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A Surfeit of Jesuses

Do you really think it all began with a sanctimonious Jewish wonder-worker, strolling about 1st century Palestine? Prepare to be enlightened. There were many Jesuses but the fable was a cultural construct (and, by the way, following a star would lead you in circles).

WAS THERE A Jesus? Of course there was a Jesus — many!

The archetypal Jewish hero was Joshua (the successor of Moses) otherwise known as Yehoshua (Yeshua) bin Nun (‘Jesus of the fish’). Since the name Jesus (Yeshua or Yeshu in Hebrew, Iesous in Greek, source of the English spelling) originally was a title (meaning ‘saviour’, derived from ‘Yahweh Saves’) probably every band in the Jewish resistance had its own hero figure sporting this moniker, among others.

Josephus, the first century Jewish historian mentions no fewer than nineteen different Yeshuas/Jesii, about half of them contemporaries of the supposed Christ! In his Antiquities, of the twenty-eight high priests who held office from the reign of Herod the Great to the fall of the Temple, no fewer than four bore the name Jesus: Jesus ben Phiabi, Jesus ben Sec, Jesus ben Damneus and Jesus ben Gamaliel. Even Saint Paul makes reference to a rival magician, preaching ‘another Jesus’ (2 Corinthians 11,4). The surfeit of early Jesuses includes:

Jesus ben Sirach. This Jesus was reputedly the author of the Book of Sirach (aka ‘Ecclesiasticus, or the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach‘), part of Old Testament Apocrypha. Ben Sirach, writing in Greek about 180 BC, brought together Jewish ‘wisdom’ and Homeric-style heroes.

Jesus ben Pandira. A wonder-worker during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus (106-79 BC), one of the most ruthless of the Maccabean kings. Imprudently, this Jesus launched into a career of end-time prophecy and agitation which upset the king. He met his own premature end-time by being hung on a tree — and on the eve of a Passover. Scholars have speculated this Jesus founded the Essene sect.

Jesus ben Ananias. Beginning in 62AD, this Jesus had caused disquiet in Jerusalem with a non-stop doom-laden mantra of ‘Woe to the city’. He prophesied rather vaguely:

“A voice from the east, a voice from the west, a voice from the four winds, a voice against Jerusalem and the holy house, a voice against the bridegrooms and the brides, and a voice against the whole people.”

– Josephus, Wars 6.3.

Arrested and flogged by the Romans, Jesus ben Ananias was released as nothing more dangerous than a mad man. He died during the siege of Jerusalem from a rock hurled by a Roman catapult.

Jesus ben Saphat. In the insurrection of 68AD that wrought havoc in Galilee, this Jesus had led the rebels in Tiberias (“the leader of a seditious tumult of mariners and poor people” – Josephus, Life 12.66). When the city was about to fall to Vespasian’s legionaries he fled north to Tarichea on the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus ben Gamala. During 68/69 AD this Jesus was a leader of the ‘peace party’ in the civil war wrecking Judaea. From the walls of Jerusalem he had remonstrated with the besieging Idumeans (led by ‘James and John, sons of Susa’). It did him no good. When the Idumeans breached the walls he was put to death and his body thrown to the dogs and carrion birds.

Jesus ben Thebuth. A priest who, in the final capitulation of the upper city in 69AD, saved his own skin by surrendering the treasures of the Temple, which included two holy candlesticks, goblets of pure gold, sacred curtains and robes of the high priests. The booty figured prominently in the Triumph held for Vespasian and his son Titus.

Too Strange to be a Coincidence!

According to the Biblical account, Pilate offered the Jews the release of just one prisoner and the cursed race chose Barabbas rather than gentle Jesus.

But hold on a minute: in the original text studied by Origen (and in some recent ones) the chosen criminal was Jesus Barabbas — and Bar Abba in Aramaic means ‘Son of the Father’!

Are we to believe that Pilate had a Jesus, Son of God and a Jesus, Son of the Father in his prison at the same time??!!

Perhaps the truth is that a single executed criminal helped flesh out the whole fantastic fable.

Gospel writers, in scrambling details, used the Aramaic Barabbas knowing that few Latin or Greek speakers would know its meaning.

But Was There a Crucified Jesus?

Certainly. Jesus ben Stada was a Judean agitator who gave the Romans a headache in the early years of the second century. He met his end in the town of Lydda (twenty five miles from Jerusalem) at the hands of a Roman crucifixion crew. And given the scale that Roman retribution could reach — at the height of the siege of Jerusalem the Romans were crucifying upwards of five hundred captives a day before the city walls — dead heroes called Jesus would (quite literally) have been thick on the ground. Not one merits a full-stop in the great universal history.

But Then With so Many Jesuses Could There Not Have Been a Jesus of Nazareth?

The problem for this notion is that absolutely nothing at all corroborates the sacred biography and yet this ‘greatest story’ is peppered with numerous anachronisms, contradictions and absurdities. For example, at the time that Joseph and the pregnant Mary are said to have gone off to Bethlehem for a supposed Roman census, Galilee (unlike Judaea) was not a Roman province and therefore ma and pa would have had no reason to make the journey. Even if Galilee had been imperial territory, history knows of no ‘universal census’ ordered by Augustus (nor any other emperor) — and Roman taxes were based on property ownership not on a head count. Then again, we now know that Nazareth did not exist before the second century.

It is mentioned not at all in the Old Testament nor by Josephus, who waged war across the length and breadth of Galilee (a territory about the size of Greater London) and yet Josephus records the names of dozens of other towns. In fact most of the ‘Jesus-action’ takes place in towns of equally doubtful provenance, in hamlets so small only partisan Christians know of their existence (yet well attested pagan cities, with extant ruins, failed to make the Jesus itinerary).

What should alert us to wholesale fakery here is that practically all the events of Jesus’s supposed life appear in the lives of mythical figures of far more ancient origin. Whether we speak of miraculous birth, prodigious youth, miracles or wondrous healings — all such ‘signs’ had been ascribed to other gods, centuries before any Jewish holy man strolled about. Jesus’s supposed utterances and wisdom statements are equally commonplace, being variously drawn from Jewish scripture, neo-Platonic philosophy or commentaries made by Stoic and Cynic sages.

What’s in a Name?

The name Jesus is actually a 16th century creation.

“Jesus” has its origins in יהושוע (Yehoshua or Joshua) in which the first part “yeho” refers to God. The name means “YHWH helps”. But it was a name to be used with care and to prevent accidental voicing of the name of God, Yehoshua got truncated to ישוע (Y’shua), or, in the Galilee, to Yeshu.

Transliterated into Greek, Yeshu became Ἰησοῦς (Iesous), and from that, the Latin Iesus. A late development was the letter J which was then substituted for the initial capital I rendering Iesus into Jesus.

Invisible Friend

‘Jesus of Nazareth’ supposedly lived in what is the most well-documented period of antiquity — the first century of the Christian era — yet not a single non-Christian source mentions the miracle worker from the sky. All references — including the notorious insertions in Josephus — stem from partisan Christian sources (and Josephus himself, much argued over, was not even born until after the supposed crucifixion). The horrendous truth is that the Christian Jesus was manufactured from plundered sources, re-purposed for the needs of the early Church.

It is not with a human being that the Jesus myth begins. Christ is not a deified man but a humanised god who happened to be given the name Yeshu. Those real Jesuses, those that lived and died within normal human parameters, may have left stories and legends behind, later cannibalised by Christian scribes as source material for their own hero, but it is not with any flesh and blood rebel/rabbi/wonder-worker that the story begins. Rather, its genesis is in theology itself.

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Source: Jesus Never Existed

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anonymous
anonymous
17 September, 2021 11:50 pm

This two thousand year old nonsense about an alleged son of god could be put to rest within one generation. All that is needed is conscious parents who have the capacity to home school their children until senior high. Now, that’s where the problem lies.

Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards
Reply to  anonymous
19 September, 2021 10:58 am

Ridiculous.

thule
thule
18 September, 2021 6:55 am

Christmas was NOT about remembering the Jewish Rabbi jewSUS.
But it was about honoring Nature’s working,
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And for the people(Christians) who say “but.. but Yahweh created the Nature”, for which Hitler replies that Nature is ETERNAL, not created in the past by the Jew god Yahweh.
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Phil
Phil
Reply to  thule
24 September, 2021 2:40 pm

Whenever I ask Christians why they worship their god I am told the same thing. “I worship the creator and not the creation” This is an absolute contradiction as a creator is judged by what they made. It is like celebrating Henry Ford but not the idea of having an affordable automobile. Also the idea of creation is argung for a state of pre existance. Something never comes from nothing. It is like the concept of zero. You can have a basket of 5 apples but a basket of zero apples does not exist. It is only an empty basket It also explains why the Jewish god has no actual image or substance so you can make it out to be anything you would like it to be The rabbis… Read more »

George H. Brown
George H. Brown
18 September, 2021 4:03 pm

I remember visiting a conservative Southern Baptist church ten years ago; mostly White. But the poison of multiracialism (inherent in Christianity) was on full display.

Old White male military veterans married to Filipinas, and that was a-okay.

“So proud” to have a smattering of Black and Brown congregants, and “even prouder” to have them “marry into the faith.”

A Christmas program in which an assistant pastor told us that Jesus is Asian to Asian people, Black to Black people, Mexican to Mexicans, etc. I thought to myself how strange is that? I thought these people were fundamentalists, literalists — yet here they are admitting that Jesus is essentially imaginary.

Servenet
Servenet
Reply to  George H. Brown
22 September, 2021 9:50 am

I am an evangelical Christian. But I agree that what you’ve described is an abomination. And the great majority of Christians 60 years ago would have also agreed. If you go back a century or more it would have been a super majority approaching 100%. The 20th century did indeed witness the extravagant success of the “…long march through the institutions.” Few churches today are unaffected by the scourge of “liberal democracy.” Today contemptuously memed as “globo-homo.” We see the entire West tumbling down today on a daily basis. The TC show captures the fire and brimstone raining down on us very well. EVERY NIGHT he doesn’t report on some minor party squabble or policy annoyance. No, it is a nightly viewing of shocking death-blows to a staggering, reeling America…with… Read more »

Russell James
Russell James
19 September, 2021 9:20 am

Ralph Ellis’s version of events, concerning Jesus, is the most compelling I’ve come across.

https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/HnNeHCk68ZPT/

Victoria
Victoria
Reply to  Russell James
25 September, 2021 10:20 am

I found author Acharya S more compelling. She too uses Josephus Non-writings of Jesus. I have her book ‘The Christ Conspiracy, The Greatest Story Ever Sold.’ She also has another book ‘Suns of God.’ She & others put together an 2 hour documentary that is eye catching. I only know one spot to find it easily, ‘Atlantean Conspiracy’ website, on topic search right side bar push ‘Astrotheology’ takes you right to it.

Arch Stanton
Arch Stanton
19 September, 2021 2:34 pm

Jesus was an historical character, just not the one of Christian myths and legends. The gospel story is that of his attacks on the corrupt Temple and its sacrificial system. To understand the story one must understand the Jewish mind, their cultural mindsets and their religion, Judaism. One must also be able to put the story into its first century, historical, Jewish context for the story to make sense. It is not an unusual story, in fact, it is typical of stories concerning religions and the rivalries they engender among elite priesthoods.   The first among popular myths promoted by Jews is that Jesus did not exist. One might note how Jews are known for their erasure of historical figures; like their present attempts to erase white American historical figures… Read more »

Victoria
Victoria
Reply to  Arch Stanton
25 September, 2021 11:39 am

“Water into Wine” = ‘The fall harvest’ Grapes into Wine, just as “this is my body” = harvest of the wheat. “Jesus walking on water” = The Suns horizon mirrored on lakes/oceans. The scriptures states “Jesus only talked in parables/allegory’s.” Realizing what the Jesus figure really represents, actually releases one of this “guilt trip” & fear religion puts on one’s soul. & Allows us to return to Nature & the Wonderment of the Sky/Heavens, that are right above us. This is why they are burning down old churches in Canada, because of the Architect represents the Constellations. Christianity existed before the Jesus figure. Jesus cruci-fiction represents the Winter Solstice. “The jews work feverishly to rebuild the temple” so to keep the rest of us divided & arguing. Just look at… Read more »

Ted Truewil
Ted Truewil
20 September, 2021 9:01 pm

Join us in the new group, “Christianity is White Genocide”.
https://gab.com/groups/3989

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Gertjan Zwiggelaar
Gertjan Zwiggelaar
21 September, 2021 4:51 pm

I suggest not to throw out the story just yet. Read the Life and Teachings of Jesus of Nazareth in the Urantia Book and perhaps you will gain a different insight into this Jesus problem.

anonymous
anonymous
29 September, 2021 11:14 pm

Peddle a fairy tale long enough and it will eventually bloom into full blown truth.
There is a particular group of opportunistic creatures that are quite good at spreading fairy tales wherever they roost.
Please, enough with this Jesus BS. As if nothing divine existed until he showed up.