The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity
James D. Tabor
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The Jesus Dynasty offers a startling new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity that is grounded in careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, including the much-discussed "Jesus family tomb."
In The Jesus Dynasty, biblical scholar James Tabor brings us closer than ever to the historical Jesus. He explains the crucial relationship between Jesus, a royal descendant of David, and his relative John the Baptizer, a priestly descendant of Aaron and Jesus' teacher. When John was killed, several of his followers -- including Jesus' four brothers -- joined with Jesus, who continued John's mission, preaching the same apocalyptic message. After Jesus confronted the Roman authorities in Jerusalem and was crucified, his brother James succeeded him as the leader of the Jesus dynasty.
James Tabor has studied the earliest surviving documents of Christianity for more than thirty years and has participated in important archaeological excavations in Israel. His reconstruction of the life of Jesus and his followers, and of the early years of Christianity, will change our understanding of one of the most crucial moments in history.
“Ebionites,” which meant in Hebrew “poor ones.” Eusebius knows of them, though he considers them heretics in contrast to the Christian orthodoxy that he championed. Among his charges was that the Ebionites made Jesus a “plain and ordinary man,” born naturally from “Mary and her husband.” Eusebius further stated that the Ebionites insisted on observance of the Jewish Law or Torah and that they maintained that salvation was by “works” as well as faith, as the letter of James affirms. The Ebionites
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even probable that this mysterious “other Mary” is Mary the mother of Jesus? It surely should not surprise us that Jesus’ own mother would be witness to his death, and participate in the Jewish family burial practices. And if so, why does Mark not openly identify her as such? Beyond this primary record of Mark, largely followed with some editing by Luke and Matthew, we do have one other independent account as to the identity of these women—namely the gospel of John. Notice carefully his list of
movement of John the Baptizer and was baptized by John with a “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” He then linked up with John in a strategic move to reach the whole country at once. Jesus was preaching and practicing that same baptism—the baptism of John. They were allies and there is no reason to think that either their message or their mode of operation differed. It appears certain that Jesus’ mother, brothers, and sisters responded to the baptism of John, as well as all those
outside the cave late one afternoon at sunset trying to imagine what could have occurred. Was it possible that Peter, James, John, and the other apostles, and maybe even Jesus’ mother and brothers, had stood on this very ground and entered this very cave? Had Jesus perhaps preached to large crowds that gathered in the wide flat valley that was right in front of me? Had he and his entourage lived and camped in this lovely area, making use of some of the natural caves we had discovered all around?