Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jesus Was a Shape Shifter Ancient Manuscript


"Then the Jews said to Judas: How shall we arrest him [Jesus], for he does not have a single shape but his appearance changes. Sometimes he is ruddy, sometimes he is white, sometimes he is red, sometimes he is wheat coloured, sometimes he is pallid like ascetics, sometimes he is a youth, sometimes an old man ..."

 Excerpt: According to Van den Broek, the explanation of Judas’ kiss is first found in Origen, a theologian who lived 185-254 AD. In his work, Contra Celsum, the ancient writer, stated that "to those who saw him [Jesus] he did not appear alike to all." Van den Broek is careful to note that he is not suggesting that Jesus was in fact shape changing but only that some people in early Christian times may have thought he was.
While headlines at the time of the announcement (of the manuscript's discovery) were quite sensationalist and described the text as containing Christianity-shattering information, the publishing scholar never claimed anything of the sort.  It is also clear that the text is not a hoax but a genuine item published by a respected scholar by a notable academic press (E. J. Brill). So why hasn’t such a fascinating text led to further research, interpretations, or discussion among scholars? Featured Image: Fragment of text from Morgan Library. Photo credit. Article By April Holloway Article: http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/ancient-text-describes-jesus-shape-shifter-001361#ixzz3VK5sQZQp 
One of 55 Coptic manuscripts discovered in 1910 by villagers at the ruins of the Monastery of Archangel Michael of the Desert,  Al Hamuli , Egypt. Monks buried the manuscripts in a stone vat in the tenth century, near the time it went into disuse. The cache was rediscovered in 1910 and sold to American financier J.P. Morgan in 1911., and now housed in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. 
Interesting article, but I don't think that Christians would be worried by Jesus being able to shape shift. I think Christians would expect it.  In the Bible Jesus worked miracles, and in Holy Grail legends and Orthodox Catholic traditions he is able to perform thaumaturlogicaly, even stop or turn back time.  Like a real Merlin, maybe Jesus was an inspiration for the Merlin character.
In my research I'm discovering that old world Christian mysticism is full of magic, including shamanism, healing hands, astral projection.  Everything the New Agers claim is rediscovered, many old world Christians have been practicing for millennia.  
On a real world practical level, people seeing Jesus at different ages and looks, people with eye problems didn't have glasses back then, and there were a lot of copycats at the time. That different people saw him differently is not that surprising, almost to be seen as normal.

Addendum April 15. I suddenly remembered/realized the real reason, he had a twin. It's in the etymology of the Apostles names.Thomas Didymus, the twin.  Over and over again in coded art and coded Bible passages is the Twin. 




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