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    Larry Conley
    December 25, 2013

    Julian,,

    The Greedy Obtuse Pricks still cannot deal with rape in any sensible way. Looks like they have a venerable tradition to back them up!

    Larry

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    Cher Duncombe
    December 26, 2013

    Fascinating article, Julian! Some of this I had not heard before but your last line sums it up beautifully. For me it is all about faith, nothing more. The mysteries are intriguing and the Bible itself is filled with them. This is truly a thought-provoking piece.

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    Dani Heart
    December 27, 2013

    Great article Julian. :)

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    Katy Kern
    December 28, 2013

    What an amazing story, Julian. Thanks for sharing this.
    I recall “The Last Temptation of Christ” and the huge uproar that followed when that was out in the theatres.

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    Julian Gallo
    December 29, 2013

    Thank you, everyone. Glad you enjoyed this. I have to say when I first stumbled upon this theory, my immediate reaction was that it was all BS. I still don’t believe it but the more I looked into it, the more I realized that this was a centuries old belief and that it wasn’t just some modern conspiracy theory one usually finds all over the internet. I’d love to read Verhoeven’s book but it’s not easy to find. Regardless as to whether there’s any truth to this story, IF someone decided to write a popular fictional novel with this as it’s central theme, it would cause a shit storm for sure. Like Katy said, the “The Last Temptation of Christ” caused near riots (even though the novel had been around for years before the film was made) and look at the reaction surrounding “The Da Vinci Code” (not to mention “Holy Blood, Holy Grail”, of which most of “Code” drew from). It’s not that well known a story but it’s been out there. Something like this would be VERY controversial to say the least.

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    Miriam Tyler
    December 29, 2013

    Thank you for yet another take on bringing to light the birth of Jesus, Julian! Intriguing! I would say that personally, there is no doubt on my heart that much of what is written is true. I believe that there are beings who come and speak on behalf of the consciousness of divinity to remind us all that we are part of the big picture, that we are all capable of the immoral life and that as humans, we are energy, and energy can never cease, it can however transform. That no matter if by rape, drugs, alcohol, any ideas that society deem as a ‘less than’, from the space of transformation rises the immortal. Who are we to say what is less than? We are all here on the journey together. No one better or worse than another.
    I enjoy seeing the reflection of the God state cast upon us all with more and more possibilities as to how pure the mother or lover or wife were, how, incredibly, human! From the vessel that carried him, to the women that reflected him through his life. I think that once we as a civilization see that, no matter how we arrived here to the conscious state of being…there is still a benevolent bounty of grace for each and every creature upon this very sacred earth. The more people research and ask questions, the more human and while at the same time Godlike we all become. Humbling humanity and raising the light.

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    Julian Gallo
    December 30, 2013

    Thank you, Miriam. I find the theory fascinating, and definitely plausible, although I really don’t believe it to be true. I have nothing to back that belief, of course, but then again, I also don’t believe in the divinity of Jesus either, nor any of the more “supernatural” parts of The Bible. My own personal belief is that Jesus was a man who offered a radically different way of viewing life and the world and went about trying to teach it to others. He was one of many “messianic” figures who roamed the ancient world in those days. As to his origins, I think the Bible points to some interesting things, like where he was born, and his circumstances, however there are “hints” there, between the lines, as to how others viewed him; and when I came upon this theory I thought it very interesting. The main story behind the story of Jesus is exactly the same as many other tales attributed to Gods and other holy figures dating back centuries before their time. It’s as if the writers of the Gospels (whoever they were -- remember all of them are ‘according to’) were taking part of a very long literary and storytelling tradition which predated them by millennia in some cases -- and other stories from the Bible have their roots in ancient stories from cultures which had existed long before that of Judea. I think these were originally oral tales that were passed down for generations and were still being told when the era came when the Sumerians eventually invented writing and actually wrote them down to preserve them, changed, altered by time, of course. These stories were meant to teach something, like fables, or morality tales, and they were molded to fit their particular culture and time.

    I find these theories and these new ways and explorations into the life of Jesus to be of that same tradition -- they, in a way, reflect our own understanding of our time and place (even though this particular story is very very old as well). With that said, even though I’m not a believer, I still think these stories have something to offer our current generation, so long as we don’t take it as dogma or take them too literally. The ancients were just as smart and insightful as we are (though many don’t give them credit for that), so even their age old stories still have something to offer humanity, which goes back to what you’re saying. They can touch upon our “divine” nature, meaning, the good within us and what we are actually capable of, that is, if we choose to acknowledge it.

    Thanks for commenting and for reading. Greatly appreciated. Have a very Happy New Year!

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    Baxter Labatos
    December 30, 2013

    I’ve seen the Da Vinci Code but didn’t read the book. I am fascinated by the life of Magdalene because for me she is a strong woman who was able to defy social norms and follow the beat of her drum. People can always put their interpretation and make something positive out of it. Your writing has once again revived my interest. It’s amazing.

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      Julian Gallo
      December 30, 2013

      Thank you Baxter! The film and the book weren’t that much different from one another as far as the “dramatic” aspect is concerned (the novel is your basic “thriller”) but the book does a much better job revealing little by little the “mythology” surrounding the Jesus-Magdalene story and the whole Holy Grail myth as well. Many other things too. Dan Brown mined the book “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” for much of the material and he used a lot of other conspiracy theory related sources and sort of mashed it all together to make one giant conspiracy theory of his own. Despite the book claiming “truth” to many things, he heavily fictionalized some historical accounts and outright changed some others, so some of the material isn’t actually historically accurate -- which is okay, since it is a novel, after all, and not a history book. He tweaked a lot of things for the sake of the narrative, much like films do.

      The story of Mary Magdalene is a very interesting one to say the least. For centuries she was often portrayed as the “prostitute” that Jesus saves from stoning but theologists now make the claim that it wasn’t the same Mary and it was a later Pope, many many centuries later, who made this connection and it stuck for many years. Most Christian theologists are moving away from that idea now and are trying -- however they can -- to place her in her proper historical perspective. It has been said that the reason this was done was because the Church wanted to play down women’s role in the Church -- and that’s a “conspiracy theory” I can believe due to the nature of the times. There are some apocryphal gospels that I think anyone interested in the history of Christianity should read. I have a book that includes many of them (I think it’s called “The Lost Books of The Bible”) and within it contains “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene”. It is said to have been written well over a hundred years after the events so it’s been dismissed as inauthentic, still it’s an interesting read.

      Another book I would HIGHLY recommend is called “The Existential Jesus”. What it does is reexamine The Gospel of Mark from an existentialist perspective and you wind up looking at Mark in a whole new way. Thought about that one for weeks after reading it. I recommend that highly if this subject interests you.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope you have a very Happy New Year! Thanks again!

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