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on 15 March 2017
Erudite assembly of the main political players at the time. A logical sequencing and even the speculation is sound. What is claimed can be supported.
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on 7 July 2017
This is nonsense. It explains nothing and simply distorts the evidence and history we do have. Jesus becomes the king of almost everywhere - except who the New Testament claims. Jesus Christ means Jesus the Messiah, not just 'a king of the Jews' but 'the king of the Jews' - that is, the prophesied eschatological ruler of the world. If Jesus was merely a political figure, then there would be no problem with revealing his identity decades after his death.There were other claimants to be the Messiah, both at the time of Jesus and up to 100 years later, and they did not hide their identity.

The idea that a Jew is simultaneously the heir to Egypt and Persia whilst also retaining a pure Jewish identity does violence to history, to the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament claims.

The earliest N.T. documents are letters of Paul that already have a high view of Christ's nature and identity. There were eye-witnesses still living, as Paul admits; no evidence that any of them denied the Christian claims. Instead, Christians died rather than deny Christ. One was James, Jesus' own brother.

Cleopatra had no genetic connection to the Egyptian Pharoahs of the great dynasties; so any family descent is of little significance, even if it were true.

We have N.T. manuscripts that predate Eusebius and a large part of the N.T. is cited in early Christian manuscripts that predate Eusebius by centuries.

No scholar, conservative or radical, has cited Josephus as evidence that the Biblical Jesus was wealthy - something the historical Jesus denied. However, Jesus was a common name and Josephus mentions a contemporary of his - that is, another Jesus who was alive in Jerusalem at A.D. 70 and who is clearly not the Jesus of the New Testament.

Speculative writers ignore historical evidence, such as the frequency of names in ancient Judaism, and thus make unwarranted connections and come to "new" discoveries. There have been plenty of sceptics who would love to undermine the Bible; it's odd how they all come up with a "new", "amazing" or "shocking" revelation. They never discover evidence to support prior attacks. Instead, each is a brief fad and it fades. But the more serious scholars study the Jewish 1st C. context the more they see that the N.T. fits that context.

But, of course, if you decide in advance that any and all contrary evidence must have been tampered with, then you can make any claim you like. (Funny, that's what they accuse religious believers of doing.)

Chesterton said something like: "Once people stop believing in God, they do not believe in nothing; they believe in anything!"

This book proves him right.
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on 25 April 2016
Excellent! Ralph Ellis is a vanguard, cutting edge researcher who investigates causal, central themes from our history that have been distorted, covered up and wrongly remembered. Beyond being simply investigative and revisionist, his exceptional work is deeply encoded and his carefully presented transmissions are essential study material for anyone who has a genuine interest in what's really going on around here in this so-called Reality. About time too! Brilliance.
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