Sunday, 4 May 2014

Granddaughter of Jesus

As the granddaughter of Jesus, Paulina was the daughter of St. Paul and St. Phoebe. The Pesher of Christ shows that Paul was married to Phoebe. To prepare for his marriage Paul cut his hair. ‘And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea for he had a vow.' (Acts 18:18)
 Exactly why would Paul cut his hair and what was his vow?
The Nazarite vow is described in
(Numbers 6:1-5) 'And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When either man or woman shall clearly utter a vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to consecrate himself unto the LORD, he shall abstain from wine and strong drink: he shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat fresh grapes or dried. All the days of his Naziriteship shall he eat nothing that is made of the grape-vine, from the pressed grapes even to the grapestone. All the days of his vow of Nazariteship there shall no razor come upon his head; until the days be fulfilled, in which he consecrateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow long.'
This resembles the time that Jesus was in the wilderness before marrying Mary Magdalene.

Paul refers to Phoebe as his yoke-fellow:
'Yes, I beg you also, true yoke-fellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.' (Philippians 4:3).
Phoebe is Jesus' daughter.

What is most telling about Acts 18:18 is its mention of Priscilla and Aquila. Aquila was adopted by Justa in the Clementines ( She is also shown as Luna being in John the Baptist's group and thus is Joanna (the female John), the same woman who was at the tomb of Jesus:
 'When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. (Luke 24:9,10).
Since Joanna was the mother of Mary Magdalene, Aquila would be Mary Magdalene's step-uncle and, being married to Priscilla, the perfect chaperone.
It was then logical that St Paul and St. Phoebe would name their daughter Paulina. My book: 'Paulina's promise to her grandfather, Jesus' gives more details.