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(continued from last post) Apparently his sufferings were eased by a sponge containing a poisoned wine, for after he took the "vinegar mixed with gall" he was said to have expired. He was not given the final coup de grace of his legs being broken to hasten the death, but a soldier apparently thrust a lance, aimed between the ribs and into the heart, to allow blood and pericardial fluid to flow out as proof of his death. The body of Yehoshua was kept briefly in a tomb owned by a prosperous uncle, the aforementioned Yossef ha'Aramatha; then Yossef, Miriam ha'Migdal, Miriam the mother of Yehoshua, and Lazarus, in whose care Miriam was placed by her son, set out on a boat apparently owned by Yossef to go into exile to escape the retribution that was bound to happen. Their goal was the Languedoc region of France, where a Jewish community had existed since the Babylonian Exile. Also aboard the boat was the body of Yehoshua, to be buried in exile. But what about his children? There is conjecture that Miriam ha'Migdal was pregnant when she went into exile. There is also convincing evidence that one of his children, who was written into the bible as the "lestai" (a Greek word used to describe the Zealots that means "bandit" or "thief") Barabbas, stayed on to lead the Zealots along with another, Eleazar, and that both met their doom at the fortress of Masada. There is a tantalyzing letter, found during a dig at Masada, from a Yeshu Bar Rabbi to another Zealot urging him to fight on for independence. Eleazar may also have been a son of Yehoshua, Eleazar being a variation on the name Lazarus. So even though Yehoshua and at least one, maybe two of his sons had perished one way or another, perhaps another survived, not even born until the boat landed near Marseilles. This "son of the Widow Lady" may have eventually married into a powerful pagan Gaulish family, which eventually resulted in the Merovingian line. There is much similarity between the Gnostic Christians that may have been initiated in the Judaic mystery tradition founded by Yehoshua, the Essene tradition that may have initiated Yehoshua, and the Cathari movement that sprang up in the area centuries later. E.) Christianity after Jesus When the bid to put Jesus on the throne of Palestine failed, the uneasy alliance between the factions of his Zealot movement collapsed. Little is said of the followers who backed Jesus in the hopes of garnering power from having helped their friend to the throne but it may well be imagined that they continued to fight for independence from Rome and many may well have perished at Masada. This may be because of one man, a canny person who saw that Rome was getting ready to crush the Resistance, and with it, the Temple, the Sacrifices, and all the traditions of Judaism as it stood. He believed, like his teacher Gamaliel, that Judaism was meant not only for the Jews, but for the much-maligned Goyim (Gentiles) as well. With the message preached by Yehoshua of the uplifting of the downtrodden, the final triumph of good over evil, and the need to be "saved" from the inner corruption that had existed since the "fall" of mankind, Saul-Paulos began to preach his gospel. He might have even "gotten the word" from the remnant of Yehoshua's movement that he was involved in suppressing. Saul-Paulos' new religion was oriented primarily toward a Roman or Romanized audience. Thus the role of Rome in Jesus' death was of course whitewashed, and guilt was transferred to the Jews. But this was not the only liberty taken with events to render them palatable to the Roman world. The Roman state religion deified its rulers, and Caesar had already been officially instated as a god. In order to compete, Jesus, whom nobody had previously deemed divine, had to be deified as well.

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