The Image of the Crucified Messiah on the Codex
Those who have read my articles and blogs will be aware that for many years I have claimed that the Zohar (which has traditionally been said to have written by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai) was in origin a Jewish Christian document. I also believe Shimon bar Yochai and his family were some of the crypto-Christian Jews in the Jewish community in the second century. I have also written that the Jewish Christians who re-assimilated back into the Jewish communities brought their mystical traditions with them and passed them on in secret especially among those descended from the royal House of King David. The discovery of ancient codices in the Holy Land may further confirm these ideas of mine based on a study of Kabbalah and history.
An article in the Daily Mail states: "The image is eerily familiar: a bearded young man with flowing curly hair. After lying for nearly 2,000 years hidden in a cave in the Holy Land, the fine detail is difficult to determine. But in a certain light it is not difficult to interpret the marks around the figure’s brow as a crown of thorns. The extraordinary picture of one of the recently discovered hoard of up to 70 lead codices – booklets – found in a cave in the hills overlooking the Sea of Galilee is one reason Bible historians are clamouring to get their hands on the ancient artefacts. If genuine, this could be the first-ever portrait of Jesus Christ, possibly even created in the lifetime of those who knew him..."
The recent discoveries of what look to be early Jewish Christian codices found in Jordan seem to link the Jewish Christians to the Kabbalah and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. The Daily Mail article states that another scholar connects the codices to Kabbalah and Rabbi Shimon ben Yachai: "...If genuine, it seems clear that these books were, in fact, created by an early Messianic Jewish sect, perhaps closely allied to the early Christian church and that these images represent Christ himself. However another theory, put forward by Robert Feather – an authority on The Dead Sea Scrolls and author of The Mystery Of The Copper Scroll Of Qumran – is that these books are connected to the Bar Kokhba Revolt of 132-136AD, the third major rebellion by the Jews of Judea Province and the last of the Jewish-Roman Wars. The revolt established an independent state of Israel over parts of Judea for two years before the Roman army finally crushed it, with the result that all Jews, including the early Christians, were barred from Jerusalem.
The followers of Simon Bar Kokhba, the commander of the revolt, acclaimed him as a Messiah, a heroic figure who could restore Israel. Although Jewish Christians hailed Jesus as the Messiah and did not support Bar Kokhba, they were barred from Jerusalem along with the rest of the Jews. The war and its aftermath helped differentiate Christianity as a religion distinct from Judaism. The spiritual leader of the revolt was Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who laid the foundations for a mystical form of Judaism known today as Kabbalah... Yochai hid in a cave for 13 years and wrote a secret commentary on the Bible, the Zohar, which evolved into the teaching of Kabbalah. Feather is convinced that some of the text on the codices carry the name of Rabbi Bar Yochai..."
While the two theories at face value seem to be opposed to one another, I believe they may both be correct and they may provide contemporary evidence of the Jewish Christian origins of the Kabbalah. It was Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai who said "The Torah was given to be expounded only to the eaters of Manna" (in Midrash Mechilta), which reveals his secret faith in the Eucharistic Messiah of Israel. I have many times in my holy hours of Adoration prayed for just such a discovery and it may seem that my prayers have been answered if these discoveries are authentic. There are already those who cannot accept the authenticity of these codices due to it not fitting with their already preconceived ideas on how things should be. It is the heights of arrogance to dismiss something without examining it thoroughly just because it may conflict with ones previously accepted theories. Unfortunately the culture of arrogance reigns in academic and scholarly circles. It may turn out that these codices are modern forgeries but one needs to wait until that is shown conclusively rather than just assuming they are because there have been fakes in the past.
Professor Philip Davies writing about the language on the codices said: "My own scrutiny suggests to me and to several of my colleagues that the form of the archaic Semitic script corresponds well to what was used in the era 200BCE-100CE. However much of the writing appears to be in code and many of the images are unfamiliar. The possibility of a Hebrew-Christian origin is certainly suggested by the imagery and, if so, these codices are likely to bring dramatic new light to our understanding of a very significant but so far little understood period of history. The adoption of a codex format may also be relevant: it is known to have been adopted by Christians from about the first century CE."
Added July 2011: It seems that tests on the lead codices seem to be leading to them being authentic. There has been a vigorous attempt to discredit them in certain circles. It would seem that the question of the authenticity of the codices is still up to debate. see this.
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