What If: Boanerges and the Jars of Clay


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?


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?


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