A Geoff Hudson Special Edition

21/03/2009 at 16:26 2 comments

Starting with a bang, and someone sure to return, here are some of the pearls from one of the all time greats. The theory of skeletons at Qumran has to rate as one of the greatest, does it not? But what about Jonathan the High Priest = John the Baptist – or is that the other way around? Yet there is also  the truth of the revolt against Rome! Do you really want to know who wrote 1QH? So much choice! Geoff we salute you.

Geoff commenting on Crypto-Theology

So you think ‘Herod’ was not aware of it? You also might ask which Herod are you talking about? Someone with the name Herod protected ‘John’ (Mk.6.20) One might think this Herod was Herod Antipas. But was it? Was ‘John’ in fact the Prophet? Was Herod in fact Herod Agrippa 1 and a supporter of the Prophet? Someone must have kept the prophet alive, otherwise he would have been dead much sooner, executed as a false prophet by the high priests.

And come on! That story about Herodias divorcing one very indeterminate Philip brother of the real Herod Philip and marrying Antipas has to be far fetched. Herodias always was married to Antipas until she left him to tell her brother Agrippa 1 that Antipas and Phillip were about to gang-up on him. She didn’t go to Machaerus, she went to Jerusalem to tell her brother about the plot, with the pretence of going to worship. So Herod Agrippa went to war against his two uncles.

Geoff commenting on Hypotyposeis

‘John the Baptist’ was Jonathan the high priest. I have a good explanation lined-up.

Geoff commenting on Earliest Christian History

Never mind about reception history, why do you think the 50 or so skeletons unearthed from the cemetery at Qumran died at an early age? Here is quite a good article:
http://catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/healthrisksSSA.pdf
It states:
“LIFE SPAN
The only epidemiological study to date of the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men LOSE UP TO 20 YEARS OF LIFE EXPECTANCY.” – Just suits Joe Zias’s findings.
I presume this figure allows for loss of life expectancy for various sexually transmitted diseases. It would be interesting to see the figure not including deaths from AIDS. The article describes how abnormal sexual practices can cause loss of immunity, even without AIDS. So, it seems likely to me that they were the cause of the premature deaths at Qumran.

Geoff commenting on Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean

I am not sure where the term ‘Judean War’ comes from. Is it simply a different translation of the title Wars of the Jews? May be Steve Mason’s article explains this. I don’t have acces to it. The designation ‘Judean War’ certainly rings a few bells for me. It could be taken to mean the war fought in Judea and Judea only. For a long time now I have thought that the war as portrayed in the writings attributed to Josephus was greatly exaggerated in its extent, probably by Flavian editors of Josephus’ original account. Thus there were no battles fought outside of Judea. Such battles were inflated propaganda to intimidate adjacent nations who might stir up trouble. Vespasian’s and Titus’ triumph was misclaimed. Titus merely ransacked Jerusalem which had previously been entered without seige by Roman troops under Nero. Nero’s so-called tour of Greece from 66 CE to 68 CE was pure Flavian propaganda.

For example, the preface para. 3 to War has the phrase “nor are they ashamed to overlook the the length of this war”. This I suggest was the obfuscation of Josephus’ editors who were the true “they” who did indeed fictitiously increase the length of the war. Thus Josephus’ original true account of the war was much shorter than the extant version.

Geoff commenting on Orion

Could the Prophet Zechariah of Lk.11.51 be the person who wrote 1QH? The Prophet Zechariah of Lk.11.51 was killed between the alter (of incense?) and the sanctuary (doors?), presumably by someone who had access to the sanctuary, and who had a serious grievance against his victim. If the Zechariah of Lk.11.51 is the same as the elderly Zechariah of Lk.1, then the date of the event would be near to CE6. This is in the radiocarbon date range of 1QH and would suggest that 1QH was written before CE6, if the Zechariah of Lk.1 was the author. I believe there was an access on the right-hand side of the sanctuary for the high priest.

Geoff commenting on Forbidden Gospels

Whatever one’s opinion is about what the Gospel of Judas says or does not say, one thing is clear, Judas is the central character of it. Moses like, his was the only spirit that ‘was able to stand before Him’ yet ‘he could not look Him in the eyes, and he turned his face away’.

It is my view that ‘sayings’ have their origins in prophets who wrote down what ‘The Lord’ spoke to them by the Spirit. Thus I see the Gospel of Thomas as having its origin in words written down by Judas the prophet. These were words ‘spoken’ to the prophet not by the ‘living Jesus’, but by the ‘living God’’ i.e. God’s Spirit.

I see Judas as the real first century Jewish prophet. The tradition of Judas the prophet is in The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Judas, the NT, and in a number of interpolations of writings attributed to Josephus – if one has doubts about the NT canon, one should certainly have doubts about much that is attributed to Josephus. I believe that Josephus’s original texts were heavily edited in places.

At the beginning of the first century there was a school or company or order of prophets. We know them as the sect of the Essenes. Their training base city was En-gedi. Judas became their principal. The prophets of the first century were in dispute with the priests (as reflected in the Gospel of Judas and the NT). The priests were the second order or sect of Judaism. Their training base was Qumran. From the time of their legislator Moses, there was only ever two orders of Jewish government, i.e. priests and prophets. The Pharisees were post first century.

Geoff Hudson commenting on Forbidden Gospels

A plot was hatched in the high priest’s palace to arrest the prophet and bring him to justice. This was shortly after he had prophesied that ‘not one stone here will be left on another’. (Mk.13:2). I believe that the prophecy originally referred to the altar for burnt offerings, not the temple.

A story that was probably taken out of the NT, garbled and inserted in Josephus was the ‘pulling down’ by Judas and Matthias of ‘Herod’s golden eagle’ from above the entrance gate of the ‘temple’. I believe that this story was also originally about the real act of ‘throwing down’ the altar in front of the sanctuary.

Thus the high priests had a pretty good motive to arrest the prophet. Judas’s motive in destroying the altar was that he no longer accepted the Jewish law of animal sacrifices as a means of cleansing.

On this view, there is no Jesus.

Geoff commenting on Euangelion

Wandering Pomo Pope Hudson has a question. (Mk.10) The prophet told the man to do two things after he had previously said he only lacked one thing. What is your provisional answer, good teacher? I know what mine would be. Now the man must have gone away a bit confused if the text is correct.

My answer:

Surely if you lack something, you don’t possess it. Yet the two actions the editor had Jesus tell the man to do didn’t give him anything in a strict sense. Giving to the poor and following Jesus didn’t make up for the lack of anything. It appears that the ‘man’ had kept the Jewish law perfectly, so he must have done something for the poor. But the man had asked, “What must I ‘do’?” So may be the real answer was that he didn’t have to ‘do’ anything as he had ‘done’ in obeying the law. May be he only had to receive the one thing he lacked, which I suggest was what the prophet proclaimed, that is the Spirit of God.
Pomo Pope Geoffrey

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jim  |  21/03/2009 at 16:47

    yeah, hudson’s a whack job.

    Reply
  • 2. Geoff Hudson  |  26/03/2009 at 12:28

    What about Mark Goodacres blog.

    Reply

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