Edenic is from the hebrew word "Aden" which means:
"paradise or pleasure, to live and CONDUCT ONESELF IN A FLEXIBLE HARMONIOUS, NOBLE OR DELICATELY MANNER."
YHWH is the Creator of the Natural Law, which the Adamic Edenic Covenant governs. The covenant is from the mind and Essence of YHWH, which manifests through SPIRIT and INTELLECT. In the beginning the original dietary law was set in place for the Adamic Edenic Family and for every beast, fowl, and that which creepeth upon the earth. Eating of meat was unknown.
“And ALHYM said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (#H402 oklah/food). And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” Genesis 1:29-30
Early church fathers knew this as well.
“Man’s first food was solely fruit and produce from trees. Man’s guilt subsequently introduced the use of bread (Genesis 3:17-19).The posture of his body shows forth the state of his conscience. As long as man’s conscience did not reproach him, innocence raised him up toward the heavens to pluck his food from the trees. Once sin had been committed, it bowed man down to the soil of the earth to get grain. Still later the use of meat was added.” – Novatian, The Trinity, The spectacles, Jewish foods, In praise of purity, Letters pg. 145
According to 4th century orthodox Christian St. Jerome (Hieronymus), who translated the bible to Latin, he stated that:
“The ark, according to the Apostle Peter, was a type of the Church, in which eight souls were saved. When Noah entered into it, both he and his sons were separated from their wives; but when he landed from it, they united in pairs, and what had been separated in the ark , that is, in the Church, was joined together in the intercourse of the world. And at the same time if the ark had many compartments and little chambers, and was made with second and third stories, and was filled with different beasts, and was furnished with dwellings, great or small, according to the kind of animal, I think all this diversity in the compartment was a figure of the manifold character of the Church. He (Peter) raises the objection that when ALHYM gave his second blessing, permission was granted to eat flesh, WHICH HAD NOT IN THE FIRST BENEDICTION (blessing) BEEN ALLOWED. A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, Against Jovinianus Book 1:17-18, pg. 360
So far, we see Jerome explains that, Peter is explaining, “It was not until ALHYM gave his second blessing that flesh was allowed, to be eaten (Genesis 9:3).”
However, if you look at Genesis 9:4-5, ALHYM goes on to tell Noah, that flesh and blood are not allowed to be eaten, and that surely your blood of your lives will he require; at the hand of every beast, and at the hand of every man and at the hand of every mans brother. With ALHYM given two different instructions in the same chapter, could it be because the vegetation was destroyed from the flood, so, ALHYM allowed the eating of meat temporarily? Or could have, part of verse 3, been added to the scriptures? These are just hypothetical questions we are asking here, not saying you have to agree?
THINK ON THESE THINGS!
“The eating of flesh was unknown until the deluge. But after the deluge, like the quails given in the desert to the murmuring people, the poison of flesh-meat was offered to our teeth. At the BEGINNING of the human race, WE NEITHER ATE FLESH. But once HaMashiach has come in the end of time, and Omega passed into Alpha and TURNED THE END INTO THE BEGINNING, we are no longer allowed to divorce, nor are we circumcised, NOR DO WE EAT FLESH.” - A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, Against Jovinianus vol. VI, Book 1:18
Jerome mentioned that divorce will no longer be allowed. We should recall HaMashiach speaking about this subject, divorce saying:
"Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was NOT THIS WAY FROM THE BEGINNING. I tell you, that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." Matthew 19:8
So, we see that divorce was talked about, in your canonized version of your scriptures, however, we do not see HaMashiach talking about, no eating FLESH or Circumcision. Well, just remember the Nazarenes claimed that THESE BOOKS ARE FORGERIES and that they had their own gospel.
Note: Circumcision is part of the covenant. This could be an error on Jeromes part, however, your open to do your own research on this topic.
Also, the earliest followers, of what was coined Christianity, but they actually considered themselves Nazarenes, were equally in accordance to the ways of their predecessors the Essenes. Who were the representatives of HaMashiach according to “THE WAY.”
“The traditions, too, of the earliest period in the history of Christianity (Nazarenes) coincided with their pre-Christian convictions, since the immediate and accredited representatives of the Founder of the new religion, who presided over the first Christian society (Nazarenes), were commonly held to have been, equally with their predecessors and contemporaries the Essenes, strict abstinence from flesh-eating.” - The Ethics of Diet, by Howard Williams, pg. 56
After taken heed to this information, we then started to think about this, “well let’s see, he came too “TURN THE END INTO THE BEGINNING,” to turn the end into the beginning would mean you would have to go back to what was in the beginning.” So, we then came across that the Church fathers and other text of the first few centuries have documented the Nazarenes of HaMashiach being vegetarians. We thought this to be very interesting, because that would mean he did TURN THE END INTO THE BEGINNING, since in the beginning YHWH stated, “I have given you herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” However, when reading the New Testament, it is made out as if they ate meat. So, we began to search some more, because we said to ourselves, “something is not right!” We then took notice that THE GOSPELS HAD BEEN ALTERED, which explains why they had their own gospel and did not adhere to any of the Greek gospels. Sources on their diet are below. (To learn more about their own gospel click here)
During Paul's trial before Felix, Paul said: “But I confess unto thee, that after 'THE WAY,' which they call heresy, so worship I the POWER of our fathers, BELIEVING ALL THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW AND IN THE PROPHETS.” (Acts 24:14).
Fourth Century Church father Eusebius said:
“From the men as they stand, surely any sensible person would be inclined to consider them worth of all confidence; they were admittedly poor men without eloquence, they fell in love with holy and philosophic instruction, they embraced and persevered in a strenuous and a laborious life, with fasting and abstinence from wine and meat, and much bodily restriction besides, with prayer and intercessions to ALHYM, and, last but not least, excessive purity, and devotion both of body and soul.”- Apostle Arne Horn, The Book of Eusebius #3, Ch7:78, pg. 107
“Nasaraeans, meaning “rebels,” who forbid the eating of any meat and do not partake of living things at all. They have the holy names of patriarchs, which are in the Pentateuch, up through Moses and Joshua the son of Nun, and they believe in them I mean Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the earliest ones, and Moses himself, and Aaron, and Joshua. But they hold that the scriptures of the Pentateuch are not Moses’ scriptures, and maintain that they have others besides these.” – The Panarion Book 1, Section 1:19
“It also recognized as fathers the persons in the Pentateuch from Adam to Moses who were illustrious for the excellence of their piety—I mean Adam, Seth, Enoch, Methuselah, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Levi and Aaron, Moses and Joshua the son of Nun. However, it would not accept the Pentateuch itself. It acknowledged Moses and believed that he had received legislation—not this legislation though, they said, but some other. And so, though they were Jews who kept all the Jewish observances, they would not offer sacrifice or eat meat; in their eyes it was unlawful to eat meat or make sacrifices with it. They claimed that THESE BOOKS ARE FORGERIES and that none of these customs were instituted by the fathers.” – The Panarion Book 1, Section 1:18
“He was holy from his mother's womb; and he drank no wine nor strong drink, nor did he eat flesh. No razor came upon his head; he did not anoint himself with oil, and he did not use the public bath. He alone was permitted to enter into the holy place; for he wore not woolen but linen garments. And he was in the habit of entering alone into the temple, and was frequently found upon his knees begging forgiveness for the people, so that his knees became hard like those of a camel, in consequence of his constantly bending them in his worship of ALHYM, and asking forgiveness for the people.” Hegesippus, quoted in Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius, book 2, 23.5-6
This assertion was repeated by St. Augustine who stated:
“James, the brother of HaMashiach, “lived upon seeds and vegetables, never tasting flesh or wine.”– Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3 (The Ethics of Diet, by Howard Williams, pg. 506)
“James was a vegetarian.” – Pro. Robert Eisenman in, James the Just, The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Second century Church Father, Clement said:
“Matthew the apostle used to make his meal on seeds and nuts and herbs, without flesh meat.” Clement of Alexandria, Christ the Educator (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 23), pgs. 107-108
“Matthew the apostle lived upon seeds, and hard-shelled fruits, and other vegetables without touching flesh.” - Clement of Alexandria, Padedagogus Book 2, Chapter 1
“He continually fasts and prays, and abstaining from the eating of flesh and the drinking wine, he eats only bread with salt, drinks only water, and wears the same garment in fine weather and winter, accepting nothing from anyone, and gives whatever he has to others.” – Acts of Thomas, chapter 20
First Century Church Father, Pliny the Younger said:
Pliny the Younger statement has been confirmed by Clement, who was Peters scribe, Peter described his way of living to Clement of Rome, he wrote this:
“I live,” he declares, “upon bread and olives only, with the addition, rarely, of kitchen herbs.” -The Ethics of Diet: A Catena of Authorities Deprecatory of the Practice of Flesh-eating, Howard Williams, pg. 56
Peter said: “I live on olives and bread, to which I rarely only add vegetables.” - Clementine Homilies 12.6; also see, Recognitions 7.6
Second century Church Father, Clement said:
“The apostle Peter lived on grain and fruit, and his followers strictly adhered to a harmless, innocent diet.” – The Lives of the Saints (October), S. Baring Gould, pg. 460
Peter said: “Wherefore, as then you were deceived by the forerunner Simon, and so became dead in your souls to God, and were smitten in your bodies; so now, if you repent, as I said, and submit to those things which are well-pleasing to God, you may get new strength to your bodies, and recover your soul's health. And the things which are well-pleasing to God are these: to pray to Him, to ask from Him, recognizing that He is the giver of all things, and gives with discriminating law; to abstain from the table of devils, not to taste dead flesh, not to touch blood; to be washed from all pollution; and the rest in one word,—as the God-fearing Jews have heard, do you also hear, and be of one mind in many bodies; let each man be minded to do to his neighbor those good things he wishes for himself.” – Clementine, Homilies 7.4, 7.8
In 1974, Francois Bovon and Bertrand Bouvier discovered together the “Xenophontos Manuscript” of the “Acts of Philp (Xenophontos 32)" on Mt. Athos in Greece, in the library of Xenophontos monastery. The manuscript consists on of 141 folios of paper and was found in the 10th century, however, the manuscript was copied in the 14th century, but the original text dates from the fourth century and itself reflects earlier traditions.
These traditions, within the manuscript, are different in many ways from what we know today. The manuscript describes a community of celibate vegetarians. – Acts of Phili: A new Translation, by François Bovon and Christopher Matthews
Philip is mentioned several times in the New Testament, but little is known about him from canonical sources.
Both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches have tended to preserve these accounts, even though they do not have the status of sacred scripture. This is because the apostles (except for Judas Iscariot) are also saints, and in order to celebrate their feast days, the churches needed information about their lives on which to base ceremonial and iconographic traditions.
But these apocryphal texts have themselves been subject to editing by Church authorities in order to bring the liturgical and theological elements in line with orthodox doctrine. The revisions tend to leave out passages that reveal the diversity of practice and belief that characterized early Nazarenes (Christianity).
Bovon found the manuscript describing Philip’s exploits in the Xenophontos monastery, founded in the 10th century. The manuscript was copied in the 14th century, but the original text dates from the fourth century and itself reflects earlier traditions.
These traditions are different in many ways from later Church practices. For example, instead of the Eucharist with its ceremonial consumption of bread and wine, Philip’s fellow Christians simply sat down to a common meal of vegetables and water. Church leadership was democratic rather than hierarchic, and men and women served equally as priests. In fact, the manuscript describes Philip and the apostle Bartholomew traveling from town to town with Philip’s sister, a woman named Mariamne. Bovon believes this woman to be Mary Magdalene.
The community described in “The Acts of Philip,” also seemed to follow ascetic (celibate) practices more extreme than those reflected in New Testament sources. The group insisted on strict vegetarianism and sexual abstinence among its members.
“The asceticism was not just a moral issue,” Bovon said. “They believed that living a pure life was a way to better communicate with ALHYM.”
Asceticism is intended to remove distractions between the believer and ALHYM.
The word asceticism comes from the Greek askesis which means practice, bodily exercise, and more especially, athletic training. The early Christians (Nazarenes) adopted it to signify the practice of the spiritual things, or spiritual exercises performed for the purpose of acquiring the habits of virtue. Asceticism shall not be identified with mysticism. For although genuine mysticism can’t exist without asceticism, the reverse is not true. One can be an ascetic without being a mystic. Asceticism is ethical; mysticism, largely intellectual. Asceticism has to do with the moral virtues; mysticism is a state of unusual prayer or contemplation. They are distinct from each other, though mutually co-operative. Moreover, although asceticism is generally associated with the objectionable features of religion, and is regarded by some as one of them, it may be and is practiced by those who affect to be swayed by no religious motives whatever.
“John the Baptist too was one of these same persons who were consecrated to God, for “He drank neither wine nor strong drink.” - Epiphanius; Panarion 29.5.7
Also, according to Epiphanius, he said there is an exclusive claim about what John ate in “The Gospel According to Matthew.”
“John never ate meat.” – Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius, The Church History of Eusebius (Book 2), chapter 23
The Slavonic edition of Josephus’ book, “The Wars of the Jews,” gives a testimony that John the Baptist was a vegetarian, and this comes from Josephus. However, it is not the standard version that everyone uses. In the standard version, Josephus does not specifically comment on his lifestyle in the Greek version of the Antiquities. However, in the Slavonic edition, Josephus’ said:
“His mouth knew not bread nor did he even taste the unleavened bread at Passover, saying that it was in remembrance of ALHYM, who had delivered the people from servitude, that it had been given to eat for escape, since the journey was urgent. Wine and fermented liquor he would not allow to come near himself, and he detested the eating of all animals [meat]. And he denounced all injustice. And for his needs there were tree shoots <and locusts and wild honey.>” - Josephus' Jewish War and Its Slavonic Version pg. 259
It has been suggested, for example, that the term translated as locust should be translated as “locusts beans,” i.e. carob pods (a type of fruit), which is prominent throughout that part of the world.
“And when he had been brought to Archelaus and the doctors of the Law had assembled, they asked him who he is and where he has been until then. And to this he made answer and spake: "I am pure; for the Spirit of ALHYM hath led me on, and I live on cane and roots and tree-food. -The Slavic Josephus account of the early Christian history along with its parallels, Dorpat, 1908. Pg. 104
So, you might be wondering, where the Slavonic edition was translated from? There is extant in a number of MSS. a Slavonic or Old Russian translation of the War. In this version there are no less than eight pieces referring to John the Baptist, HaMashiach, and the first Christians (Nazarenes). These remarkable passages, of which the Greek text shows no trace, have been excerpted and the Slavonic text of them critically established by the collation of four MSS.
What is an MSS?
A manuscript (abbreviated MS for singular and MSS for plural) its an handwritten document
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