Tuesday, 30 May 2017

New ancient paintings of Jesus discovered in underground church in Turkey


Recently discovered underground temple in Cappadocia, Turkey contains early depictions of Jesus dressed in purple with red cheeks similar to other mosaics showing Jesus dressed in purple with red cheeks.

..... Yet another historical church has been unearthed in the Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia and experts are excited about its frescoes, which depict scenes hitherto unseen.

The church was uncovered by archeologists during excavation and cleaning work in an underground city discovered as part of the Nevşehir Castle Urban Transformation Project, implemented by the Nevşehir Municipality and Turkey’s Housing Development Administration (TOKI).

 The rock-carved underground church is located within a castle in the center of Nevşehir that spreads over an area of 360,000 square meters, within a third-degree archaeological site that includes 11 neighborhoods in the city centre.

Nevşehir Mayor Hasan Ünver said the frescoes in the church showed the rise of Jesus the Christ into the sky and the killing of the bad souls. “We know that such frescoes have so far never been seen in any other church,” Ünver said, adding that preliminary studies show the church dates back to 400 A.D.

Article: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/90044.htm

Mosaic from Ravenna showing Jesus dressed in purple with similar red cheeks...  526 AD

  •  Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy: "Christ surrounded by angels and saints". Mosaic of a Ravennate italian-byzantine workshop, completed within 526 AD by the so-called "Master of Sant'Apollinare".














Saturday, 20 May 2017

Early Egyptian Text describes Jesus magical appearance.


On the Life and the Passion of Christ: A Coptic Apocryphon’:

The ancient text explains why Judas used a kiss, specifically, to betray Jesus. According to the canonical bible, the apostle Judas betrays Jesus in exchange for money by using a kiss to identify him leading to Jesus' arrest.

This apocryphal tale explains that the reason Judas used a kiss, specifically, is because Jesus had the ability to change appearance.


"Then the Jews said to Judas: How shall we arrest him [Jesus], for he does not have a single form but his appearance changes. Sometimes he is ruddy, sometimes he is white, sometimes he is red, sometimes he is wheat coloured, sometimes he is pallid like ascetics, sometimes he is a youth, sometimes an old man ... "

This leads Judas to suggest using a kiss as a means to identify him. If Judas had given the arresters a description of Jesus he could have changed shape. By kissing Jesus Judas tells the people exactly who he is.

This understanding of Judas' kiss goes back to the first century . This explanation of Judas’ kiss is found in Origen, a theologian who lived 185-254 AD. In his work, Contra Celsum, the ancient writer, stated that "to those who saw him [Jesus] he did not appear alike to all."

The text is one of fifty-five Coptic manuscripts that were found in 1910 by villagers digging for fertilizer at the site of the destroyed Monastery of Archangel Michael of the Desert near Al Hamuli in Egypt. Apparently, during the tenth century, monks had buried the monastery's manuscripts in a stone vat for safekeeping.  The monastery ceased operations around the early 10th century, and the text was rediscovered in the spring of 1910. In December 1911, it was purchased, along with other texts, by American financier J.P. Morgan. His collections, and the text described, are now housed in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

Essay : http://alinsuciu.com/2012/10/12/guest-post-roelof-van-den-broek-pseudo-cyril-of-jerusalem-on-the-life-and-the-passion-of-christ/

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Earliest image of Jesus found in Galilee ?


Is this the first ever portrait of Jesus? Or the image of a Lion ?

Is it a picture of Yeshu ben Panthera ? Jesus Son of the Lion ? Is it a fake, a forgery ?

The incredible story of 70 ancient books hidden in a cave for nearly 2,000 years ... The image appears to show a bearded young man with flowing curly hair; the marks around the figure’s brow have been interpreted as a  crown of thorns. The extraordinary picture of one of the recently discovered hoard of up to 70 lead codices – booklets – found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee is one reason Bible historians are clamouring to get their hands on the ancient artefacts.
If genuine, this could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus Christ, (Yeshu ha Moshiach) possibly created in the lifetime of those who knew him. (4 BC - 37 AD) The artifacts were originally found in a cave in the village of Saham in Jordan, close to where Israel, Jordan and Syria’s Golan Heights converge – and within three miles of the Israeli spa and hot springs of Hamat Gader, a religious site for thousands of years.


According to sources in Saham, they were discovered five years ago after a flash flood scoured away the dusty mountain soil to reveal what looked like a large capstone. When this was levered aside, a cave was discovered with a large number of small niches set into the walls. Each of these niches contained a booklet. There were also other objects, including some metal plates and rolled lead scrolls.

The area is renowned as an age-old refuge for ancient Jews fleeing the bloody aftermath of a series of revolts against the Roman empire in the First and early Second Century AD. The cave is less than 100 miles from Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and around 60 miles from Masada, scene of the last stand and mass suicide of an extremist Zealot sect in the face of a Roman Army siege in 72AD – two years after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

The codex showing what may be the face of Christ is not thought to have been opened yet. Some codices show signs of having been buried – although this could simply be the detritus resulting from lying in a cave for hundreds of years. Unlike the Dead Sea Scrolls, the lead codices appear to consist of stylised pictures, rather than text, with a relatively small amount of script that appears to be in a Phoenician language, although the exact dialect is yet to be identified. At the time these codices were created, the Holy Land was populated by different sects, including Essenes, Samaritans, Pharisees, Sadducees, Dositheans and Nazoreans. If genuine, it seems clear that these books were, in fact, created by an early Messianic Jewish sect, perhaps closely allied to the early Christian church and that these images represent Christ himself.
David Feather, who is a metallurgist as well as an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, recommended submitting the samples for metal analysis at Oxford University. The work was carried out by Dr Peter Northover, head of the Materials Science-based Archaeology Group and a world expert on the analysis of ancient metal materials. The samples were then sent to the Swiss National Materials Laboratory at Dubendorf, Switzerland. The results show they were consistent with ancient (Roman) period lead production and that the metal was smelted from ore that originated in the Mediterranean.

The director of Jordan’s Department of Antiquities, Ziad al-Saad, has few doubts. He believes they may indeed have been made by followers of Jesus in the few decades immediately following his crucifixion. ‘They will really match, and perhaps be more significant than, the Dead Sea Scrolls,’ he says. ‘The initial information is very encouraging and it seems that we are looking at a very important and significant discovery – maybe the most important discovery in the history of archaeology.’ If he is right, then we really may be gazing at the face of Jesus Christ.   Read more: DailyMail.co.uk


The script appears to be a mix of Aramaic and Hebrew letters. We will decipher and post a translation below...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

If Jesus came to fulfill the Torah, the Law and the Prophets, Why did he cry out in aramaic "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me ?"




In Matthew 5:17 Jesus says, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets (Torah); I have not come to abolish them but to FULFILL them." How then is the Torah fulfilled when Jesus seems to be abandoned to die on the Cross ? How is he "One with the Father" when he cries out in Aramaic ....  "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me" ?? What has been accomplished ? What has been fulfilled ?

In fact, Jesus is not calling out to God, he is saying these words to "YOU". If he is the Messiah, (Annointed), those in the crowd, or reading this story Now, if you know Torah (Old Testament) by heart you would know the significance of these last words. "My God, My God why have you Forsaken Me ?"

So, if you know Torah by heart, you know that here Jesus is quoting Psalm 22 (Tehillim 22).... and you would run from Golgatha and open your scrolls to Psalm 22:2 and read what it says. When you do this you will see how Jesus fulfilled the Torah as Redeemer, Salvation (YshuaH/Jesus) the Suffering Servant. (Moshiach ben Yosef) ....

Read Psalm 22 below (English and Hebrew)

Notice that the word YeShuaH /Jesus is also there in the 1st line ....  ישׁוּעָתִי  (Salvation) 

2My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? You are far from my salvation [ ישׁוּעָתִ - Y'ShuAH] from the words of my moaning.ב. אֵלִי אֵלִי לָמָה עֲזַבְתָּנִי רָחוֹק מִישׁוּעָתִי דִּבְרֵי שַׁאֲגָתִי:
3My God, I call out by day and You do not reply, and at night I do not keep silent.ג. אֱלֹהַי אֶקְרָא יוֹמָם וְלֹא תַעֲנֶה וְלַיְלָה וְלֹא דוּמִיָּה לִי:
4But You are holy; You await the praises of Israel.ד. וְאַתָּה קָדוֹשׁ יוֹשֵׁב תְּהִלּוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל:
5Our ancestors trusted in You; they trusted and You rescued them.ה. בְּךָ בָּטְחוּ אֲבֹתֵינוּ בָּטְחוּ וַתְּפַלְּטֵמוֹ:
6They cried out to You and they escaped; they trusted in You and they were not shamed.ו. אֵלֶיךָ זָעֲקוּ וְנִמְלָטוּ בְּךָ בָטְחוּ וְלֹא בוֹשׁוּ:
7But I am a worm and not a man; a reproach of man, despised by peoples.ז. וְאָנֹכִי תוֹלַעַת וְלֹא אִישׁ חֶרְפַּת אָדָם וּבְזוּי עָם:
8All who see me will mock me; they will open their lips, they will shake their head.ח. כָּל רֹאַי יַלְעִגוּ לִי יַפְטִירוּ בְשָׂפָה יָנִיעוּ רֹאשׁ:
9One should cast his trust upon the Lord, and He will rescue him; He will save him because He delights in him.ט. גֹּל אֶל יְהֹוָה יְפַלְּטֵהוּ יַצִּילֵהוּ כִּי חָפֵץ בּוֹ:
10For You drew me from the womb; You made me secure on my mother's breasts.י. כִּי אַתָּה גֹחִי מִבָּטֶן מַבְטִיחִי עַל שְׁדֵי אִמִּי:
11Upon You, I was cast from birth; from my mother's womb You are my God.יא. עָלֶיךָ הָשְׁלַכְתִּי מֵרָחֶם מִבֶּטֶן אִמִּי אֵלִי אָתָּה:
12Do not distance Yourself from me, for distress is near; for there is none to help.יב. אַל תִּרְחַק מִמֶּנִּי כִּי צָרָה קְרוֹבָה כִּי אֵין עוֹזֵר:
13Great bulls have surrounded me; the mighty ones of Bashan encompassed me.יג. סְבָבוּנִי פָּרִים רַבִּים אַבִּירֵי בָשָׁן כִּתְּרוּנִי:
14They opened their mouth against me [like] a tearing, roaring lion.יד. פָּצוּ עָלַי פִּיהֶם אַרְיֵה טֹרֵף וְשֹׁאֵג:
15I was spilled like water, and all my bones were separated; my heart was like wax, melting within my innards.טו. כַּמַּיִם נִשְׁפַּכְתִּי וְהִתְפָּרְדוּ כָּל עַצְמוֹתָי הָיָה לִבִּי כַּדּוֹנָג נָמֵס בְּתוֹךְ מֵעָי:
16My strength became dried out like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my palate; and You set me down in the dust of death.טז. יָבֵשׁ כַּחֶרֶשׂ | כֹּחִי וּלְשׁוֹנִי מֻדְבָּק מַלְקוֹחָי וְלַעֲפַר מָוֶת תִּשְׁפְּתֵנִי:
17For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me, They have PIERCED my hands and feet.יז כִּי סְבָבוּנִי כְּלָבִים עֲדַת מְרֵעִים הִקִּיפוּנִי כָּאֲרִוּ יָדַי וְרַגְלָי:
18I tell about all my bones. They look and gloat over me.יח. אֲסַפֵּר כָּל עַצְמוֹתָי הֵמָּה יַבִּיטוּ יִרְאוּ בִי:
19They share my garments among themselves and cast lots for my raiment.יט. יְחַלְּקוּ בְגָדַי לָהֶם וְעַל לְבוּשִׁי יַפִּילוּ גוֹרָל:
20But You, O Lord, do not distance Yourself; my strength, hasten to my assistance.כ. וְאַתָּה יְהֹוָה אַל תִּרְחָק אֱיָלוּתִי לְעֶזְרָתִי חוּשָׁה:
21Save my soul from the sword, my only one from the grip of the dog.כא. הַצִּילָה מֵחֶרֶב נַפְשִׁי מִיַּד כֶּלֶב יְחִידָתִי:
22Save me from the lion's mouth, as from the horns of the wild oxen You answered me.כב. הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי מִפִּי אַרְיֵה וּמִקַּרְנֵי רֵמִים עֲנִיתָנִי:
23I will tell Your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.כג. אֲסַפְּרָה שִׁמְךָ לְאֶחָי בְּתוֹךְ קָהָל אֲהַלְלֶךָּ:
24You who fear the Lord, praise Him; all the seed of Jacob, honor Him, and fear Him, all the seed of Israel.כד. יִרְאֵי יְהֹוָה | הַלְלוּהוּ כָּל זֶרַע יַעֲקֹב כַּבְּדוּהוּ וְגוּרוּ מִמֶּנוּ כָּל זֶרַע יִשְׂרָאֵל:
25For He has neither despised nor abhorred the cry of the poor, neither has He hidden His countenance from him; and when he cried out to Him, He hearkened.כה. כִּי לֹא בָזָה וְלֹא שִׁקַּץ עֱנוּת עָנִי וְלֹא הִסְתִּיר פָּנָיו מִמֶּנּוּ וּבְשַׁוְּעוֹ אֵלָיו שָׁמֵעַ:
26Because of You is my praise in the great congregation; I pay my vows in the presence of those who fear Him.כו. מֵאִתְּךָ תְהִלָּתִי בְּקָהָל רָב נְדָרַי אֲשַׁלֵּם נֶגֶד יְרֵאָיו:
27The humble shall eat and be sated; they shall praise the Lord, those who seek him; your hearts shall live forever.כז. יֹאכְלוּ עֲנָוִים | וְיִשְׂבָּעוּ יְהַלְלוּ יְהֹוָה דֹּרְשָׁיו יְחִי לְבַבְכֶם לָעַד:
28All the ends of the earth shall remember and return to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall prostrate themselves before You.כח. יִזְכְּרוּ | וְיָשֻׁבוּ אֶל יְהֹוָה כָּל אַפְסֵי אָרֶץ וְיִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לְפָנֶיךָ כָּל מִשְׁפְּחוֹת גּוֹיִם:
29For the kingship is the Lord's, and He rules over the nations.כט. כִּי לַיהֹוָה הַמְּלוּכָה וּמוֹשֵׁל בַּגּוֹיִם:
30They shall eat all the best of the earth and prostrate themselves; before Him shall all those who descend to the dust kneel, and He will not quicken his soul.ל. אָכְלוּ וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ | כָּל דִּשְׁנֵי אֶרֶץ לְפָנָיו יִכְרְעוּ כָּל יוֹרְדֵי עָפָר וְנַפְשׁוֹ לֹא חִיָּה:
31The seed that worships Him; it shall be told to the generation concerning the Lord.לא. זֶרַע יַעַבְדֶנּוּ יְסֻפַּר לַאדֹנָי לַדּוֹר:
32They shall come and tell His righteousness to the newborn people, that which He has done.לב. יָבֹאוּ וְיַגִּידוּ צִדְקָתוֹ לְעַם נוֹלָד כִּי עָשָׂה:



Psalm 22:16(17) "Like a Lion" ? or "They Pierced":

Scraps from a Dead Sea scroll, dated to 408 BC containing some of the Psalms were discovered at Nachal Hever, and one scrap contained the line from Psalm 22:16 with the word in question well in view. Though the writing on the scrap was faint, under magnification it was easy to see and decipher. The word "ka'aru" "Pierced" clearly ended in a vav not a yod, and was therefore a 3rd person plural verb: “they dug” or “they pierced.”

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Was Jesus a Redhead / "Admoni" like David and Esau ?



Many Renaissance and Medieval paintings depict Jesus as a fair skinned  blonde, chestnut or red head with green or blue eyes.

Many people believe that these depictions are based on the likeness of Caesar Borgia the son of Pope Alexander VI Rodrigo Borgia of Spanish decent. Is it possible that Jesus could have looked like this ?

If you look around today you will notice that many Jewish males do in fact have red hair and green or blue eyes, especially the Priestly Cohen line.


So if Jesus was from the Royal line of King David and Jacob it is possible that Jesus could have looked like this also.

Yes, fair skinned, red hair and green eyes.

Red-head Actor Seth Green..... While often cited for promoting atheism for his quote from 2000: "God is, to me, pretty much a myth created over time to deny the idea that we're all responsible for our own actions", Green later clarified in 2014 "I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I find it sad and unfortunate how many wars are fought and lives are lost in a quest to insist that someone else pray the same way you do. I have a deep belief in the divinity of the Universe, and I had no ability to really comprehend the scope or magnitude of all the things that I don't understand. But I've never been the guy who says 'I don't believe in God' or 'I don't believe in some kind of overlaying, governing force that makes everything symmetrical' and I've never been interested in being anyone's spokesman, whether it's organized religion or the opposite. I'm my own spokesperson. I take great pains to always say I only speak for me."

Red-head Actor Seth Rogen... Rogen was born in VancouverBritish Columbia. His mother, Sandy (Belogus), is a social worker, and his father, Mark Rogen, worked for non-profit organizations and as an assistant director of the Workmen's Circle Jewish fraternal organization. He has described his parents, who met in Israel on a kibbutz, as "radical Jewish socialists".



Red-head Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook was born in 1984 in White Plains, New YorkHe is the son of dentist Edward Zuckerberg and psychiatrist Karen Kempner. He and his three sisters, Randi, Donna, and Arielle, were brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York, a small Westchester County village about 21 miles (34 km) north of Midtown ManhattanZuckerberg was raised Jewish and had his bar mitzvah when he turned. Afterward, he became an atheist.

So did Jesus look like a Neanderthal Cave man as depicted by Popular Mechanics (below) or could he have in fact looked more like many of the actual red-headed (ruddy) Hebrew and Israeli descendants that are around today ? Did he look more like an arabic Osama Bin Ladin or more like a Mark Zuckerberg, Seth Green, or Seth Rogan ?

Hmmmm..... I think that I'd go with an actual living example of a red-headed Israeli Hebrew Jewish Heritage rather than a computer generated model of a neanderthal extrapolation.

What do you think ?

Did Popular Mechanics get it right ?

Jacob's brother Esau was said to have been covered with red hair and King David is designated as "admoni" = "ruddy" (I Sam. xvi. 12, xvii. 42), this expression being also applied to Esau's hair (Gen. xxv. 25).
The Ancestors of King David .....  (1 Chronicles) 

Jacob (brother of red haired Esau) was the father of twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher .... Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar also had two sons: Perez and Zerah.
Perez was the father of Hezron  ......  Hezron was the father of Jerahmeel, Ram, and Caleb.10 Ram was the father of Amminadab and the grandfather of Nahshon, a tribal leader of Judah. 11 Nahshon’s descendants included Salma, Boaz, 12 Obed, and Jesse. 13-15 Jesse had seven sons, who were born in the following order: Eliab, Abinadab, Shimea, Nethanel, Raddai, Ozem, and David.

As we know Jacob and Esau were twins. Esau was a red-head (admoni/ruddy)  so that means that Jacob carried the gene for red hair .... As did Isaac, Jesse, King David, Joseph, Mary and Jesus.....

"Of course, whether Esau and even David actually existed is open to question, and the description of hair as red may have been more a literary device than actual reporting. Or not. In 2000,  Dr James Tabor entered a recently broken entrance to a first century tri-level tomb south of Jerusalem. Inside he found not only skeletal remains of a Jewish male, but a preserved sample of his hair. And the color of the hair was “reddish.” So the notion of red haired Jews during biblical times may not have been entirely fanciful. ..... What the percentage of red-headed Jews is today is not at all clear. What is clearer and more important is that Jews come in all shapes and all sizes and all shades, with different aptitudes, attitudes and orientations. Whether Jews started as one wandering family that settled in Egypt, grew over time, and was forged into a nation in the wilderness, or emerged from Canaanite tribes, the Jewish People today is truly a mixed multitude. Jews are a multi-national, multi-racial people whose members are bound together in different ways and to different extents by an uneven mix of religion and culture, language and literature, history and choice, and, yes, genetic material too. For some, that genetic material includes the MC1R gene that may make for redheads.
Ginger Jews remind us of how varied Jews are. Ironically, the most important thing about redheadedness in Jews may well be that it is really not that important at all."

Jewish Journal: Ginger Jews

A 1st Century letter : The Description of Publius Lentullus,  

"There appeared in these our days a man, of the Jewish Nation, of great virtue, named Yeshu [Jesus], who is yet living among us, and of the Gentiles is accepted for a Prophet of truth, but His own disciples call Him the Son of God- He raiseth the dead and cureth all manner of diseases. A man of stature somewhat tall, and comely, with very reverent countenance, such as the beholders may both love and fear, his hair of (the colour of) the chestnut (reddish brown), full ripe, plain to His ears, whence downwards it is more orient and curling and wavering about His shoulders. In the midst of His head is a seam or partition in His hair, after the manner of the Nazarenes. His forehead plain and very delicate; His face without spot or wrinkle, beautified with a lovely red; His nose and mouth so formed as nothing can be reprehended; His beard thickish, in colour like His hair, not very long, but forked; His look innocent and mature; His eyes grey, clear, and quick- In reproving hypocrisy He is terrible; in admonishing, courteous and fair spoken; pleasant in conversation, mixed with gravity. It cannot be remembered that any have seen Him Laugh, but many have seen Him Weep. In proportion of body, most excellent; His hands and arms delicate to behold. In speaking, very temperate, modest, and wise. A man, for His singular beauty, surpassing the children of men"


The letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar

This is a reprinting of a 1st Century letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar describing the physical appearance of Jesus. Copies are in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.

TO TIBERIUS CAESAR: 
A young man appeared in Galilee preaching with humble unction, a new law in the Name of the God that had sent Him. At first I was apprehensive that His design was to stir up the people against the Romans, but my fears were soon dispelled. Jesus of Nazareth spoke rather as a friend of the Romans than of the Jews. One day I observed in the midst of a group of people a young man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude. I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected so great was the difference between Him and those who were listening to Him. His golden colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial aspect. He appeared to be about 30 years of age. Never have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. What a contrast between Him and His bearers with their black beards and tawny complexions! Unwilling to interrupt Him by my presence, I continued my walk but signified to my secretary to join the group and listen. Later, my secretary reported that never had he seen in the works of all the philosophers anything that compared to the teachings of Jesus. He told me that Jesus was neither seditious nor rebellious, so we extended to Him our protection. He was at liberty to act, to speak, to assemble and to address the people. This unlimited freedom provoked the Jews -- not the poor but the rich and powerful.
Later, I wrote to Jesus requesting an interview with Him at the Praetorium. He came. When the Nazarene made His appearance I was having my morning walk and as I faced Him my feet seemed fastened with an iron hand to the marble pavement and I trembled in every limb as a guilty culprit, though he was calm. For some time I stood admiring this extraordinary Man. There was nothing in Him that was repelling, nor in His character, yet I felt awed in His presence. I told Him that there was a magnetic simplicity about Him and His personality that elevated Him far above the philosophers and teachers of His day. 
Now, Noble Sovereign, these are the facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth and I have taken the time to write you in detail concerning these matters. I say that such a man who could convert water into wine, change death into life, disease into health; calm the stormy seas, is not guilty of any criminal offense and as others have said, we must agree -- truly this is the Son of God.
Your most obedient servant,
Pontius Pilate

The Acts of Pilate and these letters are referred to by Church Fathers in 325 AD.  So the origin of a chestnut, red, and golden haired Jesus is much earlier than the Renaissance or Middle Ages. 

These days the more prevalent question is "Did a man named Jesus even exist ? ...

Was there a Jewish man named Jesus, a descendent of King David who was executed for claiming to be God ?" Are there any non-Biblical Sources that corroborate such a Tall Tale ????

Yes there are many. We have Josephus, Pliny, Philo, so-called gnostic (1st Christians) and most importantly the Talmud. (Sanhedrin 43) which states the following:

MISHNAH:  IF THEN THEY FIND HIM INNOCENT, THEY DISCHARGE HIM; BUT IF NOT, HE GOES FORTH TO BE STONED, AND A HERALD PRECEDES HIM [CRYING]: SO AND SO, THE SON OF SO AND SO, IS GOING FORTH TO BE STONED BECAUSE HE COMMITTED SUCH AND SUCH AN OFFENCE, AND SO AND SO ARE HIS WITNESSES. WHOEVER KNOWS ANYTHING IN HIS FAVOUR, LET HIM COME AND STATE IT.

GEMARA: Abaye said; It must also be announced: On such and such a day, at such and such and hour, and in such and such a place [the crime was committed], in case there are some who know [to the contrary], so that they can come forward and prove the witnesses Zomemim.

AND A HERALD PRECEDES HIM etc. This implies, only immediately before [the execution], but not previous thereto. In contradiction to this] it was taught: On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged.

For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, 'He is going forth to be stoned because he has practised sorcery and enticed Israel to apostacy. Any one who can say anything in his favour, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.' But since nothing was brought forward in his favour he was hanged on the eve of the Passover! — Ulla retorted: 'Do you suppose that he was one for whom a defence could be made?

Was he not a Mesith [Enticer], concerning whom Scripture says, Neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him?

 With Yeshu however it was different, for he was connected with the government [Royalty, i.e., influential].'

http://www.come-and-hear.com/sanhedrin/sanhedrin_43.html

One of the more fascinating finds on a recent Archaeological dig in Jerusalem, one that has not received much attention, was the preservation of a sample of Jewish male hair. The hair was lice-free, and was trimmed or cut evenly, probably indicating that the family buried in this tomb practiced good hygiene and grooming. The length of the hair was medium to short, averaging 3-4 inches. The color was reddish ....

The Only Ancient Jewish Male Hair Ever Found - Biblical Archaeology Society

Genesis 25:25 And the first one emerged red-headed; he was completely like a coat of hair, and they named him Esau.
כהוַיֵּצֵא הָרִאשׁוֹן אַדְמוֹנִי כֻּלּוֹ כְּאַדֶּרֶת שֵׂעָר וַיִּקְרְאוּ שְׁמוֹ עֵשָׂו:

26 And afterwards, his brother emerged, and his hand was grasping Esau's heel, and he named him Jacob. Now Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.
כווְאַחֲרֵי כֵן יָצָא אָחִיו וְיָדוֹ אֹחֶזֶת בַּעֲקֵב עֵשָׂו וַיִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ יַעֲקֹב וְיִצְחָק בֶּן שִׁשִּׁים שָׁנָה בְּלֶדֶת אֹתָם:

Samuel 1 16:12 And he sent and brought David, and he was read-headed, with beautiful eyes, and handsome appearance. And the Lord said, "Arise, Anoint him, for this is He."

יבוַיִּשְׁלַח וַיְבִיאֵהוּ וְהוּא אַדְמוֹנִי עִם יְפֵה עֵינַיִם וְטוֹב רֹאִי וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה קוּם מְשָׁחֵהוּ כִּי זֶה הוּא:

13 And Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And a spirit of the Lord passed over David from that day forth, and Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

יגוַיִּקַּח שְׁמוּאֵל אֶת קֶרֶן הַשֶּׁמֶן וַיִּמְשַׁח אֹתוֹ בְּקֶרֶב אֶחָיו וַתִּצְלַח רוּחַ יְהֹוָה אֶל דָּוִד מֵהַיּוֹם הַהוּא וָמָעְלָה וַיָּקָם שְׁמוּאֵל וַיֵּלֶךְ הָרָמָתָה:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Reclining at the Seder Meal.... Jewish Jesus and the Last Supper



When drinking the four cups of wine, and eating the matzot, the korech sandwich, and the afikoman, one is required to recline on a couch, an armchair, or on pillows. This is how royalty and nobility used to eat and on this night the people of Israel are entitled to conduct themselves like royalty. Maimonides writes: One is required to see himself as if he had just now left Egyptian slavery. Hence, when a person eats on this night, he is required to eat and drink while reclining, as a sign of freedom.
 http://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/1707/jewish/Reclining.htm

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Risen Christ appearing to the Eleven ... a study for the Jewish Jesus Exhibit




Left: The risen Christ appearing to the Eleven (Luke 24,36-49) from Duccio's Maestà. Christ has a plain halo; the Apostles only have them where they will not seriously interfere with the composition. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(religious_iconography)

Right: Yeshua bar Yosef appears to the eleven Talmidim  for the Jewish Jesus Exhibit in New York. Halos are kippahs (yarmulke), head coverings, and appear on all 12.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kippah










Thursday, 23 March 2017

Immersion of Jesus in the Jordan River, 30 AD



Ok, I Repainted Baptism / immersion in Jordan River. Would John be wearing camel hair, holding tallit and saying a blessing?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

"The Borghese Deposition", Repainted for the Jewish Jesus Exhibit, NY


Repainting of a Jewish Jesus .....  a Study from the Borghese Gallery,  "The Deposition", also known as the Pala BaglioneBorghese Deposition or The Entombment, is an oil painting by the Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael. Signed and dated "Raphael Urbinas MDVII (1507)", the painting is in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. It is the central panel of a larger altarpiece commissioned by Atalanta Baglioni of Perugia in honor of her of fallen son, Grifonetto Baglioni. Like many works, it shares elements of the common subjects of the Deposition of Christ, the Lamentation of Christ, and the Entombment of Christ.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Deposition_(Raphael)

The repainting on the right is a digital study for a larger oil painting on canvas. This is my 1st study using the Samsung Galaxy Note (8") with the Stylus S Pen and the Free Note App that comes with the Galaxy Note.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Did Jesus Exist ? "He certainly existed, as virtually every competent scholar of antiquity, Christian or non-Christian, agrees".


Virtually all modern scholars of antiquity agree that Jesus existed historically. In a 2011 review of the state of modern scholarship,

Bart D Ehrman writes, "He certainly existed, as virtually every competent scholar of antiquity, Christian or non-Christian, agrees".

Richard A. Burridge states: "There are those who argue that Jesus is a figment of the Church's imagination, that there never was a Jesus at all. I have to say that I do not know any respectable critical scholar who says that any more".

James D.G. Dunn calls the theories of Jesus' non-existence "a thoroughly dead thesis". Michael Grant (a classicist) wrote in 1977, "In recent years, 'no serious scholar has ventured to postulate the non historicity of Jesus' or at any rate very few, and they have not succeeded in disposing of the much stronger, indeed very abundant, evidence to the contrary".

Robert E. Van Voorst states that biblical scholars and classical historians regard theories of non-existence of Jesus as effectively refuted. - Johnson Watts

[ Ehrman, Bart (2011).  Forged: writing in the name of God – Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. HarperCollins. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-06-207863-6. ]

[ Burridge, Richard A.; Gould, Graham (2004).  Jesus Now and Then. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-8028-0977-3.]

[ Price, Robert M. (2009).  The Historical Jesus: Five Views. InterVarsity. pp. 55, 61. ISBN 978-0-8308-7853-6. ] "Jesus at the Vanishing Point". In Beilby, James K.; Eddy, Paul R.

[ Sykes, Stephen W. (2007).
"Paul's understanding of the death of Jesus". Sacrifice and Redemption. Cambridge University Press. pp. 35–36. ISBN 978-0-521-04460-8. ]

[ Grant, Michael (1977).
Jesus: An Historian's Review of the Gospels. Scribner's. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-684-14889-2. Van Voorst 2000, p. 16. ]