The Greco-Roman Plot Unfolds
"We must persuade our citizens that the gods are the lords and rulers of all things and what is done, is done by their will and authority: and they are the great benefactors of men, and know who everyone is, and what he does, and what sins he commits, and what he intends to do, and with what piety he fulfills his religious duties."--Cicero, "The Law" 2:15,16

Bruno Bauer, a student of Hegel, was one of the first to realize that the Christian gospels owed more to ancient Greek philosophy (Stoicism) than to Judaism, and that the gospels were nothing more or less than myth, in other words a religious form of Greco-Roman theater. The curtain rises with Jesus (Beni-Amin also known as Amin-il) working in the Temple with the priests when it is announced that a dream has foretold the birth of the prophet John (the Baptist). This is important for according to the gospel accounts John was older than Jesus, but only by a few months. This was altered in the scriptures so that John could be made to announce the coming of Jesus. The most accepted date for the birth of Jesus is usually that listed in Matthew 4 BCE. However, that date does not work. In order for Jesus to be the Messiah he must be the oldest member of the dynastic family and if he were born in that year, it is clear that both his brother James and his uncle Symeon ben Cleopas would be older.

Zechariah who predicts that one day his son John would overthrow the false Torah is slain in the Temple by members of the Pharisee. "And Herod searched for John, and sent officers to Zacharias, saying: Where hast thou hid thy son? And he, answering, said to them: I am the servant of God in holy things, and I sit constantly in the temple of the Lord: I do not know where my son is. And the officers went away, and reported all these things to Herod. And Herod was enraged, and said: His son is destined to be king over Israel. And he sent to him again, saying: Tell the truth; where is thy son? for thou knowest that thy life is in my hand. And Zacharias said: I am God's martyr, if thou sheddest my blood; for the Lord will receive my spirit, because thou sheddest innocent blood at the vestibule of the temple of the Lord. And Zacharias was murdered about daybreak. And the sons of Israel did not know that he had been murdered."--Protoevangelium of James chap 23

"And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar."--Matthew 23:35. "from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary."--Luke 11:51. Zacharias, the son of Baroch, was actually slain by the Zealots in the 60s during the war with Rome. "So two of the boldest of them fell upon Zacharias in the middle of the temple, and slew him; and as he fell down dead,"--Josephus, "War of the Jews" IV 5:4. Please ignore the spelling as variant name forms were just a few of the tricks used by the conspirators.

We pick up the story in Slavonic Josephus, another work I believe written not by Josephus, but by the Nazoreans. Unlike the locust and honey eating prophet in the Christian scriptures, here John is depicted as a vegetarian. When John grows up he begins his ministry along the Jordan baptizing Nazoreans and Nazorean converts. Archelaus, the heir of Herod, hears about John and calls him in for a sit down. John tells him that he is of God. Now, Archelaus only serves as ethnarch through the year 6 CE but, John like Jesus, was supposedly born in 4 BCE. So, John must have indeed been born much earlier than this or he would be only 9 or 10 years old. So, let us say that he was at least 18. This would put his birth date at 12 or 13 BCE at the latest. Since Jesus (Amin-il) was working in the Temple at the time of the annunciation of the birth of John, he had to have been at least 13 which would place his birth date prior to 25 BCE which would also make him the eldest heir to the throne.

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