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Herodian Messiah: Case For Jesus As Grandson of Herod Paperback – February 14, 2010
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Joseph Raymond was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family in St. Louis, MO USA and educated in Catholic schools. He received degrees from two Jesuit universities graduating law school in 1986. Thereafter, he served as a Department of Justice lawyer in Washington, DC but later left the practice of law to found an internet company. In 1988, he began a spiritual journey of study and reflection largely focused upon the origins of Christianity. Once started, the journey is never complete. In January of 2012, Joseph Raymond gave an on-camera interview in Los Angeles with Karga Seven Pictures regarding theories contained in Herodian Messiah for a documentary on the Discovery Channel called "Jesus Conspiracies". I appeared in episodes 1 and 3 of the series.
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The story of Jesus, or at least that of his family, is vitally important to our understanding of the modern world, especially the tensions among the three religions at the heart of today's conflicts. This is a key point of understanding: that the life of Christ is central to understanding politics and power discourse in Western history. He is important as narrative certainly, but more invisibly his life is important because of little understood connections to the development of Imperial Rome at its brith. Jesus' family was instrumental in developing events leading to the The Great Revolt, and the effects of that war still resonate today in important yet unseen ways. Its importance translates into the shaping of the moral outlook of a significant piece of the world's population. The better we understnd who Jesus was, the more likely we are to deal intelligently with our global political realities. Raymond's Herodian Messiah is one of the most insightful contributions there is in aiding this understanding. Historians and Biblical scholars concerned with tradition, people like Bart Ehrman, Robert Eisenman, Elaine Pagels, James Tabor, and Robin Lane Fox, to name a few, are controversial precisely because they investigate the impact of altered power discourses on modern society, and they attempt to answer where so many refuse to question. Raymond's book is a very important contribtuion to this body of work that attempts to answer the riddles of our discursive heritage. Because he draws out conclusions from meticulously compiled evidence, Raymond is able to venture where few others have been able to do so. His training as a lawyer has equipped him with the tools (and the attention to detail) that others perhaps lack. Therein lies the great value of his interpretation of the available data points.
If one seeks modern implications through better understanding of Palestine's great Roman war there are questions that one must attempt to answer: Why is Jesus, an ostensibly humble Galilean peasant carpenter, so importantly ubiquitous in modern narrative? Why did the Roman founder of Christianity Paul think he could get away with hijacking Jesus' name? Why does Paul urge his followers to obey Roman law while contesting the members of Jesus' own family? Why does Paul protest repeatedly that he is not a liar while disparaging Jesus' brothers in sarcastic terms? Who was Jesus' father that Jesus should be so important to Romans and to the Herodian puppets in Palestine? Who was his mother? Raymond provides some of the best answers to these questions and to many others.
The production values of the book are low, but that should not distract you from the content and the rigorous analysis that Raymond pursues.
As well, I hope Raymond is in process of writing a revised edition.
There has been a lot of attention to this monumental task on topic online that 1st came to my attention 2009 approximate.
Possibly in connection with Raymond (possibly not) I am currently reading a book by Ahmed Osman, Moses and Akhenaten. This book tackles equally difficult theorum to Raymond ' s only happened some 1500 years before Jesus lived.
We all should note: consciousness and conscious awareness in the time of Moses, let alone Jesus was not the same level as we understand consciousness today (or mayhap it was?)
In both cases of both leaders, if we agree both leaders did, in fact live---apparently both possesed advanced levels of conscious awareness yet they managed to ' dummy down' concepts impossible for them to have rationally explained thus, they led large groups of followers, some of whom were just barely "waking up" by appealing to masses in (miraculous?) terms they evidently could get. Notable historians ie. Josephus maybe either/or: in addition to their own personal spins on history for whatever reasons may not have been functioning on all that highly advanced levels of consciousness themselves. As evidenced still seen today's 'modern world' people would rather be told what they think rather than have to think things up for themselves.
As for Jesus, I think it would lend a lot of credibility to Raymond ' s theory if we had a better idea of where Jesus spent most of his life. Seems to me that surely he must've followed (behind) the Roman legions picking up followers who weren't very happy after Rome came to their towns and took over.
And, very much in cases of both leaders it seems totally unreasonable for them to have been traveling without some form of an armed guard. Possibly such an armed guard ultimately enabled Moses and his followers to get away (under the reign of Ramsey I not Ramsey II.) Unfortunately, similar armed guard with Jesus at the time of the fateful passover was no match for Roman legions nearby (?)
There are other similarities in these 2 leaders stories: ie. Both escaped being killed as infant boys.
Finally, if there maybe is a bloodline connection between these 2, as I understand Oman ' s theory: Moses aka. Akhenaten aka. Amenhotep IV was descended in connection with the Israelite House of Levi.
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