Originally posted by Hemlocks
APOLLONIUS OF TYANA
THE great Theosophist of the first century B.C. was Jesus the Christ. The great Theosophist of the first century A.D. was Apollonius of Tyana. The
lives of these two men are marked by striking similarities and by equally striking differences.
I don't think so.
If you really want a historical character who parallels the life of the biblical Jesus, you need look no further than Jesus of Gamala - as mentioned
by the Talmud and Josephus Flavius.
Jesus of Gamala was:
A leader of fishermen (the Fisher of Men).
Born in about AD 4ish, in eastern Judaea.
Linked to Persia (hence the Persian Magi).
Had a house in Galilee.
Linked to Gamaliel, the Jewish leader who protected the biblical Jesus and his followers (note same name).
Followers were armed. (see Luke 22:36)
Was involved in a rebellion against the Roman and Jewish authorities.
Led an attack from the Mount of Olives. (when biblical Jesus was captured)
Was probably crucified (not named, but 3 leaders of rebellion were crucified)
One of these leaders survived crucifixion, while the other two died.
The interesting thing is that if the biblical Jesus was actually Jesus of Gamala, we have a complete history of his life and deeds. The only
differences with the biblical accounts are that this Jesus was:
Rich. (the Talmud confirms this)
An exiled royal (hence Herod was afraid of him).
His 'house' was a palace.
His rebellion was very much an armed rebellion.
Many of his deeds occurred later than traditionally accepted.
This new history of the New Testament explains everything about the new Christian sect, and the story we are usually peddled.