IN a work that is considered spurious by most these days, "The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses", we are given an interesting narrative that we find in no other place. It is not an entirely spurious legend, to be left with the other fictions of our past, as a lot of people tend to do today, out of vanity and smugness. No, it has historical relevance, since there are elements to the story which may actually be true.

At the time the Northern Kingdom fell to the Assyrians, circa 723 B.C.E., migrants were shipped west from Mesopotamia, in what we refer to as the Samaritan Exchange program. They were brought west in order to replace the Israelite inhabitants, in a move that resembled the westward expansion in the United States, some 2500 years later.

It is said that a specific race of these immigrants were known as Cuthans, since they migrated from Cutha. These Cuthans were priest-magicians sent to teach their fellow countrymen the customs, religious observances and laws of the place they were moving to. The text we are referring to says, from the subhead entitled "The Vestibule of the Entrance" -

"The language and manuscript of this rare and eternal monument of light, and of a higher wisdom, are borrowed from the Cuthans, a tribe of the Samaritans, who were called Cuthim in the Chaldee dialect according to the Talmud, and they were so called in a spirit of derision. They were termed sorcerers, because they taught in Cutha, their original place of abode, and afterward, in Samaria, the Kabala or Higher Magic (Book of Kings). Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, the chosen arch-priests, are shining lights among the eastern Magicians. They were both kings and teachers - the first Priest-teachers of this glorious knowledge, and from these Samaritan Cuthans - from these omnipotent priests of the fountain of light, who were called Nergal, according to the traditions of Talmud, originated the Gypsies, who, through degeneracy, lost the consecration of their primordial power." - The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, p. 82.

There may be elements of truth to this narrative, as we said, because the Encyclopaedia Britannica (14th Edition) tells us, regarding the Assyrian conquest of Samaria:

"The operation was completed by Sargon, who deported its inhabitants and substituted for them a new body of settlers from Cutha, according to Jewish tradition, the ancestors of the Samaritans."

This refers to a period prior to the Samaritan Exchange program, undoubtedly, but the pattern is there. Another source, the Encyclopaedia Judaica, in an article on al-Dustan [Dositheos], states that:

"...a Dostai and a Sabbai are mentioned in the Midrash as the priests sent by the Assyrian king to Samaria to teach the new settlers the laws and customs of the country. In a legend told by Josephus about a religious dispute between Jews and Samaritans before Ptolemy IV Philometer, Samaritan representatives are called Sabbeus and Theodosius (Theodosius being another form of Dositheos)."

The Harranians transmitted their teachings to the West, at a time just prior to the First Crusade. They (or their heirs) ended up in Constantinople, and the first result was the Brothers of the East, 1080 / 1090 (depending on time line). From there it made its way Westward, and both the Rosicrucian Current and the Fratres Lucis Current sprang up as a result and perpetuated themselves sometimes in tandem, sometimes separately, and both currents exist in some form or another, to this very day, though not necessarily in the groups which claim these traditions for themselves.

The Johannite Tradition.


[NOTE - The Map for this material is accessible HERE]

What we are setting forth is the migration of specific groups to specific locations that bear heavily on the History of the Authentic Tradition. Enumerated below, we have a listing of groups / locations / dates:

Gnostic Succession (Dositheos to Bar Daisan)

From this point on, we can go back to the Chronology we put together in the section on the Harranians, The City of Sin.

Basically, though, from Marsilio Ficino to the present day is the next increment in the chart.