WHO WAS THE FATHER OF JESUS?
January 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
As time passes people learn more, become more open minded. Also regarding religion and how it has been presented to us. The father of Jesus has been a point of contention and discussion among the scholars of our time for quite some time.
Everybody wants to find him, but it seems an allusive task. The religious get angry and feel that something “holy” is being humanised and dishonoured. Unfortunately history needs answers, and even the religious desire a proper honest explanation. What is known today is that according to the “Holy” scriptures this father figure is divine, beyond reproach, but is he?
Historians is contesting this perspective, James Tabor a Facebook friend of mine and the well known researcher on the Talpiot tomb has posted recently that it could be possible that the father of Jesus might be a Roman soldier called Tiberias Julius Abdes Panthera. Apparently a soldier by this name worked in Galilee but died later in Germany and his grave was discovered in Bingerbück Germany. According to Tabor this does not mean this man is the father of Jesus, but only a possibility.
There is also historical information stating that a Yeshu son of Pantera walked the streets of Sepphoris in the region of Galilee in the time of Jesus, and healed people there. Also not proof, but simply makes it possible.
This idea, is not a total waste of time and might eventually lead to a definite answer. Jesus the man and his apparent knowledge regarding the Jewish history and religious history leads me to think that his father and mother were not from the general public, but that both must have been part of the educated circles of their time. Logically speaking nobody is born with the kind of wisdom and knowledge Jesus apparently possessed. What ever we know, we learn, and learning is a slow meticulous process.
When I first thought about this it occurred to me that somehow, somewhere, something which might implicate my idea as being worthwhile would come up in my search for information which could be usable. Then some years ago I read the book “The Second Messiah” by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, both middle order Freemasons. On page 100 to 103 of their book they described an incident in which a Dr Tim Wallace Murphy was involved when he walked out of a hall in London where he just presented a seminar on history, he was an Historian.
An unknown man stopped him, after greeting him this man proceeded to tell dr Murphy the following: This man claimed to be a direct descendant of Hugues De Payen, a verifiable Knights Templar leader. Apparently in the time of Jesus and before, the church had training schools for young boys and one for girls. Mary mother of Jesus was presumably in such a school where they are taught religious matters and also get trained to among other things, become the mother of the next high priest. According to this man the high priests did not marry, but needed a successor which were required through this method. If the girl should bear a son, she would then be married to a lesser member to prevent public humiliation.
That son would then also be brought up in the church to enable him to take over when the father or present high priest dies. This was apparently done to keep the line of Levi alive. At the time this seemed to me like some horror story, or hogwash. Then I decided to try and find evidence of this practice in the Bible. I couldn’t find anything relating to Mary in the Bible, and decided to go back into the Old Testament. I came upon Samuel; Eli was the high priest before Samuel, and we only know Samuel as a prophet!
In 1 Samuel we read that Eli found Hannah crying after a service while eating. Eli then asked what was wrong and Hannah replied that she could not get pregnant by her husband Elkanah. Eli then took her to one side and comforted her, prays for her, and assured her that she would now get pregnant. Hannah then thanked him and promised him that if she had a son she will bring him back to Eli to be raised in the church because he would belong to God. They then went back to have a meal, before Hannah would go home with her husband.
The interesting thing here is that they were eating just before, and directly afterwards they had a meal again! One thing which definitely creates a healthy appetite after having eaten is most likely healthy sex! This is not proof in any sense, but it does raise an eyebrow! Samuel was born and followed Eli up, and not one of his sons’s as was the custom! We all know that both of them were rascals. Why did a “non family” member succeeds Eli, if it was an order by “God” that the priesthood stayed in the line of Levi!
After having found this in the Bible, I came across outside information regarding Mary, mother of Jesus! Mary’s parents Joachim and Anne were childless, they went to see the priest and after he “blessed” them, Anne became pregnant bearing Mary. Mary’s parents were according to historical documents relatively wealthy people, confirming my idea that Jesus came from a wealthy background. When Anne became pregnant with Mary, she and her husband made a vow to give Mary or “the child” to the church to raise in honour of God. This they did; as can be read below in the insert:
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (as it is known in the West), or The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple (its name in the East), is a Litergical feast celebrated by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Catholic, and Orthodox Churches.
The feast is associated with an event recounted not in the New Testament, but in the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James. According to that text, Mary’s parents, Joachim, and Anne, who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God. Mary remained in the Temple until puberty, at which point she was assigned to Joseph as guardian. Later versions of the story (such as the Gospel of Pseudo- Matthew and the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary) tell us that Mary was taken to the Temple at around the age of three in fulfillment of a vow. Tradition held that she was to remain there to be educated in preparation for her role as Mother of God.
1. “The Saint Andrew Missal, with Sundays and Feasts,” by Dom Gaspar LeFebvre, O.S.B., Saint Paul, MN: The E. M. Löhmann Co., 1952, p. 1684; William E. Coleman, Ed. “Philippe de Mezieres’ Campaign for the Feast of Mary’s Presentation,” Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1981, pp. 3-4.
2. “The Saint Andrew Missal, with Sundays and Feasts,” p. 1684
3. “Calendarium Romanum” (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1969), pp. 108-109
4. “The Saint Andrew Missal, with Sundays and Feasts,” p. 1684
5. “Liturgy of the Hours,” November 21
From the above it is clear that Joseph was appointed guardian, from the Bible he was forced to “marry her”, because she was already pregnant, and could not afford being dishonored! Here we have an exact correlation with the story told to Dr Murphy in the book “The Second Messiah” by Lomas, and Knight! It also confirms that Jesus had close relationship with 1 A senior church official- his mother, and possibly was the son of the then High Priest.
It also highlights the possibility that his extensive knowledge of the Jewish history and religion came directly from the church. A paupers child could not possibly have had that kind of knowledge. As you have read above Mary was admitted at the age of three, and stayed there until she was twelve. If Jesus was admitted at the same age, his apparent knowledge aged twelve when he according to the Bible and other outside information enabled him to stun Rabbi’s at informal church gatherings.
Letting him loose on the population at age 28 or 29 would most definitely have caused a stir! But who could have been the father?
According to historical records, and the Bible, Annas Ben Seth was the High Priest in Jerusalem a the time of Jesus birth. Jesus family tomb or apparent tomb and ossuary was discovered, D.N.A. tests were done on the remains. If the tomb or ossuary of Annas Ben Seth have been found or might still be found, it would be easy to investigate and if any testable remains is left have it tested and compare with the results of the Jesus find. It could solve this very annoying mystery!
As dr Tabor have pointed out in his post regarding this, his entourage included woman of stature, Joseph of Arimathea was also a wealthy man, why would Jesus who according to the Bible was a pauper, have had so many wealthy and influential friends if he was not from the same circles. This is one of the problems I discuss in my new book “We Question!” which can be found here- http://www.lulu.com/commerce/index.php?fBuyContent=11735773