Making the Future Female

NO EVIDENCE OF JESUS


I’ve just watched a short film entitled

The First Jesus

This what it’s about…

He was called the King of the Jews, believed to be a Messiah. Just before Passover, the Romans beheaded him and crucified many of his followers outside Jerusalem.

But his name was not Jesus… it was Simon, a self-proclaimed Messiah who died four years before Christ was born.

Now, new analysis of a three-foot-tall stone tablet from the first century B.C., being hailed by scholars as a “Dead Sea Scroll on stone,” speaks of an early Messiah and his resurrection.

Was Simon of Peraea real? Did his life serve as the prototype of a Messiah for Jesus and his followers? And could this tablet shake up the basic premise of Christianity?

Watching this film reminded me of the real Dead Sea Scrolls.

The initial discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Bedouin shepherd Muhammed edh-Dhib, his cousins Jum’a Muhammed and Khalil Musa, took place between November 1946 and February 1947.

Eventually a total of a collection of 972 scrolls were recovered, consisting of texts from what is now known as the Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament, and extra-biblical documents found on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name.

They were specifically located at Khirbet or Qumran in what was then British Mandate Palestine, and since 1947, what has been known as the West Bank.

The texts, and coins found with them, have been dated to the centuries immediately before and after when Jesus was supposed to have lived.

When these discoveries were first made, the Catholic Church thought there may well be evidence of Jesus and his teachings but that wasn’t the case. Some have argued that the church immediately set about suppressing this knowledge.

According to the texts, the men of Qumran fervently believed in a doctrine of last things. They fled to the desert and were readying themselves for the imminent judgment, when their enemies would be vanquished and they, God’s elect, would be given final victory in accordance with the predictions of the prophets.

However, the evidence shows that they actually believed in three messiahs— a prophet, a priest and a king.

Dr. Will Varner – Professor of Old Testament at The Master’s College and Director of IBEX, the college’s campus in Israel.

Yet no mention whatsoever is made of Jesus or John the Baptist in all these texts.

Doesn’t this seem unlikely if Jesus was the person Christianity claims?

The only reference to Jesus at all can be found in the writings of the Roman historian Titus Flavius Josephus (37 – c. 100), and that was written some decades after the period.

And there’s no evidence in Roman archives, yet the Romans were known for their administration.

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16 responses

  1. It’s a common story. You should watch the first part of Zeitgeist. The beginning talks about all the stories of gods that are nearly identical to who Jesus was made to be. Very interesting.

    September 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    • Cheers my friend – I watched the Zeitgeist you mentioned – great minds 😉
      I think Robert Anton Wilson exposed the hoards of so-called messiahs years ago, can’t remember which book at the mo.
      What was new for me was the stone artifact possibly lending credence to the story of Simon.
      If Jesus had been an actual man one would have expected at least this much evidence.

      September 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

  2. I’m the real messiah 😀

    September 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    • In that case, can you turn water into Champagne, Charlemagne?

      September 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      • What’s water? I’ve never heard of any such thing.

        September 30, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      • Didn’t you walk upon it in an earlier miracle?

        September 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      • That was water? I thought it was champagne.

        September 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      • I hope you took your sandals off…

        September 30, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      • What are sandals?

        September 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      • Like old-fashioned flipflops…

        September 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      • I only wear leather shoes 😛

        September 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      • I would have guessed crocodile as you’re quite sharp 😉

        September 30, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      • Snake too. Perhaps baby seal.

        September 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      • Sooz said you were a clubber 😉

        September 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      • LOL- I was. I retired. Gay years are somewhat like dog years. A gay man’s 30 is a straight man’s 60. Time to settle down, do crosswords and start a blog 😀

        September 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      • As a frequenter of gay clubs and the like I know exactly what you mean. However, I’d suggest a lot of straight men act like they’re 60 when they’re 30 🙂
        Anyway, isn’t it later by you than over here? I’m surprised you’re not in bed.
        And to continue in this temporal vein, I fear that 12 English hours are the equivalent of a whole Spanish day, and therefore Sire, I must straightaways retire me to the bed chamber.
        Verily I wish Your Highness the goodest of goodnights and by my troth do look forward to divers pleasures on the morrow.

        September 30, 2012 at 11:31 pm

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