Last week, Scott Wolter opened the door on the Templar Knights and the Holy Grail.
Over 20 years, I’ve read several dozen volumes on the Intertestamental and New Testamental Periods, and another couple of dozen on Templar/Free Mason mythology. There is enough material in these topics to fill 20 blogs. Today I’m focusing on the historical (non-religious) theories about Jesus.
Probably the most widely known of these is the Holy Blood, Holy Grail concept that comes from the book written by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, and was popularized in Dan Brown’s fictional novel, The Da Vinci Code. Wolter basically said that he believes this version.
I don’t. My version of the Holy Grail, serves as the background for my Shaman Gene science fiction series and culminates in the third book Seekers of the Scroll. I believer the Grail has to do with how the human spirit relates to God. I think the historical basis for my theory is as strong as the blood line theory. Check out the series with the first book, A Far Traveler, offered at this website for free.
So why do Baigent, Leigh, Wolter, and many others think that Jesus had children and why should we even care?
Religious doctrine aside, almost every source claims that Jesus was of the royal line of David. The most fundamental source of all, the Bible, says it twice: reciting a long family tree from David to Mary, then reciting it again from David to Joseph. This fact made Jesus a legitimate heir to the throne of Israel and therefore he was a threat to Roman rule. Josephus tells of constant uprisings during the Intertestimental Period, so Jesus’s associate with radicals would further mark him as dangerous to Rome.
The Bible tells us of his radical attack on the temple merchants, and of his selection of radicals to be members of his inner circle: Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot. Zealots and Sicarii were anti-Roman, the Sicarii even ambushing and assassinating Roman collaborators.
But there’s more. Ever wonder why twelve disciples were chosen? Well, each one represents a tribe of Israel, and some say each one was to rule over a tribe when Jesus came to power. In fact the concept of a Messiah follows the model of Judas Maccabee, who overthrew the Greeks and returned self rule to Israel. The Bible tells us that the people expected Jesus to do exactly that. Apparently even his disciples thought so, because one defended him with a sword until Jesus told him to stop.
History also shows that Jesus’s family was involved in the bar Kochba revolt of 132 AD. Apparently the idea of a worldly Messianic lingered after Jesus was gone.
Under the circumstances, it may be possible that members of the family escaped to France to avoid execution. I suppose it is also possible, as Baigent and Leigh suggest, that Jesus’s descendents intermarried with the Frankish Merovingian royal line.
But why would living descendents preserve their pedigree? Do they believe that someday they will become recognized kings of Israel? Why would the Templars have cared? The Merovingian kings were gone centuries before the Templars.
To finish this off I’m going to list various authors and their books that I’ve read regarding a non-religious version of Jesus. I think that they are all worth reading:
Jesus and the Zealots, Brandon (1967): This book introduced me to the idea of an alternative Jesus. It very cleverly deconstructs parts of the New Testament, clearly showing that Jesus was involved with an anti-Roman political movement. For example, he chose a disciple who they called Simon the Zealot. The Zealots were a fanatical group whose purpose was to remove the pagan polluters from God’s Holy Land of Israel. Another disciple was named Judas Iscariot. The Sicarii were fanatics who assassinated Roman collaborators in the streets. Did Jesus haphazardly pick these people? Not likely. The book is fascinating and still is a good read if you can find a copy.
Robert Eisenman is a plodding academic who numbs your skull with his long and badly constructed sentences, and he rehashes the same material over and over. I would never read him, except he develops a very important point of view. Essentially Jesus aligned with the anti-Roman movement, and was a devoted follower of Jewish Law. When he died, his brother, James the Just, took over the Jewish Christian movement and they continue to follow Jewish law. Abandonment of God’s law only happened in the Greek arm of Christianity. James, Brother of Jesus is Eisenman’s most famous book, but a compilation of his papers called The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians may be the more informative, and it’s a lot shorter.
Holy Blood, Holy Grail & The Messianic Legacy, both by Baigent and Leigh, propose the idea that Jesus married Mary, and when he was killed she escaped to France where eventually his blood-line was integrated into the Merovingian Frankish line. They imply that his blood line survives today and is protected by a secret organization—for some odd reason, maybe they don’t have anything else to do. Some of these ideas seem well founded; other bits are poorly supported, in my opinion.
The Jesus Dynasty by James Tabor sticks to historical data, with a few reaches, like trying to identify Jesus’s true father. Basically Tabor believes that Jesus was a laborer of royal blood. He, king Messiah, and cousin John the Baptist, priest Messiah, begin a movement to reestablish God’s rule in Israel. Jesus meticulously followed the prophesies and thought that this would lead to fulfillment in that he would be plucked, living, from the cross and established as king of Israel.
A sidelight is Tabor’s familiarity with the Talpiot tomb, also mentioned by Scott Wolter as the possible resting place of Jesus’s family. This is interesting to me because at the time I was reading James, Brother of Jesus, an ossuary was found with the words, “James son of Joseph brother of Jesus” inscribed on it. It generated a lot of news until it was declared fake and it faded from the popular view. The rest of the story is that on further examination, it was declared authentic, but the press didn’t pick up on it again!
I read another book, by a lady, name lost, who deconstructed bible passages to show that Jesus was from a wealthy family and that at his own wedding he symbolically changed water into wine. If you know the book or writer, drop me a line here.