The Tannaim were teachers of
the Oral Law or
direct transmitters of an Oral Tradition passed
from teacher to student that was written
and codified as the basis for the Mishnah, Tosefta, and tannaitic teachings of the
rabinnic tradition, the Tannaim were
the last generation in
a long sequence of oral teachers that
began with Moses.
Jesus revealed the fallacies of the teachings of
the Sadducees of the Hasmonean
dynasty and the Pharisees of
Alexandria to the people of Galilee.
Jesus looked beyond the mystery
doctrines of the Sadducees and the "Rule of
Law" of the Pharisees toward ethical
teachings that apply to humanity universally while
synthesizing the scientific work of the
Jesus spent time with the
Essenes in the desert wilderness at Qumran.
Jesus denied the
central Hasmonean Sadducee
priniciple of Hebrews as a
divine race directly descended
Under the influence of
Saul of Tarsus, Jesus
of Nazareth, became Chrestus -
agent of the Will of God
Chrestus is the
Son of the Father, Yahweh, and
his consort Asherah.
patriarchal nomadic warrior is
psychologically internalized and reborn in Yahweh's son
redeems humanity from being
This ponerological formula,
a salvationist concept,
was introduced into Abrahamic
religion from the Mysteries of
Mithras as it is not in the Torah.
Conservative Orthodox Jews
reject Chrestus as the "Messiah".
The Messiah of Reform Jews
conquers the world with the sword - or -
pornography - or -
cultural subversion - or -
The word Messiah relates
directly to Levant Kings descended
Annointed with Holy
Oil the King ascends the Throne
as Savior or Messiah.
Humans must continue to suffer, just
like Prometheus, unless
they adhere - thought, word and deed - to the
Word of the High
This ponorological psychoreligious
icongraphy imprints the victim-perpetrator ideology into
the Abrahamic religions.
victim-perpetrator ideology inserted into the Abrahamic religions
makes suffering a divine
This occurred when the
constructs of Hellenism were
misunderstood and misapplied to the lives of Zaddikite sycophants.
student of Greek mythology recognizes the Greek pantheon of gods is modeled on
the aristocracy of the Greek
Greek myths forewarn of
the fallibility of human judgment.
They are designed to check the elements of unnatural desire
aristocracy - people who
have never known want or suffering.
forewarn peasants of how
aristocracy will treat them -
virgins impregnated by gods and
put to death in hideous
Zaddikim, Hebrews in contact with Helleinstic culture for
three centuries, adopt this ideal of
Aristocratic Perfection not
understanding that this is an ideal to be sought after -
not a possible physical reality to strive
The Zaddikim Tzaddik, "absolute righteousness," is
not just a stricture:
it is a callous demand
for conformity to an impossible standard of 'purity'.
"His hands are miracles. I can watch them for
hours, transforming wood into something it never dreamed of being." - Katja
"To know intimately the nature of wood, paper,
glass, sheet metal, terra cotta, cement,
concrete, is essential to
knowing how to use the tools available
to make use of those materials, sensibly or artfully." - Frank Lloyd
Hebrews of Jesus' era came up with
The majority, if not all, were
taught to read and write
This was not done in
manner but in an Oral Tradition
Wandering Tannaim spread
Torah by the Oral Tradition sharing the
deductions of reality first abstracted by Pharaoh Akhenaten.
within the religion of Moshe Rabbenu, in
metaphor, came a
unification of diverse ways of
thinking through the use of
The philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca remarked that
the Hebrews were the only people
who knew the reasons for their relgious faith, something which the apostle
Peter continued to commend (1 Peter 3:15).
Jesus would have received a full
Hebrew education: at 10 years study the Oral Torah; 20 pursue a vocation; at 30
entering full vigor as a Tannaim.
entered his ministry at about 30 years of
bound in flesh, channels - Tekton,
Synoptic Gospels leave out
the life of Jesus between adolescence and the beginning of his public ministry
when Jesus became a Tannaim.
They do say what Jesus did in that time:
"Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his
disciples. When the Sabbath
came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's
this wisdom that has been given
him, that he even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter?
Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't
his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him." (Mark 6:1-3)
was more than a simple carpenter in modern terms.
The Greek word
describing Joseph's trade was "Tekton" which included being a master mason,
master carpenter and metalsmith.
Nazareth was too small to support any
sort of fulltime Tekton, so Joseph travelled to
Sepphoris to find
employment selling his craft.
The historical city of Sepphoris is
situated four miles from Nazareth.
Sepphoris was the largest city in
Judah outside Jerusalem.
Herod the Great had made it
his Galilean Capital.
4 BC Herod dies. His three
sons go to Rome to confirm their inheritance.
While they are absent a
rebel leader named Judas attacked Sepphoris.
Roman legions crush the
rebellion, burn the city and enslave the inhabitants.
did not exercise direct rule on the basis of military occupation. They
typically employed local
strongmen as puppet rulers. The Romans maintained military garrisons
somewhere in the general area to make sure
local leaders remained
puppets and to put down any attempts to overthrow them." - David Ray
Griffin, Christian Gospel for Americans
AD Herod Antipas determines to rebuild Sepphoris.
was built of the ruins of Sepphoris." - David Ray Griffin
Jesus is about
nine years old when the construction begins.
Labor from Nazareth is
employed in the construction including Joseph and his apprentice Jesus.
Archeological evidence from Sepphoris indicates that Greek was
Jesus' familiarity with Greek usages and Greek theater is
evident as he often used the word hypocrite in Greek which
translates as 'one who acts in a
In Sepphoris Jesus of Nazareth came into contact with Romans
Anyone who has ever worked in construction recognizes that
accidents occur and those engaged in the construction activity receive
Those with empathy, and every intelligent employer, is versed
in basic first aid for injuries sustained in labor; the way to insure a steady
supply of labor.
Jesus, as Joseph's foreman, would have understood basic
Therapeutae were widely distributed in
the Ancient world, among the Greeks and beyond in the non-Greek world.
Philo was unsure
of the etymology of the
Therapeutae which he explained as meaning either Physicians of Souls or
Servants of Æon.
Therapeutae occurs in relation to
Æsculapius at Pergamon and occurs in relation to worshipers of
Serapis in inscriptions, such as at Delos.
initiated apprentices into the
Mysteries where they dwelled.
The term therapeutikos carries in
later texts the meaning of attending to heal, or
treating in a spiritual or medical
The Therapeutae were on the cutting edge (no pun intended) of
medical science when Jesus worked with his brothers and Joseph in Sepphoris.
Jesus was taught
by Therapeutae how to heal injuries sustained in accidents.
Jesus the Therapeutae recognized the healing
ability of the Holy Anointing Oil of the Hebrews and may have shared it with
him out of the graves a man possessed by an unclean spirit, who had his
dwelling among the graves.
No man could bind him as he pulled the
chains apart and broke the
Neither could anyone quiet him, both night and day, he
wailed in the mountains and in the graves, and beat himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and knelt before him.
out of this man, you foul spirit!"
"My name is Legion, for we are
"Send us into the herd of swine, so that we may enter into them."
Jesus gave them leave and the unclean spirits went out, entered into
the swine, the herd bolted, ran headlong into the sea and drown." - Mark
19 AD Herod Antipas finances
an infrastructure project at
Tiberias which provides
employment for most of the Tektons in Galilee, including Jesus.
would have been paid very little, at most 2 sesterces per day.
sestertius was two and one-half grams of silver orginally.
In 76 AD A
loaf of bread cost roughly half a sestertius, and a sextarius (c. 0.5 L) of
wine anywhere from less than half to more than one sestertius.
modius (roughly 2 gallons) of rye three sestertii, a modius two
sestertii, a tunic fifteen sestertii, a donkey five hundred
Once the project was complete Herod Antipater turned his
attention to building a fortress
hide away a mountain plateau near the Dead Sea.
Jesus and his
co-workers were not wanted or needed for the secret work.
likely repaired boats by the Sea of Galilee or made plows and yokes for
wandering rabbis had a trade to support their proselytization.
There is no reason to
doubt that carpentry may have supported Jesus.
The Greek writer
Justin says that "Jesus was considered to be the son of Joseph the carpenter;
Jesus appeared without comeliness, as the Scriptures declared; Jesus was deemed
a carpenter (for Jesus was in the habit of working as a carpenter when among
men, making plows and yokes; by which Jesus taught the symbols of righteousness
and an active life).
In Jesus' hometown, neighbors and passers-by
identify Jesus, not as someone given to international travel and other flights
of fancy, but as a carpenter.
Joseph, Jesus' father, was a Tekton
Hebrew sons followed the family trade growing up.
inconcievable; sons, especially the firstborn,
followed in their father' profession. Jesus would have been no different.
There was a saying among
Hebrew men in the nation of
"If you do not teach your son a craft,
you teach him how to be a
Joseph and Mary lived frugally in Nazareth, a small remote
village, at the time.
A family of many sons needs money to survive;
construction is an honest trade.
Jesus' years as a carpenter is how his
If he'd taken years to study in foreign lands, he wouldn't be
recognized ia a local - their identification with him points out Jesus was
Carpenters had to be highly skilled as there were so few
trees in Israel.
Throughout the sermons of Jesus are references a Tekton
Jesus spoke of the "narrow gate" that we have to go through.
Jesus spoke of build a house "upon solid rock"" and not "upon the shifting
sand"; a concept a 1st century Tekton would have known about.
passage, in Matthew 11:29, Jesus said that his "yoke" was easy.
carpentry skills Jesus could make a yoke that was comfortable.
Matthew 21:33, Jesus talked about building a tower in a vineyard.
also tells the parable of a king who was going to build a tower but did not
count the cost.
You can see the mind of a Tekton working here.
You have to know the expenses before you begin such a project.
Jesus was a carpenter or Tekton much longer than a
Jesus profession as a carpenter or Tekton is very
Jesus spoke about a " keystone".
The fact that Jesus
was a carpenter, for 15 to 20
years, emphasizes that the Creator and Sustainer respects all honorable
work that we might do, even manual labor, as a carpenter or Tekton would
have been engaged in.
have unwittingly caused his own death by engaging in
"anti-social" behavior by
condemning the Pharisees
for reintrepretation of Torah.
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