Sunday, 11 December 2016

The Identity of Peter's Mother-in-law and wife

Peter's mother-in-law was Glaphyra and his wife was her daughter. The first clue is that mother-in-law implies that Peter is married (this is also confirmed in 1Corinthians 9:5), but more importantly the setting appears to be a church. Right after the mother-in-law was healed, she "serves" them (officiates as a Mother Superior ). How we can discover this is to understand that the Essenes of Qumran had convents for the women and the Mother Superior would be the most important female, often a member of the family of Herod the Great. Such a person is Glaphyra.

Glaphyra is the daughter of King of Cappadocia and was married to Alexander, the son of Herod the Great in 18BC by Augustus Caesar. Although of Greek, Armenian and Persian descent, she converted to the Jewish religion. That Glaphyra had two sons followed by a daughter is confirmed by Josephus 17.1.2 ("Alexander had two sons by Glaphyra") and 17.13.1 ("Alexander had three children by her).

In 7BC Herod suspected both of his sons Alexander and Aristobulus of treason and hanged them. After Herod the Great's death, Archelaus the son of Herod the Great and Malthace would be made Ethnarch of Judea . He was married to Mariamme, the youngest daughter of Aristobulus.

Archelaus fell in lust with Glaphyra and here is what Josephus says about this:

Josephus Antiquities 17.8.4 "The like accident befell Glaphyra his wife, who was the daughter of king Archelaus, who, as I said before, was married, while she was a virgin, to Alexander, the son of Herod, and brother of Archelaus; but since it fell out so that Alexander was slain by his father, she was married to Juba, the king of Libya; and when he was dead, and she lived in widowhood in Cappadocia with her father, Archelaus divorced his former wife Mariamne, and married her, so great was his affection for this Glaphyra; who, during her marriage to him, saw the following dream: She thought she saw Alexander standing by her, at which she rejoiced, and embraced him with great affection; but that he complained o her, and said, O Glaphyra! thou provest that saying to be true, which assures us that women are not to be trusted. Didst not thou pledge thy faith to me? and wast not thou married to me when thou wast a virgin? and had we not children between us? Yet hast thou forgotten the affection I bare to thee, out of a desire of a second husband. Nor hast thou been satisfied with that injury thou didst me, but thou hast been so bold as to procure thee a third husband to lie by thee, and in an indecent and imprudent manner hast entered into my house, and hast been married to Archelaus, thy husband and my brother. However, I will not forget thy former kind affection for me, but will set thee free from every such reproachful action, and cause thee to be mine again, as thou once wast. When she had related this to her female companions, in a few days' time she departed this life., Josephus gives a story about Glaphyra which claims that she married Juba II after Alexander's death then shortly after this Juba dies and she married Archelaus shortly before 6AD which violated Jewish law because she had children with Alexander. Then her guilt about this caused her to die."

All of these events in Josephus are lies (nevertheless he has highlighted Glaphyra because of her importance to Herodian Church):

  • Juba lived until 23AD
  • His wife Cleopatra Selene II, daughter of Greek Ptolemaic Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Roman triumvir Mark Antony appeared on coins up until 17AD.
  • Although there is an inscription from Athens, Greece: "The leaders and people honor Queen Glaphyra daughter of King Archelaus and wife of King Juba on the account of her virtue" and yet no inscription of Glaphyra in Juba's kingdom of Libya, it must be assumed that her virtue was being extolled by generous contribution and that they were whoring about.
  • Archelaus, the Ethnarch of Judea, was deposed by Augustus Caesar and exiled to Vienne in 6AD and it is doubtful that Glaphyra would have accompanied him and more likely that she did not marry him, but was whoring with him also. (The phrase "lived in widowhood" is code for being Mother Superior as did Helena, Simon Magus' consort.)

The association of Glaphyra with whoring is intriguing as this would also be leveled against Helena, the consort of Simon Magus, and Bernice, the daughter of King Herod Agrippa and called the "Great Whore of Babylon" , both were Mother Superiors of the Asher Herodian convent. In closer examination of the parable of the Prodigal Son, Theudas, can be seen associating with harlots when Judas the Galilean established Qumran as headquarters for his revolt against Rome. This reference clearly relates to Glaphyra as the Mother Superior at that time. (Although they are referred to as harlots, they were not mere street-walkers but classified as Hetaera, in fact the grandmother of Glaphyra, also called Glaphyra, was a Hetaera became one of the mistresses to the Roman Triumvir Mark Antony gaining the kingdom for her son who became the King of Cappadocia.

The Hetaera were not adverse to capturing the super elites with their sexual wiles as Cleopatra did with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony: Glaphyra with Juba II, Helena with Simon Magus, and Bernice with the Emperor Titus.) Josephus saying that she died because of her guilt was probably some sort of excommunication that could easily be lifted. (See Peter kills Ananias (Simon Magus) and Sapphira (Helena) because they held back money to the Church.)

(Augustus’ daughter Julia, the mother of James and John was once asked how she could be so active in extra-marital affairs and yet all her children looked like Agrippa (her husband). She answered that once you are already pregnant it was safe to play around.)

Bernice, the Mother Superior, during the ministry of Peter and Paul used the Nazarite vows to clear her sins shown in shown in:
Josephus Wars of the Jews 2.15.1: "About this very time king Agrippa was going to Alexandria, to congratulate Alexander upon his having obtained the government of Egypt from Nero; but as his sister Bernice was come to Jerusalem, and saw the wicked practices of the soldiers, she was sorely affected at it, and frequently sent the masters of her horse and her guards to Florus, and begged of him to leave off these slaughters; but he would not comply with her request, nor have any regard either to the multitude of those already slain, or to the nobility of her that interceded, but only to the advantage he should make by this plundering; nay, this violence of the soldiers brake out to such a degree of madness, that it spent itself on the queen herself; for they did not only torment and destroy those whom they had caught under her very eyes, but indeed had killed herself also, unless she had prevented them by flying to the palace, and had staid there all night with her guards, which she had about her for fear of an insult from the soldiers. Now she dwelt then at Jerusalem, in order to perform a vow which she had made to God; for it is usual with those that had been either afflicted with a distemper, or with any other distresses, to make vows; and for thirty days before they are to offer their sacrifices, to abstain from wine, and to shave the hair of their head. Which things Bernice was now performing, and stood barefoot before Florus's tribunal, and besought him [to spare the Jews]. Yet could she neither have any reverence paid to her, nor could she escape without some danger of being slain herself."

Clearly, Glaphyra was Mother Superior as Bernice was and it would be logical to assume that Peter had married Glaphyra's daughter, making Glaphyra his mother-in-law. This healing by Jesus, in addition to a raising of status, would also be an absolution of sin prior to her impending death. The presence of James and John would indicate that their step-mother Helena would be taking her place.
(This can be shown in the Clementines.)

Since Glaphyra was disliked by Herod's family, it is quite likely that her daughter would have been an outcaste and Peter, like many of the other disciples, could have been a freedman of the Herods serving Glaphyra with Andrew being a freedman from Glaphyra's home country of Cappadocia, thus his non-Jewish name. (This can be supported by the fact that Peter first Epistle (1 Peter) was addressed to Cappadocia.)

In the Acts of Peter: Peter's daughter, a virgin (metaphorically 'crippled') is called Petronilla . Tradition says she was a martyr and was buried in the Catacomb of Domitilla, indicating that she must have been adopted by Flavian Family who were related to Clement, who later became Pope. This supports Peter's connection with the Herods and the Roman royal families.



Saturday, 31 October 2015

Jesus Did not Die on the Cross; Two Ante-Nicene Fathers confirm this

St. Paul says: "Now if Christ be preached that out of the dead he has been raised, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is not a resurrection of the dead, then neither has Christ been raised: And if Christ has not been raised, void then is also our preaching, and void is also your faith." (1 Cor 15:12-14).

This is one of the many circular arguments of Paul, but it serves to illustrate the problem of
"Confirmation Bias." This psychological phenomenon explains why people tend to seek out
information that confirms their existing opinions and overlook or ignore information that refutes their
beliefs. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs;
obviously Christianity is one of them. This essay seeks to refute the "my side" opinions and beliefs on
the Crucifixion and Resurrection and to present the "other side."

Two of the most esteemed and respected Ante-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church: Papias and
Irenaeus tell us that Jesus did not die on the cross, but lived to a ripe old age. Even Islam, which is the
second largest religion in the world to Christianity, possessing 1.6 billion faithful and that recognizes
Jesus as a prophet, believes that another man was substituted for Jesus on the cross.

The Quran says: "And the Jews were saying in boast, "We killed Messiah Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allah,", but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of Iesa (Jesus) was put over another man and they killed that man, and those who differ therein are full of doubtful knowledge. They have no certain knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not." (Quran 4. Surah An-Nisa' (The Women) 157) Thus said the Angel Gabriel.

It is quite possible that Muhammad was influenced by Gnostic writings like the one that was found in
the Nag Hammadi Library (discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945):
"For my death, which they think happened, happened to them in their error and blindness, since they
nailed their man unto their death... It was another, their father, who drank the gall and the vinegar; it
was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. It
was another upon whom they placed the crown of thorns... And I was laughing at their ignorance."
(Gnostic Codex VII of the Nag Hammadi library: The Second Treatise of the Great Seth tr. Roger A.
Bullard and Joseph A. Gibbons).

"The Second Treatise of the Great Seth" is admittedly Gnostic as it is already substituting Seth (the son of Adam) for Jesus. In addition, it places Simon on the cross instead of Jesus (Seth) to support the
metaphoric message that physical life is illusion. (Irenaeus himself refutes the "The Second Treatise of the Great Seth" as the heretical work of Saturninus and Basilides in "Against Heresies" I:XXIV.4).

(Incidentally the name Simon is significant because in Matt 27:32, Mark 15:21, and Luke 23:26, there is a Simon who carries the cross, suggesting that he played a larger role:
"And they impress a certain one passing by - Simon, a Cyrenian, coming from the field, the father of
Alexander and Rufus - that he may bear his cross".)

Next the writings of two Fathers of the Christian Church: Papias and Irenaeus, who existed
before the Council of Nicaea (CE 325) formalized the Church doctrine, are shown:

IRENAEUS was born in Smyrna in130, one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, and died in
Lugdunum (Lyon) in 202. He is venerated in the following Churches: Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Anglican Communion, Assyrian Church of the East, Lutheran Church, and Oriental Orthodox Church.

IRENAEUS: "AGAINST HERESIES" (c. 180 AD)
BOOK II: CHAP. XXII, - THE THIRTY YEARS ARE NOT TYPIFIED BY THE FACT THAT
CHRIST WAS BAPTIZED IN HIS THIRTIETH YEAR:
HE DID NOT SUFFER IN THE TWELFTH MONTH AFTER HIS BAPTISM, BUT WAS MORE
THAN FIFTY YEARS OLD WHEN HE DIED. (footnotes included directly in italic)
4. Jesus, being thirty years old ("Now Jesus was, as it were, beginning to be thirty years old" - Luke
3:23) when He came to be baptized (by John the Baptist ), and then possessing the full age of a Master, He came to Jerusalem, so that He might be properly acknowledged by all as a Master ...
For He came to save all through means of Himself - all, I say, who through Him are born again to God - infants, and children, and boys, and youths, and old men. He therefore passed through every age,

  • becoming an infant for infants, thus sanctifying infants;
  • a child for children, thus sanctifying those who are of this age, being at the same time made to them an example of piety, righteousness, and submission;
  • a youth for youths, becoming an example to youths, and thus sanctifying them for the Lord.
  • So likewise He was an old man for old men, that He might be a perfect Master for all, not merely as respects the setting forth of the truth, but also as regards age, sanctifying at the same time the aged also, and becoming an example to them likewise.
  • Then, at last. He came on to death itself, that He might be "the first-born from the dead, that in all things He might have the pre-eminence" (Colossians 1:18) "the Prince of life" (Acts 3:15), existing before all, and going before all.

5. They, however, that may establish their false opinion regarding that which is written, "to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord", maintain that He preached for one year only, and then suffered in the twelfth month (so say the Synoptics: Mathew, Mark & Luke; but John: 3 years as Irenaeus advocates).
In speaking thus, they are forgetful to their own disadvantage, destroying His whole work, and robbing Him of that age which is both more necessary and more honorable than any other; that more advanced age, I mean, during which also as a teacher He excelled all others. For how could He have had disciples, if He did not teach? ...
On completing His thirtieth year (or thirty-third), He suffered, being in fact still a young man, and who had by no means attained to advanced age.
Now, that the first stage of early life embraces thirty years, and that this extends on-wards to the fortieth year, everyone will admit; but from the fortieth and fiftieth year a man begins to decline towards old age, which our Lord possessed while He still fulfilled the office of a Teacher,
as the Gospel and all the elders testify. Those elders who were conversant in Asia with John, the
disciple of the Lord, affirming that John conveyed to them that information. And he (John) remained
among them up to the times of Trajan. (98AD - This is the common statement, but is more likely to be John's son from Priscilla.)

Some of them, moreover, saw not only John, but the other apostles also, and heard the very same
account from them, and bear testimony as to the validity of the statement. Whom then should we rather believe? Whether such men as these, or Ptolemaeus, who never saw the apostles, and who never even in his dreams attained to the slightest trace of an apostle?
6. But, besides this, those very Jews who then disputed with the Lord Jesus Christ have most clearly
indicated the same thing. For when the Lord said to them, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My
day; and he saw it, and was glad," they answered Him, "Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham?" (John 8:56,57)
Now, such language is fittingly applied to one who has already passed the age of forty, without having as yet reached his fiftieth year, yet is not far from this latter period. But to one who is only thirty years old it would unquestionably be said, "Thou art not yet forty years old."
For those who wished to convict Him of falsehood would certainly not extend the number of His years far beyond the age which they saw He had attained; but they mentioned a period near His real age, whether they had truly ascertained this out of the entry in the public register, or simply made a
conjecture from what they observed that He was above forty years old, and that He certainly was not
one of only thirty years of age. For it is altogether unreasonable to suppose that they were mistaken by twenty years, when they wished to prove Him younger than the times of Abraham. For what they saw, that they also expressed; and He whom they beheld was not a mere phantasm, but an actual being of flesh and blood. He did not  then want much of being fifty years old;
And, in accordance with that fact, they said to Him, "Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou
seen Abraham?" He did not therefore preach only for one year, nor did He suffer in the twelfth month of the year. For the period included between the thirtieth and the fiftieth year can never be regarded as one year, unless indeed, among their eons, there be so long years assigned to those who sit in their ranks with Bythus in the Pleroma.

PAPIAS OF HIERAPOLIS died in c.100 AD. Irenaeus described Papias "an ancient man who was a hearer of John and a companion of Polycarp." Polycarp (69AD- 155AD) is regarded as one of three
chief Apostolic Fathers along with Pope Clement and Ignatius of Antioch. His sole surviving work
attributed to his authorship is his Letter to the Philippians (first recorded by Irenaeus).
The writings of Papias were still extant when Eusebius (260/265 – 339/340) wrote his Ecclesiastical
History, for which he is known as "Father of Church History." These writings of Papias were lost
sometime in the Middle Ages, but fortunately Eusebius copied some of them directly. As Bishop of
Caesarea Maritima and friend of Constantine, Eusebius played a prominent role at the Council of
Nicaea in 325.

EUSEBIUS, FRAGMENTS OF PAPIAS, CHURCH HISTORY XXXIX 8-10
"JUSTUS WHO WAS SURNAMED BARSABBAS, HOW THAT HE DRANK A DEADLY POISON, AND YET, BY THE GRACE OF THE LORD, SUFFERED NO INCONVENIENCE."
"It is worth while however to add to the words of Papias in which he records some other wonderful
events likewise, as having come down to him by tradition. That Philip the Apostle resided in
Hieropolis with his daughters has been already stated; but how Papias, their contemporary, relates that he had heard a marvelous tale from the daughters of Philip, must be noted here. For he relates that in his time a man rose from the dead, and again he gives another wonderful story about Justus who was surnamed Barsabbas, how that he drank a deadly poison, and yet, by the grace of the Lord, suffered no inconvenience."
"Of this Justus the Book of the Acts records that after the ascension of the Savior the holy Apostles put him forward with Mathias, and prayed for the right choice, in place of the traitor Judas, that should make their number complete. The passage is somewhat as follows; And they put forward two, Joseph, called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Mathias."

The first of these quotes from Papias is clearly significant because it comes from "the daughters of
Philip" that Paul encounters in Acts 21:8,9: "On the morrow Paul and his company having gone forth, we came to Caesarea, and having entered into the house of Philip the evangelist - who is of the seven - we remained with him, and this one had four daughters, virgins, prophesying."
Clearly these daughters are nuns and, since Papias has associated them with Philip in Hieropolis (near
one of the seven churches: Laodicea), their testimony must therefore be important and possibly firsthand.

Clearly, Eusebius and Papias imply that this person who was crucified was the person that was one of
the two who was put forward to replace Judas Iscariot after the crucifixion:
"And they set two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias." (Acts 01:23)

Firstly, the name 'Joseph' will be examined. On face value, it would seem that this person "Joseph"
refers to James the Just given his important role in Acts 12:17; 15:13–21 (Council of Jerusalem); and
21:17–18 and the Epistle of James and as the Bishop of Jerusalem, attested by Hegesippus and
Eusebius. Given that James is the brother of Jesus which is clearly stated by Paul: "James, the Lord's Brother" (Galatians 1:19), it is highly probable that, since Jesus was not named after his father, his next son would be named "Joseph".

The discrepancy in the genealogy charts of Matthew and Luke that give "Jacob" or "Heli" for Jesus'
grandfather can be resolved by understanding that 'Jacob' is a designation from the historical 'Jacob',
the founder of the twelve tribes of Israel and that Heli was his real name. The name "James" is the
English derivation of "Jacob" (Iakobos) and thus James the Just, younger brother of Jesus ("James the
Less" Mark 15:40) is "Joseph" carrying the title of "Jacob (James)".

Secondly, the term 'Justus (Ioustos)' will be examined. It appears in only two other places:

  1. "Titius Justus, a worshiper of God" (Acts 18:7)
  2. "Jesus, who is called Justus, a Jew among Paul's co-workers for the kingdom of God"(Colossians 4:11)

Both do not have Joseph or Barsabbas, so they can be eliminated. (However there is good
reason to assume that this Jesus Justus is actually Jesus' son named after him, therefore
another proof of Jesus' survival from the crucifixion! Titius Justus would be Titus, his tutor.)
There are others that are referred to as righteous (dikaios) which can also be translated as "just":

  1. Simeon: "a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was righteous"(Luke 2:25)
  2. John the Baptist: "For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous man(Mark 6:20)
  3. Jesus's father: "Joseph her husband, being a righteous man" (Matt 1:19)
  4. Joseph of Arimathaea: "There was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a gooman and righteous, (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them) and hewas of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who also himself waited for the kingdom of God                  (Luke 23:50,51)
  5. Jesus: "Pilate says, 'I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person' (Matt 27:24)          "The centurion says, 'Really this man was righteous!' (Luke 23:47)

1. Person #1 Simeon is very old and he would not survive a crucifixion.
2. Person #2 John the Baptist was beheaded.
3. Person #3 Jesus' father is named Joseph and, although it is true that we do not hear anything
about him after he and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem at the age of 12 (Luke 2:41-51), it would
seem surprising that, if he was crucified, that there would be no mention of it.
He probably was assassinated like Zechariah.
4. Person #4 Joseph of Arimathaea is significant as he is Joseph; especially when deciphering
the the root words of Arimathaea being:
hebrew: "ariah" - lion ("Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David" Revelation 5:5) and
greek: "mathetai" - disciples.
Thus he comes from a place related to the heritage of King David and the disciples of Jesus.
(Given the previous discussion on James the Just, it should be logical to assign this person
as James the Just, having been disguised to minimize his importance due to the same sibling
rivalry that led to his rejection as the replacement for Judas Iscariot. "The Recognitions of
Clement" LX:55 reveals the identity of Matthias: "Barnabas, who also is called Matthias,
who was substituted as an apostle in the place of Judas". Since Barnabas is Joseph (Acts
4:36), the rivalry of James and Jesus led to the choosing of his younger brother Joses.
5. Person #5: Jesus, importantly, also satisfies the "Just" qualification, begin called righteous
like his father.

Thirdly, the term 'Barsabbas' will be examined. The prefix "Bar" means "of " and "sabbas" is similar to "abbas" in Barabbas (Matt 27:16) which can mean son of the abbot. Obviously, Barabbas being a criminal could not possibly be righteous, although he may actually be Nicodemus meaning "conquering one", "a leader of the Jews" being taught by Jesus in John 3:1-2 and actually a popular Zealot hero. 

If one accepts that Jesus is not addressing God the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, but rather "abbot the father", we can gain more insight into the use of this Aramaic word "abba": "'Abba, Father,' he said, 'everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'" (Mark 14:36) The cup has significance later on as it contains poison. Thus Barsabbas, which is applied to Joseph (James the Just) and also to Jude in "Judas called Barsabbas" (Acts 15:22), could be used for Jesus as he is son of the father abbot. Clement of Alexandria' in his "Comments on the Epistle of Jude" says that Jude, the Epistle of Jude's author, was a son of Joseph and a brother of the Lord. Eusebius Church History Book III Chapter 20.1: "Of the family of the Lord there were still living the grandchildren of Jude, who is said to have been the Lord's brother according to the flesh."

Next, there is a "Joseph called Barnabas" (Acts 4:36) which has a common similar suffix: "abas".
When Barnabas accompanied Paul on his first journey, Barnabas is clearly the superior of Paul as he
is venerated as Zeus to Paul's Hermes (Acts 14:12). Silas replaces Barnabas on Paul's second journey
which implies a similar status. Joses is short for Joseph.

Given that Silas appears in close proximity to Jude in Acts 15:22-27, there must be a possible
connection between Joses and Jude:
"Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, chosen men out of
themselves to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas -- Judas surnamed Barsabbas, and Silas,
leading men among the brethren - having written through their hand thus: 'The apostles, and the
elders, and the brethren, to those in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, brethren, who are of the nations,
greeting; seeing we have heard that certain having gone forth from us did trouble you with words,
subverting your souls, saying to be circumcised and to keep the law, to whom we did give no charge, it seemed good to us, having come together with one accord, chosen men to send unto you, with our
beloved Barnabas and Paul - men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, and they by word are telling the same things.'"

At this point, there are three names out of four who are listed as brothers of Jesus in Mark 06:03:
"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and
Simon?" (Since Mary is a "virgin" by title, there is no necessity for an uncle as a father.)

Simon, the last name in this list, has a connection with James the Just through the name Cleopas as he
appears as "Simon, the son of Cleopas" in Eusebius, Church History III 32.1,3 quoting Hegesippus. It is Cleopas who meets the resurrected Jesus on the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:18. Paul indicates that
Cleopas is James when he gives the appropriate order of the events, (leaving out Peter and John Mark, the disciple that Jesus loved, and the women!):
"He appeared to James, then to all the apostles." Simon must therefore be the last brother listed.
Given that the name "Silas" can be parsed as the Hebrew word sela (seh'-lah) meaning rock, which is
reminiscent of Cephas: Peter as the rock, Silas must be Simon.

The purpose of this exercise, whether or not it is accepted by consensus opinion, is to show that the
terms in "Justus who was surnamed Barsabbas" can be fulfilled by anyone of the five brothers.
As to James the Just, we know from Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 20.9.1 that Ananus the Younger
took advantage of the death of the procurator Festus and Albinus not just arrived to facilitate his murder in 62AD.

As to Jude: "The same historian (Hegesippus) says that there were also others, descended from one of
the so-called brothers of the Savior, whose name was Judas, who, after they had borne testimony before Domitian, as has been already recorded, in behalf of faith in Christ, lived until the same reign."
(Eusebius Church History III 32.5) Jude's martyrdom was recorded in the "Acts of Simon and Jude"
that was among the collection of passions and legends traditionally associated with the legendary
Abdias, bishop of Babylon.

As to Simon "In the age of Nero and Domitian a persecution was stirred up against us in certain cities
in consequence of a popular uprising. In this persecution we have understood that Symeon, the son of
Cleopas, who, as we have shown, was the second bishop of the church of Jerusalem, suffered
martyrdom. Hegesippus, whose words we have already quoted in various places, is a witness to this fact also. Speaking of certain heretics he adds that Symeon was accused by them at this time; and since it was clear that he was a Christian, he was tortured in various ways for many days, and astonished even the judge himself and his attendants in the highest degree, and finally he suffered a death similar to that of our Lord. Thus he suffered martyrdom, at the age of one hundred and twenty years, while Trajan was emperor and Atticus governor." (Eusebius Church History III 32.1-3)

(The "120 years" is interesting as it could have been Jesus' age if he were alive during the reign of
Trajan (98-117 CE), but certainly Simon, the youngest brother, would have been 76 years old at the
start of his reign and thus a realistic age. He is 'son of Cleopas' because before succeeded James the Just as bishop, he would have been 'servant of', but he is really brother.)

Barnabas accompanied Paul on his first mission, but had a falling out just before Paul's second mission where he and John Mark went to Cyprus. (Acts 15:37-39) According to the Acts of Barnabas, Barnabas was killed in Cyprus. He has the Gospel of Matthew with him, which lends credence to the early writing of these Acts rather than being merely pseudepigraphical.

Last but not least, it is clear that Jesus has a familial connection with "Justus who was surnamed
Barsabbas" and an obvious connection to the events of Crucifixion shown briefly:

  • In the Garden of Gethsemane asking that the father allow him not to take a cup (of poison):'Abba, Father,' he said, 'everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'" (Mark 14:36)
  • Before Jesus is placed on the cross there is poison (gall) offered:"they gave him to drink vinegar mixed with gall and having tasted, he would not drink. (Matt 27:34)
  • Then at the appropriate time (the ninth hour) in John 19:28,29: "After this, Jesus knowing that all things now have been finished, that the Writing may be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst.' (John 19:28)
  • "A vessel, therefore, was placed full of vinegar, and they having filled a sponge with vinegar,and having put it around a hyssop stalk, did put it to his mouth;" (John 19:28)
  • "When, therefore, Jesus received the vinegar (the poison), he said, 'It has been finished';having bowed the head, gave up the spirit."(John 19:29)


If the daughters of Philip are to be believed, then Jesus drank the poison, and must have been taken
down from the cross quickly without breaking his legs (John 19:33), wrapped in linen by the women at the cross to appear to be dead, and taken by James the Just to the cave where he was revived by
Nicodemus with huge quantities of the anecdote that he brought.

As to Jesus' Resurrection, Peter in his Gospel before the additions at the end, says nothing about it, but rather that the women returned from the empty cave with "trembling and amazement and did not speak of to anyone because they were afraid." In the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus does many things that a man in a human body would do:

  • he talks with Mary Magdalene (he says "do not touch me", not because of some not yet
  • materialized spirit body, but merely because he was unclean with vomit, etc),
  • he meets the women as they return from the empty cave,
  • he walks to Emmaus meeting two men, one of them James the Just (they do not recognize Jesus, but perhaps they are just astonished to see him walk such a distance after being crucified),
  • he attends synagogue showing his wounds, he eats "fish and honeycomb",
  • the doors are shut and he appears (the implication is that he walked through the doors, although he might have come in the priest entrance in the back),
  • Thomas puts his finger on the wound,
  • In the additional chapter to the Gospel of John, he cooks fish with the disciples.
  • Even his Ascension to heaven could be no more than his reentry into a higher status in the monastery (He stayed for 40 days in order to be spiritually cleansed, rather than it being some strange cosmic rule of spirits.)


CONCLUSION:
When one considers the facts, there are historical cases of people surviving a crucifixion and Irenaeus
certainly has a point as to why God would sacrifice his Son after having given him only one (or three
years) before he had a chance to truly teach his disciples. One would imagine that the daughters of
Philip may have purposefully been vague as to "Justus who was surnamed Barsabbas", as they were
instructed to do by the Essene leaders as angels: Simon Magus and Nicodemus:
"Two men in glittering apparel said to them, 'Why do you seek the living with the dead? He is not here, but was raised; remember how he speaks to you, being yet in Galilee, saying:
'It is necessary for the Son of Man to be delivered up to the hands of sinful men, and to be crucified,
and the third day to rise again.' "(Luke 24:4-6)
"And they remembered his sayings, and having turned back from the tomb told all these things to the
eleven, and to all the rest. And it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other women with them, who told unto the apostles these things, and their sayings appeared before them as idle talk, and they were not believing them." (Luke 24:8-11)

Also it is quite possible that this daughter of rank four under Philip was in fact Mary Magdalene, who
would certainly know the truth at first hand. She would be required to be virgin, when not in the
married state by Essene rules as her marriage was only for procreation:
"There is yet another order of Essenes, who, while at one with the rest in their mode of life, customs
and regulations, differ from them in their views on marriage. They think that those who decline to
marry cut off the chief function of life - that of transmitting it - and furthermore that, were all to adopt the same view, the whole race would very quickly die out. They give their wives, however, a three month's probation, and only marry them after they have thrice undergone purification (no
menstruation), in proof of fecundity (of pregnancy to term). But they do not accompany their wives
when they are with child, as a demonstration that they do not marry out of regard to pleasure, but for
the sake of posterity. Now the women go into the baths with some of their garments on, as the men do with somewhat girded about them." (Josephus Wars 2.8.13 - re-translated)

One might ask why there was the lie of the Resurrection. This can be explained as follows. The Jews
had a history of superhuman characters; thus it was easy to believe that John the Baptist was Elijah, but the Gentiles needed a Jesus who could rival Mithra, Adonis, Dionysus, and Horus and thus the
Resurrected Jesus was good match. When Paul and Barnabas were made into Hermes and Zeus (Acts
14:11-18), it was clear that the Resurrected Jesus was here to stay. The Council of Nicaea sealed his
doom: now Jesus was not only Resurrected, but also a God in Trinity.

Genesis says that Man is the "image and likeness" of God. Jesus called himself the Son of Man, not the Son of God. To make Jesus a God is to limit God.

It is hoped that this essay will help the reader to rethink what was thought to be the truth about the
Crucifixion and to see Jesus as he really was: a great Man and a Prophet. It is a comfort to know that
for forty years after his Crucifixion, Jesus was directing Peter and Paul and then Clement and John to
build his Church, thus his Church was as he intended it to be, at least into the second century. Once the veil of the Nicene Church dogma is caste away, it may also be possible to unite all of the Christian factions that were "rent asunder" after the Crucifixion and to build again Jesus' Church of agape love.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Saint Paul, out of the closet: "Paul's sister's son" a Herodian

Acts 23:16 mentions "Paul's sister's son" and here Luke slips up and reveals that Paul Saul is not a Jew but St. Paul is a Herodian!

Paul was deceptive when he claims:
"Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I."(2Corinthians 11:22)
"I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees." (Acts 23:6)
"Circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;" (Philippians 3-5)
"My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning among my own nation and at Jerusalem (Qumran), is known by all the Jews. They have known for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that according to the strictest party of our religion I have lived as a Pharisee." (Acts 26:4)
"I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors". (Galatians 1:14)
"I indeed, am a man, a Jew, having been born in Tarsus of Cilicia, and brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, having been trained up a child, according to the exactitude of a law of the fathers, being zealous of God, as all you are to-day." (Acts 22:3)
"Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?” When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen." So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, 'Yes.'" (Acts 22:25-27)

Inductive reasoning shows that the sister in  "Paul's sister's son" Acts 23:16 would have to be his step-sister Salome, the daughter of Herodias, the wife of Herod Antipas.

This implies that Paul is a Herodian, the son of Herod Antipas and his first wife Phasaelis who was the daughter of King Aretas IV of the Nabataeans and his queen Chuldu. Herod's first marriage had been prearranged by Herod the Great to preserve peace with  King Aretas IV. (Herod the Great's mother was a Nabataean.) When Herod Antipas divorced Phasaelis to marry Herodias, John the Baptist opposed him, which lead to his beheading, and it caused a war with the Nabataeans that Herod Antipas lost. It is for this reason that Paul's ancestry was concealed.

The son in "Paul's sister's son" Acts 23:16 would be Timothy (Herod, son of Aristobulus and Salome, the daughter of Herodias) who was made the crown prince of Agrippa II who was childless. His presence is likely because his brother is present: Paul is accused of taking Trophimus (Aristobulus, the brother of Timothy) into the Temple in Acts 21:28-29.

Paul's relationship is further supported by Romans 16:13:
"Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well."
 Salome's natural father is Herod Thomas and thus would be Paul's step-uncle. (Herod Thomas is nicknamed Rufus because his father Herod the Great deprived him of his birthright when his mother Mariamme II, daughter of the High Priest Simon Boethus, was found to know of a plot to poison Herod the Great. (Herod Thomas was Rufus because he was like the red haired Esau who was deprived of his inheritance by Jacob. "Chosen in the Lord" refers to the fact that he is Jesus' disciple Thomas.) Herod Thomas' mother Mariamme II would be Paul's step-grandmother, however it is more likely that Paul is saying that Herodias, being Herod Thomas' wife, has the role of mother to Salome and therefore also as step-mother to Paul.

Paul's relationship is also supported by the verses above in Romans 16:10b-11:
"Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. Greet my kinsman (the) Herodian."
Salome's husband is Aristobulus and is therefore Paul's step-brother-in-law and they are all Herodians as Aristobulus is the son of Herod of Chalcis, the natural brother of Herodias, both having the same father Aristobulus, who was murdered by his father Herod the Great. This murdered Aristobulus was married to Salome, the sister of Herod the Great. (Herod Antipas was step-brother to this murdered Aristobulus as he was the son Herod the Great and his Samaritan wife Malthace.)

Salome's three sons with Aristobulus were Herod, Agrippa, and Aristobulus; their Christian names were Timothy, Tychicus, and Trophimus. These would be Paul's nephews since he is the step-brother of Salome, since she is the step-daughter of Herod Antipas.These three nephews of Paul are shown together in Acts 20:4: "He (Paul) was accompanied by ... Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia." Paul's association and love for Timothy is not surprising as Timothy would be his nephew.

Paul (Saul) heritage would be 1/8 Edomite (forcibly converted to Judaism by John Hyrcanus c. 125 BC) from his great grandfather Antipater + 1/8 Nabatean-Arab from his great grandmother Cypros + 1/4 Samaritan (resettled by Sargon II king of the Assyrians) from his  grandmother Malthace, wife of Herod the Great) + 1/2 Nabatean-Arab from mother Phasaelis, Herod Antipas' wife. (Paul would have been circumcised to emphasize Jewish heritage and be able to claim that he was from the tribe of Benjamin from his Samaritan grandmother, but certainly not a pure Jew.)

So the truth is now out there and it explains many things such as the Jews adamantly opposing Paul and how he was escorted to Caesarea with a detachment of two hundred soldiers, seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen (Acts 23:23) and why he was beheaded by Nero as opposed to Peter who was crucified. It also explains why Jesus' Church was absorbed by the Herodian Church with Paul's letters becoming paramount in its development.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Rapture Mistranslation

Jesus never said anything about the rapture. The verses found in Matthew 24:40-42 and Luke 17:34-36 are often used to prove that he did. I like Luke best because the two men are sleeping in bed while the women are grinding, showing that the women are always having to work. (Unless the men and women are grinding in bed!) Anyway Jesus give the explanation of who were the twins taken up in Luke 17:37, namely the ones who were food for the vultures (not exactly heaven!).

It is Paul that people believe has come up with this concept of rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
16 For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever.

But is this what he is really saying! Actually he is talking metaphorically about the Sunday service (perhaps still on the Sabbath Saturday). "Heaven" is the upper platform of the Church. It can be called "air", since it has an opening to the sky. (The equivalence of "air" and heaven can be seen in Revelation 16:17). This is row 7 below and the edge of the upper platform above where the priest officiates.

See the figure that I drew from Dr. Barbara Thiering's specifications of the layout of the Church (See Figure 19. Cathedral with Heavenly Man (3D))

Next the word "dead" stands for those not yet entered into the Church, suffering spiritual "death", since entry to the monastery gave "life" (1QS 3:7).

The "dead in Christ" are those who have not yet fully joined the Church: the uninitiated.

What Paul is describing is the time at the end of the regular service being announced by trumpet when the priest ("Lord" meaning the representative of Jesus) leaves the platform. The uninitiated, who were sitting in the back pews, rise as the lay ministers ("clouds" derived from Exodus that lead the way) go up to the upper platform to act as priests. The uninitiated are then allowed to be re-seated directly below the ministers and thus next to "heaven". It is a great honor.

1 Cor. 15:51-52 tells a similar story. The word "mystery" confirms that it is metaphoric.

Both Paul and Jesus still believed in the coming down of the New Jerusalem in Revelation as the triumph of Christians bringing God to earth. 

But sorry evangelists those buried rotting corpses do not get to live again in heaven and nor do the living people in their bodies. Also, Paul has not given us an easy ticket to heaven.



Wednesday, 22 July 2015

James the Just and sibling rivalry

The AD (CE) calendar made up by Dionysius Exiguus began on year one which corresponded to James the Just's day of birth. Like many he confused Jesus as his younger brother James. Jesus would be rolling over in his grave, assuming he did not resurrect, over this adoration of his arch rival. "Brother will betray brother to death" Matt 10:21.

In one of his books, Robert Eisenman has even given James the Just the position of the "Teacher of Righteousness" in the Habakkuk pesher. Thus, among the scholars who do not insist that this Dead Sea Scrolls pesher is from the time of Jonathan Maccabeus, James has now snatched away this position from John the Baptist who was more favored for it!
 
Part of the confusion is the "just" part of his name. Eusebius records that Clement of Alexandria related, "This James, whom the people of old called the Just because of his outstanding virtue, was the first, as the record tells us, to be elected to the episcopal throne of the Jerusalem church."

Yes, the second part appears to be true, since in Acts he is shown to be an important person in Jerusalem and on the side of Paul on the question of not requiring circumcision, but he was not "just", in fact he was always out to undermine Jesus. He was with Judas when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane being the one whose ear was cut off by Peter. (This was a metaphoric conflict about who would be the spokesman, "Ear" of Jesus.) Actually, after that he did relent to save his brother from death by joining the subterfuge of getting Jesus off the cross quickly to be revived. The name Joseph "of Arimathea" was used for him to obscure his change of heart to Caiaphas.

The problem that Jesus struggled with was that he was technically illegitimate being born when Mary and Joseph were merely betrothed, so that Caiaphas favored James over Jesus ("dragon did stand before the woman who is about to bring forth, that when she may bring forth, her child he may devour" (excommunicate). Rev 12:04). Mother Mary, with her rape by Joseph still in her mind ("And Mary said unto the angel, 'How shall this be, seeing a husband I do not know?'" Luke 01:34) also favored James who was born by mutual consent of husband and wife.

Before the Crucifixion Jesus had ridiculed him as the "Impotent Man at the Pool of Bethesda" waiting in vain for God's intervention on earth.

Jesus was a descendant of King David and thus his younger brother James, as the next in line after him, would be designated as crown prince, using the term "Justus". This was shortened to "Just". The verification of this is in the "Pesher of Christ" which shows that Jesus' first son was "Jesus who is called Justus" in Colossians 4:11 as a co-worker with Paul. He would be the true "Justus" when he reached adulthood replacing James.

Jesus had survived the Crucifixion, having merely fainted under the influence of a special poison administered to him on a reed. Having been revived without having his legs broken, he met with James (being called by the family name Cleopas) on the road to Emmaus. (Mary of Cleopas, the fourth Mary at the cross was the betrothed of James.) Since Jesus was intending to go back to the Essene monastery of Qumran (his "Ascension"), having fulfilled his obligation of having a child with Mary Magdalene, it was decided that he would abdicate from the David throne making James the David King. In this way the Church could pretend that Jesus had been resurrected. Technically this would have eliminated James' title of "Justus", the crown prince, however the apostles were not pleased.

When the council of the apostles met to replace Judas Iscariot, they showed their distrust for James (Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus) by passing him over. They chose instead his younger brother Matthias (the Clementines say that this is Barnabas, having the name Joseph or Joses being 25 years old, the third son of Mary aged 25). (The name Barsabas is encountered in Acts 15:22 with Judas surnamed Barsabas being the fourth son of Mary and Silas being Simon the fifth son of Mary.) "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon?" Mark 06:03.

This slap in the face for James meant that he would keep the title "Justus", at least until Jesus had a son. His younger brother Joses, who would have had the title of "Justus" if Jesus had died, would remain as Barnabas being "Son of Encouragement", third in the David line.

James was the leader of the Jewish Christians and was opposed by Peter and Paul. He had sway in Jerusalem only by default because Jerusalem was a hot bed of antagonism to the Christian Church. This was shown when Paul was almost stoned to death and put in prison there.

James was murdered by Ananus the Younger, the fifth son of Ananus the High Priest, in 62 AD. Ananus was an associate of Paul with the nickname "Demas" meaning people, being the representative of God to the people. (Ananus the Younger would later be killed trying to take the Temple back from the Zealots.) At that time, James had been included into the Church in an ecumenical spirit, but had clearly resorted to attacking Rome as his father did, which also got himself killed. This was at a time when War was imminent.

James' lack of importance is revealed by Peter in his Gospel of Mark for the three Women at the Cross where he give James the tongue-in-cheek title of "James the Less" (see the parallel with Matthew and John showing that these are Mary and her two sons James and Joses.)

Clearly, James does not deserve the reputation of "just". He and Jude where the siblings against Jesus, whereas Joses (Barnabas) and Simon (Silas) assisted Jesus and Paul. "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Mark 3:25

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Virgin Mary, the Madonna, was a rape survivor

Matt 01:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who was called the Christ. 
Luke 03:23b (And Jesus himself) being, as was supposed, son of Joseph, which is the son of Heli.

Virgin Mary, the Madonna, was a rape survivor. It was conjugal rape by her betrothed husband Joseph, yet he almost put her away! Let us analyze the proof of this in the Bible.

Matthew has carefully placed "of whom was born" after Mary in the feminine case after Joseph's genealogy so that it only shows Jesus to be of Mother Mary. Luke has said the "supposed son of Joseph" in his genealogy. Apparently early on, it was decided to make Mary appear to have conceived immaculately to disguise Jesus' illegitimacy as a coverup of rape.

Luke's story is more favorable to Mary:

Luke 01:26 And in the sixth month (June) was the angel Gabriel 
sent by God, to a city of Galilee, the name of which is Nazareth,
An angel is an Essene priest and the same angel as with Zechariah. Gabriel is second to God, the highest priest, and is the one that represents God to Man or merely "Man", thus like Jesus Zechariah is "the Son of Man" on the priestly hierarchy.

Luke 01:27a to a virgin,
'Virgin' merely means female nun.

Luke 01:27b betrothed to a man,
Betrothed certainly does not mean allowed to have intercourse even according to the Catholic Church today

Luke 01:27c whose name is Joseph, of the house of David,
Meaning a descendant of King David as indicated in the genealogy.

Luke 01:27d and the name of the virgin is Mary.

Luke 01:28 And the angel having come in unto her, said, "Hail, favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women;" 
Luke 01:29 and she, having seen, was troubled at his word, and was reasoning of what kind this salutation may be. 
Luke 01:30 And the angel said to her, "Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God;
Certainly Mary is flustered and ashamed because she believes herself responsible for the sexual encounter even though it was not her fault, but the Essenes consider that all females are seducers. (DSS 4Q184). The priest gives her absolution for being raped!

Luke 01:31 and lo, you shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and call his name Jesus;
Mary must have has confessed that she has missed her period and is pregnant, yet the priest is pretending to predict it. Since sons are preferred, the angel gives her comfort that she will have a son, who will be as Joshua.

Luke 01:32a he shall be great, and Son of the Highest he shall be called,
The Highest would mean the same position as the angel, which is named Gabriel, also know as 'Man', thus Jesus would call himself the 'Son of Man'.

Luke 01:32b and the Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father,
Most importantly the priest is saying that, according to him, her son will not be deprived of his father's inheritance as he is not being considered to be illegitimate.

Luke 01:33 and he shall reign over the house of Jacob to the ages; and of his reign there shall be no end."
His title will be the 'Jacob', as it was for his grandfather Heli (See the genealogy), meaning the head of the Mission to the Diaspora (the scattered remnants of the Jews in other countries.)

Luke 01:34 And Mary said unto the angel, "How shall this be, seeing a husband I do not know?"
Mary knows the rules that her son would technically be a illegitimate for she has no husband, being merely betrothed; she knows she only had sex outside of marriage.

Luke 01:35a And the angel answering said to her, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you,
This use of the Joseph's title of "Holy Spirit", since he was third in the hierarchy as the David King, is a deceptive way of pretending that it was not Joseph, who had sex with her. Then also it is pretended to be a prediction, making it sound real. (This deception of it being a spirit and not a man was later turned into the Immaculate Conception and the erasing of her motherhood of four other children.)
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However, this would only be a valid prediction if the Essene rules had been followed. The rules state that after betrothal in June, there was to be no sex until after November. These rules were followed by Zechariah and Elizabeth, who conceived in December of the previous year and would give birth in September. When Mary joins her in Mird after June she is already pregnant, indicating sexual contact in June.
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Given the well-known purity of Mother Mary, there is no doubt that Mary would have kept to this marriage rule and remained a virgin until the prescribed time, thus the Old Testament euphemism of 'knew you' meaning 'having sexual relations' has now updated with "come upon you" meaning that Joseph was on top of her as he raped her! (Even though it was spousal rape.)

Luke 01:35b and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you, 
Luke 01:35b therefore also the holy-begotten thing shall be called Son of God;
The priest is saying he will keep her safe from stoning, which is the punishment for sex out of wedlock and that her child would not have to be put up for adoption as illegitimate, being eligible to be part of the Essene community, who called themselves "the sons of God". Unfortunately, after Simeon was replaced as leader, the high priests Boethus and Caiaphas reversed this pronouncement and declared Jesus to be illegitimate.

Luke 01:36 and lo, Elizabeth, your kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month to her who was called barren; 
Luke 01:37 because nothing shall be impossible with God."
Elizabeth is six months into her pregnancy when the angel Gabriel announces Mary's pregnancy in June in Luke 01:26 above, thus six months pregnant and, since the conception was in December sixth months time is the same as the sixth month in the Roman calendar: June. The labels 'old' and 'barren' merely mean following the rules of abstaining from sex for a long time until it is allowed for the purposes of conception.

Luke 01:38 And Mary said, "Lo, the maid-servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your saying," and the angel went away from her.
It is interesting to note that Mary is to become the maid-servant of Elizabeth who bears "John" who is referred to as 'Lord' and of higher status than Jesus.

Matthew's story is more slanted towards Joseph:

Matt 01:18 And of Jesus Christ, the birth was thus: For his mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before their coming together she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit,
The Holy Spirit is Joseph in the third position in the hierarchy. Apparently, rape does not qualify as 'coming together' as it is not by consent of both partners. Paul confirms that Jesus is "of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Romans 1:3)

Matt 01:19 and Joseph her husband being righteous, and not willing to make her an example, did wish privately to send her away.
'Righteous' is a title that is used as 'Just' in his second son James the Just and in his grandson Jesus Justus. Joseph would be 'just' even if he was a misogynist. The audacity of Joseph is to hold Mary responsible as an adultness, 'justified' because all females are seducers (Essene scrolls DSS 4Q184.)

Matt 01:20 And on his thinking of these things, lo, a angel of the Lord in a dream appeared to him, saying, "Joseph, son of David, you may not fear to receive Mary your wife, for that which in her was conceived is of the Holy Spirit,
For God's sake, it is his child! He is the Holy Spirit as Jesus will be after the Crucifixion. The angel is Simeon, the Gabriel. The dream is more like a reprimand for his selfish thoughts.

Matt 01:21 and she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins."

Matt 01:22-23 "The pesher of Isaiah 7:14 is said to be fulfilled:

Matt 01:24 And Joseph, having risen from the sleep, did as the angel of the Lord directed him, and received his wife,
Joseph's 'sleep' lasted from June to September while Mary was hiding away from him with Elizabeth. She was probably fearing that Joseph would try to rape her again or to have put her away as a whore.

Matt 01:25 and did not know her till she brought forth her son-- the first-born, and he called his name Jesus.
This verse implies great restraint on Joseph's part so as not to mix his sperm with the Holy Spirit's. Amazingly, Joseph actually did follow the Essene rule of no sex while the wife was pregnant: Josephus Wars of the Jews 2.8.13 "They do not use to accompany with their wives when they are with child, as a demonstration that they do not many out of regard to pleasure, but for the sake of posterity."

The term 'first born' would seem to imply more children giving credence to her four other sons listed Matt 13:55 & Mark 06:03. Clearly, Mary is super-fertile, she will have four more sons: Joseph, Joses, Jude, and Simon until she was widowed on the death of Joseph in 23 AD appearing in the parable: Widow's coin and under her own name Dorcas (Acts 9:36-43), being re-ordained as a widow by Peter.). Since each son was conceived six years apart (7 year interval) we can know their birthdays: Jesus: 7BC, James the Just: 1AD, Joses-Barnabas, 8 AD, Jude, in 15 AD, and Simon-Silas 22 AD, dying in 120 AD.

Luke 01:39 And Mary having arisen in those days, went to the hill-country, with haste, to a city of Judea,
(Note 'with haste' as Mary is traumatized and terrified that first of all she has been raped by her husband Joseph and fears that if she is with child that this child will be declared illegitimate.)

Luke 01:40 and entered into the house of Zechariah, and saluted Elizabeth.

Luke 01:41 And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe did leap in her (Mary's) womb; and was filled with the Holy Spirit,
(given Luke 01:35 Joseph's rape previously will now be known as Mary is clearly pregnant with his child)

Luke 01:42 ('and: Greek kai' after Elizabeth - Codex Sinaiticus has only 'k' - is out of place, making Elizabeth the speaker) Elizabeth speaks out with a great voice, ('great voice is similar Jesus on the cross Matt 27:46 and Mark 15:34 meaning voice of authority as Elizabeth is Mary's superior and thus is the speaker) and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb; 
Luke 01:43 and whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord (the angel Gabriel being the head of the convent) might come unto me? 
Luke 01:44 for, lo, when the voice of your salutation came to my ears, leap in gladness did the babe in my womb; 
Luke 01:45 and happy is she who did believe, for there shall be a completion to the things spoken to her from the Lord (the angel Gabriel)."
Elizabeth comforts her, reminding her of Gabriel's promise, and expresses gladness that they will be together during her pregnancy.

Luke 01:46-55 And Mary said, "My soul does magnify the Lord, ... (similar to 1Samuel 2:1-10) 
Mary finds solace in this song that she sings.

Luke 01:56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and turned back to her house.
Mary stayed with Elizabeth three months and thus being able to carry to term, she would be eligible for marriage according to the Essene Rules of Marriage - three month probation before marriage: Josephus Wars 2.8.13 (retranslated): "There is yet another order of Essenes, who, while at one with the rest in their mode of life, customs and regulations, differ from them in their views on marriage. They think that those who decline to marry cut off the chief function of life - that of transmitting it - and furthermore that, were all to adopt the same view, the whole race would very quickly die out. They give their wives, however, a three month's probation, and only marry them after they have thrice undergone purification (no menstruation), in proof of fecundity (of pregnancy to term)."

It is September and Elizabeth would be delivering John the Baptist.

And when the shepherds came to adore the child in the manger:
Luke 02:19 Mary was preserving all these things, pondering in her heart; 
Remembering with sadness how Joseph's rape had taken away the joy that she should feel. 

And when Jesus as a youth was found in the temple:
Luke 02:51b and his mother was keeping all these sayings in her heart 
Again she would feel the sadness.

Jesus' religious illegitimacy would haunt Jesus all his life, but it did make him an advocate of the underdog by allowing uncircumcised men and women entry into the Church and to partake of the sacred ceremony of wine and bread, turning mere baptism (water) into wine in his first miracle.


Those who try to degrade Mary speak of Origen's account of Celsus' story that Mary was raped by a Roman soldier named Panthera and yet even this is not far from the real story. Joseph was a Zealot soldier and like the animals in Revelation 13:2 who were real people, he was known as the Panther. So it was not rape by a stranger, but rape just the same.

The image of Virgin Mary as the Madonna and Child has given inspiration to all the women of the world who are treated as second class citizens: to show that a women can give birth to an innocent child that can be like God. Her rape should not diminish her inspiration as the bearer of all life, but exalt her even more as a survivor of hate and a symbol that love is what survives. And so will Jesus' message of Love that she made possible.