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Mary called Magdalene

Later gospel writers and church fathers seemed annoyed that there were so many women named “Mary” in the New Testament. Lists were often made trying to nail them all down…a hopeless task. 1,291 more words

Josephus

A Small Apocalypse

We are now entering into what many Christian writers have called “the lost years.” Except for one legendary episode in Luke that I will look at later, the two birth stories, Matthew and Luke fall silent. 944 more words

Josephus

Archelaus son of Malthace

Matthew, as noted, has Mary and her son visited by the two “wise men”—“wise men” in Josephus for the same timeframe were early rabbi/teachers with Hasmonean names and a philosophy of martyrdom and rewards in Heaven…and it is just possible that Matthew wanted us to know that they supported Mary and her son….

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Hasmoneans

The Last Days of Herod the King

We are now actually in the last days of Herod. He has scourged the palace and the city torturing, killing, and deposing all those who were against him or… 1,079 more words

Josephus

Elizabeth daughter of Aaron

Luke began his birth story for Mary with a birth story for “Elizabeth daughter of Aaron”  meaning a daughter of a High Priestly House if not the High Priest himself. 1,113 more words

Josephus

The Princess Handmaid

Pheroras’ wife fascinated me: A handmaiden/maid servant who married a Tetrarch and who had a prophecy that the kingdom would come to her and her children when Herod died. 1,254 more words

Mariamne The Queen

The Handmaiden Prophecy

So we know from the last post that an Essen prophet predicted that a young Herod would grow up to be the king and certain Pharisees were making prophecies with life and death consequences during the last days of Herod about who would inherit the kingdom from him. 1,103 more words

Mariamne The Queen