An analysis of Christian origins by Georges Ory

By Georges Ory

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Does make an allusion to Galileans, but it shows no interest in Christianity; it refers to those who, following in the footsteps of Judas the Galilean (in 6–7), continued to revolt against the Romans and gave birth to the Zealot party. Lucan, Pliny the Elder, and Seneca also speak harshly of the Jews, but they are silent about the Christians. Some would like, without valid reason, to connect a message sent by the Emperor Claudius to the prefect of Egypt in 41 with the Christians: “I explicitly order the Jews not to bring in or admit Jews who come down the river from Egypt or from Syria, a proceeding which will compel me to conceive serious suspicions.

Celsus ignored these two genealogies, which dated back to Abraham and Adam, but he knew one through Mary that has not reached us, and he treated it as an arrogant fantasy. Justin knew a genealogy different from those of Luke and Matthew. 47 Julius Africanus asserts that Herod ordered the destruction of the genealogies stored in the temple in order to prevent comparisons with his own; on the other hand, one might think that memories of the family of David were very vague at the turn of our era, as the Temple archives had not preserved the genealogy of Jesus and no one cared to link this genealogy with a family of Galilean peasants.

There he shared the bed of Alcmene, and from this union was born Hercules who, like a messiah, was to end the Age of Iron and bring about the Age of Gold. Before saint Joseph, the spouse of Alcmene, Amphitryon, yielded to the god who had chosen his wife as a temporary mate. The prophet Tiresias addressed Alcmene in these terms: Rejoice, for you have given the world the most valiant of sons… you will be venerated by the people of Argos. Later, the angel Gabriel would say to the Virgin Mary: Your son will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High; all generations will proclaim Mary to be blessed.

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