Could the tomb discovered in Talpiot, Jerusalem actually contain the Family of Jesus? Here is some information that may shock you: it is entirely possible. Here’s how.
The main problem with facing up to the evidence, such as it is, is that it is threatening to centuries old Christian thought. The idea that the one we call Jesus could have been married was scary enough. But to now find the remains of a body in an ossuary with Yeshua bar Yosef (Aramaic) written on it next to another box with the name of Mariamene e Mara written on it, and another box with Yehuda bar Yeshua. This is pretty scary stuff for traditional Christians.
The reason for this is twofold: Christians are following traditions and beliefs imposed by a church with no real evidence for the claims that:
- Jesus never could have been married: “Sex is a sinful practice.”
- Jesus’s body was never left on the earth: “The Doctrine of the Resurrection of the Body.”
Both of these reasons or doctrines are false.
In this blog article, I am going to present from Scriptures why both of these teachings are false and describe what really happened, Theologically, and why.
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Could Jesus have been married and have children?
From a rational analysis, one could only answer that question with “Yes” to both counts. He could have been married. He could have had children. There is no Law against it in the Torah or any where else. Therefore, it would not have been sin for him to have loved and married a woman and had children by her.
Like many I had to face this question because of a fascinating book: The DaVinci Code. It was another instance that Theologians often face: “How do you account for the smoke, if there was no fire?”
So we are now faced with only confusion coming from religious doctrine and tradition. Why would he marry?
I wrote in other blogs, the one we call Jesus was Eyahushuah in Hebrew. (Look up the name in the Englishman’s Hebrew Concordance. That is where I found the spelling of “Joshua” that I transliterate here from the Hebrew with emphasis on all the long vowel sounds of ancient Hebrew, not modern Hebrew.)
Eyahushuah was the name of Eyahuwah who came in the flesh to make things right. Is it a good thing for Man (includes both male and female) that the Creator go about his business without experiencing first hand everything that his creation has to go through to make it in this world? And is it not a good thing for the One who made the life and death covenants with his people to remove the debt they owed by becoming one of them and taking that debt upon himself? He had to be just like they were.
And to be a faithful High Priest did not he also have to experience everything they had to experience so that He could understand and show mercy and give them help? And would that exclude one of the most important commitments they have to make: marriage and children? Of course not! He had to go through it all and especially marriage and family. Where are our biggest problems today worldwide? Not in war, but in family!
Unlike Adam, who failed miserably with both his wife and his children, Eyahushuah had to set the record straight and take that on himself. He did! And he did it right!
Although I have heard Christians squirrel around the second chapter of John, there is no reasoning that can conclude that it is NOT Eyahushuah’s own wedding. Only days before, he called his disciples and had them come to the wedding. Who else but the bridegroom would have invited them? Then when they ran out of wine, his mother came and told him, and he replied, “What is that to us? My time has not come.” But she appeared to ignore this and told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Mother was not taking any guff from him. So he told them what to do and also told them to take this wine to the master of the banquet (the head waiter.) Then when the head waiter found out that this wine was better than other, he felt he had to teach a lesson to the bridegroom on when to serve the good wine and the not-so-good. The bridegroom didn’t say anything in reply. Then:
After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and disciples. There they stayed a few days.
In other words, the party continued at Jesus’s home!
I get suspicious at this point. I would not be surprised if some over zealous and fear ridden church official didn’t erase the part about Mary Magdalene from this passage and maybe some other stuff to make it appear that this was someone else’s wedding. They did with other scriptures, so much so that John added a curse at the end of the book of Revelation.
The Christian world stood aghast when they found out it was written down that Jesus kissed Mary of Magdalene “often.” But no one seemed to bring up another verse found in the Gospel of Philip 36:
There were three Mariams who walked with the Lord at all times: his mother and [his] sister and (the) Magdalene°— this one who is called his Companion°. Thus his (true) Mother and Sister and Mate is (also called) ‘Mariam’.
The word translated “Companion,” even though this is Coptic, is a borrowed Greek word koinonos. Now the interesting thing with this word is the company it keeps in the Greek Lexicon. I happened to own an 1840 copy of Donnegan’s lexicon. In there koinonos is related to words that mean the “relationship between a man and a woman,” “put someone to bed,” “a pregnant women,” “intercourse” and “someone you sleep with.” The word translated “mate” in the analysis refers to a union with a binding contract! In other words, one you are united with or bound with, or more simply: married to.
Jesus’s Body: Explained in His Own Words
I explained above that Eyahuwah became one name Eyahushuah, whom we call Jesus. In order for him to become like us in every way, there really should be no difference. If we die, he dies. If we have to lie in a grave, then he did, too.
But there is one thing he experienced that we have yet before us. He is called the Firstborn from the dead. But when we die, we are among those who are “in their graves.” We don’t go to heaven when we die. That would make us, starting with Adam, those who preceded Him. But that is not what we are to understand. He is the Firstborn, the Wave Sheaf Offering, which is why he had to restrain Mary Magdalena: “Tell my brothers that I must go to My Father and Your Father, and to My Elahim (Family) and Your Elahim (Family).”
Enoch’s prophecy about that day and age told that “In it a man would ascend.” Eyahuwah’s experience is more like ours than we even care to imagine. It is not like Enoch’s or Elijah’s. Their experience was different. Enoch did not die. He was “translated” from one domain to another. Elijah was taken by a chariot. They were exceptions. But Eyahuwah could not be an exception. He had to be like us “in every way.”
So what happened?
He died and his body was placed in a tomb by his great uncle, Mary’s uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, who happened to be one of the richest men in the entire known world! Joseph of Arimathea was referred to by the Romans as ‘Nobilis Decurio’ or Minister of Mines to the Roman Government. He owned ships that transported commodities all over the Roman Empire. He mined tin and lead from the hills of southwest England. In fact, as I wrote in another blog, the lyrics of the English song, Jerusalem, tell about Jesus’s feet walking on England’s green and pleasant hills. Whether this is true or not, this was NOT a poor family as many assume.
Let’s take a look at the resurrection
After his death Jesus was placed in Joseph’s tomb and closed in with a huge stone. This was at the close of the day of Passover and just before the High day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It was also a short time before the start of the fourth day of the week at evening. Three days and three nights later, the tomb opened and Jesus was raised from the dead. And this is where nearly everybody gets lost.
The women didn’t come to the tomb on “Easter Sunday.” They came immediately after the weekly Sabbath, at evening after sunset and they found the tomb empty and Jesus’s grave clothes neatly folded at the foot of the place where they left his body. Also a messenger ask them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Pretty amazing. They came to the tomb, a place where the dead are placed, and Jesus wasn’t there. And neither was his body!
If you are trying to help people understand the reality of the resurrection, do you think it would be wise to leave the body lying around? That would create confusion. The body must be moved, hidden, set aside or otherwise taken care of. Then you reveal the resurrected person.
The nonsense of the doctrine of the “resurrection of the body” has done nothing but confuse the entire Christian community and made a spectacle out of them to the rest of the world. That was never the way it was going to happen.
When I talked with my mom before she died in December of 2005, I told her that she would have no knowledge of her death. Instead it would be like the great sleep we may have experienced as a child or when camping in the open air. There was no knowledge of the sleep. Instead, you close your eyes and open them and it is morning. I loved that kind of sleep.
But I also told her that she would no longer have her cancer ridden body. Instead she would look at her hands and body and find that it is new and yet mature, like a very healthy young adult, not a child, but a full grown adult, maybe in as she might have been in her early thirties. My mom died laughing.
Do you really want to be raised from the dead only to find that you still have your same, sick body. I wouldn’t. Jesus’s body was beaten to shreds. He might even have lost his vision in one of his eyes. His ribs were showing. His cheeks were torn and his teeth were exposed. His back was ripped open and in some places muscle tissue was exposed and hanging loose. He didn’t even look human anymore!
It was not the body that was raised, it was the person and he was given a new healthy body. But to help his disciples understand that it was him, he had to give them some of his wounds, like the nail holes and the spear hole. Those were his, he could do what he wanted. But it was in a new, fresh body, like we all will have when we are also raised from the dead.
Not let me ask you a question. Out of all the disciples, who could Jesus confide in regarding the remains of his former body? As far as I see there was only one: His wife and close companion, Mary Magdalena! She was the only one he could tell where the old body was, why it was there, and what to do with it. And to keep this to herself.
What did Jesus, Eyahushuah, and Eyahuwah say?
He told Thomas: “Stop doubting and believe!”
He told Nicodemus: “I tell you the truth, unless a Man [includes both men and women] is born of water [human] and of the Spirit [not human], he cannot enter the Kingdom of God [Elahim]. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but Spirit gives birth to Spirit. You must not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again [born from above].’”
It is sad that we have corrupted the meaning of the saying, “You must be born again.”
I really hope that these really are the bones of Jesus and his wife and family. Nothing would be more in keeping with the Gospel.