This really is an excellent book. It answers so many questions. Like: who were the Essenes? Where did they live, and when? What did they believe? Where did these ideas come from? And what happened to them after the crucifixion?
There is much that we will never know... but this book gives a useful insight into the life and times of this most important community... and why they had to be so secretive.
Some (like me) may find the contents strangely familiar. It is as if we have known all along... a memory buried deep inside. Perhaps we were there also... in a previous life; I don't know.
But it might explain why I was not surprised to find Mary (the mother of Jesus), her brother Joseph of Arimathea, her husband Joseph, their son James... and Mary Magdalene... at the very centre of things.
It might also explain why I was never completely comfortable with the "traditional" teachings of Christianity. Somehow, the simple "message" got corrupted over the years... (probably) in the name of politics, power, and religious dogma... and just look at the mess that we have got ourselves into as a result!
If only we had followed the "original" teachings of Jesus, the Essene Way.
But all is not lost... there are encouraging signs that the Truth is finally getting out to the people... and that we are at last recognising the need to return to a sense of "oneness" with God, the World and all of Creation.
Hopefully, it is not too late...