Joseph of Arimathaea - Part Two:

May 13 16:28 2005 Robert Bruce Baird Print This Article

D. J. Conway writes about the followers of Finn and the Fianna in 'Celtic Magic' which ties the 'F' and 'Ph' of Phoenicians to the Keltic king Finn. The 'Red-heads' are many places including Tarim near the' present Great Wall of China. In a recent National Geographic you can see their mummified remains and red hair. They were in Genghis Khan's Altaic region in 3,000 BC according to archaeology which likes to call them 'proto-Celts'. Genetic tracking tells us that one third of the Cohens are related to the Levite priests of ancient Judaea yet they were wiped out before the Maccabeans took the Temple before Herod dealt with them. The celebration of Chanukah (Hanukah) relates to the take over of Judas Maccabee in the 5th Century BC. The current worship of Tikkun energy by the likes of Rabbi Michael Lerner is an area I am researching or keeping my eyes open towards.

Perhaps this is explainable by women carrying the blood after the men were killed but it was the Maccabean princess that Herod married,Guest Posting the day before he had her and her brother killed. Personally I'd like it if everyone admitted we all are Earthians and dropped all this race and ethnic origin stuff. The noble lineage that passed throw the blood of women has made women of Dragon blood a political chattel of the worst sort. But because history is a power game and propaganda has to be pierced we are forced into these circuitous battles over who thought who was best and/or 'chosen ones' versus 'devoted ones'. That phrase is truly amazing. Devoted ones (according to Cahill in 'Gifts of the Jews') means those to be sacrificed in the Temple; I had suffered under the illusion it meant those who had shown great reverence for the great god Jehovah. Linguistics also shows how 'Aryan' is derived from 'Eire-yann' or the people of Eire and Ireland. Thus Hitler would be killing his 'high Aryan priesthood' unless he freed Benjaminites and the 'arch-tectons' of the House of Judah or the Merovingian family of Jesus. It is a grotesque irony to be certain! Yes, politics in the Bible is well evidenced; and the dogma is inspired by some very bad people NOT by God; or even by someone as good as the heretical Cathars and Gnostics who actually lived according to what they said they believed.

"If Joseph of Arimathaea arrived in Glastonbury with Mary Magdalene/Bethany and was her companion and guardian, then he would be a guardian of the Holy Grail. The Grail Romances of the troubadors mysteriously connect Joseph of Arimathaea with the Grail lineage...

Medieval tradition portrays Joseph of Arimathaea as a custodian of the Holy Grail; and Perceval is said to be one of his lineage. According to other later traditions, he is in some way related by blood to Jesus and Jesus's family. (8)

Who was Joseph of Arimathaea?

Do we not, now, have enough information to make a plausible guess? In the Gospels he is described as a rich man who was a secret disciple of Jesus. He supplied the shroud in which the body of Jesus was wrapped. 'It was Joseph of Arimathaea who obtained the body of Jesus from Pontius Pilate. And he owned the land with the tomb in which Jesus was buried.'

The ownership of a private tomb indicates great wealth, the fact that he could obtain the body of Jesus from Pilate indicates not only great influence, but something else. Joseph of Arimathaea must have been a relative of Jesus in order to have claimed the body from the Roman authorities.

Then, there is the matter of the tomb. Was Jesus put into the same tomb, and resurrected from the same tomb, as the one in which Lazarus was buried and raised? It 'seems' so from the Gospels because this is the only tomb mentioned during the final days before the Crucifixion and after it. This tomb was a cave whose entrance could be closed by a stone rolled in front of it. Lazarus was laid in it (John 11:38). Jesus was laid in it. At least, the description of this cave-tomb are the same for both Jesus and Lazarus.

If this deduction is correct, then the cave-tomb was the property of Joseph of Arimathaea, and this cave-tomb was on the property at Bethany, at the house of Martha, Lazarus and Mary. The same house where Jesus and his entourage had been offered extended hospitality. Joseph of Arimathaea must have been the owner of this house in Bethany with its cave-tomb. He must have been the father of Martha, Lazarus and Mary. He must also have been the father-in-law of Jesus. Historical records tell us he became the Roman Empire's Minister of Mines.

{The marriage at his house in Cana when the water is turned to wine has no mention of the name of the groom but it does have a conversation with Jesus and Joseph of Arimathaea. We haven't included all of his reasoning and others who make the same point because it makes sense and needs little more corroboration. This is why there is no hubbub about Mary traveling with Jesus. He followed the code of his faith as a rabbi [teacher] and was therefore married as the Mishnah calls for; there is a lot to prove Jesus was a devout man.}

He was wealthy enough to have had at least two residences: a country place in the cool mountains around Magdala… and a 'town house' in the capital, in the wealthy Jerusalem suburb of Bethany… Is there any evidence to support such a speculation? Yes, there is. Joseph was 'of Arimathaea'. Where was that? According to the Biblical authorities who composed the 'Helps to the Study of the Bible' found as an appendix to the standard Oxford Press edition of the King James version, the derivation of 'Arimathaea' is not known, but it was the same place as 'Ramah'. 'Ramah' means a 'high place' and it is listed as one of the fourteen cities with their villages' that was allotted to the Tribe of Benjamin. Part of this passage has already been quoted (Joshua 18:21-28). Joseph of Arimathaea was, therefore, a Benjaminite... might 'Arimathaea' once have been 'Almathea' or 'Alimathaea'?

There was a sub-tribe of that name in ancient Palestine, or at least there was a group who called themselves the 'sons' of a goddess variously named Alimathae, Almathae, Amalthea or Amathea. This generally means that a group counted their descent from some matriarch of the name. It is known that some tribes of ancient Palestine did have a matrilinear succession.

{This is a good reason to say they weren't inclined toward the patristic Abrahamic style of the Chaldeans and more influenced by the Keltic/Phoenician and earlier great and real force of the Mediterranean that founded Egypt under the guidance of a woman - Isis. I also think this was part of the corporate trading monopolies and a way to ensure fewer blue bloods, because men can sow their wild oats among far more less than select or chosen people.}

At any rate, Robert Graves informs us that these people of Alimathea or Amalthea lived in the neighborhood of Mount Tabor in Galilee. (9) The town of Ramah is on the shoulders of Mount Tabor which, indeed, is a 'high place'. The towns of Magdala, Cana and Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene, from Magdala, came from the same area on the shoulders of Mount Tabor. The towns of Nazareth, Cana and Magdala are within ten miles of each other.

Interestingly enough, these Amaltheans seem to have been of Phoenician and 'proto-Celtic' stock. At least some of them joined the long westward migration of the Celtiberians and 'Celts' and ended up in Wales, Cornwall and Somerset.

Which is to say they ended up around Glastonbury. But they did this long before Joseph 'of Arimathaea' arrived. One could say, in fact, that some powerful Celtic families of Ancient Britain were Joseph of Arimathaea's long-lost relations." (10)

'Long-lost' would be incorrect. It was a common practice amongst the Kelts to send their children to relatives in far away places. It solidified trading relationships, enhanced ecumenicism and brotherhood, reduced nepotism and early life blackmail against parents; is imitated in the North American Indian traditions; and may include Jesus learning from and living in the Cornwall area in early life. There are even stories of him having been in the Mayan lands where the Essenes have one of their few locations in the world.

The issue of historicity and women's role in the church is covered by Mary Rose D'Angelo in Vatican II. The position Jesus had towards women was favourable but his group were not politically un-initiated. If the Catholic 'churchians' who usurped Jesus and his teachings were to admit he married and had a woman for an equal - MUCH OF THEIR DOGMA would have very 'weak and shifting sand' beneath it. But the Merovingians and De Medici’s women were not made second class at all. They rule just like the Iroquois matriarchs and Rose Kennedy.

Of course it took some time to re-create this new belief and infiltrate it with their own brand of manipulation. In addition this belief system was around a very long time before Jesus. Thus it was necessary to make Jesus become something he never claimed he was - 'the 'Chriost' or a true Divine Messiah. The Jews knew better and had to be blamed for 'Killing our Saviour'! This part of history should need no further discussion to prove its import and impact on our future. Jesus said 'We are ALL the children of God'.

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Robert Bruce Baird
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