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Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ'

copied from http://uk.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11201273.htm

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Biblical scholars will be appearing at the 'Covert Messiah' Conference at Conway Hall in London on the 19th of October to present this controversial discovery to the British public.

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Jesus Christ: completely constructed from other stories for an ancient Roman propaganda campaign?

"[Jesus Christ] may be the only fictional character in literature whose entire life story can be traced to other sources."

London (PRWEB UK) 8 October 2013

American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, according to Atwill, that the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ. His presentation will be part of a one-day symposium entitled "Covert Messiah" at Conway Hall in Holborn (full details can be found at http://www.covertmessiah.com).

Although to many scholars his theory seems outlandish, and is sure to upset some believers, Atwill regards his evidence as conclusive and is confident its acceptance is only a matter of time. "I present my work with some ambivalence, as I do not want to directly cause Christians any harm," he acknowledges, "but this is important for our culture. Alert citizens need to know the truth about our past so we can understand how and why governments create false histories and false gods. They often do it to obtain a social order that is against the best interests of the common people."

Atwill asserts that Christianity did not really begin as a religion, but a sophisticated government project, a kind of propaganda exercise used to pacify the subjects of the Roman Empire. "Jewish sects in Palestine at the time, who were waiting for a prophesied warrior Messiah, were a constant source of violent insurrection during the first century," he explains. "When the Romans had exhausted conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological warfare. They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system. That's when the 'peaceful' Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to 'give onto Caesar' and pay their taxes to Rome."

Was Jesus based on a real person from history? "The short answer is no," Atwill insists, "in fact he may be the only fictional character in literature whose entire life story can be traced to other sources. Once those sources are all laid bare, there's simply nothing left."

Atwill's most intriguing discovery came to him while he was studying "Wars of the Jews" by Josephus [the only surviving first-person historical account of first-century Judea] alongside the New Testament. "I started to notice a sequence of parallels between the two texts," he recounts. "Although it's been recognised by Christian scholars for centuries that the prophesies of Jesus appear to be fulfilled by what Josephus wrote about in the First Jewish-Roman war, I was seeing dozens more. What seems to have eluded many scholars is that the sequence of events and locations of Jesus ministry are more or less the same as the sequence of events and locations of the military campaign of [Emperor] Titus Flavius as described by Josephus. This is clear evidence of a deliberately constructed pattern. The biography of Jesus is actually constructed, tip to stern, on prior stories, but especially on the biography of a Roman Caesar."

How could this go unnoticed in the most scrutinised books of all time? "Many of the parallels are conceptual or poetic, so they aren't all immediately obvious. After all, the authors did not want the average believer to see what they were doing, but they did want the alert reader to see it. An educated Roman in the ruling class would probably have recognised the literary game being played." Atwill maintains he can demonstrate that "the Roman Caesars left us a kind of puzzle literature that was meant to be solved by future generations, and the solution to that puzzle is 'We invented Jesus Christ, and we're proud of it.'"

Is this the beginning of the end of Christianity? "Probably not," grants Atwill, "but what my work has done is give permission to many of those ready to leave the religion to make a clean break. We've got the evidence now to show exactly where the story of Jesus came from. Although Christianity can be a comfort to some, it can also be very damaging and repressive, an insidious form of mind control that has led to blind acceptance of serfdom, poverty, and war throughout history. To this day, especially in the United States, it is used to create support for war in the Middle East."

Atwill encourages skeptics to challenge him at Conway Hall, where after the presentations there is likely to be a lively Q&A session. Joining Mr.Atwill will be fellow scholar Kenneth Humphreys, author of the book "Jesus Never Existed."

Further information can be found at http://www.covertmessiah.com.

About Joseph Atwill: Joseph Atwill is the author of the best-selling book "Caesar's Messiah" and its upcoming sequel "The Single Strand."

1st CENTURY PALESTINE

Roman imperialism in effect.

Palestinian-Jewish anti-colonial/anti-imperialist struggle develops, initiated by Macabees.

 

The Jerusalem Temple establishment bows to Rome.

 

Radical John the Baptist endorses the Christ/Messiah.

 

Yashua (Jesus) hailed as the “new” Divine Savior.

 

James and the Jerusalem Jewish-Christian church community established.

 

Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.

 

Scattering of the early Christians.

 

Genocidal campaign led by Saul against early Jewish followers of Christ, for the Roman Colonial Govt.

 

“Saul” converted and changes to “Paul.”

 

Paul’s education, mobility, financial and social status, and metropolitan contacts enables Paulian expositions to dominate the new and emerging world-view,

now branded as “Christianity”

 

The Rise of Paulian Christianity.

A struggle over Christian orthodoxy develops. Cultural, social, and doctrinal differences arise.

Divergence.

 

Paul establishes himself as “cross-over’ voice of Jesus “to the Gentiles.”

 

Paulian antinomianism moves away from Jerusalem-centered, fundamental, Mosaic-focused Church.

 

 

Paul’s Roman education and citizenship, with Greek-Roman-influenced philosophy and culture, facilitates fast global spread of Paulian Christianity via global (Roman) system of communications (roads etc), ‘mass reproduction’ of books via scriptoria, and by the global spread of Jewish literature.

 

20th CENTURY JAMAICA

 

European imperialism in effect.

African-Jamaican anti-colonial/anti-imperialist struggle develops, initiated by Maroons.

 

The Jamaican Religious establishment bows to 'Rome.'

 

Radical Marcus Garvey endorses the Negus Messiah.

 

Rastafari-Haile Selassie hailed as “new” Divine Savior.

 

Howell and the Original Jamaican Rasta fellowship community established.

 

Destruction of the Pinnacle community.

 

Scattering of the early RasTafarians.

 

Genocidal campaign led by Jamaicans against early Rastafarians, for British-Jamaican Colonial Govt.

 

“Up-Town” youths converted and change to “Roots.”

 

Up-Town youths’ education, mobility, financial and social status, and metropolitan contacts enables TTOI* expositions to dominate the new and emerging world-view,

now branded as “Rasta.”

 

The Rise of Bourgeois Rastafarianism.

 

A struggle over Rastafari orthodoxy develops. Cultural, social, and doctrinal differences arise.

Divergence.

 

The TTOI* establishes itself as “cross-over” voice of Rastafari “to the world.”

 

 

TTOI-style antinomianism moves away from Jamaica-centered, Garveyite-Black-focused, RasTafarianism.

 

 

TTOI’s educated members, and social status, with African-American influenced reggae music and culture facilitates fast global spread of TTOI Rastafarianism via global (European) communications, recording, and reproduction technologies and by the international spread of Reggae Music.

 

 

 

COMMENT BY RAS JAHAZIEL

After being subjected to relentless terrorism, the Rastafari movement was driven to choose between the carrot and the stick just like early Christians. There were two choices on the table: Adopt a docile Christian stance and avoid persecution or retain your strong Garveyite African liberation mission and feel the stick.

It had long been observed everywhere on the plantation that Christians were no longer persecuted, for Christianity was now considered by the Roman authorities to be

A NON-THREATENING-TO-ROME RELIGION.

It had become this way from the day that Paul the persecutor became its main mouthpiece and Rome became its main guardian.

But here is the contradiction: how can a movement for African liberation be truly NON-SUBVERSIVE TO AN OPPRESSIVE SLAVE SYSTEM without departing from its original African liberation intent?

From the time it becomes non-subversive it becomes

PART OF THE SYSTEM.

After generations of such departure, the raging lion can be expected to be easily patted on the head like a pussy-cat. Eventually it would be counted amongst the friends of Rome and

Anthro­pol­o­gists

will be quite willing and eager to DISCOVER you and adopt you prior to your becoming a tourist attraction in the cultural zoo.