Ever since publishing an authentic historical chronology of christianity, the Grimoire was flooded with letters asking for greater detail. Although we could not present the full history, here is a condensed form that should nonetheless suffice. For further reading, you can purchase “Jesus, the Man” by Dr. Barbara Thiering, available from AMAZON.COM. Also beware that christianity has been trying to suppress the real history. Christianity has been spreading disinformation, so the only source that is unbiased that we can recommend is Dr. Barbara Thiering.
King Herod, who started the mission, was not even jewish. He came from Idumea, of a mixed Semitic race. He converted to a form of Judaism that suited him and proceeded to impose it on the world. Judea was a small country. Its only product was religion. Outside of it, living more comfortably than in the homeland, were hundreds of thousands of jews. This was known as the Diaspora. Jews in the Diaspora were often wealthy and had no desire to live in Judea.
Jews felt a sense of unity and purpose under Herod. He needed money for his projects (he restored Jerusalem).
Hillel the Great, coming from Babylonian judaism, taught a personal and ethical renewal, expressed through baptism. The idea of a new covenant began to be formed, a covenant of choice and initiation, not birth. There would be a new Israel, a new Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Hillel contributed the ideas, but menahem the Diaspora Essene played a more active part. Diaspora Essenes did not espouse the unworldliness and strict views of palestinian Essenes. Manahem founded the Magians. They moved into the position of advisors to Herod. They became the “Isaac” (patriarch) of the new Israel. Hillel was “Abraham” (Pope).
Menahem conceived the idea of a thousand-year empire of the jews. It was believed that Herod came into power in the 3,900th year from creation, and they also believed that the world was to last, in all, for 4,900 years. Herod would usher in the last period of history, when the new Israel would spread over the world to become the kingdom of the jews, the greatest empire yet known.
Herod’s associations with the Essenes meant that he had to take into account their long-standing support of the David family. The royal family had lost the throne in the fifth century BC. But a party of loyalists had dreamed of their restoration.
Herod agreed that a David could have power in the empire, but only as a subordinate to himself. The center of power would be Jerusalem and the east, but the David could be patriarch in the less important west, including Rome. There would be a triarchy.
The descendant of David who was willing to cooperate with Herod’s plans at this time was a man called Heli. He would have a grandson... Jesus. He was descended from Nathan, a younger son of David.
For purposes of government and taxation, they divided the whole known world into ten provinces; two in the homeland, and eight outside. Each province would, from the start, contain 6,000 members, making 60,000 in all. When these members would multiply by the tenfold, the total membership would be 600,000 men, the number of the original Israel. Thus, the new world would fulfill the pattern of the old, but renew judaism by adapting it to the contemporary world.
Herod’s scheme of initiation into a new form of Judaism was immensely successful. Wealthy jews of the Diaspora had no objection to paying money for membership. A half-shekel fee, about a day’s income, was a small price to pay for being pleasing to god and being saved in the final judgement. This also took the place of animal sacrifices required by the law of Moses. 70 years later, Jesus took the strongest objection to selling salvation for money. From that point on, there would be no initiation fees, only freewill gifts. For this and for other protests against the Herodian system, he was expelled from the mission. Herod’s foundations for a new religious system was to go through many stages before it evolved into something he would scarcely recognize... the christian church.
To Herod, the return of the Essene priests to Jerusalem would mean the return of a culture that was alien to most people, and it would bring out the old conservatives who opposed him. The Essenes withdrew from Herod, teaching their followers in the Diaspora that it was not god’s plan that a Herod should rule when the kingdom came. The king must be of the ancient line of David. Heli would have that position if the kingdom came in his time. After him would be his son, Joseph. And, when Joseph had a son, he would be successor to the throne of jewish caesar. In March 7 BC Jesus was born to Joseph and Mary. But he was born in an ambiguity that was to affect him the whole of his life.
For the Essenes, celibacy was the highest way of life. Marriage and sex were unholy. But they recognized that without sex the race would not continue. There was a long betrothal period of several years, then a ceremony that permitted sex. After pregnancy went into the third month, a second marriage made the bond permanent. Divorce was forbidden. Mary conceived during the betrothal period, before the first wedding took place. Joseph had committed a breach of the rules. The options were either to class the child as illegitimate and to bring it up as an orphan, or to recognize the child as a descendant of King David. Levites advised Joseph to recognize the child and go ahead with the first wedding as if it were the second.
A view taken by more eastern elements, including the Pharisees, was that Jesus was an extranuptual child, and could not inherit. Jesus was born a kilometer south of the Qumran plateau, not in Bethlehem.
Jesus was conceived and born during the reign of the high priest Simon Boethus. The Boethusian party represented one of the two major points of view on ritual and moral questions that split judaism at the time. The Boethusians took a stricter view on sexual morality, and for them, Jesus was an extranuptual child, equivalent to an orphan.
The Magians, Diaspora Essenes with the liberal outlook, accepted jesus and wanted to protect him. Herod was in no mood for an heir not of his choosing to survive, especially since the Davids had turned against him. He was told that Jesus was in the literal Bethlehem, not in the location coded as “Bethlehem”.
Throughout his life, the question of Jesus’s legitimacy was determined according to which high priest was in power. If it was a member of the Boethus or Caiaphas family, he could not succeed, and his brother James, born in AD 1, was the heir. But if it was a member of the Annas family, Jesus was the potential king.
Herod died in March 4 BC. Archelas and Antipas were both candidates for the throne, but Archelas was named. Nine years of hostility followed. Joseph, the father of Jesus, was an Essene and was for peace. But as a David, he could not stand by and let his land disintegrate. Rome required the whole of the jewish people to swear an oath of loyalty to Caesar, and 6,000 Pharisees refused. This was the real beginning of zealotry. Joseph joined the protest, allying himself with the Therapeutae, the Egyptian ascetics who now controlled Qumran. The head was Theudas. When Judas the Galilean took over with a far more extreme militancy, Joseph left to join the peace party that was formed under Ananus. The dating that the whole world now uses was conceived near the shores of the Dead Sea to inaugurate a 1,000-year religious kingdom under the sons of Joseph.
Judas the Galilean held a doctrine similar to the Pharisees. They believed in the survival after death, and this inspired them to be prepared to die for the cause, expecting a glorious resurrection.
In AD 6, Archelas was dismissed, and Judea was ruled by Roman procurators. Quirinius, governor of Syria, was sent to oversee the change. Judea’s uprising was promptly put down by the Romans. Immediately after, the peace party swept into power, with Ananus as high priest, trusted by the Romans to encourage peaceful cooperation. Jesus was now officially declared legitimate.
In AD 17, Eleazar Annas, the son of Ananas, had become high priest. The Roman governor was on the verge of replacing him, who in turn would be succeeded a year later by Caiaphas. The mood of the country was once again turning in an eastern direction.
Joseph was drawn into the militarism, and wanted jesus to become an initiate of the militarist party, but Jesus refused. He had sided with the views of the Annas family... peace with Rome and acceptance of Gentiles. In that year Heli died and Joseph became the David. But with the ascesion of Caiaphas, a Pharisee in sympathy with Boethusian views, returned Jesus back to shameful status, and James was crown prince.
In AD 23 Joseph died. Judas Iscariot had become successor of Judas the Galilean. As a zealot leader, he was called “satan”. Mary acknowledged him as superior in the present regime. Jesus now felt the full force of his rejection.
John the Baptist, a monastic Essene, tried to reform the nationalists on the question of militarism. He taught that the destruction of Romans should be left in the hands of heaven. Heaven would send its angelic hosts to destroy the Sons of Darkness, leaving behind only those who had become initiated. The rise of John coincided with the arrival of pontius Pilate, and of Agrippa Herod who was to become king of the jews. Under John, party groupings emerged as the Hebrews and the Hellenists. The Hebrews had an eastern orientation and did not accept Jesus. The Hebrews included John the Baptist, Caiaphas, and James - the brother of Jesus. The Hellenists spoke Greek in their services and allowed women into forms of ministry. To them, Jesus was legitimate. Magians and Therapeutae were with them. The tetrarch Antipas condemned the baptist for his morals and sided with Manassah.
By AD 29 both the peace Hellenists and the war Hellenists had been repelled by the priestly arrogance of the Baptist. In the guise of reform, he had been attempting to restore ritualness and exclusiveness of the old Essenes.
Diaspora Essenes were accustomed to letting laymen perform levitical functions. The party that formed in opposition to the Baptist was called “The 12 Apostles”. It was a countergovernment of the potential empire, each of its members representing a province. The six real leaders were Judas Iscariot, Simon the Zealot, Theudas, Jacob of Alphaeus, Thomas, and Matthew. The two candidates for Pope were Simon Magus (for war) and Jonathan Annas (for peace). Simon was the head of the Magians/Samaritans. As a Samaritan, he had no loyalty to Jerusalem, and saw judaism in northern terms... Diaspora oriented. He always had zealot views. In the final state of the parties, in AD 50, he was the head of the eastern factions, and the bitter enemy of the christians who had separated from the peace Hellenists. Simon was the Antichrist, conducting a rival campaign for the hearts of Gentiles. Simon Magus accepted Jesus as the true David.
Jonathan Annas agreed with Jesus in all respects but one. He insisted that only men born out of the tribe of Levi could be priests. His priestliness and pomposity led a division in his following. The christians emerged from the peace Hellenists as laymen who did not need a priest as a leader. Jesus could occupy all three leadership roles. Jesus consistently challenged Annas for his position of priest. Annas immediately became Pope after the fall of the Baptist.
Judas Iscariot made Jesus an offer. “If you accept me as priest and pope, I will make you king.” Jesus refused, declaring support for Annas.
Simon Magus became Pope in succession to Annas. While Simon was Pope, Jesus had no alternative but to act as king whom Simon would bring in when he gained power both as Pope and as Pontifex Maximus. During the next two years, Jesus would fall out with all factions.
In March AD 33, just before the crucifixion, Jesus entered the second marriage with Mary Magdeline, who belonged to the eastern party. There had been a 3-year trial marriage. Mary had conceived in December AD 32.
The year before that, Jesus allowed Gentile laymen to serve the bread at communion, where the congregation were ordinary Gentiles who thought of themselves as christians, not jews. After the ceremony in the evening, he acted like a full priest, displacing Annas. He was claiming that there was no difference between himself and a man born into the tribe of Levi. According to this view, he could rise as far as being high priest and Pope. He was claiming the status a David never could hold.
Every year the Atonement had to be performed only by a high priest. Jesus came in the vestments of the high priest and performed the ceremony. He did this in the Diaspora, making it as holy as any land, making the jewish priesthood unnecessary. He was attacked and his regalia was removed. Simon Magus reduced him back to his place.
During a protest about Pilate’s spending money from the sacred treasury, Roman soldiers dressed in jewish garments mixed with the crowd and bludgeoned them indiscriminately. The three zealot leaders, Simon Magus, Judas iscariot, and Theudas led the uprising. When the protest failed, they escaped, but had to go into hiding. Theudas had killed a Roman soldier. Pilate’s orders were to find them.
Jonathan Annas, the Pope of peace, returned to power. Simon was excommunicated, as was fitting a deposed Pope. Jesus had no need to hide, as he was not in the riot. The tetrarch Antipas gained the upper hand over Agrippa, and ordered that Simon should have the excommunication rescinded. He ordered that this be performed by a subordinate of Simon. If Jesus chose to support Simon, he could act in this role. But he did not support him politically, for Simon was a zealot. Yet his personal support was stronger, and he carried out the release, which was from the point of view of the Romans, associating him with a criminal.
In March AD 33 the seasonal council of leaders was to be held to observe passover and associated days. The wanted men were prepared to come to Qumran. Annas and Caiaphas would not give them away. All were united by the purpose to defend judaism. If one broke ranks, all would be in danger.
The Baptist’s prophesies had failed a few years before, but he had also predicted a restoration of the high priest. The most likely date would be the equinox, March 20. If westernized members were right, it should come on Thursday at midnight. Simon would be vulnerable at that hour, as would
Jesus, for he had claimed to be high priest.
Judas was rival to Simon and bitterly antagonistic to jesus for his claim to be high priest, as well as his opposition to ritual law. Agrippa has reinstated himself in Pilate’s favor, and hated Simon for betraying him to Flaccus. Judas went to Annas and offered to betray Jesus. This meant a union between the Hellenist parties.
After the supper, Judas sent a messenger to Jerusalem to offer Pilate a bribe, informing him of the whereabouts and asking for pardon in return.
The expected heavenly intervention did not come. The western version of the prophesy was wrong. Jesus was seized and arrested by Annas. His brother James automatically became the David. Magus was also arrested. Jesus was brought before Caiaphas and condemned.
When Pilate came the situation changed. He demanded to see all three Zealots. Pilate suspended judgement for Jesus, for he was unconvinced that he had as much guilt as the others. Antipas then offered a higher bribe than Agrippa and Judas had done. Pilate changed the verdict for Theudas, who was an old man. Judas thus lost the protected status with Annas. He was condemned to be crucified alongside Simon, to be executed for zealotry. Pilate asked the jewish priests if they wanted Jesus put to death. The decision was left to Annas, who made his choice to be rid of the troublesome rebel.
The crosses were made from wooden poles used to erect tents for visiting villagers to Qumran. The crucifixion took place outside the monastery gates on the edges of the pilgrim camp. Jesus was not on the middle cross, but on the western of the three. The main subject was Simon. After six hours on the cross, Jesus drank poison and slumped as if dead.
The tetrarch asked Pilate to change the method of execution to burial alive. They were crucified according to Roman law, but if Pilate wanted to get back to Jerusalem he could hand them over to Jewish law. “Men should not hang on stakes overnight”.
The three were rescued... Theudas had Jesus treated for the poison, and Jesus lived to at least the age of 70. He had divorced and married Lydia, for which he was accused of polygamy. He had three children. Judas, however, was given no mercy for his betrayal and was thrown from a cliff. The timing of this occasion added to the belief of a heavenly intervention. The followers who were simple-minded and who required stories were given legend.. the more sophisticated members of the mission knew better.
This article will end at the crucifixion. There are an equal amount of interesting events beyond this point. The schisms that followed shaped the various forms of christianity. It is a religion of excuses and error (not a single prophesy came true... the world was supposed to end in the year 1,000 AD). Now you have the real meaning of “judea-christian”.
Life is far more rewarding without pious myth, even if you are simple-minded. If you are in a dark phase of life, do not fall victim to the false messages of religion that seek to wrongly fill your void. The right kind of mental therapy can liberate you. Religion is a candybar Sure, it will give you energy... but it’s not a real meal.