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Jesus was member of the Jewish Essene sect, but there were also Christists, Sadducees and Pharisees. Flavius Josephus lived with the Essenes for a number of years, wrote about them, as did Apuleius and Lucian who also were well-informed regarding the life of Jesus, mentioned well in the Jewish Talmud.

Rome crucified violent insurrectionists such as the Christist leader Ioannes in A.D. 33 not Jesus Bar-Abbas, the Essene. Rome was interested in order but, more than that, never asked Jewish people whom they should crucify. Later in Rome from A.D. 70 to A.D. 370, during the telling, retelling and the putting of quill to paper in the writing and rewriting, Jesus was accidentally, on purpose, confused with Ioannes the Christist leader, in the Greatest Story Ever Told essentially combining the two separate people. Thus Jesus the Essene plus Ioannes the Christist equals Jesus the Christist; i.e., edited to the more familiar "Christian" name--Jesus Christ.

The abject non sequitur in such union, thus the ensuing confusion felt about these two disparate types, may go some distance in explaining the attendant profanity occasionally surrounding the name. The actual Jesus, an Essene holy man, was quite a Moses in his own right, having authored "Every Son's Prayer to the Father" (today known at "The Lord's Prayer"). Jesus also wrote and delivered the Sermon on the Mount, which is perhaps, to this day, the apex of Western civilization. The Essenes foresaw the Diaspora and that a worldwide myth would be made of what they taught prior to its being understood later in history (which remains to be seen); this was recorded, among other things, in their scrolls, discovered near the Dead Sea in 1948.

Philip Zurich
Scottsdale

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