What historical facts and scholarly knowledge I have come to accept regarding Yeshua, the Jewish teacher intent on sowing far and large the spiritual wisdom of the Torah and the Books of the Prophets and Jesus, the Christian holy icon, have come to me via Moriya, my teacher of Spirituality. Moriya, herself, is an enthusiastic follower of Professor David Flusser who died in 2000. “This man,” she explained, “is the greatest scholar on Jesus, Paulus and on all that has become Christianity.” A quick Google search will certainly position Professor Flusser as an eminent, if not the most eminent, scholar of all that concerns the nebulous era when Christianity struck root from its Jewish stem.
Thanks to Moriya’s erudite knowledge of sacred texts, interpretive tomes and her infinite patience with our months-long flurries of Q & A email [questions from me/answers from her supplemented by my own research that triggered more Q’s and therefore more clarifying A’s] I was set on my way. I began measuring the distance between Yeshua, the ‘Torah-bashing’ young man who ardently defended his belief that merely praying, acting on each of the 613 commandments and offering God the sacrifice of an animal when one’s conscious prodded too much, were not enough to accede the Grace of God – and his avatar, Gospel-driven Jesus.
It is estimated that Yeshua, or Yehoshua, was born around 4 BC, in the last years of King Herod’s reign and that he died around30-35 AD – the exact years remaining unconfirmed. Some four centuries later, the Roman emperor, Constantine the Great, adopted Christianity around the age of forty. He was the first Roman Emperor to convert. Did he do that out of faith or did his already converted mother, Helena, prod him to do so for his own salvation? Or did he convert to forge new political alliances? That remains a moot point, but he most likely was a lapsing Christian, too attached to the paganism of his ancestors to truly turn his back on it.
Influenced by the beliefs that had ruled his mind until then, Constantine decreed Yeshua the new Sun god. He fixed Yeshua’s birth on the shortest day of the yearly cycle, the 25th of December, said to be the birth day of the original Sun god, thus Sunday became the holy day of Christianity.
If the gospel writers have painted an accurate image of Yeshua’s interactive skills, he was no doubt a charismatic, intelligent teacher of the Torah. There is little doubt that he was an inspired healer, well familiar with the aura, the astral field, and a master in the secret lore of herbal medicine – none greatly unusual skills in bygone eras when in temples throughout Ancient Egypt and much further afield in Tibet, gifted young adepts were trained at the highest levels in the sciences of healing, astrology, astral travelling and ministration of the soul. Master Seers were as essential to the decisions of a Pharaoh or a Dalai Lama as were their chief officials.
In Ancient Israel, back in the 9th century BC, biblical prophets, Elijah and Elisha, had already been noted for their ability to revive ones who had stopped breathing and to perform miracles The Lost Book of Herbal similar to that of Yeshua’s feeding of 5,000 with just five loaves and the two fish. Though it said that Yeshua did not like the comparison some made between him and Elijah, perhaps because Elijah killed some of his enemies whilst Yeshua merely threw himself around shouting at them, a copy-catting of miraculous aptitude seems evident.
I Kings 17 recounts such an event wen Elijah, sent to Zarepath on a mission from God, asked an old woman to fetch him water and a piece of bread.
12″As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread-only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug.”
Elijah reiterates his wish, explains that God said that what miserly quantities of flour and oil were currently at the bottom of her jars would remain untouched, then the disbelieving woman on her way.
15She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.
Sometime later the woman’s son became ill and eventually he stopped breathing.
19″Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the LORD, “LORD my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”
22The LORD heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”
II Kings 2:19 gives us the miracle of Healing of the Water.
City folks informed Elijah that the spring water was so foul that it was not even good for watering the land.
Elijah asked someone to bring him a new bowl in which he put salt. He threw the salt into the spring. 21″This is what the LORD says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.'” 22 And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.
All but the most ardent of miracle believers will agree that the early prophets, the Isyim and Yeshua who had lived with them for many years, and others from various world cultures, did not truly perform ‘miracles’. Instead, it is more likely to think that a very advanced knowledge of healing, lost to us, combined with expert skills at power-hypnosis, also lost to us, altered more than the mindset of the participants but their auric energy.