ministry and she agreed.

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The Baptism of Jesus by John

Historical research based on extensive factual events with some conjecture.

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The Baptism of Jesus by John

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Stainglass of Jesus and John the Baptist in the Jordan river when John baptized Jesus

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The Seabury Chronicles

Here is the Biblio of my Great Grandfather Chief of Police Nathaniel Newcomb Seabury of Peekskill city, NY

 

Biography of Nathaniel Newcomb Seabury

(1st Police Chief of Peekskill City, New York)

 

Born in Peekskill on Nov. 25, 1875 to James Henry Seabury Sr. and Nathania Travis.

 

Schooling:

 

  1. Private school South St., Peekskill
  2. Old Howard St. School, District No. 8

Corner of Howard and North James St.

School moved to New- Oakside site.

  1. Left Oakside School at 14 yrs. Of age.
  2. Entered Peekskill Military Academy 1887- for

Two years until he turned 16 yrs. Of age. Left school

To go to work.- 1889.

        

 

Work Experience:

 

  1. At age 16 he went to work as a plumbers assistant with Andrew

McNish for six months and then left.

  1. Assisted his mother in her delicatessen and Candy store on North

Division street, Peekskill, NY.-1892

  1. Shipping clerk at the Phoenix Tube Company of Brooklyn- 1893

* Married 1895 to Ida Leverich at age 25.

  1. Peekskill Hat factory until April 17, 1900.
  2. April !7, 1900- Appointed to the Peekskill Police Force. NOTE: Nathaniel was a very formidable figure at 6ft. 5 inches tall and a muscular figure. He was the kind of person that did not take any crap from anyone. He was known to be an honest man and his reputation was well known around Peekskill.
  3. March 12, 1901, one year later Democrats won office in Charter

Election and removed Republican Nathaniel Seabury and appoint successor William Pointer.

  1. Return to work at the Peekskill Hat factory 1901.
  2. Office Wm. D. Cole resigned to resume business and Nathaniel Seabury was reappointed by the Democratic board based on his good record previously as a Policeman. 1902.
  3. New Policy law goes into effect for Peekskill Police force reorganized and civil servant law applied. Nathaniel made Sergeant and became next in command to Chief Oakley. Oakley stayed in office only six months and resigned.

10. Nathaniel’s police record;

  1. Durrin brothers burglary-Mar. 11, 1902, shot and killed in self defense.
  2. Member of Washington Drum Corp.
  3. Feb. 9, 1916 raid on 65 criminals
  4. Feb. 26, Frank Cunningham murdered by Frank De Sammone
  5. Jan. 29, 1916 Robbery at Guardian building Church of the Assumption, stolen tool box.
  6. Held office as Inspector of Elections.
  7. Oct. 31, 1902 promoted to Chief of Police after Oakley left with just six months as Chief. Salary $18.00 a week.
  8. During Nathaniel’s tenure Police force received first motorcycle Police position, Civil service installed, New Police Station built.
  9. Suspension Proceedings by Democratic Mayor elected in 1916 with trumped up charges to get around the civil rights law for dismissal. Mar. 18, 1916- April 1, 1916.
  10. Suspended Mar. 16, 1916 and replaced by a Democratic Mayor’s personal choice.

h.  1916- returned to Buchanan Hat factory as security guard.

I.   Built home at Lake Oscanawa, Putnam Valley, NY during the 1930’s from lumber donated by a friend. Made some money by building canoes and renting them out as well as renting out a converted boathouse.

J. Worked up to the age of 72 and retired.

K. Died at age 78 at Lake Oscanawa from choking on a chicken bone.

l. Grave is located at Hillside Cemetery in Putnam Valley, NY

 

Family relations:

 

Nathaniel and Ida had two children, James Henry Jr. named after his grandfather and Madeline H. . Ida spoiled James Henry to the point that his father felt that he was not a man’s man. Madeline attending finishing school and learned to play the piano.

Madeline met Kenneth James Meade at the Herald Tribune Fresh Air camp on the other end of Lake Oscawana when she was around 16. Kenneth was 3 inches shorter than Madeline who was overly protected and controlled by her father. Kenneth changed his name to Pelham Kenneth Mead and dropped the e at the end of his name. His father was an Irish Catholic and a Lithographer who divorced his mother Fanny (Francis) Kohler and that caused Kenneth to hate his father. Fanny later on remarried to a Mr. Mosso of New Jersey and was always known as Grandma Mosso to family members.

 

Kenneth and Madeline eloped since her father would never approve of her marrying a poor guy from Brooklyn, NY. His oldest son Pelham Jr., my father told me that when ever they painted the apartment it was time to move. They were poor and Dad moved 21 times to different schools. He passed the entrance exam to Brooklyn Tech school, one of the best in NYC, only to have to drop out to work and help his brother finish school and help his parents survive. He and his father worked in Nedick’s hotdog and orange drink places in Manhattan.

 

Dad said that he, Nate and Madeline spent almost every summer at Lake Oscanawa with their grandfather Nathaniel and grandmother Ida. He learned to swim and fish there and they called him “sunny.” Having the children stay all summer at lake Oscawana got them out of Brooklyn and made it easier to survive on Pelham Sr. salary. They were low middle class or poor all their formative years according to my father.

 

Grandma Ida had 13 brothers and sisters and many cousins that always dropped by for dinner or fishing at the lake. Dad, Nate, and Madeline grew up in a family with many upstate New York relatives. Nathaniel made canoes from scratch without any power tools and must have shown Dad how to work with wood since he was so talented with woodworking all his life.

 

I remember Grandma Ida using just a dropline and catching yellow and white pearch, sun fish, and eels on Lake Oscawana and cooking them all up for dinner for guests that evening. Grandma Ida was liberate but could play a mean game of Rummy. When I was a kid I watched my dad play rummy with Great Grandpa Nathaniel and Great Grandma Ida for hours on end after dinner. The house had a manual pump for water and no bathroom in the house or electricity or plumbing. An outhouse across the property was used. For washing up in the morning a basin of cold water was sitting on the floor.

The only heat in the house was the big fireplace on the first floor of a two story home.

 

After Great Grandpa died and did not leave a will, James Henry and Madeline kicked their mother out of the house and sold it and everything in it for money. She came to live with us on Long Island for a while until Grandma Werts told her a lie that she was not wanted. She left and went to her daughter Madeline Mead’s house, and died there all alone and sad in Dundalk, Maryland. She is buried next to Nathaniel in Hillside cemetery directly behind the main office on the edge of the hill. Nate Jr. had name plates put in since they had no headstones erected by collecting from Dad and Penny.

 

The Church that James L. Seabury helped build sits in the cemetery and it looks the size of a chapel, rather than a full sized church like St. James downtown Peekskill. A pew is named for the Seabury family in that little chapel in the old section of the Hillside cemetery. James L. Seabury and his wife and Cornelius and James H. are all buried on ave. B in the old section.

James L. Seabury has a stone sitting on a bolder in the ground and all the bodies were cremated and enclosed in portions of the above ground memorial. Cornelius and James are in the surrounding ground with stones saying Dad. Next to James L. Seabury’s memorial is Judge Wm. Valentine the husband of Christina Seabury the daughter of James L. Seabury. Helen is written on the side of James L. Seabury’s memorial for his granddaughter Helen Seabury who seems to never having been married. She was 18 and still living at home when her father James H. Seabury died in 1898.

 

Where did all of James L. Seabury’s wealth go? The story was told to me that his personal account stole all the negotiable bonds in 1869 and fled and was never caught. James L. had to drop out of his partnership with Sanford at the Ironworks and sell both his house in the city of Peekskill and the farm and 100 acres on the top of Division street. Mr. Sanford went on to become a mayor of Peekskill years later. The Peekskill Ironworks made plows and pots for ten years using all the iron ore mined out of the Peekskill mountains at the time and shipped down the Hudson river to New York City and other locations. James L. died with only $200 dollars left in his estate which was claimed by his son James H. Seabury. He was living on Brown St. when James L. Seabury died according to the Peekskill Highlander News.

 

 

 

 

 

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From Chapter 4 of the novel “Jesus and John” The Essenes

Chapter   4 – The Essenes

 

Mary went to the central market one day when Jesus was 14 year of age. While at the central market in Nazareth a man approached her, and asked, “pardon me madam, but is your name Mary the wife of Joseph of Nazareth. “Yes, I am, who are you,” Mary asked? “I am Simon of Nazareth,” the man responded. “I am one of the leaders of the Mount Carmel Essene community. My family and I live in Nazareth, but conduct our worship services on Mount Carmel,” Simon said.  “ What is your business with me,” Mary asked. “ I would like to meet with your husband, Joseph the builder regarding some repairs to my house in Nazareth. “We live four blocks down this road on the right side. You will see a sign hanging in front of our house,” Mary responded. “My husband and my sons are working there now if you wish to see him today,” Mary said. “Thank you Mary,” Simon answered.  After their exchange, Simon headed down the street that Mary pointed to where her husband had his workshop.

 

When Simon came to the house of Joseph, he noticed a young man outside cutting a log. “Can you tell me where I can find Joseph the builder,” Simon asked?  The young man was Jesus, and he answered, “he is inside stranger.” Simon knocked on the door, and called inside for Joseph. A few minutes later Joseph came out and greeted Simon. “ Joseph, I am Simon of Nazareth, and I have a home on the other side of Nazareth which requires some roof repair,” Simon said. “I have many jobs this week,” Joseph replied. “I can come to your house next week to assess the damage to your roof and what it will cost to repair it,” Joseph responded. “Fine,” said Simon.  “My home is on the road of Olives, and it located on the corner of the street,” Simon said. “I look forward to your visit,” Simon replied. They shook hands, and Simon walked off down the street. “What did the stranger want, “ Jesus asked. “He has a roof that requires repair,” Joseph said.

 

Two weeks afterward Joseph, James, Jesus and Joses all headed to the other side of Nazareth to repair Simons house on Olive road. Together they carried two ladders and their tools. The house of Simon was easy to find and Joseph had James and Jesus set the ladders up against the roof to inspect the damage.

“How bad is the damage,“ Joseph asked Jesus and James.  “It looks like we will have to replace some of the beams with new wood, and then put in a roof over the hole in the roof,” Jesus yelled down to his father. Joseph and Simon came to reasonable terms for the repair of the roof for the wood and covering plus labor. “We can begin tomorrow, “ Joseph told Simon. “That would be wonderful,” Simon replied. “My sons and I have to purchase some wood from Lebanon, and supplies and bring them to your house tomorrow,” Joseph stated. “Come my sons let us go to the market, and see if we can find a dealer in Lebanon wood,” Joseph remarked.

 

The next day Joseph and his sons returned and began to work on removing the rotted wood on the roof. They started early to avoid the broiling midday Judean sun. While James and Jesus were up on the roof, Simon and Joseph stood on the ground below. “What do you do for a livelihood,” Joseph asked Simon. “ “I buy and sell cloth at the market,” Simon replied. “I have not seen you at the Synagogue,” Joseph said. Simon replied, “I am a leader of the Mount Carmel Essenes community.”  “Really, what is the Essene community all about,” Joseph asked. “We prepare ourselves for the coming of the Messiah,” Simon answered.  “I have heard of your community, many of whom live in tents on Mount Carmel,” Joseph said.  “Yes, some of our communities seek solitude on Mount Carmel to pray, and study the Torah and the bible. “We welcome anyone to come and join our community or visit with our community in prayer, “Simon said.

When Joseph returned home that day he mentioned to Mary that he had met an Essene Jew. Mary asked, “What do these Essene do?”   “I am not sure,” Joseph said. “They worship God on Mount Carmel, and some of them live in tents on sacred ground, and that is all I know,” Joseph replied.  “How strange, why do they not come to our synagogue to worship as the rest of us do,” Mary questioned?  “I do not know,” Joseph remarked.

 

Six months later Mary and Jesus were in the marketplace shopping for food when Simon and his wife Ruth walked by and said “hello.“  Jesus asked his mother, “is that not the man called Simon that we repaired his roof.” “Yes, I think it is the man whom your father said was an Essene,” Mary replied. “What is an Essene mother,” Jesus asked?  “I do not really know my son. There is something mysterious about their movement. They are like the Pharisees and the Seduces whom study and practice in the temple. The Essenes prefer to worship outside of the temple on Holy ground on Mount Carmel,” Mary said. “John mention something about the Essene community at Qumram near the Dead Sea,” Jesus said.  After their discussion Mary purchased some greens and gave them to Jesus to carry.

 

“Several months later Jesus met a new friend at the synagogue. His name was Elisha of Nazareth, and he just happened to be the son of Simon of Nazareth whom Jesus had repaired his roof. Elisha and Jesus often discussed the Torah and the bible for many hours after visiting the synagogue. During one of their talks they were discussing what a Messiah was and whether one would ever come. Elisha invited Jesus to join him and his father in worship at Mount Carmel with the community of Essenes. Jesus accepted and was very curious to see what these Essenes were all about. After he told Elisha he would attend the worship service of the Essenes, Jesus mentioned it to his mother in passing. “Jesus my son, it might be good for you to see another approach to Judaism and learn from it. Do not tell your father however,” Mary said secretly.

 

The following Sabbath Jesus went up to the Mount Carmel Essene community after attending his own synagogue. It was a long one-hour walk to Mount Carmel for Jesus. As he approached the Mountain Jesus noticed many tents arranged in a large circle. This he knew must be where the Essenes were holding their worship service. As he came close to the tents Elisha came out to meet him and welcome him to the Essene community of Mount Carmel.

The Essenes were all dressed in white robes for the worship service, and many read from the Torah and the Old Testament, as was the same in Jesus’ synagogue. When the leader known as “the Enlightened One,” began to speak Jesus was mesmerized. The Enlightened One spoke very softly about the coming of the Messiah and how the Essene community by living the pure life might make ready for the Messiah. Jesus was most interested in this talk of a Messiah. It was a topic that he had never heard before in his own synagogue. After the service the Essenes sat down in small groups to discuss living the good life for God. Jesus and Elisha sat in one group of men and listened to the discussion. After they had some food and drink, Jesus returned home with many ideas in his head about the coming of the Messiah.

 

Jesus and Elisha became fast friends and Jesus continued to visit the Mount Carmel Essenes as often as he could. Eventually he told his father Joseph that he was attending the services at the Essene community. “If you find the Essene community to your liking son, they you have my support. Just beware of false prophets,” Joseph said to Jesus.

 

As the years went by Jesus asked Simon of Nazareth is he could formally be initiated into the Essene Community of Mount Carmel. Simon agreed to speak to his father Simon the leader of the Essenes for him. So, at age 18 Jesus began his formal initiation to the Essenes Community at Mount Carmel.

 

John his 2nd cousin had joined the Qumran Essene community a year before after his father Zechariah had died. The Qumran Essene community was located on the Dead Sea far out in the desert area of Judea. The Qumran community was more of a monastic community with spiritual purity and cleanliness of thought living a simple life in exile from the rest of the Jewish world.

 

Jesus being a Nazarene and a northerner of Galilee found a whole different philosophy with the Essenes of Mount Carmel. The Mount Carmel Essene community was not monastic, and some of the community lived in Nazareth and worship on Mount Carmel. Others of the community lived in tents on Mount Carmel. Mount Carmel was sacred ground, and only gardens or trees could be planted. No permanent structures or houses were permitted on Holy Ground. No trees could be chopped down or no one could kill anything there for food, not animals or birds. It was the prophet Elijah that made the mountain Holy Ground by making the mountain his home. It was here that Elijah built an altar of twelve stones (one for each tribe of Israel) on the mountain.  The Essenes established a divine school of holiness here in the tradition of Elijah. The Simon of Nazareth the Leader of the Essenes community taught the Essenes to prepare themselves through purity, dedication to the Torah, and deeply mystical spiritual life to receive the Messiah.

 

Eventually Mary and Joseph and their children followed Jesus’ lead and become members of the Mount Carmel Essene Community. Mary and Joseph were obsessed with the meaning of the coming of the son of man, and the messiah according to the Essenes who based a lot of their philosophy on the prophet Elijah.

 

Jesus was a good student and became well known in the Essene community for his understanding of the Torah, The scriptures, and The Book of Meditation. Jesus had to promise to Essene community to:

  • exercise piety before God,
  • observe justice before all,
  • do not harm to others,
  • despise wickedness and help the righteous,
  • show fidelity to all and those in authority,
  • not abuse authority,
  • show a simple of manner of dress,
  • love the truth and reprove those who lie,
  • never steal,
  • preserve the Holy Writings.

 

 

“Simon how do you know that the Messiah is coming in our time,” Jesus asked.  “ Because my son it is written that at the end of time a Messiah will come,” Simon answered.  “Stay true to your studies,” Simon encouraged Jesus.  “Your destiny may well lie in the studies of our Essene community,” Simon said. Mary had told Jesus many times about the Angel that foretold that Jesus would be a leader among men. Jesus knew that in some way, he must find his true destiny with God through study and prayer.  Mary also told Simon of Jesus supposed destiny. Simon took great interest in Jesus when he found that an Angel appeared to Mary before Jesus’ birth.

 

Jesus learned the power of prayer after hours of prayer, and meditation each day at the Essene community. His spiritual “eyes” were beginning to see a new meaning to life. The preparation of a good and simple life helped to prepare for the coming of the messiah. “Could this Messiah really save all the Jews from oppression,” Jesus asked himself?

 

 

As age twenty, Jesus was imitated into the Community of Essenes that worshipped on Mount Carmel. He had completed several years of study, and learned the Community Rule, the council of Holiness, and study of the Torah. He observed fasting, immersion in mikveh, kosher observance, and vegetarianism to live a purer life. He now had a choice of becoming a Scribe and studying with a Senior Scribe for several years. He chose to follow this path to his enlightenment. Becoming an Essene Scribe would help him to become an expert in the scriptures and the Torah.  Jesus was always a mild mannered young man who deeply believed that he had a destiny one day. He, being only human, lacked some self-confidence in becoming a Scribe. He hoped that in time he would be more self-confident and follow in the ways of the Lord.

 

 Jesus was required to give up his worldly possessions to the Essene community who would hold it in trust for him. At the end of the second year it was merged with the goods of the community. This was an opportunity Jesus could not pass up. He accepted the promise to life a pure life and became a Scribe for the Essene community. “I have little to give Master Simon,” Jesus said.  “Here are some personal items, and mementos my mother Mary kept from my childhood,” Jesus remarked. “it is enough that you give up worldly goods and distractions my son,” Simon said. “Come let me introduce you to the senior scribe under whom you will be studying. His name is Mathias and he has been in our community for over 40 years,” Simon said.  “Brother Mathias this is Jesus of Nazareth of whom I have told you great things,” Simon remarked. “He is about to enter into our program to become an Essene Scribe,” Simon said. “Welcome and God’s Peace be with you Jesus,” Mathias said to Jesus. “It is my honor teacher to learn in your presence,” Jesus remarked. And so it was that Jesus began his ministry as a Scribe. Now he would become more of an expert on the scriptures, the Torah, and the Book of Mediations. Mary and Joseph were very proud of Jesus’ accomplishments in the Essene community of Mount Carmel. He was fulfilling the prophecy that the Angel had predicted, “…a leader among men.”

 

One Sabbath Jesus noticed Elisha coming out of one of the tents in the Essene community. “God’s Peace Elisha,” Jesus shouted. “And peace be unto you brother Jesus,” Elisha said. “Where have you been lately Jesus,” Elisha asked?  “I have been deep in study with Mathias the Senior Scribe in my dedication to becoming an Essene Scribe and have had little time for anything else except prayer,” Jesus said.  “I am not old enough yet to become a scribe,” Elisha said.  “I have learned a great deal about the prophets and especially Elijah whom predicted the coming of the Messiah,” Jesus said. “You must come and join us in the seder and lead us in prayers,” Elija asked.  “I will try to come and see you and your father Simon in Nazareth when I have time,” Jesus promised.  “God go with you Jesus,” Elija said as he walked off down the Mount Carmel rocky road. At that time Jesus had hoped to finish his Scribe studies by the time he was 25.

 

At the age of 28 Jesus could begin rabbinical studies with twelve men, and three priests. This was Jesus’ ultimate mission to become a rabbi and preacher for the Essene community.  Jesus would then study the Holy Writings that God warned ‘Ezra’ to only “show the wise.”  These writings would include the “Book of Jasher,” “The book of Enoch,” and others. After two years at age thirty, Jesus would be set apart as a rabbi of the Essene Community.  So it was, and so it was recorded that Jesus after baptism by John the Baptist began his ministry at age 30. Never did he mention in public or private that he was a trained and active member of the Mount Carmel Essene community. Jesus had the Essenes to thank for his preparation for his ministry, and for his understanding of “the son of man,” and the Messiah to come. He had his mentors Simon the Essene and Mathias the Essene teachers to always turn to when he doubted himself. Simon and Mathias instilled in Jesus the importance of the end of time and the coming of the “Righteous Teacher and the Messiah.” No one could be as well prepared in the knowledge of the scriptures as Jesus was, thanks to Simon the Essene and Mathias the Essene.  In time Simon would tell Jesus that it was time for him to go out and be baptized by John the Baptist to certify the beginning of his Essene minded mission. Jesus obeyed Simon and at the age of 29 he went to the Jordan river to be baptized. He spoke first with him mother Mary about his seeking a ministry and she agreed.