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J. E. Esslemont (1874-1925) was a prominent Baha'i from Scotland. He trained in medicine at Aberdeen University, graduating in 1898. Tuberculosis forced him to abandon a promising career in medical research and to pursue other interests. He was also a linguist, learning six languages including Persian and Arabic. This enabled him to assist in translating a number of important Baha'i works. Baha'u'llah and the New Era first appeared in 1923.
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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Baha'i Pub (October 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931847274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931847278
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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I'm not going to get into much detail here, because this a book that you really just need to read for yourself. Verily, every Earthling should read this. Okay, that is a biased thing to say. ( I believe in Baha'u'llah's revelation ) But to view this as a reader and not a theologian, it is a remarkable introduction to the 2nd most widespread and youngest of the world religions. It is a source of the Baha'i view on a very large number of issues that face the world today. I think its easy to at first be utterly confused by the Baha'i faith, but this book should aid you in a comprehension of Its message and what it means to be one of Its adherents.
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As with many Bahai writings (I'm not a member, but I have been to Bahai functions, read much of their literature, and have close friends in this faith), one doesn't have to be a member to enjoy this book. A lot of what Esslemont says here is practical for anyone. Partricularly such advice as-
"For a child, a teacher is necessary, but the aim of a true teacher is to teach his pupil how to do without a teacher."
"The time has come when narrow national patroitisms should be merged in the wider patriotism whose country is the world."
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This book has a defined scope. It does not address all the questions of a scholarly mind or an inquisitive mind... but that is not within it's scope. The fact that some reviewers find it does not address all the contemporary questions may be related to a misunderstanding of when this material was written. J. E. Esselmont lived from 1874-1925. Keeping the context of history and the author's personal involvement in the faith, it shares a view of the emerging Baha'i faith by one taken up in the swell of the changes of the day. The author's introduction clearly states that when he first glimpsed the teachings, he was struck by their power and beauty. The author thus disclaims his bias and his position. This is not a dispassionate, dry, recitation of the purports of the day. This is the writing of a man in love with something greater than himself, attempting to put his learning into a context historically and socially.

No book will be perfect, but this one is intriguing. A preview of contents is available by project guttenberg online.
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Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era is an easy to digest overview of the Bahá'í Faith that includes a thorough yet concise outline of the history and teachings of this, the youngest of the worlds major religions. This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in learning the basics of this religion that strives toward unity in diversity under God and elevates such ideas as the elimination of religious and racial bigotry and the parity of rights and freedoms between women and men to the status of divinely ordained law.
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This is a well organized book which outlines the basics of a new, world-wide faith known as Baha'i. It discusses such topics as:
- The unity of science and religion
- The way to peace
- Health and healing
- Prayer
- Education
- Fundamental justice
- Baha'i history and religion
It contains a number of ideas and meaningful insights which can be applied to any life and every society, and offers a basic understanding of this young religion.
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Dr. John Ebenezer Esslemont (1874-1925) was a prominent British Bahá'í from Scotland, as well as an accomplished medical Doctor and linguist. He wrote in the Introduction to the first (1923) edition of this book, "In seeking fuller knowledge about the (Bahá'í) Movement I found considerable difficulty in obtaining the literature I wanted, and soon conceived the idea of putting together the gist of what I learned in the form of a book, so that it might be more easily available for others... Abdu'l-Bahá discussed the book with me on various occasions. He gave me several valuable suggestions for its improvement..." The Bahá'í Publishing Trust noted in their Preface to the 1970 Edition, "It has therefore been deemed necessary to bring the book up to date in order to maintain its usefulness for modern readers. This has been done with a minimum of alteration to the text."

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"In the chapters that follow, we shall endeavor to show whether Bahá'u'lláh's claim to Prophethood stands or falls by application of these tests: whether the things that He had spoken have followed and come to pass, and whether His fruits have been good or evil." (Pg. 22)
"The poor are provided for out of the common treasury, but begging is strictly forbidden, as is the use of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes." (Pg. 34)
"Abdu'l-Bahá says: All must abandon prejudices and must even go to each other's churches and mosques, for, in all of these worshipping places, the Name of God is mentioned. Since all gather to worship God, what difference is there?" (Pg.
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