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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

JESUS WAS MARRIED AND HAD A SON, claims geologist after extensive chemical tests of Jesus' family tomb - Film maker Simcha Jacobovici (Naked Archaeologist) has been vindicated - In fact, it would have been an anomaly for a healthy Jewish man in his thirties to have been still single in ancient Israel

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Geologist claims Jesus was married... and had a SON: Expert says he has proof son of God was buried in 'family tomb' along with wife Mary and his brother.
  • Geologist ran 150 chemical tests on ossuaries and 'Jesus Family tomb'
  • Claims chemical signature proves James Ossuary was at Jerusalem site 
  • Chalk box bears inscription ‘James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus’
  • Find suggests Jesus fathered a child and was married
  • Award-winning film maker and writer Simcha Jacobovici, of The Naked Archaeologist TV series, has been vindicated.  He broke the news about Jesus' Tomb years ago. 
  • Read Jacobovici's column on Jesus' marriage, and watch "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" movie trailer.
  • Researchers claim to have found evidence that Christianity was invented by the Romans as competition for Judaism, and to pacify the rebellious Jewish population.  (Read article on this page.)

    An Israeli geologist claims he has ‘confirmed’ the existence and authenticity of a tomb belonging to Jesus and his son in Jerusalem.
    After running 150 chemical tests, an expert claims to have linked the James Ossuary (pictured) – a 1st-century chalk box that was used for containing the bones of the dead – to the long disputed ‘Jesus Family tomb’ in the city’s East Talpiot neighbourhood
    The James ussuary
    After extensive chemical tests, Dr Arye Shimron says he has linked the James Ossuary – a 1st-century chalk box that some believe hold the bones of Jesus' brother – to the long disputed ‘Jesus Family tomb’ in the city’s East Talpiot neighbourhood.
    The research could have enormous ramifications as it suggests that Jesus was married, fathered a child and that a physical resurrection did not take place.
    According to geoarcheologist Dr Shimron, the 'son of God' was buried with nine other people, including ‘Judah, son of Jesus’ and his wife, named Mary.
    Continue reading, including column by Simcha Jacobovici, of The Naked Archaeologist TV series

    Dr Shimron’s work has renewed controversy over the Talpiot tomb, which was discovered in 1980 and dates back to the Second Temple period and the time of Jesus, The Jerusalem Post reported.
    Bones were discovered inside ossuaries, including one that bore the inscription, ‘Jesus, son of Joseph'.
    Others included the names Maria, Joseph, Mary, Yose, Matthew and most controversially, ‘Judah, son of Jesus’.
    Joseph, Mary and Jesus were all common names at the time and a statistician from the University of Toronto said that they each made up eight per cent of the population.
    However, a very small percentage would have had the same family name combination as described in the Bible. 
     The long-disputed long disputed ‘Jesus Family tomb’ in the city’s East Talpiot neighbourhood (marked) and is now sealed beneath a concrete slab after building work took place some years ago
    The long-disputed long disputed ‘Jesus Family tomb’ in the city’s East Talpiot neighbourhood (marked) and is now sealed beneath a concrete slab after building work took place some years ago.
    Probing this connection, Dr Shimron and documentary maker Simcha Jacobovici looked closer at the ossuaries, including the James Ossuary, which is held by a private owner and bears the inscription, ‘James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus’.
    The owner of the ossuary, Oded Golan, was accused of forging the inscription shortly after its discovery by an academic from the Sorbonne in Paris, but he was later found innocent.
    Other experts and archaeologists have rejected the claim that the Jerusalem tomb is connected with Jesus at all.
    Recently Dr Shimron gained access to the James Ossuary and scraped beneath the box's patina, the layer that forms on metal over time.
    He ran around 150 tests on the chemistry of samples from 25 different ossuaries – 15 of which were from unrelated tombs – and found that traces of magnesium, iron and silicon from the James Ossuary matched the chemical signature of Talpiot tomb.
    The Talpiot ossuaries were covered in a thick layer of ‘Rendzina’ soil, which is characteristic of the hills of East Jerusalem when they were found and has a unique chemistry.
    Dr Shimron worked from the assumption that an earthquake of 363AD flooded the tomb with soil and mud to cover the ossuaries, effectively forming a vacuum and freezing them in time.

    Soil that seeped into the box matched that found in the Talpiot ossuaries, indicating that it had lain for years alongside others in the ‘holy’ location. 
    Jacobovici told The Jerusalem Post: ‘This find illustrates that the James Ossuary is authentic and the Jesus Family tomb indeed belongs to the family of Jesus of Nazareth.’
    Dr Shumron told The New York Times: ‘I think I’ve got really powerful, virtually unequivocal evidence that the James ossuary spent most of its lifetime, or death time, in the Talpiot Tomb.’ 
    The retired senior researchers of the Geological Survey of Israel, added: ‘ The evidence is beyond what I expected.’ 
    The duo are aware that the findings could rock the Christian church, but insist the research is scientific and not theological.
    Because bones were found in the ossuaries, it could be argued that there was no bodily resurrection, which is the belief of more traditional Christians, while others accept the event was spiritual.
    The Talpiot tomb is now sealed under a concrete slab, while the ossuaries found there are in the hands of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
    The James Ossuary is kept in a secret location by its owner, who lives in Tel Aviv.
     What is the James Ussuary?
    • The James Ossuary is a first century chalk example of a box that was used to hold the bones of the dead.
    • But it stands out because it bears the inscription 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus' on one side.
    • The inscription is considered significant because it may provide archaeological evidence of Jesus,
    • The existence of the ossuary was announced in 2002, but its authenticity was immediately challenged.
    • The box's owner was charged with forging part of the inscription and while he was found innocent seven years later, the judge said the acquittal 'does not mean that the inscription on the ossuary is authentic or that it was written 2,000 years ago'.
    • Now, Dr Shimron claims the chemical signature on the ‘crust’ of the box matches that of a tomb in Jerusalem known as the ‘Jesus Family tomb’ where other ossuaries were found bearing the names of Jesus and Mary as well as ‘Judah, son of Jesus’
    Jesus is a myth, and was probably many people, writer claims
    • Jesus Christ was not a real person and is probably the result of a combination of stories about several different individuals, according to a writer and leading atheist activist. 
    • David Fitzgerald, a San Francisco based author, believes he has compiled compelling evidence that proves Jesus did not exist.
    • He claims there are no contemporary mentions of Jesus in historical accounts from the time when he was supposed to have lived, yet other Jewish sect leaders from the time do appear. 
    • He also points to discrepancies in the early gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke, claiming these were written decades after the supposed time of Jesus. 
    • Instead he insists the disciples of Jesus were also probably not real and their names only later attached to the gospels to lend them credence. 
    • Speaking to MailOnline, he said: 'There is a paradox that Jesus did all these amazing things and taught all these amazing things yet no one heard of him outside his immediate cult for nearly 100 years.  Or it means he didn't do all these things at all. 
    • 'The first gospel of Christianity appears to have been a literary allegory that were written decades after the time they portray.  I believe that Christianity started as one of the many mystery faiths that appeared at the time where old Gods and old traditions were rebooted.
    • 'Christianity appears to have been a Jewish mystery faith.  By the time of Paul there appears to have been plenty of different "Lord's suppers" as he complains about the existence of other gospels and messiahs. 
    • 'It appears that early Christianity managed to take the stories from these other faiths and incorporate them into the story of Jesus.' 
    • Mr Fitzgerald said: 'There is nothing implausible to think that Jesus was a real person, but I just don't think that he can have been a single person if he existed at all. 
    • 'We also have no mention of Jesus in other historical texts from the time. There were certainly people writing about Judea at the time like Philo of Alexandria. 
    • During this period there were many other messiahs and wannabe messiahs who did far less exciting things than Jesus, but all of them managed something Jesus did not - to make a dent on the historical record.   
    • 'Two billion people believe all these miracles happened yet there is no evidence they did.'
    Jesus' Marriage to Mary Magdalene - 
    A Historical Fact
    By Simcha Jacobovici,
    of The Naked Archeologist TV series
    Simcha Jacobovici is a Canadian-Israeli filmmaker and journalist. He is a three-time Emmy winner for “Outstanding Investigative Journalism” and a New York Times best selling author. He’s also an adjunct professor in the Department of Religion at Huntington University, Ontario.
    Simcha JacoboviciIn the Boston Globe (December 4, 2014) columnist Alex Beam sort of reviews my new book The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene that I wrote with New Testament scholar Barrie Wilson. It’s not actually a review.
    It’s more a series of insults that end up with the statement: “Let’s let Jesus be Jesus, and proceed about our business.” Speaking of “business”, what Beam is upset about is the “Jesus-Mary Magdalene Wedding-Industrial Complex”.
    In other words, all those involved in digging up the Jesus of history are in it for the money. In contrast, I guess, the various Christian churches are not in it for the money. They are just interested in poverty and the truth.

    Beam is not alone in being upset. Our book has caused a worldwide theological firestorm, including demonstrations in India.
    As expected, the naysayers slammed the book even before reading it, but this time their reactions – like Beam’s – are more over the top than usual. I was even the butt of one of Bill O’Reilly’s attacks and have challenged him to an on-air debate. Frankly, he doesn’t have the knowledge or the guts to accept.
    Was Jesus married? Of course he was!
    Was Jesus married?  Of course he was

    I think the reason for all this negativity is that the proof for the historical marriage between Jesus of Nazareth and the woman known as Mary the Magdalene has become overwhelming.
    Barrie Wilson and I base our findings on a 1500-year-old manuscript written in Syriac (Christian Aramaic) and housed in the rare manuscript section of the British Library in London.
    But the fact is that besides this latest revelation, everything – everything – points to a marriage, and nothing – nothing – argues for Jesus’ celibacy.
    The only thing that argues for Jesus’ celibacy is 2000 years of theological bullying. This may come as a shock to most people, but the fact is that none of the four Gospels say that Jesus was celibate. The Gospels call Jesus “Rabbi” (Matthew 26:49, Mark 10:51, John 20:16). Rabbis, then as now, are married. If Jesus wasn’t married, someone would have noticed.
    The greatest promoter of celibacy for Christians was Paul. Why was he so worked up about celibacy? On every matter of Jewish law – and Paul was a Jew originally called Saul – Paul was lax.
    He threw out Kosher laws, ignored Sabbath observance and prayed that the hands of ritual circumcisers shake so that they cut off their own penises when they perform circumcision (Galatians 5:12). Only when it came to sex Paul was more severe than Moses and Jesus put together. Why? The answer may lie in Paul’s background.
    As everyone knows, Paul is called “Paul of Tarsus” because he came from Tarsus, an area of modern-day Turkey. What people generally don’t know is that in Tarsus of Paul’s day they worshipped a god named Attis. Perhaps not coincidentally, Attis was a dying and resurrecting god.
    He was called “the Good Shepard”, and his earliest depictions show him with a sheep across his shoulders. These are all images that were later borrowed by Paul’s version of Christianity. Put simply, Paul’s Jesus looks a lot like Attis.
    Attis had a great love in his life, Cybele. On their wedding night, Attis decided to make the supreme sacrifice and offer his testicles on the altar of his love. He surprised his virgin bride by castrating himself. This idea was a big hit in the Tarsus of Paul’s day.
    Attis’ priests, the Galli, would imitate their god by driving themselves into a holy frenzy, emasculating themselves and offering their testicles as holy sacrifices. Not surprisingly, this once-popular religion died out. For his part, Paul didn’t promote literal castration – although some early Pauline Christians e.g., Church Father Origen, did castrate themselves.
    In the spirit of Attis, Paul advocated abstinence and celibacy, even in marriage (e.g., “it is good for a man not to touch a woman”, 1 Corinthians 7:1).
    When arguing for celibacy, you would think that Paul would invoke Jesus as an example – but he doesn’t. Never once does Paul argue that Christians should be celibate, because Jesus was celibate. Not once! Put differently, the entire New Testament is silent on Jesus’ marital status, which argues in favor of a married Jesus because, after all, the norm was to marry.
    If one looks at the Gospels without Attis-colored Pauline glasses, there are many, many hints that Jesus was married. Specifically, after the Crucifixion, the Gospels agree that it was Mary the Magdalene who went early Sunday morning to wash and anoint Jesus’ crucified body, and to prepare it for burial (Mark 16:1).
    People have a quaint idea that ancient Jews in Jerusalem went around “anointing” each other. They didn’t. What the Gospels are telling us is that Mary the Magdalene went to Jesus’ tomb to wash and prepare his body for burial. That’s the Gospels, not me.
    Then and now, no woman would touch the naked body of a dead Rabbi, unless she was family. According to the Gospels, Jesus was whipped, beat and crucified. No woman would wash the blood and sweat off his private parts unless she was his wife.
    Besides the canonical Gospels, there are the so-called “Gnostic” Gospels. The Gnostics – or “wisdom seekers” – were an early branch of Christianity, whose origins we don’t know. What we do know is that they represent the losers in the Christian orthodoxy game. Pauline Christians won, the Gnostics lost.
    But the Gnostic Gospels have as much claim to legitimacy as the canonical Gospels. Until recently, we had almost no Gnostic Gospels to refer to. Why? Because after the 4th century, the Church burnt their Gospels and the people who believed in them.
    In 1947, in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, the Gnostics got their revenge. At that time, several of their Gospels were found hidden in jars. One is called The Gospel of Philip, the other is called The Gospel of Thomas.
    These Gospels match another find: in 1896, in Akhmim in upper Egypt, a Gnostic gospel called The Gospel of Mary was also discovered. The Gnostic Gospels all tell the same story – Jesus was married. More than this, for them his marriage and sexual activity was more important than his “passion” in Jerusalem. Simply put, they were more interested in his passion in bed than in his passion on the cross.
    As for Mary the Magdalene, with respect to Jesus, the Gnostic Gospel of Philip calls her by the Greek terms koinonos and hotre. These terms have traditionally been translated as “companion”. What they really signify is a “sexual partner”. They explicitly refer to heterosexual intercourse.
    So why didn’t this tradition of a married Jesus survive? The answer is simple: as stated above, the Orthodox Christians tortured and killed those Christians who had a different view of Jesus. For example, in the early 13th century, the Cathars of southern France believed in a married Jesus.
    They argued that they were preserving a more authentic version of Jesus than the Catholic Church.
    The Church disagreed with them and, at the end of the day, the Catholic Church won the argument. How? By burning all Cathar books and murdering a million Cathars. Not surprisingly, we don’t have a lot of Cathar Gospels to reference when arguing for a married Jesus.
    So even before the discovery and translation of our Lost Gospel, a careful reading of the canonical Gospels leads one to conclude that Jesus was married. More than this, a married Jesus conforms to the Jesus of the Gnostic Gospels.
    But what about the archaeology?
    Every few years, something emerges from the archaeological community which bolsters the idea of a married Jesus. And every time something important is discovered, an unholy alliance of Pauline Christians and frustrated archaeologists forms in an attempt to debunk the find. According to these people, by definition, absolutely no archaeology that may be Jesus-related can possibly be authentic.
    Some examples:
    In 1980, in Talpiot, just outside of Jerusalem, archaeologists discovered a 2000-year-old burial tomb. In the tomb there were ten ossuaries i.e., limestone coffins.
    Six of them were inscribed. One of them had the Hebrew/Aramaic name “Jesus son of Joseph” scratched on its side, another “Maria”, yet another – “Yose” (Mark 6:3, Matthew 13:55)– a nickname referred to in the Gospels as belonging to one of Jesus’ brothers.
    A fourth ossuary was inscribed with the name “Matthew” and a fifth – the only one in Greek – with the name “Mariamene”, a Greek version of “Mary” associated in all of Greek literature with one woman only – Mary the Magdalene.
    Even more disturbing for Pauline Christians, a sixth inscribed ossuary – apparently of a child – had the name “Judah son of Jesus” carved on it.
    So what happened with this paradigm-shifting discovery? Nothing! Between 1980 and 1996 no archaeologists even reported the find.
    It took my 2007 documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus and my co-authored book, The Jesus Family Tomb to propel the find onto the headlines.
    And what was the world’s reaction? Again, nothing. In the spirit of The Life of Brian, according to the scholarly consensus, the tomb must have belonged to another Jesus and two other Marys.
    After all, if you believe that Jesus is God, God doesn’t have a coffin, certainly not a wife and not a child that could’ve resulted from their sexual union. Like Attis, Jesus couldn’t have had sex.
    Recently, Prof. Karen King of Harvard Divinity School brought to light a Coptic papyrus where Jesus explicitly refers to his “taaimi”, which can only be translated from the Coptic as “wife”. How was this revelation met? With derision and accusations.
    Prof. King was accused of being a naïve woman who fell for a fraudulent document. Despite dozens of tests and at least half a dozen world experts that attest to the authenticity of the find, the so-called “Jesus Wife Papyrus” has been tarred with controversy e.g., The Atlantic, and dismissed as a fraud.
    The point of all this is that if you refuse to look at the evidence, you’ll never see any evidence.
    But if you open your eyes, everything – archaeology, papyrology, social anthropology and the Gnostic and even canonical Gospels – points in one direction: a married Jesus.
    This brings us to our “Lost Gospel”. It appears to be a 6th century Syriac (Christian Aramaic) text that is a translation of an earlier Greek text (4th or 3rd century) that Prof. Barrie Wilson and I believe preserves a 1st century tradition.
    The text, in the rare manuscript section of the British Library for the past 160 years, is ostensibly about the biblical Joseph, of multi-colored coat fame, and his obscure wife Aseneth.
    But in the Syriac community from which this Gospel emerged, “Joseph” was a stand-in for Jesus, and Aseneth, “had many children by the Crucified” (Hymn 21 of Ephrem the Syrian).
    Clearly, we are dealing with a very thinly encoded text, preserving a Gospel that would otherwise have been destined for the bonfire.
    In our text, Joseph – a.k.a Jesus – is identified with the sign of the cross traced in blood. Some have argued that this manuscript does not refer to Jesus. If so, why the sign of the cross? Why the blood, and why is he explicitly called the “Son of God”? As for Aseneth, our manuscript depicts her as living in a “tower”. This links her directly to Mary Magdalene.
    The Hebrew for “tower” is “Migdal”, hence Mary the Magdalene. It’s not her last name, folks. It’s a title. It means “Mary the Tower Lady”.
    In our lost gospel, she is depicted as a Galilean Phoenician priestess that abandons idolatry after meeting and falling in love with Jesus. They marry, but she’s not simply “Mrs. Jesus”.
    She is a partner in redemption referred to as the “Daughter of God” and “The Bride of God”. Our lost gospel states that Jesus and Mary had two children and it witnesses to the idea that, for their earliest followers, Jesus and his wife Mary were co-deities embroiled in the politics of their times.
    It even calls the wife, “The Mother of Virgins”. Meaning, the original “Virgin Mary” was the wife, not the mother. If that’s not enough, the text refers to The Tower Lady – not to Paul – as the founder of the Church of the Gentiles i.e., the first Apostle to the Uncircumcised. Finally, it states that the “Bridal Chamber”, not the cross, was the most important ritual of early Christianity.
    For their part, Pauline Christians can continue to have faith in a celibate savior who is divorced from his family, his people and his times. But for the rest of us, non-Christians and Christians alike, the lost gospel represents the resurrected testimony of a community once thought dead – the earliest Gnostics.
    These people seem to have preserved a narrative closer to the Jesus and Mary the Magdalene of history. It’s time that we reacquaint ourselves with their Jesus and their Mary, a Galilean Rabbi and his gentile Phoenician wife.
    For me, the most important revelation has to do with a foiled plot on Jesus and Mary the Magdalene’s lives, about 13 years before the crucifixion. If our historical sleuthing is correct, this text is a Gospel before the Gospels and it returns Jesus to the historical context from which Paul removed him. At long last, we can liberate the historical Jesus from the theological one. After 2,000 years of theological coercion, it’s time that we “let Jesus be Jesus.”
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    American Bible scholar claims ancient 'confessions' prove story of Jesus Christ was entirely fabricated by Roman aristocrats
  • Joseph Atwill says Romans 'used Christ as propaganda to pacify subjects'
  • Made 'discovery' while reading only surviving account of 1st-century Judea
  • Claims dozens of hidden parallels between Emperor TItus Flavius and Jesus
  • He said: 'Biography of Jesus is constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories'

  • An American scholar claims to have made a controversial discovery that proves the entire story of Jesus was made up by Roman aristocrats.
    Joseph AtwillJoseph Atwill asserts that Christianity did not start as a religion, but was instead created as a sophisticated propaganda tool to pacify subjects of the Roman Empire.
    He says he noticed a pattern forming when he was studying the only surviving account of first-century Judea, which he claims contains dozens of parallels between the life of a Roman emperor and that of Jesus in the New Testament.
    Mr Atwill argues that these ancient 'confessions' provide 'clear evidence' that the biography of Jesus is 'actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar'.
    Mr Atwill accepts that his theory will upset some believers but is confident that it will be accepted in good time.
    He said the Romans turned to subtler ways of keeping order when heavy-handed tactics failed.
    He said: 'Jewish sects in Palestine at the time, who were waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah, were a constant source of violent insurrection during the first century.
    'When the Romans had exhausted conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological warfare.
    'They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system.
    'That's when the "peaceful" Messiah story was invented.
    'Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to "give onto Caesar" and pay their taxes to Rome.'
    'Once those sources are all laid bare, there's simply nothing left,' he added.
    He says he stumbled upon his discovery while studying War of the Jews by Josephus - the only remain first-person account of first-century Judea - alongside the New Testament.
    He said: 'I started to notice a sequence of parallels between the two texts.
    'Although it's been recognised by Christian scholars for centuries that the prophesies of Jesus appear to be fulfilled by what Josephus wrote about in the First Jewish-Roman war, I was seeing dozens more.
    Basalt bust of the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius, who ruled from 79 - 81 A.D. on display in the Hermitage St Petersburg, Russia
    Titus Flavius
    'What seems to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and locations of the military campaign of [Emperor] Titus Flavius as described by Josephus.'
    However, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Titus Flavius was born in 39 AD and died in 81 AD.  
    Estimates suggest Jesus died before 39 AD – 30 AD according to the encyclopaedia.
    This was a number of years prior to Titus Flavius’s military campaign.
    Mr Atwill continued: 'This is clear evidence of a deliberately constructed pattern.
    'The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar.'
    Atwill said the clues had gone unnoticed all this time because they are coneptual or poetic.
    This, he says, was designed to prevent the average believer from becoming aware of what was happening.

    They did, however, want the alert reader to cotton on.


    He adds: 'An educated Roman in the ruling class would probably have recognised the literary game being played.'

    Atwill maintains he can demonstrate that 'the Roman Caesars left us a kind of puzzle literature that was meant to be solved by future generations, and that the solution to that puzzle is "We invented Jesus Christ and we're proud of it".'

    Atwill does not believe that this is the end of Christianity, but hopes his work will give half-believers a reason to 'make a clean break'.
    'We've got the evidence now to show exactly where the story of Jesus came from,' he says.
    'Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history.
    He is encouraging sceptics to challenge his theory, according to a release published on PRWeb.

    Ancient confession found:  We invented Jesus Christ

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