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Archbishops Father is Not God! What if Jesus had a DNA Test?

Politics / Religion Apr 10, 2016 - 02:25 AM GMT

By: N_Walayat


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby following a DNA test to put press rumours to rest was instead shocked to discover that his real father turned out to be someone other than the man who had raised him from birth, as apparently his mother had slept with Winston Churchill's last private secretary whilst drunk resulting in the conception of Justin, all of which was just days before her marriage to the man who Justin would think was his father for 60 years.

The truth is that Justin's experience is far from unique, where literally for thousands of years perhaps as many as 1/4 of children were unbeknown brought up by men who in fact where not the child's biological father, a reality that in the vast majority of cases could rarely ever be questioned up until quite recently when paternity DNA testing became widely available.

So what if Jesus Had a DNA Test? Would his DNA reveal Gods finger print or would his Y chromosome point to a particular mortal man?

In answering the fundamental question of why Jesus become Jesus Christ we have to go back to the beginning, to how things were at the time in Judea under Roman military occupation. The truth is as tends to be the case right upto the present day across the worlds many war zones and lands of occupation is the fact that soldiers tend to RAPE, and so was the case in Judea of being common for Roman soldiers to rape native Jewish women and where children born of such incidences rather then be labeled as the offspring of usually unknown Roman solider's, instead the families survived their ordeal by bringing up the children as gifts from God, Gods children, God as the father of the child.

Of course everyone understood the truth, but this is how families, society coped with the Roman occupation, where children would be brought up to believe that they were a gift from God who was their father, only to slowly realise the truth as they encountered hostility from other Jews, as being the bastard offspring of Roman soldiers and thus were deemed not to be real Jews.

This also explains why so many half Jews rebelled against Jewish elite that populated the temple and synagogues, embarking on their own diverging religious paths in an attempt to reinvest the Jewish faith so that not only were they accepted as equals but representative of a truer version of Judaism rather than that offered by the Rabbi's. And so it is clear from the Gospels of Jesus's rebellion against Judaism, as he sought to find a place for his kind (half Jews) that numbered in the many thousands as they straddled the Jewish world and the Roman world.

This also explains why the Jewish elite were so vehemently against Jesus, all the way to the point of demanding his death by crucifixion that the Roman occupation complied with their requests. For Jesus, given his origins was never deemed to be a real Jew by the Jewish elite, who hounded him his whole life, where the greater his following became then the greater became their persecution of him and so increased Jesus's rebellion in his diversion from Jewish doctrine towards what would become a new religion.

So Who was Jesus's Father?

We'll I am not the first to offer a theory of origins of the Roman origins of Jesus's father, far from it as many have investigated the fathers probable identity for decades, investigations coalesced around identifying roman soldiers around at the time of Jesus's conception.

“Jesus, son of Pantera”

About 177 AD the Greek philosopher Celsus, in his book ‘The True Word’, expressed what appears to have been the consensus Jewish opinion about Jesus, that his father was a Roman soldier called Pantera. ‘Pantera’ means Panther and was a fairly common name among Roman soldiers. The rumor is repeated in the Talmud and in medieval Jewish writings where Jesus is referred to as “Yeshu ben Pantera”.

In 1859 a gravestone surfaced in Germany for a Roman soldier called Tiberius Iulius Abdes Pantera, whose unit Cohors I Sagittariorum had served in Judea before Germany – romantic historians have hypothesized this to be Jesus’ father, especially as ‘Abdes’ (‘servant of God’) suggests a Jewish background.

It appears this First Cohort of Archers moved from Palestine to Dalmatia in 6 AD, and to the Rhine in 9 AD. Pantera came from Sidon, on the coast of Phoenicia just west of Galilee, presumably enlisted locally. He served in the army for 40 years until some time in the reign of Tiberius. On discharge he would have been granted citizenship by the Emperor (and been granted freedom if he had formerly been a slave), and added the Emperor’s name to his own. Tiberius ruled from 14 AD to 37 AD. Pantera’s 40 years of service would therefore have started between 27 BC and 4 BC.

As Pantera would probably have been about 18 when he enlisted, it means he was likely born between 45 BC and 22 BC. He could have been as old as 38 or as young as 15 at the time of Jesus’ conception in the summer of 7 BC.

In 6 AD when Jesus was 12, Judas of Galilee led a popular uprising that captured Sepphoris, the capital of Galilee. The uprising was crushed by the Romans some four miles north of Nazareth. It is possible (and appealing to lovers of historical irony) that Pantera and Joseph fought on opposite sides. As Joseph is never heard of again he may well have been killed in the battle, or have been among the 2,000 Jewish rebels crucified afterwards.

So Tiberius Iulius Abdes Pantera is indeed a possibility as Jesus’ father. The only thing we know for certain is that Mary’s husband Joseph wasn’t the father, and that Mary was already pregnant when they married. It could have been rape, or Mary may have been a wild young teen who fell for a handsome man in a uniform, even if he was part of an occupying army. It happens.

Once you understand who Jesus's father probably was then you will read the Jesus story, the Gospels in a whole different light, for it is a story of rejection, of a half Jew standing between being Jewish and Roman, who was pulled and tugged in both directions, but in the end as a consequence of rejection, marginalisation and persecution by Jewish society rebelled against and rejected Judaism ultimately pushing Jesus to lay the ground work for what would come to be known as Christianity, a separate religion. None of which would have happened if Jesus's father had NOT been Jewish!

By N Walayat

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