I have gotten several requests for information on how to see previews to my book, The Essence of Perfection. I can only post so much on the website because it is too easy to copy and reprint. I would suggest that if you want to see a real copy of the book to visit or call your local Barnes and Noble store and ask them to stock a couple of copies of the book. It is printed through Nook, a B&N company, so the store can order an actual copy at a small cost. You can also see a small sample on amazon at the link below by clicking on the book cover. I apologize for not having better reviews at this time, but hope to post more over time. If you do read the book please leave a review on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.
Here is a table of contents and a short overview of the book that is presented in the Introduction.
This book was extremely difficult to write, especially as it is my first. It was written and researched for over a decade and remained dormant for long stretches, as I was frustrated over conflicting dates and theories. At times, this book was on the verge of being consigned to the dustbin of theology. However, what follows is a product that, I believe, presents this material in the best way. Chapter 1, “The Integral Existence,” defines the idea of an integral existence. Verses found in the Talmud first suggested the concept that the Jewish Prophets were born and died during the time of the Jewish Passover, during the Jewish month of Nissan. This would include Jesus, who was considered a prophet or rabbi. Even today, the Talmud it is an important part of worship for many Jews. Many non-Jews are also interested in the Talmud’s content and read it to gain inner knowledge and peace. This chapter will also briefly explain what the Talmud is, and some of the history behind its creation.
“Chapter 2, “Talmudic Rabbis and Church Fathers,” discusses the rabbis who first wrote down the integral idea from ancient oral law and provided commentary on it. It will then turn its attention to the Church Fathers, who had a similar concept. In particular, two rabbis, Hillel the Elder and Rabbi, and two Church Fathers, Clement of Alexandria and St. Hippolytus, are at the forefront in providing evidence for the scholarly pursuit of the integral idea. It will also attempt to explain how it was that these two similar concepts never crossed paths throughout the history of the two great religions.
In order to find appropriate years for the integral age of Jesus, the Jewish calendar needs to be properly examined. This will be the focus of Chapter 3, “The Jewish Calendar and Passover,” where Jewish months, days, and years are compared with the dates of Passover. Chapter 4, “The Nativity,” narrates the story of the Nativity and the alternating versions of it given in the first four books of the New Testament. In order to achieve a better understanding of the Nativity, an examination of the wise men from the East is required. This will be the subject of Chapter 5, “The Magi.” Here, I examine both the existing theories and a few new ones about who the Magi were and where they came from. Looking closely at the Magi is important because they were witnesses to the infant Jesus as well as to the only solid piece of evidence from the time, the Star of Bethlehem, which guided them. Chapter 6, “The Star of Bethlehem” attempts to use the integral concept to find an acceptable date for the first Passover and a valid date for the Nativity of Jesus. “The Crucifixion” and “The Resurrection” will be studied in Chapters 7 and 8, respectively. Finally, Chapter 9, “Perfection in Nature,” will explore the question of whether there is a deeper meaning to the integral idea. This was in some ways the most interesting for me to write. Church Fathers like Clement and Hippolytus, men of great faith, were not afraid to suggest new concepts based partly on scripture and partly on faith. While this book is based on theory and my thoughts on God and the calendar, the final chapter, which I wrote to honor Clement and Hippolytus and their methods of theology, moves furthest into the realm of speculation. Science and theology can balance one another in harmony.
The Epilogue attempts to connect and unify the ideas presented throughout the book. The final verdict stating when, in my view, the Nativity and Resurrection occurred can be found here. The evidence will be presented and neatly summed up. Most authors have a purpose for their work. This will also be articulated here. Although intended as scholarly pursuit, this book has the potential to be used to advance many different agendas. I only hope that they are noble.
Part I: The Perception of Integral
Chapter I: The Integral Existence 12
Chapter 2: Talmudic Rabbis and Church Fathers 53
Chapter 3: The Jewish Calendar and Passover 97
Part II: The Passover Birth
Chapter 4: The Nativity 119
Chapter 5: The Magi 143
Chapter 6: The Star of Bethlehem 167
Part III: The Passover Death
Chapter 7: The Crucifixion 210
Chapter 8: The Resurrection 243
Chapter 9: Perfection in Nature 258
14 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.