I’m reading my first history by Ralph Ellis, after seeing him interviewed by Mark Windows a couple of months ago. That interview alerted my interest, because he’s addressing topics which have long puzzled me and most other people, basically things like who was Jesus? If Jesus is such a significant figure in world history, what does the historical record give us about who he was and where he came from. That’s the question which Ralph Ellis asks, and as far as I am concerned, answers – by working his way through Josephus Flavius’ many deceptions and finding out the true historical context of the events that took place.
I can’t give away the plot! by revealing too many details of what Ellis works out, but Ellis’ notion that the Israelites came out of Egypt because they were in fact Egyptian, is a key fact that his book ‘Cleopatra to Christ’ gets across forcefully. The Hebrew language descends from Egyptian, and many of Ellis’ explanations use his linguistic knowledge of Egyptian, Greek, Hebrew and Persian to track the family dynasty from which the biblical Jesus is descended.
To get the full picture from the Ralph Ellis viewpoint, I suppose I’ll need to buy more of his books (I have done and wait their delivery), but already I can see that he’s way up there as a classical scholar, making many of Zechariah Sitchin’s notions appear to be erroneous and less than convincing.
To be fair, Sitchin addressed the Old Testament for the most part, and Ellis is tackling the New Testament. That said they can’t both be right as regards the origins of Israel, for example. As I progress through the Ellis version of pre-history, and he exposes deliberate deception after deliberate deception, maybe the two histories will merge at some point, although Ellis doesn’t appear to be trying to spin a new web of deception, as many suspect was the case with Sitchin.
Ellis gives the feeling of someone happily exposing the deceptions which have enslaved the world. I feel privileged to be able to read an expose of the deceptions that have been used as a major part of the system of human suppression for thousands of years, including throughout my own childhood. This is an important part of how we must attain a new freedom. Information well handled, and presented, of things we would never find out otherwise. Our definition of goodness must be rebuilt without the interference of corrupted institutions that bend facts to suit their agendas. The Roman Empire’s historians can no longer maintain their hold over us, as we relearn who we really are.
From Ralph Ellis’ website –
The biblical Jesus – discovered in the historical record.
Contemporary coins and statue of Jesus discovered in Syria.
Why is Jesus missing from the historical record? Jesus was an influential king (the King of the Jews) and probably the most famous monarch of the last two millennia, so why cannot we find archaeological evidence for his life? The answer is that we have been looking in the wrong location.
Following 25 years of research, Ralph Ellis has discovered that Jesus was a prince of Edessa in northern Syria. The Edessan monarchs were Nazarene Jews who helped build the Temple of Jerusalem and saved Judaea from starvation during a great famine. But, just like Jesus, they were also religious and political revolutionaries who tried to take control of Judaea, but were thwarted by the Roman Army. Thus there are many links and similarities between the biblical accounts and the princes and kings of Edessa.
However, in addition to this, Ralph Ellis has discovered that one of the princes of Edessa had the same names as Jesus. Jesus was called (King) Jesus Emmanuel, while one of the Edessan monarchs was called King Izas Manu(el). Equally interesting, is the fact that all of the Edessan monarchs wore a plaited Crown of Thorns. The biblical Jesus was crucified wearing this same plaited Crown of Thorns because he was this very same prince and king of Edessa.
Thus we now know who Jesus was, where he lived, and who his family were. Visit his city, see the ruins of his citadel, gaze upon his statue, handle his coins. In reality, Jesus was a son of King Abgarus au Kama of Edessa, a minor princeling with a small realm, a large treasury, and even bigger ambitions. But the so-called Wise Prince of northern Syria came up against an intractable Rome, and his many plans crumbled to dust. The historical records then indicate that this revolutionary prince of Edessa was crucified outside Jerusalem, along with two other leaders of the revolt, but he was reprieved and taken down from the cross by a man called Joseph(us). And yes, this familiar-sounding account is from the historical record, and not from the gospels.
Readers might imagine that the true history of this region might undermine much of the biblical story that the gospel authors have crafted. But in reality the gospels always did say that Jesus was a Nazarene (Mat 2:23) and a king (Luk 23:38), and so this new analysis changes very little in the gospel story. The only real difference is that the true history of the region indicates that the strategies and goals of King Izas (King Jesus) were much more far-reaching than the gospel accounts like to admit. In reality, the goal of King Izas and the Edessan monarchy was to use their newly united Kingdom of Judaeo-Syria as a springboard to take over the throne of Rome. Yes, King Izas (King Jesus) wanted to become Emperor of Rome – which is why he was so closely linked to the Roman ‘Star Prophesy’ (the eastern star at his birth), and why he suffered a Roman rather than a Jewish form of punishment.
This is a scholarly study of all the available historical evidence, including the Tanakh, Talmud, Josephus Flavius, the Roman historians, and venerable Syriac historians like Moses of Chorene and Yohannes Drasxanakertci.
We suggest that readers start with ‘Cleopatra to Christ’ and then ‘King Jesus’. The wait before arriving at the last episode in the trilogy will be worthwhile, for if a book could be valued on its ‘eureka moments’ then this final book would be priceless. v3.5
TAP – That said, the Cleopatra to Christ book comes to very different conclusions in 2006, to the book Jesus Of Edessa, written a few years later. The working through wrong theories led Ralph Ellis onto the right story. Fascinating stuff.