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originally posted by: IridescentPhoenix
a reply to: Azzezza
Ummm, I have a Pink Unicorn that needs milked each day. Could you assist?
originally posted by: Blue Shift
If you read all of the available texts, including those not in the Bible, what you'll get is a picture of a wealthy, very ambitious man who wanted to be King of the Jews. He was from the bloodline, although very distant. He studied the various texts of King Solomon and learned sorcery and necromancy (however "real" they may have been, they provided him with his miracles to impress the ordinary people). He then tried to build an army using the following of his cousin, John the Baptist, by stealing John's "Love Thy Neighbor" philosophy and setting him up to be beheaded -- thanks to Salome. But he became "infected" with his own demons, lost his mind, and pushed his plan ahead too fast. The Jewish hierarchy and the Romans nipped his rebellion in the bud and killed him.
I suspect that he spent a lot of his time where there were libraries. He was from Egypt originally, and possibly studied in the fragments of the library Alexandria. He also studied in Jerusalem. Some people say he may have traveled farther East, but he wouldn't have had to.