reply to post by Akragon
The true history of the 1st Century is there, but it is hidden. It is no accident that two key sources of 1st Century history have names that suggest
silence-Tacitus and Tranquillus. And when the historian Josephus talks about building “walls” around cities in Galilee and being opposed by a
Roman commander named Placidus, he is not talking about military actions. (The "tomb" only looked empty.)
From my interpretations of Biblical and non-Biblical allegory I have discovered a far different history of the 1st Century from the one we were fed.
Christianity began as a form of Gnosticism founded by the one Josephus identifies as "Judas". In order to tell this story as completely as possible
through the use of allegory, Josephus broke it up into three key pieces. Each piece is connected to each other by the repetition of the name
“Judas” along with a geographic name present in the next link of the chain.
"Judas, the son of Sepphoris..." Book 1, Chapter 33 paragraph 1
"In Sepphoris also, a city of Galilee, there was one Judas..." Book 2, Chapter 4 Paragraph 1
"...a certain Galilean, whose name was Judas..." Book 2, Chapter 8, Paragraph 1
Those that are familiar with Kabbalah should have no difficulty seeing the metaphoric significance of “Sepphoris” and the literal world recognizes
the significance of Galilee. The first link in this chain corresponds to Matthew’s version of the Birth of Christ before the death of Herod, while
the third link corresponds to Luke’s version during the “census”.
The identification of “God” with the “Word” in John 1:1 and idea of the “Word” made “flesh” in John 1:14 are the closest to the
literal truth that the Bible comes. If you look at surviving Gnostic texts it appears that they were playing games with words. These games had real
purpose. They defined metaphors in relation to other metaphors.
In the Gnostic text, The Tripartite Trac
(chapter 15), we find this discussion of “baptism”:
"The baptism which we previously mentioned is called 'garment of those who do not strip themselves of it,' for those who will put it on and those who
have received redemption wear it. It is also called 'the confirmation of the truth which has no fall.' In an unwavering and immovable way it grasps
those who have received the restoration while they grasp it. (Baptism) is called "silence" because of the quiet and the tranquility."
So, if the “silence” suggested by the 1st Century writers Tacitus and Tranquillus is intentional, then we have in their writings an indication of
the real meaning of “baptism”. (Also, this can be viewed as indicating that "water" is related to "writings" so the "miracles" of "walking on
water" and "turning water into wine" can be partially understood.)
This allegoric code that was the subject of the Gnostic “religion” had already been around for perhaps as much as a thousand years by the time the
1st Century and it was employed in many cultures as the basis for various religions as well as Greek Philosophy. The Gnostics went too far in their
discussions and caused an “apocalypse” (uncovering) which was metaphorically represented by the crucifixion of the “Word”. Part of the effort
to fix things included a massive effort to destroy documents related to the Gnostics, while others worked to change Christianity from within by
altering their interpretations to a less damaging form (like those of Philo who made "wine" from the "water") and creating a false story about
edit on 2-5-2013 by swordwords because: added quotes