Well it mean that the term Christ does not mean Anointed, does not come from the Greek language Christos and is not a term derived from Mashiakh Messiah in Hebrew, as taught in the official version. In other words, this title of Christ does not come from the Hebrew tradition, but is rooted in the Pharaonic tradition. That is why no one in the Hebrew tradition has ever carried the title of Christ.
The one who bears the title of Christ is necessarily someone who is from the Pharaonic tradition. And since basically this title has nothing to do with the concept of messiah or saviour, it means that the one who carries this title of Christ is neither a messiah nor a savior. And has nothing to do with a Messiah. In the texts of the pyramids which are the oldest religious texts of humanity we also find references to the meal of bread and wine related Osiris.
Historical research shows that the story of Horo Horus , reincarnation of Osiris is the first in the history of humanity that speaks of a divine child born miraculously without sex. This allows us to understand the historical context of the birth of what will be later called Christianity by the Roman Empire. The Egyptians resisted fiercely, bloody fighting were taking place. Memphis was stormed. Thebes succumbed in The Assyrians were flaying Egyptian fighters and covered the walls of their skins.
But in , Psammetichus 1st, founder of the 26th dynasty, definitely pushed back the Assyrians and freed Egypt from their yoke. It was a after that murderous war, which caused so much misfortune that the Egyptians in the 26th dynasty, spread the humanist and universalist cult of Isis and gradually make the worship dominant, in Egypt and abroad, in order to bring peace and fraternity in the world. The Persian, Macedonian and Roman dominations over the centuries only increased humankind suffering.
Everywhere people were getting poorer, increasing the number of slaves; women and children are crushed under the weight of injustice. The cult of Isis carried a cure to those evils, a message to the sufferers, a warning to the oppressors. That period of the Pharaonic civilization to which the Coptic scholar Sarwat Anis Al Assiouty refers us 7th century before the current era is called the Late Period.
The late period is the period where the Pharaonic civilization came into an advanced phase of decline and ended, following repeated attacks by the invaders. It was during that period that the Pharaonic civilization gradually lost its sovereignty, territory and the Pharaonic ended up by falling into the hands of foreign invaders and conquerors Persians, Greeks, Romans, etc ….
So it was Egyptians from the period marking the decline and end of the Pharaonic civilization that spread the humanist cult of Aissata Isis in order to bring peace, love, charity, and humanism in world. But on what right do the Egyptians blacks stand to spread humanism in the world? Well that is due to the fact that for a long the Pharaonic civilization had dominated and transmitted civilization to many peoples, and ensured the maintenance of order Maat , to fight against barbarism.
So in those times Late Period during which the world and the Pharaonic civilization was toppling into barbarism, the Blacks of the Late period knowing that their ancestors had had a civilizing role tried again to pull the world from barbarism and savagery, which was prevailing, by submitting it to the order Maat. It was with a view for Maat to giving precedence and ending the cycle of violence and revenges prevailing in the world at that time that Blacks undertook the humanity civilization by the worship of Isis.
The worship of Isis was the dominant one the Nile Valley at the time when foreign peoples Greeks, Romans, etc … invaded and occupied Egypt. Following the loss of their sovereignty and by dint of being invaded and dominated over time, indigenous peoples Blacks ended up crossbreeding willy-nilly to various degrees with the invading peoples.
Considering the face of many individuals of this race, I found it a particular character which fixed my attention: everyone has a smoky yellowish skin tone, which is neither Greek nor Arabic ; all have a puffy face, a swollen eye, a crushed nose, and thick lips; in short, a real face of Mulatto. I was tempted to attribute it to climate, when, having visited the Sphinx, its appearance gave me the key to the riddle.
What is Count Volney telling us here? He tells us here that having seen the sphinx, he realized that the Pharaonic people were black and Coptic from their half-cast traits possessed this Negro blood of the ancient pharaonic people in their genes. Therefore, a Coptic means etymologically a native Egyptian thus Black. This analysis helps to reach these definite conclusions: the first Coptic Egyptians were in fact those of the end of the Pharaonic civilization who were spreading the worship of Isis.
That is why they were black like their ancestors of antiquity. But following the invasions and aggressions on Egypt by the Persians, Greeks, Romans, etc … Those black populations eventually hybridized over centuries willingly or by force.
It is this phenomenon of progressive miscegenation between blacks, invaders and occupiers Persian, Greek, Roman etc.. That is why the Copts found in Egypt, Ethiopia, etc. What were the principles of the cult of Isis conveyed by those Egyptians of that time?
In the area of the ritual, let us mention the baptismal regeneration in the worship of Isis, where the initiate dies to his old life and is reborn in the new faith; the use of water, principle of regeneration, without which would perish plants, animals and human beings in the sprinkling of the faithful during the rites of Isis …. What Sarwat Anis al Assiouty explains here is clear. He explains that most rites are baptism, confession, joint sacramental meal communion , etc. And who is this dead and risen god discussed here in the context of the worship of Isis?
Well this is indeed Osiris. The worship of Isis was therefore linked to that of Osiris, it is that worship that the Africans of the late period spread and popularized until the official birth of Christianity in the fourth century. Thus the worship of Isis was spread throughout the world, and was attested in Europe. That is why Apuleius, an author of the first centuries of the current era, in his book The Golden Ass or the Metamorphoses, talk about Isis in these terms:. The Empyrean and its bright vaults, the sea and its salubrious breezes, hell and its silent chaos, obey my laws: single power worshiped under many aspects, shapes, cults and names as much as peoples on earth.
I am Hecate here, I am Rhamnusie there. But the peoples of Ethiopia, Arian and the ancient and learned Egypt, countries that the sun favours with its nascent rays, only pay me my own worship, and give me my true goddess name: Isis. Since that worship was linked to that of Osiris, the name Osiris also changed later according to languages and peoples. Thus Osiris later become Adonis , Dionysus, Mithra , etc … depending on the languages and regions where those worships were located.
But outside Egypt, and before reaching the regions of Europe, we first have the regions of the Near East Palestine, Syria, etc.. So how could the worship of Isis reach Europe bypassing areas like Palestine? Let us remind that the first inhabitants of Palestine were blacks. It was the Canaanites as Palestine was formerly called Canaan. But that people has been under the tutelage of the Pharaonic civilization for long.
Thus the worships which came from the Nile Valley have existed on that territory Canaan since ancient times, even when it took the name of Palestine later. The Bible even mentions that those rituals of bread and wine related to Osiris were known of Canaanites. The first time those rites were mentioned in the Bible, it is in the episode where the Canaanite king that the Bible calls Melchizedek met Abraham.
Moreover archeology reveals that the worship of Isis and Osiris was indeed established for a long time in this territory, in the form of worships to Adonis Osiris or Astarte Isis for example. That return in force to the worship of Isis force around the end of antiquity, was not strange to that territory, even if that territory saw the arrival and installation of the Hebrew social and state structures Judah, Israel, etc. When insiders and black priests came from the Nile spreading the worship of Isis to bring peace to the world in late antiquity, they spread it in Palestine and also in the cities where there were Hebrew populations and Jewish sects Judea, Jerusalem, etc ….
This is the name that appears in the writings and authentic traditions of the Copts. This means that the Coptic traditions in fact already existed several centuries before the supposed birth of a Jew named Jesus Christ of Nazareth and of the Christian era. According to the very erudite work of the Coptic scholar Sarwat al anis Assiouty , in the second volume of his book compared research on early Christianity and early Islam , pages , the name Isa Issa is a name of a Pharaonic origin used to designate Osiris and had been carried by Egyptians since antiquity. The name Isa is therefore a name carried by an Egyptian, so a non-Jew.
It is the same for the name Maria Mary , which is a name that comes from the Egyptian name Meri or Mari which means love in Pharaonic tongue. We still find these names Isa Issa , Mari, Mariama , etc. There are even ethnic groups that carry the name of Issa today on our continent. This gives us clear indications about the origin of Issa, of which the Koran tradition succeeded despite the centuries, to keep the same name.
If the term Christ is actually a word that comes from Egyptian Kher Sesheta term that means the guardian of mysteries, or the guardian of secrets , that Christ term thus Kher Sesheta is also a grade carried by an insider in priesthood, thus, in the pharaonic clergy as revealed by the pharaonic texts from antiquity the stele of Ikernofret for example. This means that since antiquity in the Nile valley and the rest of the Pharaonic civilization, there have been several priests and initiates who carried the title of Christ, that is to say that as the custodian of divine mysteries Kher Sesheta in Pharaonic language.
Thus the term Christ Kher Sesheta , is not a title that carries a messiah or savior, but is actually a title that is carried by a priest of the initiatory mysteries with the grade of Guardian or Custodian of the divine secrets in the Pharaonic tradition. All this allows us to understand that Christ Kher Sesheta is actually an insider of the Grade of Mysteries Guardian grade.
It is this capacity that Issa carried in Egyptian traditions. Issa is a non-Jew, an Egyptian priest from the time of the end of the Pharaonic civilization thus a Copt , initiated miracle worker that is to say, healer, miracle worker of the Kher Sesheta grade Guardian of mysteries who went from the Nile Valley to Palestine to spread those doctrines of peace, fraternity and love related to the worship of Isis and Osiris in Jewish circles.
This is the sect of the Essenes, close to the Qumran sect near the Dead Sea, which lived its final phase in the first century AD current Era , also close to the therapists sect healers of Egypt, mentioned by Philo in the book From the contemplative life, and that Eusebius attests that they are Christians. Well the common point between those insiders groups of Issa is that these initiatory movements had all existed centuries before the official birth of Jesus Yehoshuah and before the birth of movements called Christians. Well it means that Issa is not Jesus Yehoshuah.
Issa is not Yehoshuah Jesus because:. Issa was not born and did not live in the same era as Yehoshuah, since he lived several centuries before the beginning of the current era, the beginning of the supposed era of the birth of Jesus the Messiah. Issa is an initiate of the Mysteries grade porter Kher Sesheta whose existence is attested. Now Jesus of Nazareth is presented as Anointed hence the title of Christ according to the official version, whose existence is not confirmed. Etc ….. Issa and his companions are not Jesus and his disciples. Issa and his companions lived, existed and founded communities many centuries before the beginning of the current era which marks the birth of the founder of Christianity and the official Christian history.
Issa and his companions were therefore not Christians. It is the same for the communities born of his teaching Essenes, therapists, etc. But who were the early followers of Issa? Well, since Issa came from Egypt, his first companions and followers were Egyptian from the period of the end of the Pharaonic civilization, in other words they are those who are Copts today. Coptic traditions contrary to what is taught formally thus preceded Jesus and Christianity several centuries before. That is why the Copts are called first Christians at the historical level.
But calling them Christians within the meaning of Christianity is a misnomer because they have never identified themselves as Christians in their writings. And since their traditions preceded Jesus and Christianity several centuries before, it means that the first Copts were not really Christians, but as it was said above, people who spread the worship of Isis. But those Egyptian worships were misunderstood, considered pagan and rejected in the teachings of the Jews. This can be seen in some parts of the text of Jeremiah Chapter 7 verse 18, chapter 44, verses 17 to 19, and 25 for example, where there are attacks against the one who is called the Queen of Heaven one of the names of Isis.
Thus, when Issa and his companions spread their message in Palestine and in Jewish circles and created communities, they entered into conflict with the Jewish authorities. Issa himself was persecuted, tortured and die not on a cross. And the communities of his followers who came after him were persecuted as over time, until the first centuries of the current era. Some evidence suggests that the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus later Paul himself was a persecutor of the followers of Issa. Indeed, the Essene communities existed in his time in Damascus in other words, in Roman times, in the first century of the current era.
So it may actually be the Essenes of Damascus that Paul was about to hunt down and persecute, if we cross-check this biblical passage with historical data. Let us recall that according to scientific data there is no certain proof of the historical existence of a Jewish character named Jesus Christ. It seems that the Pharaonic traditions prevalent at that time in the ancient world as a mystery cults especially the worship of Isis and tradition of Issa have inspired Saul of Tarsus later Paul and those who built the character of Yehoshuah Jesus , writing the Gospel and building the dogmas of Christianity in the first centuries of the current era several centuries after the life and death of Issa.
This can be noticed because like Issa, the biblical figure of Jesus of the canonical Gospels was presented as Christ, a miracle worker maker of healings and miracles , who had companions, who preached peace and was persecuted and killed at a moment. The same Bible Matthew 2. As we can see, the biblical text editors despite their efforts have not managed to erase the Egyptian track.
Today it is in the sands of Egypt that are the oldest discoveries in the Christian question. Some passages from the writings of ancient authors seem to confirm this. Obviously he knew that most of the things attributed to Jesus the Jew were actually things in Egyptian tradition. The Talmud of the Jews also associates the image of Christ with that of a sorcerer, magician and conjurer of demons, who brought Egypt magic spells, mystical and sorcery.
Today it is with these same terms sorcerers, magicians, etc.. We have to question whether a native Galilean family, exiled from Gischala as a result of anti-Roman uprisings in the area, would have had Roman citizenship. We know that Gischala was a hotbed of revolutionary activity and John of Gischala was one of the most prominent leaders in the first Judean Revolt against Rome A. This is a punishment administered by the Romans and was forbidden to one who had citizenship. It is intensely apocalyptic, with its entire orientation on preparing his group for the imminent arrival of Jesus in the clouds of heaven 1 Thessalonians ; ; ; ; , Luke-Acts tends to mute any emphasis on an imminent arrival of the end and he characteristically tones down the apocalyptic themes of Mark, his main narrative source for his Gospel.
The book of Acts has an earlier scene, when the apostles Peter and John are arrested by the Jewish authorities who are threatening to have them killed, in which Gamaliel stands up in the Sanhedrin court and speaks in their behalf, recommending their release Acts It is likely that the author of Acts, in making Paul an honored student of Gamaliel, the most revered Pharisee of the day, is wanting to further advance this perspective.
Whether Paul even lived in Jerusalem before his visionary encounter with Christ could be questioned. In Acts it is a given, but Paul never indicates in any of his letters that Jerusalem was his home as a young man. He does mention twice a connection with Damascus, the capital of the Roman province of Syria 2 Corinthians ; Galatians Since he never mentions seeing Jesus in any of his letters, and one would expect that had he been an eyewitness to the events of that Passover week he surely would have drawn upon such a vivid experience, this argues against the idea that he was a Jerusalem resident at that time.
All he tells us is that he zealously persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it Galatians Our earliest physical description of Paul comes from a late second-century Christian writing The Acts of Paul and Thecla. As Paul is first introduced one of his disciples sees him coming down the road:. And he saw Paul coming, a man small of stature, with a bald head and crooked legs, in a good state of body, with eyebrows meeting and nose somewhat hooked, full of friendliness; for now he appeared like a man, and now he had the face of an angel.
We have no reason to believe this account is based on any historical recollection since the Acts of Paul as a whole shows no trace of earlier sources or historical reference points. It might come as a surprise, but outside our New Testament records we have very little additional historical information about Paul other than the valuable tradition that Jerome preserves for us that he was born in the Galilee. For example, Ignatius, the early second century bishop of Antioch writes:.
For neither I nor anyone like me can keep pace with the wisdom of the blessed and glorious Paul, who, when he was among you in the presence of the men of that time, accurately and reliably taught the word concerning the truth. Some of the second and third century Christian writers know the tradition that both Peter and Paul ended up in Rome and were martyred during the reign of the emperor Nero—Paul was beheaded and Peter was crucified. Ironically it seems that we moderns, using our tools of critical historical research, are in a better position than the Christians of the second and third centuries to recover a more authentic Paul.
Since earning his Ph. You can find links to all of Dr. The thirteen letters attributed to Paul, plus the book of Acts, add up to pages of the total—just over one-third. New York: Oxford University Press, , pp. Droge and James D. Jewish men his age would normally marry; not to marry would be considered abnormal. Few scholars consider the letters of 1 and 2 Peter as written by Peter. Josephus mentions John of Gischala often in his history of the revolt.
Mommsen, translated by A. Wilson, volume 2 Philadelphia: Westminster Press, , pp. The same way like us we did not saw the messiah walking on earth but indeed we believed it might not as strong as Paul. As a simple man logic tells me that my belief in Jesus Christ must first come from those who give testimonial evidence that they were there and they saw with your own eyes and heard with their own ears and witnessed the things professed about Jesus miracles signs wonders the dead brought back to life and Jesus himself crucified and resurrected.
Based on their testimony as eyewitnesses I except along with confirmation through the old testament prophecy. That being said I know very clearly what Matthew and John gave testimony and I understand this is not hearsay another words they did not just hear it from someone else. I have often wondered why men coupled together here say with eyewitness testimony and give it equal status as being a source for truth. I recognize Jesus clearly stated all things where established by the testimony of two or more and he referenced himself his works the profits and God as being testimonies to him.
The most distinct thing that I have noticed is Paul claims his own apostleship. I have tried to find justification for this but in my view everything seems to point away from it.
Soon after it was adopted Mary made an appearance at Lourdes indicating that she approved. However, when he studied rhetoric in Carthage, he began living a worldly life. But first what is the messiah? In a rare public session in an open field, he urged the knights and noblemen to win back the Holy Land, to face their sins, and called upon those present to save their souls and become Soldiers of Christ. The Roman emperors ordered the closure or progressive destruction of pharaonic origin temples in Egypt itself temples of worship of Isis and Osiris and throughout the Roman Empire, and their replacement with Christian churches in charge to impose to everyone willingly or by force the figure of Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah and Savior of all humankind invented by Saul of Tarsus aka St.
I have very good reason for saying this as first and foremost there are no testimonies to support his claim. This goes right back to the Jewish lawn and establishing the fax and it is the law that God gave so it made sense that Jesus would have referenced it stating what gave him authenticity as the son of God. To me everything has to work systematically and in harmony from Old Testemant to New for it to be true. If something breaks with that Harmony has conflict with what is already been given then I reject it.
Jesus stated we should test out every expression keep what is True and throw away what is not.
Until someone can explain to me where the 13th kingdom which Paul is to rule over or where the 13th thrown Paul is to sit on comes from? I am prone to reject his writings as belonging to Jesus. He states plainly he would be all things to all people and do anything to make a convert. Can anyone demonstrate to me where Jesus exemplified this approach? But I firmly believe that all truth comes from the hand of God not the mouths of men.
Jesus stated that those who would receive his spirit would do those things and more. Again I ask where is the evidence that Paul performed any miracles signs or wonders? Instead all I see in here or doctrinal teachings from him or arguments against whoever disagrees with him which according to the writings were even Barnabas and Peter himself the rock in which God was going to build his church. Again just self elevation by Paul not a lick of evidence for any of it.
Paul preached belief in The death burial and resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ with no law attached to your belief. Paul preached belief in the death burial and resurrection of The Lord Jesus Christ for salvation plus nothing else. The religious church hates this just as Satan hates this.
What could we do to possibly add to The finished work of Christ on the cross to gain salvation. Be obedient the word of God and belief. The Cult of Peter and later James was a communist soviet making Peter a role model for Stalin in future days. Why is a 4th century writer jerome more credible than luke? Jerome seems like a big part of you skepticism. Thanks for an enjoyable read and for laying out the scholarly model of Paul.
I asked myself as I read, What is truth? Is it to be found in the model proposed by the 18th century German and English scholars? Maybe he was a liar? How do you and I know? Or passing along what he had heard without checking or verifying his sources? How do you and I know for sure? Have you seen the original sources for yourself? Or perhaps he was actually saying something different than what you cited so you could support your thesis? Did the transmission and translation of his works and your interpretation accurately reproduce his thinking and intent?
I have no idea concerning the verity of your sources. Certainly not nearly enough to convince me to trash Acts. The premises are actually the conclusions, and the data are censored and pruned to ensure the conclusion and assure your pre-existing beliefs. Not good enough for me. On the basis of fallacious logic and unverifiable evidence, I reject your argument.
Where is the truth of Paul and how shall I know it? I just happened upon this fascinating blog and read all of it, finishing just now. It was fascinating to me because it mentions so many of the points I have pondered for most of my life. It has a great deal to say about Flavius Josephus and the establishment of Christianity at Rome with a large number of the members of the priestly families of the Sanhedrin heavily involved. If there is any truth to it, this book exposes the ultimate conspiracy at the founding of Christian Europe.
Connections with the Paul problem are evident. If we believe any of the cannon of scripture is a lie, then it is all a lie.
If the scripture is a lie, then either God is a liar or does not exist, and my faith is in vain. Is the Bible the truth or a lie? Is Jesus the Son of God or not? Or is he a liar? Romans Often, fleshly-minded individuals view these as the factors that determine whom Jehovah should use as his instrument. Their lack of humility hindered them from gaining knowledge and understanding of the glorious way Jehovah works out his purpose. May we never underestimate or prejudge those whom Jehovah chooses to use to accomplish his will.
The decision to accept or reject the message rests squarely with our listeners. If those to whom we preach seem unresponsive, we can take a lesson from the first-century disciples. By appreciating the truth and allowing ourselves to be led by holy spirit, we too can be joyful, even in the face of opposition. Reading through this, it is clear that Saul his Hebrew name would appear as an hypocrite on many factors, UNLESS, there are TWO distinctive people entirely separate writing of two very separate accounts.
Then we have Saul who was an Israelite Benjamite who studied under Gamliel, who only met the apostles James and Peter thrice, and was shipwrecked on an island where his story ends. The former was belligerent with Peter, while the latter defended Peter Kepha. IMHO, this clearly is two separate persons writing two very different accounts, as Saul preached and warned AGAINST hypocrisy preaching one thing while doing another , where Paulos did no such thing, but appears to contradict the teachings of Yahshua.
And his disciples took him by night and let him down over the wall, lowering him in a basket. And when he had come to Jerusalem he attempted to join the disciples but they are all afraid of him for they did not believe he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.
And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists; but they were seeking to kill him. And when the brethren knew it, they brought him down to Caesarea and set him off to Tarsus. Acts And Ananias. And now, why do you wait? Rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name. And when the blood of Stephen thy witness was shed, I also was standing by and approving, and keeping the garments of those who killed him.
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days.
In what I am writing to you, before God I do not lie! Galatians My conclusion: Paul either had a very poor memory, was mentally ill, or lied about what he did in the weeks, months, and first few years after his conversion experience on the Damascus Road. Paul, according to the Bible, was taught by Gamaliel who was a leader of the Sanhedrin located in Jerusalem. He was devout in the traditions of his religion and would surely have at least been in Jerusalem for the feasts. Is it possible for him to have not seen or heard anything about Jesus, who was causing an uproar due to his miracles, confrontation with the money changers in the temple, debating the Jewish elders, etc.?
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But then this author cites Ignatious saying: Paul, who, when he was among you in the presence of the men of that time, accurately and reliably taught the word concerning the truth. As in 1 Corinthians A friend has a computer that turns itself off after a certain period of time of inactivity.
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Anybody who knows the answer can you kindly respond? This is pride dressed up as Scholarship. There is only one purpose of statements like these. I am all knowing—look at me. Its an incredibly powerful thing to pronounce a year old writing surely made up from your little desk. But then if you didnt.. When you receive your accolades and pay check.. After all, we dont even know for sure the events surrounding The Kennedy and Lincoln assassinations even tough they are a stones throw away in history.
But you somehow know thousand of years before with perfect clarity. Its laughable. Saul the Pervert, the first False Messiah. He was was never a Pharisee or taught by Gamaliel, nor was he an Apostle. He never knew Yeshua bar Yosef, and never tried to even learn the least bit about him. He cared not about the person Yeshua or his life.
He cared only about his resurrected and glorious Jesus Christ, and his own glory as well. He was a man out to make a name for himself. It is easy to claim to be a Hebrew or an Israelite before and audience of Gentiles, but he never makes this claim before James and the Apostles in Jerusalem does he??
If he was so advanced in Judaism beyond many of his contemporaries, then his name would have been well known, yet no where in the Synoptic Gospels do we hear of him. We hear nothing of him in any of the Jewish writings either. Lucifer is a Fallen Angel yes, but an Angel none the less. He can appear to anyone, and in any form he so chooses.
He is the Great Deceiver and the Lord of Lies. It is also made perfectly clear that the only Apostle to the Gentiles was Kepha Peter. The only claim to be an Apostle came from him. Romans Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began …….
Yet neither James or Jude ever claimed to be among the Twelve. The Twelve were the Disciples of Yeshua that we all know. And every one of them followed the Hebraic religion, which was what Yeshua taught the return to, from Judaism. Judaism and the Hebraic religion are two different things. Judaism follows the writing in the Babylonian Talmuds, the Torah takes second place after them. The Hebraic religion is based entirely on the Torah, and the Torah alone. If you do not believe me on this, then check it out. The book seems to be cherry picking facts from Josephus that fit the theory and ignoring other facts.
We even know the exact populations. However according to Josephus there was also a tax revolt when Cyrenius was the governor of Syria about 6 CE, yet there was no census decreed by Augustus that year. Luke 2 1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. Festus succeeded Felix about 57 or 58 CE. Still like the book, but wonder why Josephus is critical for some timeline reconciliation and completely ignored for other?
The book arrived and I read the 20 page introduction. I mostly agree with the idea that Paul started Christianity and everything else followed. I question the dating of Jesus crucifixion in the first paragraph of the intro. Apparently this is a 5 or 6 year span historically. Who was Barjesus son of Jesus? Who was Sergius Paulus and why did Saul seemingly take his name Paul? Acts 13 6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: 7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.
Marcus Antonius Pallas a freedman CE was the older brother of Felix who was the procurator of Judea and his name is mentioned by Josephus in the same paragraph as the Greek epistle that inflamed the Jews and started the war. Pallas was also on trial and killed by Nero about 63 CE.
Here again the book of Acts is a distorted mirror of the works of Josephus. KIn some instances the people and places match, but the names differ. In other instances the names match but the people differ as here;. Acts Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar. Mason, the book of Hebrews would sure fulfill the criteria for being the Greek epistle that inflamed the Jews although Mason may not agree.
The letters considered authentic from Paul would have been from a different source, which would explain all the different authorships for the other letters. He also did more to hurt the Jesus Movement after his conversion than he ever did beforehand. What he wrought bears little resemblance to the Galilean rabbi or his message. The high priestly caste was mostly Sadducee in orientation. So a similar amount of distortion at a time when record keeping by the general population was extremely haphazard is not so unreasonable. It seems we know about everything historically that was happening in that period from Josephus.
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