Anyone who has followed me for while knows that I believe that Jesus was born during the Passover month of Nisan in 5 BCE. This is based on information from the Talmud and the Chinese who observed a comet during that same time. I write about this in great detail in my book, The Essence of Perfection. But, from time to time I’m confronted by someone who has been falsely deceived into believing that that Jesus’ Star of Bethlehem was a planetary conjunction. Nowhere in the Bible are celestial conjunctions used to predict or warn the people. Prophecy given by God to the Jews was done through dreams, angles, or God directly speaking to people, and never through interpretations of conjunctions. But, today some are using the signs in the heavens to justify current or future events. The alignment of Jupiter and Venus are not signs from God, only natural occurrences. Never-the-less, people can use the flexibility of conjunctions to proclaim them as "signs" for the second coming of Jesus or the birth of Jesus. For example, one of the more well known is from Rick Larson, a lawyer from Texas who believes the Star of Bethlehem was a conjunction.
According to Larson, a triple conjunction started on September 11, 3 BCE, which he believes was the Conception of Jesus. This was the first meeting of Jupiter and Regulus (looking east). Regulus is the brightest star in Leo and thought to be very special. The nation of Israel is often referred to as the “Lion of Judah,” so this meeting would have been important to this theory. Then, nine months (the duration of a pregnancy) later, on June 17, 2 BCE, Jupiter and Venus (the planet of mothers) met in Leo (over Israel this would have been in the west), and it would have been a very bright “star” indeed. This would have marked the birth of Jesus. Then on December 25, 2 BCE, if you were in Jerusalem looking south toward Bethlehem, Jupiter would be “standing” in Virgo, the constellation of the Virgin (Mary being a virgin). Larson believes that this was the day the Magi visited the baby Jesus.
Major flaws include; First, many nations are represented by lions, its too easy to speculate. Second, most historians agree that Herod died in 4 BCE, thus Jesus could not have been born after that in 3 BCE. Third, Herod's sons date the beginning of their reigns as 4 BCE. If you believe Herod was a mega-manic, you know he would not have shared his reign with anyone. His sons would have to wait for him die. Fourth, the Magi did not chart horoscopes for unknown people. They were for mostly the rich, or soon to be new royalty. Their horoscopes were based on many factors we can not possibly know today. For example, the weather and direction and speed of the wind was important in their predictions. This means each was different and unique. Also, there is no evidence from the Bible that combined conjunctions and prophecy. Finally, there are no primary sources from this time that mention anything special about the 3 BCE alignment. I have not found mention of this or any other conjunctions from any Babylonian sources or other sources. This also includes Jewish sources. The Jews were not astronomers, and focused only on Moon phases and Lunar and Solar Eclipses. This is very muddled research conducted by Larson. All of this information is easy to find. I know many Christians have watched Larson's documentary have been inspired by it, but his research is not valid, and way too much speculation is involved for any real historian to use. Whenever confronted with someone who believes strongly on the Star being a conjunction, I ask them these questions.
Time to wake up people, Jesus was Jewish, and the last Jewish Patriarch. His life was perfect. Not only spiritually, but also chronologically based on the Jewish calendar. He was born during the month of Passover and died during the month of Passover as foretold in the Talmud just as Isaac before him. If you want to know more, follow me on twitter! Until my next post, as always GO WITH GOD!
When I was a young boy, I spent a weekend vacation in Springfield, Illinois. Not only is this the capital of Illinois, but is also the hometown and resting place of Abraham Lincoln. In one of the many gift shops, I came across a list of similarities between Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. For some reason I thought this was really cool and fun to read. In the spirit of this, I created a list of similarities between Isaac and Jesus. Theologians often compare the two.
The final outcome was that Isaac became the father of the Israel people, and Jesus became the savior of the world. Here is the really interesting part, the Talmud tells us that the Patriarchs, and in particular Isaac, were born and died during the Passover month of Nisan. In 5 BCE the Chinese observed a comet during the month of March. This is the only recorded ANCIENT primary source of any celestial object that could be the Star of Bethlehem. This is just more evidence that Jesus was born during the time of Passover. If anyone tells you different, ask them if there are any ancient sources for their star? They have nothing. This comet also just so happens to be during the month of Nisan. Passover in 5 BCE was on March 23. For more on the “Star” and why the Magi would follow this, read The Essence of Perfection. Until next time, as always, GO WITH GOD.
As the Democratic candidates ascend on South Carolina over the week they will pander to many factions in order to gain their votes. Yes, this includes the Christian community. Joe Biden’s opening speech is just a preview of what to expect this week. It was not by chance that he chose to end his speech with the words, “God bless you all, and may God protect our church.” I question if this was warning to Christian Democrats to vote for him to save the church from the other Dems and Trump. Let’s not forget that it was not too long ago that he flipped his position on the Hyde Amendment that would allow federal funding for abortions. Once against the Hyde amendment it, he is now for it in the mist of a heated race for the presidential nomination. His current stance on abortion is very unclear, and something he needs to be asked to clear up. The big question is what else will he flip on if he becomes president? How can he ask God to protect the church while at the same time going along with the far left of the Democratic party’s stance on abortion? He claims to be a devote Catholic, but believes its alright to undermine the Church’s position on abortion. You can not serve two masters. Your either on the side of the Church or not. This was a disgusting display of political pandering on the highest stage. It was not by accident that he chose these words. South Carolina is part of the Bible belt.
While I believe in separation of church and state, I also believe that is the duty of our elected leaders to uphold the same Judeo-Christian values our nation was found on, including the belief and fear of God. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, 79% of Americans believe in a god. Expect all of the Democrats to side-step their stance, and now the far left of the Democratic Party’s stance, on abortion. This will be the one issue they will not want to talk about on the national stage taking place in a heavy red state. They now all have the same stance, making abortion a non-topic. If you are Pro-life you will not have a Democratic candidate to chose from. They are all Pro-Choice. Joe may not come out against abortion, but his chosen silence is even worse. Joe is not the only one to expect political double talk from. Elizabeth Warren will must likely not forgo the possibility to remind the people of South Carolina about her days of teaching Sunday school in the Methodist Church. I guess if you taught Sunday school at one time you have a free pass to plagiarize and lie. Until next blog, GO WITH GOD!
(Updated from 3/21/19) Today, June 21, is the summer solstice. But, in the ancient Jewish calendar it was on a different day than the actual solar solstice. Every time I think I have started to grasp the Jewish calendar, that rapidly change. Although rather complex, I will attempt to explain it here. Most years Passover is the first Full-Moon after the vernal equinox. But, sometimes Passover begins on the second Full-Moon after the vernal equinox. This is because the Jewish calendar is lunar based, but the Jewish year solar based. 12 lunar months are shorter than a full solar year. These extra days, that becomes an extra month, are needed to keep the two calendars in sequence. Normally the 1st of Nissan (the 1st month of the Jewish calendar), a New Moon, falls before the vernal equinox, but this year, an intercalary year, it falls on April 6. Alright, that is a little clearer, but wait, the Jewish calendar also has totally different days for their equinoxes called tekufahs. The Jewish Encyclopedia neatly sums this up. It states,
The four teḳufot are: (1) Teḳufat Nisan, the vernal equinox (March 21), when the sun enters Aries; this is the beginning of spring, or "'et hazera'" (seed-time), when day and night are equal; (2) Teḳufat Tammuz, the summer solstice (June 21), when the sun enters Cancer; this is the summer season, or "'et ha-ḳaẓir" (harvest-time), when the day is the longest in the year; (3) Teḳufat Tishri, the autumnal equinox (Sept. 23), when the sun enters Libra, and autumn, or "'et ha-haẓir" (vintage-time), begins, and when the day again equals the night; (4) Teḳufat Ṭebet, the winter solstice (Dec. 22), when the sun enters Capricornus; this is the beginning ofwinter, or "'et ha-ḥoref"(stripping-time), when the night is the longest during the year. Each teḳufah, according to Samuel Yarḥinai, marks the beginning of a period of 91 days and 7½ hours.
To neatly sum this up, the Jewish calendar, based on Moon phases is shorter than the Solar year. Because of this extra days were needed for the Jewish month to occur at the same time of the year. It would be like December occurring earlier and earlier each year. At some point it would occur in the summer. Until next time, GO WITH GOD!
(From 11/17/17) Luke informs us that one month after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph presented Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. Once there, two witnesses came forward to predict the future of Jesus. Both were very devote, and more than likely knew of the tradition of prophets being born and dying during the month of Passover, and more specifically Issac being born and dying during the Passover month. From The Essence of Perfection:
In Jewish tradition, this was not uncommon; in fact, it was customary for parents to take their firstborn males to the Temple. This is because in Exodus 13:1–2 “the Lord said to Moses, ‘Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal.’” This meant that every firstborn son was to become the family priest, in charge of sacrifices for every member of the family. But, after the Exodus from Egypt, the Israelites committed the serious sin of the Golden Calf, in which only the tribe of Levi were not guilty. Numbers 3:11–12 informs us that, because of this, God decreed that the Levites were his and were to take the place of the firstborn sons of Israel. In Numbers 18:15, the Lord ordered that that the firstborn of any woman not from the tribe of Levi or a priest had to be redeemed from service to God by paying five shekels of silver one month after birth to a Temple priest.
Thus, as tradition called for, Jesus, who was from the tribe of Judah, was to undergo the Pidyon HaBen, meaning “the Redemption of the firstborn son.” In the traditional ceremony, Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple 31 days after birth. He would next have to respond to a ritual set of questioning indicating that this was Mary’s firstborn son. This also required him to redeem the newborn Jesus by paying the five silver shekels to the Temple priest, followed by a sacrifice of two young pigeons.
By preforming this ritual and receiving the five shekel offering, the Levites took the place of Jesus as a priest. Later it was the Levites who offered Jesus to the cross. The irony is that Jesus could never be a Temple priest or preform important day-to-day rituals there because he was not a Levite, but his death in 30 CE and the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE allowed him to become more than a priest. Jesus must have had something other than the role of high priest to aspire to.
Perhaps it was a combination of the testimony of the visiting Magi, Simeon and Anna at the Temple and Old Testament prophesy that inspired the young Jesus to become a prophet himself. If Simeon and Anna, who were elderly and worshiped on a regular basis at the Temple, were aware of the integral existence mentioned in the Talmud, then they also would have been aware of any future prophets being born during Passover and presented to the priest as part of the redemption of the firstborn son only 31 days after the Passover celebrations. Thus, their testimonies are important and they are the perfect witnesses. There must have been something special about Jesus; he more than likely did not have a halo over his head as depicted in Renaissance paintings, and probably would have looked like any other 31-day-old newborn, but the presence of signs in the night sky, the fact that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and the prophesy found in the Talmud may have aided Simeon and Anna in making their prediction of great things for Jesus.
We know from Luke,
DURING PASSOVER: PART 1
I recently noticed that Pro-Choicers, who are very good at thinking like lawyers, have been using verses from the OT to support their cause. According to them, God does not consider an unborn a legal human until birth. For example, 2 Kings 8:12 states,
12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
The punishment of the Babylonians is told in Isaiah 13:18, never mind that the fetus is called “fruit of the womb.”
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
My response to this is that these were time of war, and it was part of the rules of combat. God did not literally say that it was alright to kill a fetus without atonement, only in times of war as his punishment against the enemies of Israel.
Perhaps the most misused verse is Exodus 21:18 from the RSV version of the Bible. It states,
22 “When men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no harm follows, the one who hurt her shall[b]be fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
But, the older King James translation specifically notes that the woman was injured, but the baby was born without “mischief.” Of course, this is not noted by the Pro-Choicers. In fact, the NRSV has changed the wording of the verse to indicate that the baby was safely born. The KJV verse states,
22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
I’m not even going to blog about the importance of the Annunciation to Mary in the NT to the Catholic Church. Early on in Church history, the pregnant Mary was revered. This is not only scene in the Catholic Church, but all Christian Churches. Because of this, I have always wondered why Mary, pregnant with child, traveled to the town of Bethlehem when she was so close to delivery. Luke mentions that Caesar Augustus issued a degree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman Empire. This required everyone to register in his town of origin. Matthew gives no account of a Roman census. But, if this were also the time during Passover, it might explain why Mary would travel at such a critical time in her pregnancy. In order to align with the integral idea, Jesus’ birth would have had to occur around Passover during the month of Nissan, and Joseph and Mary would have visited the Temple during the Passover worship. To the Jews, Passover was the most important holiday, and the Temple the most sacred site in Israel.
According to the Bible, the First Temple was built by King Solomon around 957 BCE. Deuteronomy 12:2–27 says that the Temple replaced the Tabernacle in the Sinai Desert constructed by followers of Moses, becoming the sole place of sacrifice in Israel. In 586 BCE, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. In 536 BCE, King Cyrus of Persia ordered the rebuilding of the Temple. Around 20 BCE, during the reign of Herod, the Temple was renovated and expanded, becoming known as Herod’s Temple. In 70 CE, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish War. In 691 CE, after the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem, a Muslim shrine, the Dome of the Rock, was constructed on the Temple Mount and remains there today.
The Talmud mentions that pregnant women were close enough to the Temple during times of worship that they could smell the sacrifices. In Avot 5:8, it is acknowledged, “Ten miracles were wrought in the Sanctuary: No woman miscarried from the scent of the holy meat, and the holy meat never stank . . . and a man never said to his fellow, “The place is too strait for me to lodge in Jerusalem.”[Hence, according to this passage, even women close to birth had a special place to worship. Never too strait refers to the fact that rooms to stay in were always available. Therefore, women were an important part of Temple worship and had their own place in the Temple.
I believe that all of this shows that Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem mainly because it was the time of Passover. A good Jew was suppose to go to Jerusalem during Passover. Women had their place at the Temple, and pregnant women were there also. According the Talmud, they were protected while there. My blogs are here for you to learn. What you do with this information is your choice. I'm only a messenger. There is ample proof that Jesus was born during Passover, and early forms of Antisemitism crushed this belief. For more on my message read, The Essence of Perfection. The more you help me with my message the more it can get out. It is important to inform the world of Jesus' perfection and to remind people that he was Jewish, and would not approve of the rampant rise in Antisemitism.
1 Rodkinson, New Edition of the Babylonian Talmud, 2765.
Greetings everyone! For those of you, who have been here before, WELCOME BACK! For those of you who are new, ALL ARE WELCOME! I blog here from time to time. You can see from my past blogs that I randomly blog about many different topics. It just depends what mood I'm in at the time. This blog will focus on Christian meditation.
In meditation, one thinks deeply or focuses the mind for a period in silence, or with the aid of chanting for religious or spiritual purposes, or as a method of relaxation. Buddhists and Hindus have been practicing meditation for thousands of years. In the oldest texts from India, it was used to calm the mind. There are several different ways to achieve this state. It can be done through breathing techniques, concentrating on an object, or by chants. Sometimes people have experienced parts of their body vibrating during the process. Once the body is calm, the mind can investigate how things really are. This will lead to what Buddhist call insight. The ultimate form of insight is enlightenment. Christian meditation is different from Buddhist or Hindu meditation. Christian meditation requires one to focus on the word of God. The OT has several verses that specifically say the Written Law. Eastern meditation is more about clearing one's mind, while Christian is all about learning and gaining peace through awareness of God. Both can help one to achieve peace. In addition, clearer focus, and may lead to better health and relaxation.
Meditation verses from the OT include:
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Meditation verses from the NT include:
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
Interestingly, science may have an explanation for the change in Jesus’ appearance in Luke 9:28-36, also known as the Transfiguration, after praying. In recent years, scientists have studied the effects of meditation on the body and found some interesting results. By comparing blood samples of long-term meditators and a control group, the scientists found that the meditators had 2209 genes that were differentially expressed (switched on or off). Specifically, 1275 were up-regulated (their activity increased) and 934 were down-regulated (their activity decreased. Additionally, it was found that there were 1561 genes that expressed differently between a group of novice meditators who did eight weeks of meditation training and the control group. Specifically, 874 genes were up-regulated and 687 were down-regulated. The research team concluded the following:
The RR (relaxation response) is clinically effective for ameliorating symptoms in a variety of stress-related disorders including cardiovascular, autoimmune, and other inflammatory conditions and pain. We hypothesize that RR elicitation is associated with systemic gene expression changes in cellular metabolism, oxidative phosphory-lation/generation of reactive oxygen species and response to oxidative stress and that these changes to some degree serve to ameliorate the negative impact of stress.
In short, they concluded that meditation changes your genes, and the more experience one has in meditation the more gene changes are possible. Some nurses even suggest meditation practice to ease patient suffering. Mary Grace Umlauf, PhD, RN, wrote a book titled Healing Meditation that explores this subject and suggests that nurses use meditation as part of their nursing practice.
In my book, The Essence of Perfection, I devote a chapter to the Resurrection. One possible explanation to this may also be linked or similar to a highly superior form of meditation. Of course, humans would have a difficult time replicating Jesus’ Resurrection. Over the next few weeks, I will be experimenting with podcasts. I hope to have something soon. Until next post, as always, GO WITH GOD!
1 Jeffery Dusek, et al., "Genomic Counter-Stress Changes Induced by the Relaxation Response," Plos ONE 3, no. 7 (July 2008): 1–8. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost.
2 Mary Grace Umlauf, Healing Meditation (Albany (NY): Delmar, 1997), 9.
In the modern era, Paul is one of the most misunderstood of the apostles. The New Testament informs us that Paul, known as Saul before his conversion to Christianity, was a “zealous” Pharisee who intensely persecuted any followers of Jesus. Acts 3:3–9 tells us his “come to Jesus moment” occurred while traveling to Damascus under a persecution order from the high priest, when he was blinded by light and asked by Jesus, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?” Paul was a Jewish-Roman, but also one of the most important leaders of the new religion known as Christianity.
Those against Paul claim that his writings undermined the authority of Torah Law in order to allow for easier gentile conversions to Christianity. Even modern philosophers have questioned Paul’s motives. Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in The Antichrist,
The fate of the Gospels was decided by death—it hung on the “cross.” . . . It was only death, that unexpected and shameful death; it was only the cross, which was usually reserved for the canaille (masses) only—it was only this appalling paradox which brought the disciples face to face with the real riddle: “Who was it? what was it?”—Here everything must be accounted for as necessary; everything must have a meaning, a reason, the highest sort of reason; the love of a disciple excludes all chance. Only then did the chasm of doubt yawn: “Who put him to death? who was his natural enemy?”—this question flashed like a lightning-stroke. Answer: dominant Judaism, its ruling class. From that moment, one found one’s self in revolt against the established order, and began to understand Jesus as in revolt against the established order.
Nietzsche, no friend of Judaism either, set out to demonstrate that Western Civilization had lost faith in God. When he said, “God is dead,” he did not mean in a literal sense that God had died. It was more of a reflection of Enlightenment thinking, after centuries of being ruled by governments that controlled populations through religion and an aristocratic social order. Nietzsche was saying that God was no longer required, and faith useless. This included the Pharisees. Nietzsche believed it was their goal to create a ruling class first and to bring spiritual well-being to the Jews afterward. Likewise, the apostles sought to undermine the established authority of Pharisees by replacing the old order with the new order, Christianity. Nietzsche suggests that the apostles were passionate enough to even become martyrs to accomplish their overall goal. Paul becomes the main leader in his view of the conspiracy to establish the new order. Nietzsche even suggests that the Pauline Community had a problem not only with the Pharisees but with other strands of Christianity. One school, in particular, was the school of Alexandria. Again, in The Antichrist, he writes:
The God that Paul invented for himself, a God who “reduced to absurdity” “the wisdom of this world” (especially the two great enemies of superstition, philology and medicine), is in truth only an indication of Paul’s resolute determination to accomplish that very thing himself: to give one’s own will the name of God, thora—that is essentially Jewish. Paul wants to dispose of the “wisdom of this world”: his enemies are the good philologians and physicians of the Alexandrine school—on them he makes his war.
Throughout the Antichrist, Nietzsche blames Paul for everything from the battle between science and religion, in order to control ideology, to the battle of whether or not to allow the use of philosophy within religious interpretations of Jesus. However, in recent years Paul’s commitment to Judaism is gaining popularity. John Gager writes in his book Reinventing Paul, that Paul was not completely unaware of some of the charges against him. He states,
What is more, I believe that Paul was painfully aware of this accusation against him and sought to refute it in his letter to the Romans: “Do we overthrow the law through faith? By no means! On the contrary we uphold the law.” (3.31) “Is the law sin? By no means!” (7.7) “Has God rejected his people? By no means! (11.1)
Therefore, Paul did not call for a complete separation between the Gentiles and Jews, only for Jews to see their error in denying Jesus as the Son of God. If there existed a competition between different ideologies within the Christian community, which is what Nietzsche suggests, then many years later, the followers of the Alexandrian school would have been disappointed, as many of their saints were latter stripped of their designations during the Middle Ages. He was right on the 2nd century rift in Church doctrine. However, Nietzsche was wrong for suggesting that Paul's doctrine was against the Alexadrain school, and that Paul was against knowledge. Clement of Alexandria, one of the schools most important leaders said of Paul in Chapter 11 of The Paedagogus (Book I),
For Paul says that it was given to be a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. Galatians 3:24 So that from this it is clear, that one alone, true, good, just, in the image and likeness of the Father, His Son Jesus, the Word of God, is our Instructor; to whom God has entrusted us, as an affectionate father commits his children to a worthy tutor, expressly charging us, This is my beloved Son: hear Him. Matthew 17:5 The divine Instructor is trustworthy, adorned as He is with three of the fairest ornament — knowledge, benevolence, and authority of utterance — with knowledge, for He is the paternal wisdom: All Wisdom is from the Lord, and with Him for evermore;— with authority of utterance, for He is God and Creator: For all things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made; John 1:3 — and with benevolence, for He alone gave Himself a sacrifice or us: For the good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep; John 10:11 and He has so given it. Now, benevolence is nothing but wishing to do good to one's neighbor for his sake.
Unlike some of the 2nd and 3rd century Church Fathers, Paul was not against the Jews or their "Law." In fact he embraced it, and know it well being a former Pharisee. I hope you enjoyed this blog, and can learn from it. Jesus was Jewish, Paul was Jewish, and the first Christians were Jewish. Jesus loved the Temple! It is up to Christians to keep these values alive, and end Antisemitism wherever it is. Util next post, GO WITH GOD!
1 F. W. Nietzsche, The Antichrist (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,1924), 115.
2 Ibid, 136.
3 John G. Gager, Reinventing Paul (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), 53.
Greetings everyone, today I have a very interesting topic. We know that the Talmud mentions that Jewish patriarchs were born and died during the Passover month of Nissan. Nissan is the most important month in the Jewish calendar, and Passover is the most important religious event of the year. We also know from Luke that when Jesus was 12 years-old he became lost from Mary and Joseph while in Jerusalem during Passover. During that time, he engaged several leaders at the Temple in meaningful spiritual conversations. Luke states,
46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
We learn from this incident that Jesus was very well versed in scripture at a young age. Imagine how much more versed he was when he started his ministry near the age of 30 in 29 CE. Was he aware of the belief from the Talmud, then the Oral Law, of important people being born and dying during Nissan (see last week blog for list)? There is ample evidence that when Jesus entered Jerusalem in 30 CE. during Passover he was prepared to die. This is what we know from Matt, Mark and Luke.
“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:“‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.
33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”
28 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.”
Now for the $1000 dollar question. Did Jesus just know he was suppose to die in general, or did he know that he was suppose to die during Passover? The evidence indicates that he was preparing his disciples for his death during the observance of Passover. Was this because of the tradition in the “Oral Law” of Jewish patriarchs dying during the month of Passover? Does this also mean that Jesus was born during the month of Passover? Was the Chinese comet of 5 BCE the Star of Bethlehem? This is the only reported ancient celestial object during the years possible for Jesus to have been born during, and it just so happens to have been first observed during the month of Passover. Enough Christians, Jesus was Jewish. His birth and death is foretold in the Oral Law. If you have a problem with the Talmud, then you have a problem with the Oral Law given by God to Moses, and taught ever since, INCLUDING THE DAYS OF JESUS! For more on this topic see my new book, The Essence of Perfection. Until next post, as always, GO WITH GOD!
15 years ago I became interested in the date that Jesus was born. This led to several years of research, I quickly realized that there was no valid information that provided any real answers to this question. Since this website is getting some interest, I will post from time to time some of the information I learned during this quest.