posted on Jul, 1 2010 @ 03:54 PM
Not sure if this is in the right spot.
To start with, my grandfather is a devout Catholic. He moved to Israel in 1990, because he decided he would best spend the rest of his life in "the
Holy Land." Well, sometimes my Uncle Jeff manages to book a flight and goes to visit Grandpa. Grandpa always sends me some little present from his
collection (he's sort of superstitious, and collects all these things that he thinks are holy and stuff, like last year when he sent me some wood
that was allegedly on Noah's Ark).
The last time my Uncle Jeff came back with a present was in April. I thought it would be another little relic, but it was just this big book that I
guess Grandpa had compiled. He sent me a note too, that was basically just telling me that it was "time I knew." Naturally I was sort of curious, so
I read the book.
It started off sort of boring, but eventually it got interesting. After the introduction (Grandpa wrote a big intro about some research he'd been
doing or something -- I didn't really pay attention), there were these two little things he had typed out. The first was titled "Yeshu the Nazarene
to the Elders of Palestine", and the second was "The Testimony of Don Juan."
I guessed from the title "Yeshu the Nazarene" that it had something to do with Jesus. It did. Allegedly it was the copy of this letter Jesus had
written to the Pharisees, talking about how everything was going according to plan. It was pretty blasphemous, really: first it said that he and the
Pharisees had some deal going on where they were pretending to hate eachother.
It had the usual conspiratorial crap about how Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and she was pregnant. Then "Jesus" said that the Crucifixion was
planned so that "future generations will think me the mashiach; for I am the last of the seed of David My Father. They know not that I am not come
from heaven to save them, but that from the seed of my wife Miriam of Bethany will surely come the anointed son of David, as Isaih [sic] wrote."
Then he commisions his brother "Joseph Haramatheo the Just" (apparently a mistake, since I can only find mentions in the Bible of a St. Joseph of
Arimathea and St. James the Just) to protect his descendants. Then the first writing ends.
The next one, by Don Juan, claims to be much more recent -- the 1500s. Don calls himself "a disciple of Santa Pedro de Arimathea" (of Arimathea).
He asserts that Santa Pedro is a Spanish descendant of Jesus. Then he says that "Arimathea" is not a place name but a corruption of the Hebrew words
"ha-Rama-Theo" (of the Divine One), and that it is a title given to all Jesus's relatives.
Don says that, apparently, "Joseph the Just"'s descendants backed out on protecting Jesus's bloodline and that now Santa Pedro has founded "the
Brotherhood of Haramatheo" to protect his family. Then that document ends.
The rest of the book (I haven't read it all, but I'm almost on page 100) is written as my Papaw's notes, and is allegedly an account of this
"Brotherhood"'s history. He says that the Brotherhood is comprised entirely of the descendants of Don Juan and Don Jesus (another follower of Santa
Pedro??), and he apparently makes a point that they're all Jewish.
Any thoughts on this? I thought it was some kind of joke at first, but now I'm really curious. Has anybody heard of this "Haramatheo" before?
It's almost like a compendium of every conspiracy theory I've ever heard. You've got a secret society, a Jesus bloodline, some powerful Jews....
[edit on 1-7-2010 by TruthOverload]