ABRAHAM’S DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY

To you Jews: Jesus of Nazareth was a law abiding Jewish prophet.

To you Christians: Jesus of Nazareth was a law abiding Jewish prophet.

To you Muslims: Before the prophet Muhammad wrestled with his last teacher–the angel, his first teachers were Jews influenced by Jesus of Nazareth, a law abiding Jewish prophet.

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Two Simple Logical Structures

Below are two simple syllogisms implied by the New Testament. The first is taken from theological concepts spread through its entirety. The second from 1 John 4:8 (NRSV).

IF: The Son of God

AND: The Son of Man (Humankind)

THEREFORE: Since the words, “Son”  can be canceled out,

THEN: Is not God humankind?

 

“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

“God IS love”

IF: We substitute IS for EQUALS

THEN: invert the statement and simple algebra is applied,

THEREFORE: Love IS God.

Then is it a probability that the love we have for each other and for all of humanity may be God?

 

[The logic should hold, IF the premises are “true.” John 18:38]

Millennials

Most of my familiar Facebook friends,, went to my high school–good ol’ PHS. Most never knew me there. I met them, but I was a cipher & a little weird (still am). We were & are part of the Baby Boom generation, and a lot of them were freeks who protested against the demagoguery induced war in Viet Nam. Our friends never came back from this hellhole.
Now, we are middle aged and admittedly some of us sold out to the highest corporate bidder, because of family, while others “turned on, tuned in & dropped out”, because of drugs, so much so that they are dead.
Yet, we have a new generation taking over our old fogey asses: The Millennials.
These millennials, in my most humble opinion, represent a truly intelligent future. We, of the Who generation, must help them, not guide them, or act in any patronizing way, whatsoever, for we are of the past and we have failed this new generation. No, but we must become their partners in truth. We must alleviate any suspicion on their part against us. It is up to us to go hand-in-hand with those who, let’s face it, will replace us.

Officer Friendly

When did Officer Friendly die? I knew him in ’58. I always saw him walking around and helping people with their problems and actually solving crime. Did he get too old and tired, get an armored car, become flabby, grumpy and bad tempered? Then take the easy way out and solve crime by shredding people with automatic handguns and rifles? Did he become an unpaid employee of the corporate wealthy, then die of a diabetic coronary? But, when exactly?

RECITALS

ELOHIM RECITAL*

 

In the beginning, the essence of Elohim

was hovering over the face of the void;

and dark matter was without form,

and dark energy was over the face of the deep.

This essence of Elohim was a concept integrated within a void of data.

This algorithm of data created the conceptual manifestation

of a singularity within the formless void of potentiality

and mass/energy/plasma exploded into being!

The Elohim created the Big Bang;

And the Elohim saw that it was good;

the first stage of continuous creation.

 

And then the Elohim said,

“Let there be photons,”

and there was light.

And the Elohim saw that the light was good.

And the Elohim separated the light

from the darkness and matter and energy

separated into quantum states of being.

The Elohim called the higher energy states “light”,

and the lower energy states he called “matter”.

And there was darkness

and there was lightness;

And the Elohim saw that it was good;

the second stage of continuous creation.

 

Then the Elohim said,

“Let there be lights

in the expanse of the skies

to separate the day from the night.

And let them be for signs

and for seasons,

and for days and years,

and let there be lights

in the expanse of the the skies

to give light upon the planets.”

And it was so.

And the Elohim set them

in the expanse of the the skies

to give light on the planets

and to separate the light

from the darkness.

And the Elohim saw that it was good;

the third stage of continuous creation.

 

Billions of years evaporated

as would illimitable cold fogs

under innumerable hot suns.

 

And then the Elohim made

the two great lights to rule

over the day and over the night;

the greater light to rule the day,

the lesser light and the stars to rule the night.

And there was evening and there was morning;

a perfect day.

 

Then Elohim said,

“Let there be expansive space

in the between the waters,

and let it separate the clouds

from the waters.”

And the Elohim made the expanse

and separated the waters

that were above the expanse

from the waters

that were below the expanse.

And it was so.

And the Elohim called the expanse the Skies.

 

And the Elohim said,

“Let the waters under the the skies

be gathered together into one place,

and let the dry land appear.”

And it was so.

The Elohim called the dry land Earth,

and the waters that were gathered together

he called Seas.

And the Elohim saw that it was good;

the third stage of continuous creation.

 

And the Elohim said,

“Let the earth sprout vegetation,

plants yielding seed,

and fruit trees bearing fruit

in which is their seed,

each according to its kind,

on the earth and in the seas.”

And it was so.

The earth brought forth vegetation,

plants yielding seed

according to their own kinds,

and trees bearing fruit

in which is their seed,

each according to its kind.

And the Elohim saw that it was good.

 

And the Elohim said,

“Let the waters swarm with living creatures,”

so the Elohim created the great sea creatures

and let the waters swarm with every living creature

and that which swarms according to their kinds.

And the Elohim blessed them, saying,

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill

all the waters in the seas.”

 

And the Elohim blessed them, saying,

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill

all the lands and waters in the seas.”

And there was evening and there was morning;

another perfect day;

the fourth stage of continuous creation.

 

And the Elohim said,

“Let the earth bring forth living creatures

according to their kinds.

Dinosaur and reptile

and insect and mammal

of the earth according to their kinds.”

And it was so.

And the Elohim made the dinosaurs

of the earth according to their kinds

and the mammals according to their kinds,

and everything that creeps,

snakes and insects on the ground

according to its kind.

And the Elohim saw that it was good.

And the Elohim blessed them, saying,

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill all the lands.”

 

And the Elohim said,

“Let birds fly above the earth

across the expanse of the the skies.

and every winged bird according to its kind.”

And the Elohim saw that it was good.

And the Elohim blessed them, saying,

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill al the skies

and let birds multiply on all the earth.”

And there was evening and there was morning,

another perfect day;

the fifth stage of continuous creation.

 

And then the Elohim said,

“Let US make humans in the image

of OUR spirits

and after the likeness

of OUR souls.

And let them become guardians

over the fish of the sea

and over the birds of the the skies

and over the animals of the earth,

over every insect thing that creeps on the earth

and over all the lands.”

So the Elohim created humans in his own image,

in the image of the Elohim

he created them;

male and female he created them.

 

And the Elohim said to them,

“Be fruitful and multiply

and fill the earth and care for it,

and have guardianship over the fish of the sea

and over the birds of the the skies

and over every living thing

that moves on the earth.”

 

And the Elohim said,

“Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed

that is on the face of all the earth,

and every tree with seed in its fruit.

You shall have them only for food.

And to every beast of the earth

and to every bird of the the skies

and to everything that creeps on the earth,

everything that has the breath of life,

I have given every green plant for food.”

And it was so.

 

And the Elohim

saw everything

that they had made,

and behold,

it was very good!

And there was evening and there was morning,

the most perfect day;

the sixth stage of continuous creation.

 

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

And on the seventh day Elohim finished his work that he had done,

and he entered on the seventh day into all his work that he had done.

So Elohim blessed the seventh day and made it holy,

because on it Elohim entered his work that he had done in creation.

 

EHYAH-ASHER-EHYAH RECITAL*

 

When no bush of the field

was yet in the land

and no small plant of the field

had yet sprung up;

for the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

had not caused it to rain on the land,

and there was no Adama

to work the ground,

and a mist was going up

from the land

and was watering

the whole face of the ground,

then the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

formed the Adama of dust

from the ground

and breathed into his nostrils

the breath of life,

and the Adama became a living creature.

 

Now the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

had planted a garden in Eden, in the east,

and there he put the Adama whom he had formed.

And out of the ground

the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

made to spring up every tree

that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.

The tree of life was in the midst of the garden,

and also the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

The Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

took the Adama and put him in the garden of Eden

to work it and keep it.

 

And the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

commanded the Adama, saying,

 

“You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,

but of the tree of the knowledge

of the distinction between

conceptualized good and evil

you shall not eat,

for in the day that you eat of it,

you shall surely know you will die.”

 

Now out of the ground

the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

had formed every beast of the field

and every bird of the heavens

and brought them to the Adama

to see what he would name them.

And whatever the Adama

called every living creature,

that was then its conceptual idealization.

The Adama gave names to all livestock

and to the birds of the heavens

and to every beast of the field.

 

But for the Adama

there was not found a helper fit for him.

So the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

caused a deep sleep to fall upon the Adama,

and while he slept took some of his rib DNA

and closed up its place with flesh.

And the rib DNA that

the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

had taken from the Adama

he made into a woman

and brought her to the Adama.

And the man and his woman

were both naked

and were not ashamed.

 

Now the serpentine was more crafty

than any other beast of the field that

the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim had made.

 

He said to the woman,

“Did Elohim actually say,

‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

 

And the woman said to the serpent,

“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,

but Elohim said,

‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree

that is in the midst of the garden,

neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

 

But the serpent said to the woman,

“You will not surely die.

For the Elohim knows

that when you eat of it

your eyes will be opened,

and you will be like Elohim,

knowing good and evil.”

 

So when the woman saw

that the tree was good for food,

and that it was a delight to the eyes,

and that the tree was to be desired

to make one wise,

she took of its fruit and ate,

and she also gave some to Adama

who was with her, and he ate.

Then the eyes of both were opened,

and they knew that they were naked.

And they sewed fig leaves together

and made themselves loincloths.

 

And they heard the sound of

the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

walking in the garden

in the cool of the day,

and the Adama and his woman

hid themselves from the presence of

the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

among the trees of the garden.

 

But the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

called to the Adama and said to him,

“Where are you?”

 

And Adama said,

“I heard the sound of you in the garden,

and I was afraid,

because I was naked,

and I hid myself.”

 

He said,

“Who told you that you were naked?

Have you eaten of the tree

of which I commanded you not to eat?”

 

The Adama said,

“The woman whom you gave to be with me,

she gave me fruit of the tree,

and I ate.”

 

Then the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

said to the woman,

“What is this that you have done?”

 

The woman said,

“The serpentine deceived me,

and I ate.”

 

And the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

made for Adama and for his woman

garments of skins and clothed them.

 

Then the Ehyah-Asher-Ehyah Elohim

said,

“Behold, the humans have become like one of US

in knowing distinction between good and evil.

Now, lest he reach out his hand

and take also of the tree of life and eat,

and live forever…”

 

* (from the Book of Genesis, Chapters One through Three using the English Standard Version, but poetically enhanced)

 

“Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

 

CHOKHMAH RECITAL**

 

“The YHVH created me

at the beginning of his work,

the first of his acts of long ago.

Ages ago I was formed,

from the first,

before the beginning of the earth,

when there were no seas

and when there were no springs

abounding with water.

I was brought into being

before the hills,

and before the mountains

had been shaped,

 

“I was created

when earth and fields

had not yet been made

or the world’s first bits of soil!

 

“When the heavens were established,

I was there!

When the circle was drawn on the face of the deep,

I was there!

When the skies were made firm above,

I was there!

When the fountains of the deep were established,

I was there!

When the sea was assigned to its limit,

so that the waters might not transgress

the marked foundations of the earth,

Then I was beside YHVH,

like a master worker;

and I was daily his delight,

rejoicing before him always!

Rejoicing in his inhabited world

and delighting in the human race.

 

Does not Sophia shout greetings?

Does not Gnosis raise her voice?

On the high places,

or beside the highways,

or in the market places?

Does She not take her stand

beside the gates

in front of the city.

and at the entrance of doorways?

 

She shouts aloud!

“To you,

O humanity,

I call,

and my cry

is to all

that are alive.

 

“O simple ones;

learn justice.

O simple ones;

acquire intelligence.

 

“You who lack it, hear!

 

“For I will speak with honesty,

and from my lips will come rationality.

My mouth will utter sweet truth,

for inequity is disgusting to my tongue.

All the words of my mouth are righteous

and there is nothing unsavory

or corrupt within them.

They are all accurate

to one who understands

and straight to those who find Gnosis.

 

“Take my teaching instead of silver,

and my knowledge rather than gold;

for Chokhmah is better than jewels,

and all that you may desire

can never compare with Her.

 

“I, Sophia,

live with discretion,

and I give knowledge

and direction.

 

“The love of the YHVH

is hatred of injustice.

Pride and arrogance,

and the way of inequity

and perverted speech;

I despise.

 

“I have good advice

and sound wisdom;

I have insight and

I have strength.

 

“By me

kings and rulers reign

and decree what is just.

By me

all rulers who govern,

rule nobly and rightly.

 

“I love those who love me,

and those who seek me

diligently will find me.

 

“My fruits, my yield are honor,

and with me enduring prosperity,

much better than any riches of gold,

even fine gold or wealth of choice silver.

 

“I walk in the way of righteousness,

along the paths of justice,

endowing those who love me,

and filling their hearts.

 

“And now, my children,

listen to me!

 

“Happy are those

who keep my ways

and hear my logos.

And to be wise, do not neglect it!

 

“Happy is the one

who listens to me,

watching daily at my gates,

waiting beside my doors.

For whoever finds me

finds life

and obtains favor from the YHVH.

But those who miss me

injure themselves,

because all who hate me love death.”

 

** (From The Book of Proverbs; Chapter 8 – NRSV – rearranged for poetic versification)

 

The New Revised Standard Version [NRSV] is copyright 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of  Christ in the United  States of America, and its text is used by permission.

 

What If: Boanerges and the Jars of Clay

BOANERGES

Matthew 4:21
Going on from there, he (Jesus) saw two other brothers, Jacob (James) the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he (Yeshua) called them.
Mark 1:19
Going on a little further, he (Jesus) saw Jacob (James) the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets.

Matthew 13:55
“Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brothers, Jacob (James) and Joses and Simon and Judas?”
Mark 6:3
“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of Jacob (James), Joses, Judas, and Simon? Are not his sisters here with us?” They were offended at him. 

Matthew 27:56
Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jacob (James) and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
Mark 15:40
There were also women watching from afar, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of Jacob (James) the younger and of Joses, and Salome…

Looking carefully through the NT (as seen in the above verse samples), might one find evidence that Jesus was related to the Boanerges through his stepfather Zebedee?

JARS OF CLAY

Paul stated in 2 Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”

What if this “treasure in clay jars”, instead of being an allegorical reference to the human body, is instead referring to the complete mission dictations of Jesus as may have been written down by one of the Apostles (Thomas?), preserved in ceramic jars sometime during the destruction of the Jewish Second Temple period, then buried by those who were later named the Ebionites and–as the Nag Hammadi and Qumran documents were–are still waiting to be found?

Secret Mark’s Bethany

My other intrepid amendment to Mark chapter 10 utilizing the Clementine Fragment,

indicated by [brackets]

:

1 When they had almost reached Jerusalem, as far as Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent on two of his disciples. 2 “Go to the village facing you,”he said; “and, as soon as you get there, you will find a foal tethered, which no one has ever ridden; untie it, and bring it. 3 And, if anyone says to you ‘Why are you doing that?’, say ‘The Master wants it, and will be sure to send it back here at once.’” 4 The two disciples went, and, finding a foal tethered outside a door in the street, they untied it. 5 Some of the bystanders said to them: “What are you doing, untying the foal?” 6 And the two disciples answered as Jesus had told them; and they allowed them to go. 7 Then they brought the foal to Jesus, and, when they had laid their cloaks on it, he seated himself on it. 8 Many of the people spread their cloaks on the road, while some strewed boughs which they had cut from the fields; 9 and those who led the way, as well as those who followed, kept shouting: “‘God save him! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! ‘God save him from on high!’” 11  Jesus entered Jerusalem, and went into the Temple Courts; and, after looking around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

[“And they come into Bethany. And a certain woman whose brother had died was there. And, coming, she prostrated herself before Jesus and says to him, “son of David, have mercy on me”. But the disciples rebuked her. And Jesus, being angered , went off with her into the garden where the tomb was, and straightway, going in where the youth was, he stretched forth his hand and raised him, seizing his hand. But the youth, looking upon him, loved him and began to beseech him that he might be with him. And going out of the tomb they came into the house of the youth, for he was rich. And after six days Jesus told him what to do and in the evening the youth comes to him, wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the Kingdom of God. And thence, arising, he returned to the other side of the Jordan.”]

12  The next day, after they had left Bethany, Jesus became hungry; 13 and, noticing a fig-tree at a distance in leaf, he went to it to see if by any chance he could find something on it; but, on coming up to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 So, addressing the tree, he exclaimed: “May no one ever again eat of your fruit!”And his disciples heard what he said.

15  They came to Jerusalem. Jesus went into the Temple Courts, and began to drive out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers, and the seats of the pigeon-dealers, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry anything across the Temple Courts. 17 Then he began to teach. “Does not scripture say,”he asked, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.’” 18 Now the chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began to look for some way of putting Jesus to death; for they were afraid of him, since all the people were greatly impressed by his teaching. 19 As soon as evening fell, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

20  As they passed by early in the morning, they noticed that the fig-tree was withered up from the roots. 21 Then Peter recalled what had occurred. “Look, Rabbi,” he exclaimed, “the fig-tree which you doomed is withered up!”

22  “Have faith in God!” replied Jesus. 23 “I tell you that if anyone should say to this hill ‘Be lifted up and hurled into the sea!’, without ever a doubt in his mind, but in the faith that what he says will be done, he would find that it would be. 24 And therefore I say to you ‘Have faith that whatever you ask for in prayer is already granted you, and you will find that it will be.’

25  ‘And, whenever you stand up to pray, forgive any grievance that you have against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven also may forgive you your offenses.”

27  They came to Jerusalem again. While Jesus was walking about in the Temple Courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the councillors came up to him. 28 “What authority have you to do these things?” they said. “Who gave you the authority to do them?” 29  “I will put one question to you,”said Jesus. “Answer me that, and then I will tell you what authority I have to act as I do. 30 It is about John’s baptism. Was it of divine or human origin? Answer me that.” 31 They began arguing together; “If we say ‘divine,’ he will say ‘Why then did not you believe him?’ 32 Yet can we say ‘human’?” — They were afraid of the people, for everyone regarded John as undoubtedly a prophet. 33 So their answer to Jesus was — “We do not know.”

“Then I,” replied Jesus, “refuse to tell you what authority I have to do these things.”

Another change is inserted into the Secret Mark, also indicated by [brackets], in accord with Clement of Alexadria:

Mark 10:46

They came to Jericho. [“And the sister of the youth whom Jesus loved and his mother and Salome were there, and Jesus did not receive them.”] When Jesus was going out of the town with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside.