The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy
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“Whether you conclude that this book is the most alarming heresy of the millennium or the mother of all revelations, The Jesus Mysteries deserves to be read.”
-- Fort Worth Star -Telegram
What if . . .
* there were absolutely no evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus?
* for thousands of years Pagans had also followed a Son of God?
* this Pagan savior was also born of a virgin on the twenty-fifth of December before three shepherds, turned water into wine at a wedding, died and was resurrected, and offered his body and blood as a Holy Communion?
* these Pagan myths had been rewritten as the gospel of Jesus Christ?
* the earliest Gnostic Christians knew that the Jesus story was a myth?
* Christianity turned out to be a continuation of Paganism by another name?
many times, and having seen all things that exist, has knowledge of them all.” 112 Plutarch, The Moral Essays, 184, “A Letter of Consolation,” 10 113 Mead, G. R. S. (1906), 282 114 Quoted in Barnstone, W. (1984), 60 115 Quoted in Mead, op. cit., 485 116 Plato, The Republic, Book 10, 614ff 117 Quoted in Mead, op. cit., 516 118 Plato, Cratylus, 400c: “The body is an enclosure or prison in which the soul is incarcerated.” The Gnostic Carpocrates taught the same doctrine and also called the
This is curious, because according to the gospels, Judas Iscariot was dead by this time, so Jesus could only have appeared to the 11. And none of the gospels speak of Jesus appearing to “hundreds” of people. Once again we have to acknowledge we are at a loss to know what to believe. This passage could well be a later addition to Paul’s letter. But even if it is not, all it really tells us is that a Cephas, along with hundreds of others, had the mystical experience of seeing the risen Christ,
authentic.11 As already mentioned, the so-called “Pastoral” letters to Timothy and Titus are universally regarded as fakes. Computer studies have confirmed that the author of the Pastorals is definitely not the author of the letters to the Galatians, Romans, and Corinthians, which are accepted as genuinely by Paul.12 The earliest collection of letters attributed to Paul does not contain the Pastorals.13 In fact, we do not even hear of the Pastorals at all until Irenaeus (c. 190). They appear as
Therapeutae were Jews because they celebrated the Jewish festival of the Pentecost and kept sacred the Sabbath.75 Yet in every other way, they resembled a Pythagorean community. As in Pythagorean communities, the Therapeutae dressed in white, shared all their goods in common76 and admitted women as equals because they “possessed the same eager desire and had made the same deliberate choice as the men.”77 Philo tells us about the Therapeutae in a book called On the Contemplative Life. “The
privacy of the holy shrine, in the light cast by the blazing torch of truth.41 The Mysteries were divided into various levels of initiation, which led an initiate step by step through ever deepening levels of understanding. The number of levels of initiation varied in different Mystery traditions, but essentially the initiate was led from the Outer Mysteries, in which the myths were understood superficially as religious stories, to the Inner Mysteries, in which the myths were revealed as