Physical existence of Jesus
Oct 19, 2000 05:44 AM
It was common in the late nineteenthcentury among the
intelligentsia to dispute the physical existence of Jesus. I've read
similar material from Swami Vivekananda and so on, that Christ
was a complilation of various mystery traditions.
However, if you consider the writings and arguments of the Jews
and Pagans around the time of early Christianity, there is no
record to my knowledge of anyone disputing the physical
existence of Jesus as a serious argument. If anyone knows of
this please let me know...
Some have identified Him with Essene Prophet of
Righteousness as did GRS Mead.
To me Jesus had a physical manifestation and the early Logia
and teachings are evidence in themselves of this, there is also
the output of Greek material as well as Coptic and evidence of
the Essene and Nazorean communities .
It's interesting that Apollonius is compared to Jesus. To me they
were separate entities in separate worlds, but having
similarities. The differences would be that Jesus was in an
Aramaic cultural context and should beappreciated in that
setting. while Apollonius was Hellenistic and should be
appreciated in that context.
I also doubt very much that there has been a successful union
between the Hellenistic world and the Judaic Aramaean world.
Attempts were made to translate what Jesus said from Aramaic
to Greek and so on, but these were only "attempts". Even the
verb structure of Aramaic and Greek are desparate and mutually
exceptional, so no truly accurate translation can occur because
the two systems are based on totally different conceptions of
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