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The Star of David and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Star of David and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Judeo/Christian Quotables – The Warped Judeo/Christian Roots of Soviet Communism

In The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming claims that Judeo-Christian messianic ideas have influenced 20th-century totalitarian systems, citing Soviet Communism as an example.

– Christian Mythology, Wikipedia

 

LINK; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_mythology)

The Supernatural Power of the Judeo/Christian Name of the LORD…

Occultists based in Judeo-Christian mythology consider the Hebrew names of God (such as Adonai and Elohim) to hold power, and none is more powerful than the tetragrammaton.

– The Tetragrammaton – The Unpronounceable Name of God, Catherine Beyer, About.com

it is the Tetragrammaton.

it is the Tetragrammaton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Definitive Star of David Definition

The Star of David or Magen David (Hebrew: מגן דוד; literally, “David’s Shield”) is a six pointed shape, formed by two equilateral triangles; one flipped on top of the other symmetrically…The symbol has been used extensively in Judaism, Christianity and Islam during the first millenium CE. During some periods, it was associated with Christianity or Islam more than with Judaism.

– Star of David, Jesusfamilytomb.com.(http://www.jesusfamilytomb.com/back_to_basics/alternative/secret/star.html)

The Six-Pointed Star of Mary on the Basilica of the Catholic National Shrine, Washington, D.C.

The Six-Pointed Star of Mary on the Basilica of the Catholic National Shrine, Washington, D.C.

The Great Dome…features five Marian symbols [such as the] Fleur de Lis: a type of lily symbolic of purity and royalty; it signifies Mary as the Queen of Heaven…Each symbol is contained within a six-pointed Star of David. The six-pointed star of David represents the royal Judaic lineage of Mary- the House of David.

– Facts, Figures and Features of the Basilica, NationalShrine.com

A Short Review of the 24 Elders of the Judeo/Christian Zodiac (12 Sons/Tribes + 12 Apostles)

There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were 24 thrones; and upon the thrones I saw 24 elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.

– Revelation 4:3-4

Who are the 24 Elders of the Zodiac? Well, they are not Angels because Angels never grow old, and they are not ghosts, because in Heaven all souls are awake and live. Basically, the 24 Elders mentioned in the Book of Revelation has nearly always been understood as the 12 Sons/Tribes of Israel plus the 12 Apostles of Christianity for a total of 24 Elders. Using the traditional Signs of the Zodiac as a reference point, these 24 individuals can be listed as follows:

Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Issachar, Judah, Naphtali, Asher, Dan, Gad, Simeon, Reuben, Levi, Peter, Simon, James, Andrew, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, James, Matthew, (Jude) Thaddeus, Matthias

The following two sets of 12 individuals may not be named specifically in the Book of Revelation, but the equation stating: 12 Tribes + 12 Apostles = 24 Elders of the Judeo/Christian Tradition seems to make the most sense considering all the other possibilities. Here in numerical order are the correlations of the 12 Tribes of Israel when compared to the Zodiac (The 12 Tribal Elders of the Judeo/Christian Zodiac), followed by the correlations of the 12 Apostles of Christianity when compared to the Zodiac (The 12 Saintly Elders of the Judeo/Christian Zodiac).

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The 12 Tribal Elders of the Judeo/Christian Zodiac
1) The Tribe of Zebulon usually correlates to the Sign of Aries and the Christian Apostle Peter
2) The Tribe of Joseph usually correlates to the Sign of Taurus and the Christian Apostle Simon
3) The Tribe of Benjamin usually correlates to the Sign of Gemini and the Christian Apostle James the Lesser
4) The Tribe of Issachar usually correlates to the Sign of Cancer and the Christian Apostle Andrew.
5) The Tribe of. Judah usually correlates to the Sign of Leo and the Christian Apostle John.
6) The Tribe of Naphtali usually correlates to the Sign of Virgo and the Christian Apostle Phillip.
7) The Tribe of Asher usually correlates to the Sign of Libra and the Christian Apostle Bartholomew.
8) The Tribe of Dan usually correlates to the Sign of Scorpio and the Christian Apostle Thomas.
9) The Tribe of Gad usually correlates to the Sign of Sagittarius and the Christian Apostle James the Great.
10) The Tribe of Simeon usually correlates to the Sign of Capricorn and the Christian Apostle Matthew.
11) The Tribe of Reuben usually correlates to the Sign of Aquarius and the Christian Apostle Jude Thaddeus.
12) The Tribe of Levi usually correlates to the Sign of Pisces and the Christian Apostle Judas Iscariot/Matthias.

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The 12 Saintly Elders of the Judeo/Christian Zodiac
13) Saint Peter usually correlates to the Sign of Aries and the Tribe of Zebulun.
14) Saint Simon usually correlates to the Sign of Taurus and the Tribe of Joseph.
15) Saint James usually correlates to the Sign of Gemini and the Tribe of Benjamin.
16) Saint Andrew usually correlates with the Sign of Cancer the Crab and the Tribe of Issachar.
17) Saint John usually correlates to the Sign of Leo and the Tribe of Judah.
18) Saint Phillip usually correlates to the Sign of Virgo and the Tribe of Naphtali.
19) Saint Bartholomew usually correlates to the Sign of Libra and the Tribe of Asher.
20) Saint Thomas usually correlates to the Sign of Scorpio and the Tribe of Dan.
21) Saint James the Great usually correlates to the Sign of Sagittarius and the Tribe of Gad.
22) Saint Matthew usually correlates to the Sign of Capricorn and the Tribe of Simeon.
23) Saint (Jude) Thaddeus usually correlates to the Sign of Aquarius and the Tribe of Reuben.
24) Saint Matthias usually correlates to the Sign of Pisces and the Tribe of Levi.

Zebulun, Joseph, Benjamin, Issachar, Judah, Naphtali, Asher, Dan, Gad, Simeon, Reuben, Levi, Peter, Simon, James, Andrew, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, James the Great, Matthew, (Jude) Thaddeus, Matthias

666, the Number of the Beast Trivia Fact #1

Stanley Kubrick was murdered exactly 666 days before the start of 2001, his Space Odyssey.

– The Number 33: facts – Pg 2, Earthlink.net

An Armenian Christian Star of David from the 13th Century

A Star of David on the tombstone of Armenian Grand Prince Hasan Jalal Vahtangian (1214-1261)

Comparing Sense and Nonsense about the Star of David

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Tragically, when it comes to the Star of David, there seems to be far too many Jew-hating, race-baiting, clearly exclusionary voices which almost always seem to come from the Protestant Christian Community. In the end it is quite sad that these clearly hostile, and possibly violent, lunatics literally drown out any and all of the more reasonable voices with their so-called independent Bible ‘research’ which purports to ‘prove’ the inherently evil origins of Jews, Judaism, and of course the Star of David. In order to fight back against these Protestant ‘Christian’ hate-mongers, a three-part comparison between SENSE and NONSENSE as it relates to the Star of David can be reads as follows:

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ImageIt is not a Jewish symbol, but an occult symbol.

– The “Star of David” is Pagan, Jesus-is-Savior.com

SENSE: The Star of David is a widely recognized symbol of Judaism, named after King David of ancient Israel. (Star of David, New World Encyclopedia)
NONSENSE: It is not a Jewish symbol, but an occult symbol. (The “Star of David” is Pagan, Jesus-is-Savior.com)
EVEN MORE SENSE: Most people today associate the six pointed star (hexagram) with the Jewish Star of David (Magen David), as it is the modern symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. In 1948 it was even adopted on the official flag of Israel. According to Wikipedia: “Its use as a symbol of the Jewish community dates to the 17th century.” (The Six-Pointed Star of Armenia, WordPress.com)

JUDAS MACCABAEUS: The Star of David is either a Jewish symbol or an Occult symbol. It cannot be both, because the Occult has been opposed to Judaism and also the Jewish people, for literally thousands of years. The claim that it is not a Jewish symbol when Jews around the world say that it is appears to a serious denial of reality.
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The “Star of David” is Pagan.

– Jesus-is-Savior.com

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SENSE: The Star of David and the five-pointed star are both symbols associated with Christianity. (Christian Star, Christian Symbols, About.com)
NONSENSE: The “Star of David” is Pagan. (Jesus-is-Savior.com)
A LOT MORE SENSE: While predominately recognized as a symbol of Judaism and Israel, many Christians identify with the Star of David as well. (Christian Star, Christian Symbols, About.com)
JUDAS MACCABAEUS: The Star of David is either a Pagan or Christian symbol. It cannot be both, because Christianity is not a Pagan religion and to say an age-old Christian symbol like the Star of David is Pagan is to basically say that Christianity is Pagan, a contradiction in terms which makes no sense whatsoever.
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Star of David OR Star of Lucifer?

– Great Joy in Great Tribulation, MoreSureWord.com

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SENSE: Lucifer is a Latin word which signifies the ‘morning star’. (Morning Star – Philologos, Philologos.org)
NONSENSE: Star of David OR Star of Lucifer? (Great Joy in Great Tribulation, MoreSureWord.com)
SOME MORE SENSE: The Star of David is a six-pointed star formed by two interlocking triangles, one pointing up, one pointing down….In the book of Revelation, Jesus is called the Morning Star – Revelation 2:28, Revelation 22:16. (Christian Star, About.com)
A FINAL SENSE: The name Lucifer originally denotes the planet Venus, emphasizing its brilliance…Metaphorically, the word is applied…finally to Jesus Christ Himself (II Peter 1:19; Apocalypse 22:16, “Exultet” of Holy Saturday) the true light of our spiritual life. (Lucifer, by Anthony John Maas. Catholic Encyclopedia 1913)

JUDAS MACCABAEUS: First of all, to even suggest that the Star of David may be the Star of Lucifer is to blindly assume that the Devil, the enemy of King David, Israel, the Jews and Judaism is in fact called ‘Lucifer’. Considering the known fact that Lucifer is simply Morning Star in the Latin language, then it may well be more appropriate to think of Jesus Christ as Lucifer, who is indeed a direct descendant of the Royal House of David symbolized by the Six-Pointed ‘Morning’ Star of David..
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REALITY: The Star of David is NOT a symbol of the Occult. It was and is an official symbol of Judaism.
REALITY: The Star of David is NOT a Pagan symbol. It is a Christian symbol.
REALITY: The Star of David is NOT the Star of Lucifer. It is the family Coat-of-Arms of Rabbi Jesus, a genuine symbol of Jesus Christ the bright, Morning Star.

God bless reality and may God bless you all.

The 12 Signs of the Zodiac for the 12 Apostles of Christianity and 12 Tribes of Israel

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Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Pisces the Fish is the Apostle Matthias (replacing Judas) and the Tribe of Levi
Autumn constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of October
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Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Aries the Ram is the Apostle Peter and the Tribe of Zebulon
Autumn constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of November
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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Taurus the Bull is the Apostle Simon and the Tribe of Joseph
Autumn constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of December
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Gemini (May 21 – June 21)

Gemini the Twins is the Apostle James and the Tribe of Benjamin
Winter constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of January
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Cancer (June 22 – July 22)

Cancer the Crab is the Apostle Andrew and the Tribe of Issachar
Winter Constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of February
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Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Leo the Lion is the Apostle John and the Tribe of Judah
Winter constellation, best viewed in the night during the month of March
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Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Virgo the Virgin is the Apostle Phillip and the Tribe of Naphtali
Spring constellation, best viewed during the month of April
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Libra (September 23 – October 23)

Libra the Scales of Balance is the Apostle Nathaniel and the Tribe of Asher
Spring constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of May
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Scorpio (October 24 – November 21)

Scorpio the Scorpion is the Apostle Thomas and the Tribe of Dan
Spring constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of June
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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Sagittarius the Archer is the Apostle James and the Tribe of Gad
Summer constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month July
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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Capricorn the Sea Goat is the Apostle Matthew and the Tribe of Simeon
Summer constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of August
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Aquarius (January 20 – Febuary 18)

Aquarius the Water Bearer is the Apostle Thaddeus and the Tribe of Reuben
Summer constellation, best viewed in the night sky during the month of September
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Number- Zodiac, Tribe, Apostle
1) Pisces, Levi, Judas Iscariot
2) Aries, Zebulon, Peter
3) Taurus, Joseph, Simon
4) Gemini, Benjamin, James
5) Cancer, Issachar, Andrew
6) Leo, Judah, John
7) Virgo, Naphtali, Phiilip
8) Libra, Asher, Nathaniel
9) Scorpio, Dan, Thomas
10) Sagittarius, Gad, James
11) Capricorn, Simeon, Matthew
12) Aquarius, Reuben, Thaddeus

 

The Declaration of Independence laid the Cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.

– John Adams

The Temple of Jerusalem Then, Now, and perhaps Tomorrow…

The Temple of Jerusalem Then, Now, and perhaps Tomorrow...

Mini Ikons of the 1st Temple of Solomon, the 2nd Temple of Herod, and proposed designs for the 3rd Temple of Jerusalem built sometime in the future.

The Enduring Mystery of the Judeo/Christian Seven Heavens

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the Third Heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.

– 2 Corinthians 12:2

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The Seven Heavens are described in numerous Judeo/Christian Apocryphal books including: 3 Baruch, 2 and 3 Enoch, the Testament of Levi, the Revelation of Moses, the Martyrdom and Ascension of Isaiah, the Apocalypse of St. Paul, and the Apocryphon of John. They are also found in numerous official texts of Judaism too numerous to count. According to Jewish teachings, mainly from the Talmud, the celestial realm is composed of seven heavens called Shamayim. These, along with their literal meanings in English, can be listed as follows:

I. Vilon (וילון) = veil, curtain
II. Raki’a (רקיע) = expanse, canopy
III. Shehaqim (שחקים) = clouds
IV. Zebul (זבול) = habitation
V. Ma’on (מעון) = refuge
VI. Machon (מכון) = city, established place
VII. Araboth (ערבות) = deserts

The names and meanings listed above are considered the standard Jewish (and even Christian) summary of the Seven Heavens of the Biblical God. Throughout the pertinent literature, a certain core tradition emerges from both the official Jewish documents of antiquity and the Judeo/Christian Apocrypha. This can be summarized in fairly simple manner:

I. Vilon is called a veil, or curtain, because it serves as a physical barrier to the upper six realms rendering them invisible.
II. Rakia is called an expanse, or canopy, because that’s ‘where the sun, moon, and stars are fixed’ into place.
III. Shekim is called clouds because upon them lies Paradise, the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life
IV. Zebul is called habitation because this is where the Heavenly Jerusalem is located
V. Ma’on is called refuge because it is here where most of the Angelic host reside
VI. Makon is called city, or established place, because this where the Angelic University, the City of Angels, has been established
VII. Araboth is called desert because it is very dry and without any air housing the Throne of God and the Seven Archangels

Some theologians and mystics have elaborated far more Heavens than just the standard seven. One scenario admits to only Seven Heavens, but then goes on to include 196 different provinces as well. The Jewish mystical text, the Zohar speaks of ’390 Heavens and 70,000 worlds,’ just as the gnostic thinker Basilides speculated upon ’365 Heavens.’ A figure named Jellenek in the Jewish document called Beth Ha-Midrasch recounts a legends which describes 955 Heavens. One source sums it up in a fairly typical way:

Seven levels of heaven are part of the 196 providences of heaven. The first level of heaven is closest to the Earth. Second level is thought to house sinners awaiting judgment. The third level is where the food of the angels is produced, manna. The fourth level is where the Great Winds are. The fifth level has Samael as the ruling prince. The sixth level of heaven has the Angels of Time, Seas, Rivers, and Crops. The seventh level is the home of ineffable light and is the closest to God.

– Seven Levels of Heavens, Reference.com

According to the Legends of the Jews, by Louis Ginzberg, Eden alone contains 310 separate worlds along with ‘seven compartments for seven different classes of the pious’. In some later versions of the 2nd Book of Enoch, ten levels are mentioned instead of the traditional Seven Heavens. This is due, however, to later additions to the original document which only described Seven celestial realms. One researcher makes note of these more recent changes from seven to ten as follows:

In Enoch 2 the Heavens number 10. Here the 8th Heaven is called Muzaloth. The 9th Heaven, home of the 12 signs of the zodiac, is called Kukhavim. The 10th, where Enoch saw the “vision of the face of the Lord”, is called Aravoth (Hebrew term for the 12 signs of the Zodiac). The confusion of the Heavens is clear here from the fact that the signs of the zodiac do not lodge in the Heavens named after them.

As already discussed, the age-old idea of God’s abode consisting of ‘Seven Heavens appears in The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs and other Jewish apocrypha’. At the same time, these Seven Heavens were also a familiar concept ‘to the ancient Persians and Babylonians.’ In particular, the Persians saw their greatest Deity ‘in the highest of the 7 Heavens, seated on a great white throne, surrounded by winged cherubim.’ A possible reason for this happens that they may well have gotten this idea from the Jews themselves, considering the fact that their greatest prophet Zoroaster was thought to be a heretic Jew who was exiled from ancient Judea before founding a new religion in Persia. Basically, there are two dual opposing theories concerning the Jewish concept of Seven Heavens. One side argues it is all a later Pagan (non-Jewish) influence. An example of their unconvincing claims reads as follows:

The pagan concept of the seven layer of Heaven crept into Judaism and the number seven can be found in Judaism more than anywhere else. Why? Because Midrash teaches, there are seven layers of Heaven, obviously an influence of Paganism in Judaism.

– 7 Layers of Heaven, by Bjorn EnFiddle

First of all, it is not at all obvious that the Bible’s repeated and significant use of the number Seven is connected at all to any Pagan influence of Hebrew mythology. Who is to say that the Hebrews and their ancient story of 7-days of Creation and Seven Heavens didn’t affect the Pagans who may well have borrowed from them? A more reasonable side of the debate deliberately notes the following factors about the Persian use of the number Seven as it relates to Judaism:

The number 7 was of special importance in the Zoroastrian religion, where there were 7 creations, 7 regions of the world, 7 Amesha Spenta (who became the 7 archangels of Judaism), and so on. This would have a great influence on the evolution of numerology in Judaism. However, the number 7 was already significant in Judaic numerology, indicating some earlier influence.

– Answers.com, What is the significance of the number Seven in the Bible?

Indeed, this ‘earlier influence’ may well have been Moses, the original author of the Bible, writing in or near Egypt and unaffected by either Persian or any other Pagan influences. It is more than possible that he mentions and institutes a sacred and holy tradition utilizing the number Seven due to both Divine inspiration and ancient, pre-existing Hebrew legends about the number.

The theological doctrine of the Seven Heavens has been a standard aspect of Christian mysticism for several centuries at least. Not only that, it continues to play a large role in Judaism, most especially in the more traditional Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox religious communities. Indeed, one must concede that the expression, ‘Seventh Heaven’ is, in fact, a fairly popular catch phrase much like the term ‘Cloud Nine’. Most everyone knows that it means something like Nirvana or Paradise and can be used to describe an extremely good feeling, outlook, or situation. As the Dictionary defines it:

 

 

Seventh Heaven – n
1. the final state of eternal bliss, especially according to Talmudic and Muslim eschatology
2. a state of supreme happiness [so named from the belief that there are seven levels of heaven, the seventh and most exalted being the abode of God and the angels.]

– World English Dictionary

Considering the fact that most Christians today tend to believe in only one Heaven, it remains quite puzzling as to where this English expression originates. Some may contend it comes from some vague Western awareness of the traditional Seven Heavens found in the Muslim religion. Given the fact most Westerners remain woefully ignorant about their own Christian heritage, let alone Islamic cosmology, it seems far more likely that the early Christian belief in Seven Heavens has never really been erased from memory. Indeed, the general theory of Heaven consisting of Seven different realms can be found not just in the Jewish Apocrypha, but also in several texts usually considered Christian in origin.

Seven Heavens is a part of religious cosmology found in many major religions such as Islam, Judaism and Hinduism and in some minor [Christian-based] religions such as Hermeticism and Gnosticism. The Divine Throne is said to be in or above the seventh heaven in most Abrahamic religions.

– Seven Heavens, Wikipedia

One Jewish writer appears to object to those who would label the theological concept of Seven Heavens as a Muslim doctrine, unique to the Islamic faith. As he states correctly, the whole ‘concept’ of the Seven Heavens is very old. In fact, it had become quite popular many centuries before the ‘rise of Islam, and has deep roots in Jewish tradition.’ Here is a brief summary of these Jewish origins:

Some of the Rabbis of the Talmud had very precise ideas about the structure of the upper regions. They were presumably influenced by the fact that the Hebrew word for “heavens” or “sky” appears only in a plural form: shamayim, implying a multiplicity of heavens. Given the special role of the number seven in the Bible, it was natural that this number should also determine the arrangement of the heavens. The Jewish sages had no trouble finding distinct functions for each of the seven levels. The heavens, mysterious as they are, affect us in many aspects of our daily life, as well as having important religious associations. Thus, according to one quaint itemization, one heaven is required simply to screen off the light at night-time, another to store the rain and snow, and still another to house the planets. Others have more religious uses, accommodating the souls of the righteous and the unborn, as well as various levels of angels, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and the throne of God.

– “In Seventh Heaven”, The Jewish Star, by Eliezer Segal

On a recent Canadian radio broadcast, a caller inquired ‘about the origins of the English expression “seventh heaven.”‘ Unfortunately, he was mistakenly told that this phrase came from Islam and their own religious ‘conception of Paradise, which is divided into several celestial levels, awarded according to the degree of righteousness achieved during one’s mortal lifetime.’ The reality is that Christian theologians throughout the ages have known far more about the originally Jewish legend concerning the Biblical God’s Seven Heavens and this has been reflected with the popular English turn of phrase ‘Seventh Heaven’. Different levels of Heaven (and Hell) has actually been a standard aspect of literary Christianity, mainly due to Dante and his masterpiece, the Divine Comedy. Nonetheless, the Seven Heavens tradition is still predominantly Jewish and firmly rooted in Judaism and ancient Hebrew tradition. One of those traditions concerns the Shechinah which is supposed to be a huge, shimmering celestial aura denoting the actual presence of God. Some Jews believe this ‘aura’ could be seen at the Temple of Jerusalem during its most holy times. One of the more traditional myths about this Shechinah can be described as follows:

When Adam sinned, the Shechinah departed to the First Heaven. The sin of Kayin forced it to the Second Heaven; the Generation of Enosh to the Third; the generation of the Flood to the Fourth; The generation of the Dispersion to the Fifth; Sodomites, to the Sixth; Egypt of Avraham’s day, to the Seventh.

– Bereishis Rabbah 19:7

Another popular story involves the time when the ancient Israelites gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai to meet with God. Legend has it, they were all ‘treated to a glimpse of all seven heavens opened up above them.’ Another slightly amusing story is written in the Talmud. Apparently, a group of scholarly Rabbis debated and discussed the prophet ‘Ezekiel’s mysterious vision of the heavenly chariot’ so eloquently, that a voice from Heaven suddenly proclaimed to them that ‘a place is prepared to you, and a table is set for you–you and your students are admitted to the third level.’

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

Jesus Christ Really, Really Did Descend into Hell

He descended into Hell….

– Nicene Creed (451 A.D.)

+ Jesus Christ Really, Really Did Descend into Hell +
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There came a man, whose appearance was that of a thief, carrying a cross upon his shoulder, shouting from the outside of the door of Hell, saying: ‘Open up so that I may come in.’ And Satan, opening up to him a little, brought the man inside into his dwelling, and again shut the door behind him. And all the Saints saw him most clearly and said to him: ‘Your appearance is that of a robber. Tell us what it is that you carry on your back.’ The answered with humility: ‘Truly I was a thief in all ways; but the Jews hung me up on a cross, along with my Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father most high. I have now come proclaiming Him. He indeed is coming right behind me.’

– Gospel of Nicodemus

Near the end of every Sunday Mass, Roman Catholics join together to recite the exact words of what’s been called either the Nicene Creed, or the extremely similar Apostles’ Creed. They have been during this for nearly 1,700 years. Many other Christian sects do the same. One of the more frightening verses concerning Jesus in this age-old Creed states quite bluntly: ‘He descended into Hell.’ Over the centuries, many believers have probably wondered what exactly does this really mean. Did Jesus Christ really descend into Hell? What happened when He was down there? How did He manage to escape? Why did He even need to go to such a terrible place?

The answers to all these questions can be found in the oft-neglected Christian doctrine known as the Harrowing of Hell. As the basic story-line goes, the LORD Jesus Christ died on the Cross only to find Himself leading an entire army of Angels down the treacherous slopes of Hell. After travelling further and further down into the darkness of this wicked kingdom, both He and his Angelic forces finally came to the heavily-guarded fortress where the self-appointed ruler of the dead, a Pagan god called Hades, resided. While Jesus laid seige to this foul fortress, the ancient serpent known as Satan, the Devil found himself trying to reassure the Pagan ruler of this dark kingdom that there was nothing to fear.

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Shortly after their initial assault, the Divine expedition led by Christ finally manages to tear down and smash the Gates of Hell into a thousand pieces. The LORD Jesus then charges through the wreckage in order to capture and subdue two of the most evil beings ever known, namely the Pagan god of the dead Hades and his diabolical side-kick Satan. Here are the essential details of this epic battle which immediately followed the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross:

+ The Shattering of the Gates of Hell: And, behold, suddenly Hades trembled, and the gates of Heall and its bolts were shattered. The iron bars were broken and fell to the ground, and everything was laid open. And Satan remained in the midst, and stood confounded and downcast, bound with fetters on his feet. (Gospel of Nicodemus 8)

+ The Defeat of Satan: The Lord Jesus Christ…carrying a chain in His hand, bound Satan by the neck, tying his hands behind him. He then cast Satan into Hell, and placed His holy foot on his throat, saying: ‘Through all ages you have done many evils; you have not rested. Today I condemn you to everlasting fire.’ (Gospel of Nicodemus 8)

+ The Damnation of Hades: The Hades was suddenly summoned and Jesus commanded him saying: ‘Take this most wicked and impious one, and keep him even unto that day in which I shall command you.’ And so Hades, as soon as he received Satan, was plunged under the feet of the Lord…into the depth of the abyss. (Gospel of Nicodemus 8)

+ The Conquest of the Underworld: Then the Savior, inquiring thoroughly about all, seized the underground kingdom of Hades, immediately threw some down into Hell, and led some with Him to Heaven…And the Lord set His cross in the midst of Hades, which is the sign of victory, and which will remain unto eternity. (Gospel of Nicodemus 9-10)

+ The Ascent into Heaven: Then we all went forth to Heaven along with the Lord, leaving Satan and Hades in Hell. (Gospel of Nicodemus 10)

After eventually coming face to face with Hell’s somewhat surprised and frightened ruler godKing Hades, Jesus Christ presses on to attack His traditional age-old foe the Devil named Satan. When they finally meet, Jesus quickly binds the adversary with a chain He had benn carrying with Him, then tosses His ancient enemy down onto the ground on his back. Having been subdued beneath the mighty feet of Christ, Satan ends up being cast even further down into the burning depths of Tartarus. This particular abode also happens to be the lowest level of Hell set aside for its most dangerous inhabitants- a fitting end for Satan. After having thoroughly defeating Satan, Jesus summons King Hades to appear before Him once again. He then orders this so-called Greco-Roman deity to take charge over his evil companion Satan as they are both officially banished into eternal exile- on a journey down into a bottomless pit of eternal damnation.

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Finally, Jesus Christ proceeds to cast judgment upon all the countless number of Hell’s deceased inhabitants, condemning some and redeeming many others until a perfect and eternal justice has been achieved. Whether this took a day, or a thousand years, is a question mere mortals have yet to answer. Making sure to gather together all of His fellow Saints and Angels, the only Son of God finally decides to leave a Sign of the Cross behind as both a monument to His Divine love and mercy, and as a warning to any stray forces of darkness, still haunting the depths of the Underworld. Jesus Christ then leaves this dark, foreboding world of the dead and ascends upwards into Heaven where He has been destined to rule for all eternity.

Herein lies the story of what really happened to Jesus the very moment after giving up the ghost during His crucifixion at Golgotha, just outside of Jerusalem. Indeed, it must be stated loudly and clearly that Jesus Christ really did die and really did descend into Hell nearly 2,000 years ago, thus achieving the eternal salvation of all mankind, One can sympathize with the fact this ancient Christian tale may leave some readers wishing, hoping, waiting for more or expecting it to contain additional drama and excitement. Suffice it to say that, even though the story of Christ’s descent into Hell may seem too simple, like a child’s fairy tale or nursery rhyme, for God-fearing Christians it remains the truest story ever told.

The Judeo-Christian – Comparing the Talmud and the Gospels

Yet again, the Talmud and the Gospels appear as one and the same text, strongly implying that Joshua (Jesus in Greek), the lanky carpenter from the ‘certain Galilean’ countryside, studied with the best student Pharisees of His day. Embittered by their arrogant dismissal of his lowly pious father and mother, Joseph and Mary, this outsider Rabbi rebel with a cause has still managed to bring the greatest teachings of the Talmud to Gentiles throughout the world.
TALMUD: God has a seal, and His seal is truth. (Deuteronomy Rabba 1)
GOSPEL: He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. (John 3:33)

TALMUD: If you sit in judgment and you find one of the litigants anxious to verify his statement by taking an oath, have suspicion against that individual. (Leviticus Rabba 6)
GOSPEL: ‘Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.’ And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, ‘Surely it is not I, Rabbi?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You have said it yourself.’ (Matthew 26:24-25)

The Joshua Talmud
TALMUD: Consider the immeasurable distance from us of what we know as God’s dwelling-place, the Heavens; yet how near He is to us when we call upon Him. (Deuteronomy Rabba 2)
GOSPEL: Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on Earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth will be loosed in Heaven. (Matthew 18:18)

TALMUD: Heaven and Earth wept at the death of Moses. (Deuteronomy Rabba 11)
GOSPEL: It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the Temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When He had said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:44-46)

TALMUD: If you sit in judgment and you find one of the litigants anxious to verify his statement by taking an oath, have suspicion against that individual. (Leviticus Rabba 6)
GOSPEL: Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all, either by Heaven, for it is God’s throne, or by the Earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. (Matthew 5:33-35)

TALMUD: God has a seal, and his seal is truth. (Deuteronomy Rabba 1)
GOSPEL: He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for He gives the Spirit without measure. (John 3:33-34)

TALMUD: Heaven and Earth wept at the death of Moses. (Deuteronomy Rabba 11)
GOSPEL: For truly I tell you, until Heaven and Earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (of Moses) until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)

The Talmud’s Classical Format

TALMUD: Justice is one of the supports of God’s throne. (Deuteronomy Rabba 5)
GOSPEL: Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. (Luke 11:42)

TALMUD: One of the reasons why Moses called upon Heaven and Earth as witnesses (Deuteronomy 33) is that by them the Torah was given (Deuteronomy 4). (Deuteronomy Rabba 10)
GOSPEL: For truly I tell you, until Heaven and Earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law (of Moses) until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:18)

TALMUD: If you are a man of distinction and entitled to a prominent seat at an assembly, seat yourself, nevertheless, two or three seats lower, for it is better to be told ‘Go up,’ than to be asked to ‘go down.’ Hillel was apt to say, ‘If I condescend I am exalted, but if I am haughty I am degraded.’ (Leviticus Rabba 1)
GOSPEL: Jesus said, ‘Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.’ (Mark 12:38-39)

TALMUD: ‘I have created somethings in pairs,’ says God, ‘such as Heaven and Earth, the sun and the moon, Adam and Eve, male and female in all animals, this life and the future life; but I am One.’ He that proclaims the absolute unity of God proclaims the kingdom of Heaven. (Deuteronomy Rabba 2)
GOSPEL: ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. (Mark 10:7-9)

TALMUD: Death is designed for man from time immemorial. When the hour of man’s departure hence arrives, nothing will save him from it. (Talmud, Tanchum. Voeschanan)
GOSPEL: And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27)

TALMUD: ‘I have created somethings in pairs,’ says God, ‘such as Heaven and Earth, the sun and the moon, Adam and Eve, male and female in all animals, this life and the future life; but I am One.’ (Deuteronomy Rabba 2)
GOSPEL: Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits. (Mark 6:7)

An Age-Old Talmud

TALMUD: If you are a man of distinction and entitled to a prominent seat at an assembly, seat yourself, nevertheless, two or three seats lower, for it is better to be told ‘Go up,’ than to be asked to ‘go down.’ Hillel was apt to say, ‘If I condescend I am exalted, but if I am haughty I am degraded.’ (Leviticus Rabba 1)
GOSPEL: When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.’ (Luke 14:7-8)

TALMUD: If you want a vine to flourish it should be replanted on another soil. God replanted his vine, Israel, from Egypt to Palestine, and it became famous. (Exodus Rabba 44)
GOSPEL: When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’ (Matthew 2:13-15)

TALMUD If you are a man of distinction and entitled to a prominent seat at an assembly, seat yourself, nevertheless, two or three seats lower, for it is better to be told ‘Go up,’ than to be asked to ‘go down.’ Hillel was apt to say, ‘If I condescend I am exalted, but if I am haughty I am degraded.’ (Leviticus Rabba 1)
GOSPEL: When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:7-11)

TALMUD: ‘I have created somethings in pairs,’ says God, ‘such as Heaven and Earth, the sun and the moon, Adam and Eve, male and female in all animals, this life and the future life; but I am One.’ (Deuteronomy Rabba 2)
GOSPEL: After this the LORD (Jesus) appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. (Luke 10:1)

Old Preface to the Talmud

May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

The Good News Talmud, Part I.

The Christian Talmud and the Jewish Gospels

I have been an amateur, Gentile Scholar of the Jewish Talmud for around ten or so years. I do not speak Yiddish, Aramaic, or Hebrew. Even so, and given everything I have learned so far without any Jewish input or instruction, I must conclude that the history of Gentile Christian animosity towards this astounding set of documents should be seen as a superstitious, unreasonable assault on common sense, let alone Biblical scholarship and practical judgment.

In reality, the Talmud is literally 99.999% acceptable to nearly all forms of Christian thought and reflects a sense of ethics and morality that is, in fact, far more strict than any form of Christianity. Those who still object to the .001% of the text which may, or may not, be offensive to Christianity, are lost in the land of irrationality and, God willing, someone will save them from themselves. Anyway, here is ABSOLUTE PROOF of an ancient, very real Judeo-Christian tradition embedded in both the Jewish Talmud and the Christian Gospel of Matthew. For those of you who have ever been mocked or ridiculed by either Jewish or Gentile intellectuals who insist that they has never been a Judeo-Christian tradition, here is your undeniable vindication.

TALMUD: Man has two hands, but he is not to rob with the one and give
donations with the other. (Talmud, Midrash Proverbs 11)
GOSPEL: When you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what
your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and
your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4)

TALMUD: Swear not at all, not even to the truth. (Talmud, Tanchum, Vayikra)
GOSPEL: I tell you, Do not swear at all. (Matthew 5:34)

TALMUD: The pure of heart are God’s friends. (Talmud, Genesis Rabba 41)
GOSPEL: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

TALMUD: If you intend to put man to rights, put yourself to rights
first. (Talmud, Midrash Psalms 53)
GOSPEL: Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye,
but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?…You hypocrite,
first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly
to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

TALMUD: Have no compunction to chastise where chastisement is called
for. It will produce not animosity, but eventually love and peace.
(Talmud, Genesis Rabba 54)
GOSPEL: Moreover if your brother should trespass against you, go and
tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he will hear you, you
have gained your brother. (Matthew 18:16)

TALMUD: God knows our thoughts before they are formed. (Talmud, Genesis Rabba 9)
GOSPEL: Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8)

TALMUD: The truth of the Torah is a weapon to its possessor. (Talmud, Numbers Rabba 12)
GOSPEL: Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did
not come to bring peace, but a sword. (Matthew 10:34)

TALMUD: One of the characteristics of the righteous is that their yes
is yes, and their no is no. (Talmud, Midrash Ruth 7)
GOSPEL: Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No’,
anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (Matthew 5:37)

TALMUD: Man’s eyes and his heart prompt him to sin. (Talmud, Numbers Rabba 17)
GOSPEL: I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has
already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

TALMUD: Adultery can be committed with the eyes. (Talmud, Leviticus Rabba 23)
GOSPEL: I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has
already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

TALMUD: Immediately when a man is born he proceeds into death, when he
dies he proceeds into life. (Talmud, Midrash Samuel 23)
GOSPELS: He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost
his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)

TALMUD: The Guardian Angels are always near God’s throne. (Talmud,
Tanchum, Sazrea)
GOSPELS: Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say unto you that in Heaven their angels do always behold the
face of my Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 18:10)

TALMUD: God lends eloquence to the suppliant. (Talmud, Midrash
Proverbs 15)
GOSPEL: Do not worry about how or what you are to say, for it will be
given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who
speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Matthew
10:19-20)

TALMUD: No one can imagine the reward of him who accepts all his
sorrows and reverses with religious resignation. (Talmud, Tanchum, Kee
Saizai)
GOSPEL: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and
be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. (Matthew 5:11-12)

TALMUD: What Solomon meant to convey by the words, ‘What profit has a
man of all his labor which he does under the sun?’ (Ecclesiaste 1:2)
is that whatever a man may possess on earth, under the sun, he must
inevitably part with, but it is different if he provides for himself
above the sun, in Heaven. (Talmud, Midrash Ecclesiastes 1)
GOSPEL: A man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing
must I do to get eternal life?’…Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be
perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will
have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me.’ (Matthew 19:16-21)

TALMUD: As the sea throws up its debris upon the shores, so the wicked
have filthiness upon their mouths. (Talmud, Midrash Psalms 2)
GOSPELS: Jesus asked them. ‘Don’t you see that whatever enters the
mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things
that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man
unclean. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery,
sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.’ (Matthew
15:16-19)

TALMUD: When no justice is done here below, it will be accomplished
from above. (Talmud, Deuteronomy Rabba 5)
GOSPEL: But many who are first will be last, and many who are last
will be first. (Matthew 19:30)

TALMUD: Swear not at all, not even to the truth. (Talmud, Tanchum,
Vayikra)
GOSPEL: I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is
God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by
Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by
your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. (Matthew
5:34-36)

TALMUD: To do justice and righteousness is more acceptable to God than
sacrifices (Proverbs 21:3)…Sacrifices atoned only for sins committed
in error not for presumptuous sin, justice and righteousness atone for
all sins. (Talmud, Deuteronmy Rabba 5)
GOSPEL If only you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not
sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. (Matthew 12:7)

TALMUD: Let no man boast of his exalted position. Even so great a man
as Samuel received a rebuke for his lack of modesty.
(Talmud, Midrash Samuel 12)
GOSPEL: Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child,
the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)

TALMUD: God will wipe away tears from off all faces (Isaiah 25:8).
This means from the faces of non-Jews as well as Jews.
(Talmud, Genesis Rabba 26)
GOSPEL: Behold, my servant whom I have chosen…I will put my Spirit
upon him, and he shall declare judgment to the Gentiles….And in his
name shall the Gentiles hope. (Matthew 12:18-21)

TALMUD: The leper, the blind, the abject poor, and those who have no
children are as though they are dead. (Talmud, Tanchum,Tsav)
GOSPEL: Another of the disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, permit me first
to go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me, and
allow the dead to bury their own dead.’ (Matthew 8:21-22)

TALMUD: When no justice is done here below, it will be accomplished
from above. (Talmud, Deuteronomy Rabba 5)
GOSPEL: Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be
first. (Matthew 19:30)

TALMUD: He who hears himself abused (or cursed) and does not retaliate
may be called a saintly man. (Talmud, Midrash Psalms 16)
GOSPEL: I tell you do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes
you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:38)

TALMUD: The proverb says, ‘If you give out your money in usury you
will lose what you gain as well as your original capital.’ (Talmud,
Leviticus Rabba 3)
GOSPEL: For whoever has, to him shall be given and he shall have
abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that
which he has. (Matthew 13:12)

TALMUD: The righteous are put to more and severer trials than the
unrighteous. (Talmud, Tanchum,Vaayro)
GOSPEL: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10)

TALMUD: When the prophets went forth on their mission the Holy Spirit
rested upon them, awed and surprised their audience, and inspired them
with respect for the prophets. (Talmud, Numbers Rabba 10)
GOSPEL: Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority
over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of
disease and every kind of sickness…These twelve Jesus sent out after
instructing them: ‘Do not go in the way of the Gentiles…but rather
go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel…Heal the sick, raise the
dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely
give.’ (Matthew 10:1-8)

These passages are proof positive that the Christian Gospels were definitively Jewish in origin, reflecting mainstream Jewish thought
and sentiment as seen during the lifetime of Joshua (Jesus Christ) that has continued, parallel with Christianity for thousands of years
since that time. May the LORD God bless you in the name of St. Judas Maccabaeus.

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