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King Jesus: Prince of Judaea and Rome (King Jesus Trilogy) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Ralph Ellis has been researching biblical history for more than thirty years, to a degree and depth that very few other researchers manage to reach. His research is purely historical, and places all the characters and events within the biblical narrative back into the historical record. This has required some adjustment of the biblical chronology, but this is never done without justification. The result of these endeavors is ten books that explain almost every facet of biblical history, in purely historical terms. Remarkably, it would appear that the majority of the biblical record is a fairly reliable account of real historical events - the fundamental events that have shaped and formed Western civilisation. So the Bible is history, but Ralph will leave it to others to explore and explain the spiritual aspects of this great historical narrative.
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Saying that JC was not historical has never sat right; but his time was misplaced in history. And, he was truly a great man, but (seriously folks) NOT the Son of God. Grow up.
With regard to the rest of the book, the level of proof given is entirely devastating for Christianity! It is so much that it gets a little repetitive at times, from wanting to be absolutely thorough. He is extremely thorough and very logical. You do not need to be a theologian to get his proofs. But if you know the Bible and the works of Josephus and Qumran as well as I do then you start thinking "Why hasn't this been acknowledged centuries ago?", or "Why didn't I know that already?" (kick - kick!).
I have also read many books on "alternative history" but Ellis is the real deal. This is no alternative. This is real history, the way it should be written, based on evidence, logic and not on preconceptions or prejudice. In fact read all his books. I recommend all of them.
STUNNING:- This is the ONE that will still be talked about for as long as there are followers of "the Liar", trying to hide all the facts.
Also read his new book - Jesus King of Edessa, for the final nitty gritty where the real Jesus is absolutely found in various historical records! DEVASTATING! Forget the lies and read the truth instead!
With respect to the difference between the accounts in the Acts, and that of Josephus, as to the circumstances of the escape, it is to be considered wether Josephus, and the seventy-nine with him, might not have been seperated from those, who swam at Melita, and have been taken up in the ship of Cyrene, being the persons who first cast "themselves into the see," as is related in the Acts; and wether the remainder of the crew, who, Josephus states, were swimming with him all the night, and of whose subsequent fate he says nothing, might not have reached the land together with St. Paul. Why, when Josephus afterwards, upon this supposition, must have received the account of St. Paul's escape with the rest, he should OMIT to record it, can be explained only from a reluctance which he might feel, to confirm or report the miracoulous circumstances which demonstrated the divine countenance to St. Paul's mission, which if he had admitted, he must have been a convert to Christianity.
Robert Gray, "The Connection Between the Sacred Writings and the Literature of Jewish and Heathen Authors" (1819) (p. 364)
cf. George Townsend, "The New Testament, Arranged in Chronological and Historical Order" Vol. II. (1838) (p. 301)
If Paul and Josephus were fellow passengers, it would be an interesting coincidence, but one that Christian writers would not endeavor to point out, for the reason that it brings in sharper contrast Josephus's utter ignorance of the Christian movement. Their position on board would have been widely different, Josephus being a passenger of some distinction, while Paul was a prisoner and making professions which, if noticed by Josephus at all, would but have excited his ridicule.
Richard M. Mitchell, "A Theistic Refutation of the Divinity of Christ"
"During the AD 60s these revolutionary members of the Galilean Sect (the Fourth Sect) had a great problem, in that they were being persecuted by Saul (St Paul). ... But just as events were reaching a peak, Saul, the persecuter of this new Judaic sect, had a sudden flash of inspitation on the road to 'Damascus'; which resulted in a complete change of heart and a request to join the galileans. ...
Christianity is the Church of Paul, and not the Galilean Church of Jesus and James, that's for sure. ... Saul was the inventor and promotere of Simple Judaism (Christinanity). .. yet somehow this hugely influential chatacter is never mentioned in history. ... the New Testament reads more like a true lie-story of Jesus and his family, with various embellishments and delations being made to the text at later date. ... this implies that someone was in a position to change the texts and CREATE a sanitised version of the life of Jesus.
Since the Church of Simple Judaism was created by Saul (St Paul), and not Jesus, that other someone is likely to have been Saul himself. ... Saul (St Paul) would hardly want to advertise that he had once been a member of the revolutionary faction that started the Jewish Revolt and which led to the destruction of Jerusalem. So there were many reasons why he would have decided to hide behind a pseudonym. ...
In fact, the pseudonym for Saul [the man who created Christianity] was none other than Josephus Flavius. ... Of necessity, Saul- Josephus' two books regarding the history of Judea in the first century had to be seperate ... this was somthing that Saul's schizophrenic persona and audacious level of confidence couls accomplish with great ease." (p 16; p 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 32)
Intellectual, political and spiritual life was heightened and intensified. That is characteristic of all critical periods. Do not let us assume that orthodoxy was weakened. Not at all. There was now room for deeply religious heterodoxy, but orthodoxy itself became much intensified. The tension bordered on hysteria ;
This great nervous strain was part of the crisis. It is precisely such a crisis that leads the many to the border of hysteria or to nervous anomalies of one kind or another, and that leads the few to the most extraordinary social, intellectual and moral achievements.
There should be nothing mystical about the trite observation that every crisis produces its great men. The fact is that under ordinary conditions of existence, when we are quite sane and safe, we are using but a small fraction of our potential intellectual and emotional powers. It is precisely such social strain produced by a crisis that increases not our potential capacity, but the percentage of capacity at which we are actually working, thinking, feeling.
Such a crisis, while greatly increasing numerically the broad base of the intellectually and emotionally active members of society, quickens as well the activities of the individual, and further heightens the individual lives through their manifold interreactions.
Vladimir Gregorievitch Simkhovitch, "Toward the Understanding of Jesus, and Other Historical Studies" (1921) (p. 30)