Who Is Jesus (Part One)

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Part One

 

Who is Jesus?

 

 

Who is Jesus?  This question has been debated for years and probably always will be.  I was curious to the answer to this question myself.  So what did I do?  Did I go and ask someone what their answer was?  No.  I got out my copies of the bible and started researching.  And here is what I found.

 

            Jesus(Greek)/Yahshua(Hebrew) was born to Mary, who was born in Nazareth. Her father, Joachim, a priest of the Tribe of Levi, was from Nazareth and her mother, Anna was from Bethlehem. At three years of age Mary was taken to the temple and left there to be devoted to the service of God, until she reached the age of discretion.  At the age of twelve to fourteen, the high priest degreed that she should return home and endeavor to be married, as she was of proper maturity[1]. Mary refused, stating that she was devoted by vow to God alone and would not break her vow by marriage to a man.  The high priest was concerned as this was not the custom, he sought counsel and it was agreed to ask God for the appropriate course of action. God told the priest to have all unmarried men to bring their rods and the one that sprout a flower was to be betrothed to Mary.  Joseph, a man of advanced years[2], from the house of Jesse was chosen. After the betrothal, Mary went home to Nazareth and Joseph went home to Bethlehem to prepare for marriage. The angel Gabriel came to Mary and explained that she was chosen to conceive the son of God. He would be a child of the lineage of the house of David. To be the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and would rule over the house of Jacob forever.  After three months time, Joseph traveled to Nazareth to marry his betrothed Mary.  He found her to be with child and was distressed. The angel Gabriel eased his mind and said that the child was of God and not man and so Joseph and Mary were married. Joseph and Mary were chaste for the duration of her pregnancy.  Joseph took Mary back to Bethlehem around her ninth month and she gave birth to Jesus in the town of Bethlehem in the land of Judea.[3] Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day as was the custom and was taken to the temple between thirty-three and forty days to be presented to the temple and the proper offerings made. The priest Simeon saw Jesus as a Pillar of Light.  Jesus was born while shepherds were tending flocks in the field.[4]  At about the age of two, Joseph took Jesus and his mother and moved to Egypt to escape Herod, who wanted to kill Jesus and his Cousin John.  While in Egypt, many miracles happened through Mary and Jesus.  It was some time of traveling from city to city in Egypt before it becomes winter time.  While in Egypt, was the first time Jesus foretold his crucifixion, which he told to his mother while passing through robber territory. He also foretold of the two thieves who would be crucified with him, Titus and Dumachus. Jesus was about three years old at this time.  Jesus and his family settled in Memphis, Egypt the city of the pharaoh for three years before returning to Judea.  Since Archelaus, the son of Herod ruled Judea, Joseph, under the guidance of God settled in Nazareth of Galilee.  It was sometime between the ages of six and twelve that Bartholomew, who would later be a disciple of Jesus, was healed of sickness.  Also cured of demon possession was Judas Iscariot while he was just a small child.  And also cured of a snake bite was Simon the Canaanite. During the time prior to Jesus turning twelve years of age, certain people who displeased Jesus were killed.  At twelve years of age, Jesus was taken to Jerusalem for the feast. Jesus went to the temple and talked with the Elders and learned men there. At this time Jesus disclosed his knowledge of religion, astronomy, physics, metaphysics, and properties of the human body. From the age of twelve until the age of thirty, Jesus concealed his works and studied the Law


[1]   Fear of defiling the house of God when the time of womanhood came upon her. 

[2]  Some texts also say that he was a widower with previous children.

[3]  There is some debate on if Jesus was born at the home of Joseph and later moved to an Ox cradle when Herod was looking to kill all male children two years and under, Or if he was born in a cave possibly used as an animal pen.

[4]  This would be prior to the winter time, as flocks were brought into stables during the winter.

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aka-dj 5 years ago from Australia

I have no idea where you get a lot of your detailed information, re events whilst in Egypt, any ministry work of Jesus prior to His baptism, etc. Curious! :/


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

This part was drawn from gnostic texts. Written between 40-70 CE (give or take)


Emile R 5 years ago

Nice hub. I see where you said much of the information came from gnostic gospels. It is unfortunate that these sources can't be verified. I've often wondered why the early church felt the need to supress so much information concerning Yeshua.


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

Emile:

There is much information out there. Many refuse to acknowledge anything that differs from how they believe. I choose to research all available information and then form my opinions from that. Knowledge doesn't change my beliefs though.


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lone77star 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Wow, Double! An awesome batch of information. The story keeps getting more and more interesting.

So, when is Part Two coming out?


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

Lone77star, I am working on part 2 now. It is a slow process, between work and college and raising a family. :).


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

I don't know who you are or where you are from (I don't hide anything except my ugly face), but I am impressed by your intelligence and skill as a writer. Isn't that why we are here? If English isn't your first language, you are cooking with gas.

I have never read this Gnostic gospel. The one I did read was very mystical and ethereal. I voted up and everything but funny. Do you have any other interests, or are you happy with the games you play? I would like to see how you do with a multi-media presentation . . . a link to the text, photos, drawings and like that.

Why do they always make Jesus from Scotland? He was a Jew. I picture him with the locks.


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

WD, I don't do much anymore with other forms of media. Life is to busy at the moment. One of these days, I might put more effort into my hubs to see if I can actually make a few dollars. But, at this time, I just write when I can.

I never understood the portraits of Jesus either.

If you get the chance, there are many gnostic texts out there, and most are a very interesting read.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

When you say he studied law, do you mean religious law or law? Awesome article by the way Thanks


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

Penny,

The Jewish society of that time was based on Religious law. The "law" was Religious Law.


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

Whose making money? I appreciate the gracious answer. I read my comment again after some time passed, and it seems harsh. My bad, I must have been having a crazy artist day. I am right brained, and I can get sketchy sometimes. I have some grief issues right now and your adsorption of the barb is greatly appreciated.


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

WD,

I guess if one can "market" their hubs correctly with the right advertising it can make some good money. Ask around. There are a few of the hubbers who have it figured out. If remember right, one or two have even written hubs to help out. I just don't remember who at the moment.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

Wow that is interesting. So therefore when he broke the law so to speak he was following another law. It kinda tells us mans law can sometimes be flawed.


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

Yes, Man's Law can be flawed.


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica

You have to be careful in regards to the Gnostic texts. Some of the teachings in these texts are not consistent with the personality of Christ in the conventional texts.

Don't get me wrong, there are texts about Christ that were left out of the bible. The character has to be taken into consideration.


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DoubleScorpion 5 years ago Author

Rasta,

As with all things, one must take certain things in context and other things as interpretive.

With all the writing we do have of Jesus/Christ we do find a variety of personalities traits (possibly based on how the author viewed the situation?). Part 2 of this will be based on the synoptic gospels, part 3 John's gospel, part 4 Paul's letters and I might do a part 5 which will be a personal end conclusion based from all information. (when I have the time to finish them of course)


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sunkentreasure 4 years ago

THE GREATNESS OF JESUS By BERNARD LEVINE

The most influential life

ever to have lived on this earth

The greatest love this world has known

The central fulfilment

of hundreds of Bible prophecies

The leading key figure of humanity

Jesus is unique

He walked on water

He raised the dead

He opened blind eyes

He brought us eternal life

Only through His blood

can we be pardoned

Only through His name

can we receive God's power

Only through His life

can we find victory

Lord Jesus

We love and worship you.

© Bernard Levine


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Good interesting article, I will research what you state further, but the logical progression is there, and I see no diminished Christ from what you write, so well done, a differing lifeline that enhances the readers understanding.


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DoubleScorpion 4 years ago Author

Aguasilver, I am working on Part 2 of this topic, which should be more along the lines of what everyone is more familiar with when it comes to Jesus. It is a slow process due to work, school (working on a second degree) and family...I am short on time. I hope everyone will enjoy Part 2 and 3...Not sure if I'll need to do a Part 4 or not... but we'll see where parts 2 and 3 take us...


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heavenbound5511 4 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

This is an interesting hub, I will be waiting for part 2!


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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

gnostic means simply knowledge. it is interesting and this information is out there but it fails to take into account the reality of the SPIRIT of life and light


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Sagittarius 2012 4 years ago from Canada

 ShahlaChalyilJOY,  the ancient  Kabbalist,  not the new age ones, were saying that "Esau and Jesus are one".          

This statement comes from the book:

Legends of the Patriarchs and Prophets and other Old Testament…

By Sabine Baring-Gould

Esau and Jacob

Page 248

“The Cabalists say that the soul of Esau, whom the Arabs call Ais, passed into the body of Jesus Christ by metempsychosis, and that Jesus and Esau are one.”

I have found this statement very interesting and worth to be explored.

 After all, Esau was the first born and beloved son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham.

Although beeing the firstborn and the heir of Isaac, Esau also called EDOM was nither Jew nor Israelite. 

In fact, Jews consider him to be the founder of Rome and Christianity.

 We see that in Ancient times Edom was to be found amongst several Ancient Peoples. Other sources show Edomite elements in China (as claimed recently by an erudite Chinese scholar) and possibly also Japan. 

Edom on the whole may well have had a major civilizing influence amongst many of the world populations.

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