2) is held by some to point to the Essenes; if this be so, it is not chronologically precise, since we have not the means of determining the beginning of the movement of thought that issued in Essenism.
It is not as yet possible, except very partially, to arrange chronologically the snatches of biography to be gleaned from these stories.
The book falls naturally into three sections, chronologically arranged: (1) Chaps.
The penal laws under which Friends suffered may be divided chronologically into those of the Commonwealth and the Restoration periods.
There appear, therefore, to be at least two definite significations of the title Alexandrian School; or rather, there are two Alexandrian schools, distinct both chronologically and in substance.