I'm aware that there are multiple events in the Bible that, if they had occurred, would leave significant historical evidences (of course, we don't have them, but if they happened, we could reasonably expect to find evidence for it). I'm making a list, and I want some help from those who are more knowledgeable of the Bible than I. The ones I came up with are:
1. The Sinai Revelation (God speaks to the entire nation of Israel and yet we don't have independent records of it from Israel)
2. Resurrection in Matthew (where all the dead people go into the town and talk to the people and yet we don't have any sources other than Matthew for this)
What others are there? Thanks in advance.
There isn't a single word contained in the Sermon on the Mount that isn't contained in what is called the Sacred Book of the Jews, long before Jesus lived.
Jesus said: "Resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." That is not a new axiom or a new principle. It came from Lao-Tse and Buddha some 500 or 600 years before Christ. The whole concept of a God is a derivative of the ancient oriental despotism. Lao-Tse, a contemporary of Confucius in China, founded Taoism. Among his best known sayings are to "love thy neighbor" and "turn the other cheek.
The Bible came from books that the scribes who were recording the history from the place where civilization started, ancient Sumeria. Scholars have managed to locate many of the tablets that contain the ancient biblical accounts from which the Torah, the Old Testament, and the Haggadah (the wellspring of Jewish oral tradition) originate.
The name for God in the Old Testament in ancient Hebrew is "Elohim", a borrowed Semitic term deriving from ancient Sumerian, that is commonly translated as "God", but this is inaccurate, "Elohim" is plural meaning Gods in that translation. However, that's not even accurate itself, as "Elohim" in its most accurate translation means "Loft Ones", not "Gods". Ancient Egypt and the Bible: The Egyptian word for paper was pa-pe-ra. The Greeks called it papyrus. One can easily see that the English word, paper, came from the Egyptian pa-pe-ra. The dictionary will also confirm that the word Bible is of an Egyptian origin. The Bible, or book, was derived from byblos, which is the Egyptian hieratic (hieroglyphs) word for papyrus. In the three religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, whenever the faithful pray, regardless of language, they always end their prayer by saying Amen. There is no linguistic translation for Amen, because it is a name and not a word. The origin of Amen is Egyptian; Amen was the name of God. The name of Amen, which means the Hidden One, in Ancient Egypt, lives on. The spheres of angels and archangels in Christianity are strikingly similar to Ancient Egypt's heirachy of neteru (gods/goddesses). The Song of Moses in Deuteronomy (32:43), as found in a cave at Qumran near the Dead Sea, mentions the word gods in the plural: "Rejoice, O heavens, with him; and do obeisance to him, ye gods." When the passage is quoted in the New Testament (Hebrews, 1:6), the word gods is substituted with angels of God. As such, the neteru who were called gods by some, were endorsed and incorporated into Christianity under a new name, angels. Daily life activities are portrayed, on the walls of the ancient Egyptian tombs, in the presence of the neteru (gods/goddesses) or with the assistance of the neteru. The typical Egyptian sowing and reaping scene is symbolically similar to the Bible's "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 at Qumran a region of Palestine. They were the most important archaeological find of the 20th century. They were found in caves on the West Coast of the Dead Sea in clay jars, which contained the leather parchments and consist mainly of Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts. The experts at the Ecole Biblique thought that they would do the work of translation, but this never happened. There were years of stalling by the Catholic scholars of the Ecole Biblique. So, when Professor Geza Vernes, a Biblical scholar from Oxford, voiced his frustration (on the 30th anniversary of the Dead Sea Scrolls first coming to light) he wrote, "the world is entitled to ask the authorities responsible for the publication of the Qumran Scrolls, what they intend to do about this lamentable state of affairs." After thirty years the world did find out what the Dead Sea Scrolls actually said due to the efforts of Professor Vernes and others. What came out of the scrolls was a look at the original church of Jerusalem that was an extremist Jewish movement violently opposed to the influence and dominance of Roman. The translations of a few of the first scrolls released threatened mainstream Christianity. These scrolls indicated that beliefs and practices supposedly founded by Jesus had in fact existed long before him. The dates when the Dead Sea Scrolls were being written was ascertained to have started in 150 BCE and continued until 70 CE, a period of 220 years. During those years 872 scrolls were written in Hebrew and Aramaic by the peoples of Qumran. It is important to note that the supposed life of Jesus was between 2 BCE and 36 CE (a period of 38 years) and that the Romans in 70 CE destroyed the Great Temple of the Jews in Jerusalem. These are the important dates to remember for putting together the emerging picture from the Dead Sea Scrolls. The contents of the first scrolls released by the Ecole Biblique created such an uproar in the intellectual world that no further scrolls were available for examination until an unknown defector working inside the Ecole Biblique leaked out photo copies of the remaining texts to Professor Robert Eisenman of California State University. The first photocopies of the Dead Sea Scrolls began arriving at Professor Eisenman's office in September of 1989 and the last photocopy arrived in late autumn in 1990. Professor Eisenman published a two-volume edition containing photocopies of all the scrolls under the title "A Facsimile Edition of the Dead Sea Scrolls." Then the Vatican got involved in the politics of trying to suppress the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls but ultimately failed. Scholars and theologians of integrity soon began the translation of the remaining Dead Sea Scrolls. After the scholars finished the translation work on the Dead Sea Scrolls one very important fact came out, and that was that nowhere in the Dead Sea Scrolls was the name of Jesus mentioned. Also, the popular Christian view of early Christianity had no support in the new translations. The Dead Sea Scrolls challenge the two most fundamental beliefs of Christianity (the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and Christianity as the embodiment of the message of Christ.) This is why the Catholic Church put off making the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the world. In accordance with the information from the accounts of the times in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jesus would have been one among many "teachers of righteousness" that were part of an ultra conservative messianic Jewish movement based in Qumran going back at least 100 years BCE (before Jesus.) The Dead Sea Scrolls prove that the practices that people regard as Christian innovations are not, for example the Lord's Prayer and the Lord's Supper, because they can be traced to the Qumrans. They go back at least one century before the birth of Christ. Qumrans concentrated on personal purity, complete obedience, abstinence, prayer, study and communal meals, and made themselves ready for the great battle in which they firmly believed that the forces of evil would die upon the blazing spears held by the hands of the 'Sons of Light.' The Qumrans were intensely religious zealots dedicated to the fight against the Roman rulers, but unfortunately the Qumrans were destroyed and killed in an overwhelming battle with the Romans. This battle took place at Qumran in the year 70 CE shortly before the Roman Legions marched on Jerusalem to destroy the Great Temple. This ended the Jewish revolt. So that future generations might know of them and their beliefs, some of the Qumran community thought it wise, for safe keeping, hiding their records in earthen pots in the mountains.
The Romans did not simply come to Judea in 70 CE to suppress a small uprising; they came to stop political dissidents for good. So, they were very through in what they came to do. What it means is that everything today's Christians think they know about Christianity is false. Their beliefs are layers of numerous popular pagan beliefs of the victorious Graeco-Roman culture and rehashed as the Jesus myth.
The Romans for political reasons persecuted the Jews. Rome was tolerant in the ancient world except in matters of political intrigue. Rome historically had no tolerance for dissenters. The dissent over slavery and the Jewish uprisings threatened Rome they wanted to end it. Roman aristocrats decided to concoct a region as a solution to the situation. Roman aristocrats came up with a novel idea of creating a new religion by means of the preaching of Paul of Tarsus. Paul's story that the messiah had come and died for their sins (though they failed to recognize him) gave them access to a kingdom in heaven. Paul took his message among the Gentiles where he had some influence.
The contents of the Dead Sea Scrolls are known among scholars, but are never preached to enlighten the common man. The average person does not take the trouble of investigating what the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century contains, and their indifference to find the truth is incredibly taken advantage of by the cheating institutions who are expert in capitalizing on the popularity of myths and binding people with religious superstitions.
If these men were chosen by God, and are gifted with the intelligence to understand spiritual things, why can't they produce the facts when they are obtainable?
This is corroborated by Abelard Reuchlin's 'The True Authorship of the New Testament'. In this work Reuchlin illustrates how he discovered that a Jewish historian Flavius Josephus is in fact Arius Calpurnius Piso, pen name Flavius Josephus, a Roman.) This leaflet was written around (1979) to show how and why the Roman Piso Family wrote the New Testament. The Jews, who were tired of being ruled over by the Roman Aristocracy, were lead in their third great revolt against Rome in 60 C.E., by Benjamin the Egyptian of the Pharisaic Party. Though the Romans defeated them, they knew that they had to do something to stop the rebellion. For that reason, certain people were getting together a plan to regain control of the Jewish masses. Seneca the Rhetorician, Lucius Piso, Gaius Piso, and their relatives figured to give the Jews a new rhetorical religion. Lucius Piso, with assistance from Seneca, wrote 'Ur Markus' about the year 60 C.E. With this first book, they hoped to start a new Messianic Jewish religion. There have been attempts to discredit his work, but most critiques are by those whose expertise in the field of language or ancient history is inadequate. Some of them claim that the Piso family never existed in spite of the fact that there is an immense amount of historical evidence that the Piso family existed. Julius Caesar's wife was a Piso. The Pisos are mentioned as consuls to the Empire numerous times in history and they were major players in the conspiracy against Nero. Also - Galba became Emperor (Galba was a direct descendant of Augustus Caesar and father of Otho). Galba named Licinianus Frugi Piso as his successor instead of his son Otho. His son Otho, who was overthrown by another family member Vitellius, overthrew Galba in that same year. Vitellius was the father-in-law of Julius Gnaeus Agricola. Agricola was the father-in-law of Justus Piso, Claudia Phoebe, Domitia Paulina 1, T. Flavius Clemens, and Cornelius Tacitus. It was Arrius Piso himself who succeeded in defeating Vitellius, thereby securing Rome for Vespasian. Vespasian, in turn helped Arrius to destroy the Temple in Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E. (These are well-established historical facts.)
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