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(continued from last post) D.) A Radical View (This owes a great deal to the book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" which raises some interesting questions about the life and work and possible descendants of the Man of the Galil.) The following is a scenario of what the historical Jesus might have been all about based on looking at the Gospels without the trappings added after Christianity was transported to Rome and changed to bring it into alignment with competing religions. Yehoshua ben David was a priest-king, an aristocrat and legitimate claimant to the throne of Palestine, who embarked on an attempt to regain his rightful heritage. He was believed to be a native of the Galil region which was a traditional hotbed of opposition to the Romans. He had numerous noble, rich and influential supporters throughout Palestine, including the capital city of Jerusalem. One of these supporters, Nicodemus, a powerful member of the Jewish council known as the Synod or Sanhedrin, may also have been his kin. As an unmarried rabbi (let alone an unmarried heir to the throne of Judea) was unthinkable under Jewish law, Yehoshua finally, after a period of indecision (inspired by his Essene period) marries the woman that was betrothed to him in childhood, Miriam ha'Magdala, a woman of the Israeli royal line of Benjamin. There is a possibility that she might have been involved for awhile in an Asherah/Ishtar cult, hence the biblical citation that she "had seven demons driven from her", and/or that she was sold by her angered father briefly into prostitution when Yehoshua broke the betrothal and his family withdrew the bride-price, hence the description of Miriam as a "sinner" and a "hetaira" or prostitute. (the hetaira distinction may also have been a reference to a possible pagan initiation she went through) The wedding at Cana mentioned in the Gospel of "John" was probably his own. As an aside, the evidence that Yehoshua was indeed married and married to none other than Miriam ha'Magdala illuminates the furor surrounding the book, and later the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" in a much different light. Even in the context of the dream sequence, the marriage of Yehoshua first to Miriam, then as was the custom in ancient Israel to Miriam's sister Martha when Miriam died was probably too close for comfort for certain elements of orthodox Christianity. In the Galil, Yehoshua established the center for his mystery cult, an initiatory form of Judaism that drew extensively from both pagan (Orphic, probably) sources and Essene mysteries. There is evidence that this mystery cult was the direct origin for Catharism (the roots of which will become obvious later) and Gnosticism. The "miracle" of his brother-in-law Lazarus being "raised from the dead" was possibly a description of one of the rites of his Judaic Mysteries. He also probably had connections with the Zealots, the proto-Zionist movement that wanted independence for the kingdoms of Israel and Judea from the Roman Empire. As the heir to both the thrones by his alliance by marriage to the line of Benjamin, and by his birth as a scion of the line of David, Yehoshua was perhaps the last best hope for independence. He was prepared to become the Messiah, the promised liberator, the first priest-king of the Jews since Solomon. And such an aspiring priest-king would have generated powerful opposition in certain quarters...most definately the Roman occupation government, and perhaps by the established Levites of the Temple, who had been given a long leash by the Roman administration and prospered even as common Jews chafed under Roman rule. This opposition succeeded in eventually executing Yehoshua for sedition.

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