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Sunday, October 10, 2004

Exposing the Truth About Jesus

In response to The Crusade for Truth's post Exposing the Truth About Jesus I'm posting an excerpt from the book James the Brother of Jesus .

It is a popular impression that Herod was a Jewish King. This is simply untrue. This mistake has been encouraged as much by New Testament caricature, as it has by titles like 'the King of the Jews', superficially employed in that literature, the significance of which has been lost on most people. To be in Roman parlance, for instance, 'King of the Jews' at this time, one did not necessarily have to be Jewish!

For their part, Jews too have both encouraged and misunderstood this picture, partly out of ignorance and partly because their Rabbis under the Herodians - who determined the course of Judaism after the fall of the Temple - and writers like Josephus, for their own political reasons, went to great pains to legitimitize these same Herodians. This is the obsequious thrust of the above episode about Agrippa I, too, and sycophantish, unctuous behaviour of this kind generally in this period.

The opposite side of this coin is the rough treatment accorded this same Agrippa I- who supposedly so loved Judaism and Jewish causes - by the Simon above who convened an Assembly in Jerusalem to have him barred from the Temple as a foreigner, despite the fact his grandfather Herod built it - not to mention how Agrippa I was seen by a host of other Jewish Revolutionaries, 'Innovators', and 'Zealots', most of whom come to a bad end.

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But Herod, the progenitor of this family along with his father, the Idumaean Antipater, as we have shown, is not a Jew. He was a foreigner. As explained, his father seems to have been of Greco-Idumaean background - what today in this region would simply be called 'Arab' and, if Acts is any measure, probably was then as well (or 'Ethiopian') - and, as Josephus' testimony above reveals, he was hated by the people, because:

He [Herod] was evil by nature, cruel in punishment, and merciless to those he hated, and everyone admitted that he was more friendly to Greeks than to Jews. For instance, he adorned foreign cities of foreigners with large gifts of money, building baths and theatres, erecting temples in some and porticoes in others, whereas there was not a single city of the Jews on which he deigned to bestow even minor restoration or any gift worth mentioning.




5 Comments:

Blogger Monica said...

Like the new blog. Keep up the good work.

11:55 PM  
Blogger Old Blind Dog said...

Thanks, Monica. 8^)

12:41 AM  
Blogger Il Duce said...

I'm going to order the book you recommended. I've been searching through scriptures and I can find scriptures that support both the Law view and the "saved by Faith" view. The only scriptures that clearly do away with the Law are found in Paul's writings. Do you have any good links that you could supply me with? Are there any Christian denominations that actively practice the Law of Moses? Thanks again for your input. Scriptures like this one seem to support the other view:

Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.


Mat 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this [man], Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it].


Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard [it], he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.


Mat 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.


Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Mat 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.


I don't know if the centurion practiced the Law or not. (kinda unlikely right?)

Then there's this one:

Mat 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?


Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.


Mat 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,


Mat 19:19 Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


Mat 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?


Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.


Even though he kept the law he didn't have faith in Jesus so it didn't matter. Which makes perfect sense.

Then there's this one:

Luk 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?


Luk 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.


Luk 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

And of course there's the famous John 3:16. I just wonder.....well I guess I'll get that book and then talk to you some more. Take it easy.

2:48 PM  
Blogger Old Blind Dog said...

Knight for Christ wrote:

Mat 19:20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?


Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.


Even though he kept the law he didn't have faith in Jesus so it didn't matter. Which makes perfect sense.
Why does it make perfect sense? In this passage Jesus is pointing out that he has NOT kept the law but only made a pretense of keeping the law, as Cain did.

In any case it does not matter. Luke is the scribe that worked for Paul and wrote Acts, consequently being just as suspect as Acts.

BTW, you might try using this when you want to quote a passage and simply link to the passage you want. It takes up less space.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Life said...

Hello, Old Blind Dog,
Good to meet a like-minded Texan... I bumped into this one of yours:
http://oldblinddog.blogspot.com/2004/10/pauline-christianity.html
Finding more and more interesting bits to study as we go.
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5:41 PM  

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