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Originally posted by spamandham
Something else to consider is the gospel story of Jesus returning to his home town, called Nazareth, where due to his teaching in the synagogue, a crowd gathered to throw him from a cliff. There are no cliffs anywhere near the modern Nazareth, but there certainly are plenty of them in the Qumran region.
If "nazareth" was a transliteration error for the Nazarenes (the Essenes of Qumran), or perhaps a colloquial name for Qumran, then this makes sense.
When Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas, both Masons, set out to find the origins of freemasonry they had no idea they would find themselves unravelling the true story of Jesus Christ and the original Jerusalem Church. As a radically new picture of Jesus and his ultra-Jewish sect started to emerge, the authors came to the controversial conclusion that the key rituals of modern Freemasonry were practiced by the sect as a means of initiation into their community.
Rigorously analysing and comparing ancient Egyptian records, the Old and New Testaments, early Christian and Rabbinical texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the rituals of Freemasonry, the authors have been able to reconstruct the lost story of Jesus and his brother James and describe their struggle to establish the 'Kingdom of heaven' upon earth using Masonic-style rituals. The establishment of the Christian Church is shown to be a political invention that has little connection with the man we call 'Christ'.
Originally posted by Esoteric Teacher
The concepts you introduce in this thread are not intirely new to me. They seem to parrallel some information I obtained when reading a book entitled "The Hiram Key", and some similiar books by the same authors.
Just curious if you've heard of this book, or similiar ones, and if so, have you read them?