Something happened to cause the Christian movement. This book analyses what and who might have been at the heart of the movement that was created and what it was that caused the early Christians to believe that this person was ‘The Son of God’.
Two thousand years ago, the meanings of the words ‘Divine’ and ‘God’ were different to people than the meanings we acknowledge today. This in part was due to misinterpretations of astronomy that have been corrected during this period. As a consequence, attributes of anything spiritual have needed to be more obscure and obtuse in their derivation.
To find the origins of the Jesus story, it is essential therefore that we put ourselves back into the thinking and culture of the time.
The Christian story emanated from a time which coincided with the end of the last Egyptian dynasty – the Ptolemaic Dynasty. The Ptolemies had ruled over Egypt, Palestine and Syria for several centuries and before that there had been intermingling of Egyptian and Semitic traditions for over 1500 years. There had been Hyksos Pharaohs during that period and it is believed that there were close links between the Hyksos and the Hebrews.
The Jesus Phenomenon sets out a credible hypothesis that explains all the facts as we know them and which examines all the belief systems of the time to put the information passed down to us into a real context.
Son of God
Every Egyptian Pharaoh was the earthly Horus son of Osiris. He had the title ‘Son of Ra’ and in some cases other titles such as ‘Son of Thoth’ all of which were titles meaning ‘Son of God’. To be the genuine owner of the title, the bloodline back to Osiris needed to have been unbroken – either through the male or female bloodline back to the first God-King. Incumbents and pretenders went to great lengths to ensure that this was the case or to contrive stories that provided the proof.
If the person we know as Jesus, could be shown to have been a genuine inheritor of the Pharaonic title at the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty, it would go a long way to explaining how he and his followers thought he was divine and how he was attributed with the title ‘Son of God’
The choice of this person’s mother might well have been an important link in such a chain.
Maintenance of the bloodline
The New Testament goes to great lengths to link the parentage of Jesus back to King David. This King is thought by many historians to have been a Pharaoh from the 18th Dynasty named Thutmose III. Significantly, this dynasty, unlike those that followed it, was the one thought at the time to have an unbroken link to Osiris.
Choice of the mother of the person we know as Jesus could well have been significant and the prophecies relating to ‘the House of David’ may well relate to this unbroken bloodline. In the book we develop a hypothesis, which if true would imply that efforts would have been made after the time of Jesus to maintain and perpetuate such a bloodline.
The Canonical Gospels
Mark’s gospel tells us that there was planning and intrigue;
13 And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My discples?”‘ 15 And he himself will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare for us there.”
(Mar 14; 13-15)
The four gospels are riddled with contradictions and intrigue. None of the stories there would contradict the hypothesis proposed in ‘The Jesus Phenomenon. In fact, when considered in relation to their time, most of them would support and consolidate it.
There were many other letters and writings from the time. We now know of information contained in scrolls that have been uncovered known as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi scrolls. None of these scrolls would contradict the hypothesis we propose.
In addition there were several treatises written by early Christian zealots and theologians which condemned heresies of the time. These documents, by their nature tell us of belief systems that ‘The Church’ was concerned about and which were prevalent. In particular, the ‘Refutation of all Heresies’ by Hipollytus gives us considerable detail of all the belief systems that were in existence and which were thought to be a threat to ‘Christianity’. These alternatives to the main line Christian dogma indicate that there were alternatives being proposed at the time and that the system of belief we have inherited might not in fact been based on a true version and/or interpretation of events
Jesus instruction’s to the apostles
And after this he supped the cup in like manner saying; “this, the divine appointment, the arrangement by (means of) the blood of me, this lot/covenant is bestowed on/over you”.
At the end of the day, there must be some aspects of the story that are true. One of these invites examination which is the covenant given at the Last Supper. These words if accurate give a real clue to the existence and meaning to the person we know as Jesus Christ. At the end of the day, for anyone who believes him or herself to be a Christian, of whatever denomination it comes down to a choice between faith and truth.
If the Bible is the word of God, which God does it refer to? What did the word God mean at the time of its writing? In those times the Pharaoh was God and this could have been the essential belief of the time that has been translated over time to confuse us.