GIVEN: Mostly 1st century
literature comprising mainly New Testament Gospels and the works of
Josephus as English
translations (occasionally calling upon the original Greek words) with
occasional reference to the Old Testament and other works for knowledge of the
period in question. Both sets of literature were completed following the 70 CE
NEEDED: Solve the identity of the Gospel's authors, the origin of Christianity and the Catholic Church, and why it was created.
|The Christ that preached the gospel (euaggelion)|
“You are the Christ, the Son of God!”..
but He said to them, "I must preach the good news ("euaggelion") of the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.
So he sent away his son Titus to [the
other] Caesarea, that he might bring the army that lay there to
Wars of the Jews, 3, 9, 446
Hereupon Titus sent one of his horsemen to his father and let him know the good news ("euaggelion") of what he had done.
Wars of the Jews, 3, 10, 503
|Binding and loosening|
|... "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever
you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose
on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
Matt 16:19 (same place as Luke 9:18-20)
"O father, it is but just that the
scandal [of a prisoner] should be taken off Josephus, together with his
iron chain. For if we do not barely loose his bonds, but cut them
to pieces, he will be like a man that had never been bound at
Wars of the Jews, 4, 10, 628-629
|Divide the group 3 for 2|
|Do you suppose
that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather
division. For from now on five in one house will be divided:
three against two, and two against three.
These followers of John also did now
seize upon this inner temple, and upon all the warlike engines therein,
and then ventured to oppose Simon. And thus that sedition, which had
been divided into three factions, was now reduced to
Wars of the Jews, 5, 3, 104-105
|Cut down the fruit tree|
|... ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on
this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does
it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it
alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it
bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’”
intending to pitch his camp nearer to the city ...
So they threw down all the hedges and walls which the inhabitants had made about their gardens and groves of trees, and cut down all the fruit trees that lay between them and the wall of the city ...
Wars of the Jews 5, 3, 106-107
|How to build a tower|
|For which of
you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first
and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he
has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin
to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to
Titus went round the city on the
outside with some chosen horsemen, and looked about for a proper place
where he might make an impression upon the walls; but as he was in doubt
where he could possibly make an attack on any side, (for the place was
no way accessible where the valleys were, and on the other side the
first wall appeared too strong to be shaken by the engines,) he
thereupon thought it best to make his assault upon the monument of John
the high priest; for there it was that the first fortification was
lower, and the second was not joined to it, the builders
neglecting to build strong where the new city was not much
inhabited; here also was an easy passage to the third wall, through
which he thought to take the upper city, and, through the tower
of Antonia ...
Wars of the Jews, 5, 6, 258-260
|The triumphal entrance and the stones that cried out|
|And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke
But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
|... accordingly the
watchmen that sat upon the towers gave them notice when the engine was
let go, and the stone came from it, and cried out aloud,
in their own country language, THE SON COMETH so those that were in its
way stood off, and threw themselves down upon the ground; by which
means, and by their thus guarding themselves, the stone fell down and
did them no harm. But the Romans contrived how to prevent that by
blacking the stone, who then could aim at them with success, when the
stone was not discerned beforehand, as it had been till then; and so
they destroyed many of them at one blow.
Wars of the Jews 5, 6, 272-273
The above initial comparison and analysis shows:
Both Jesus and Titus have been sent by their father to begin their ministry and campaign, respectively.
Josephus' works (mainly the Wars of the Jews) share obvious similarities to the Gospels.
Certain words grouped closely together, and certain phrases, which are not so common, happen to occur in both the Gospels and works of Josephus.
Indeed, certain word groupings would appear to be very unique: "stones" that "cry out", or "divisions" between the numbers 3 and 2?
Such parallels are occurring multiple times between the works (6 examples above; more on the next page).
Of the 4 canonical gospels, Luke alone has been quoted where possible, in order to strengthen the notion that such similarities occurring between the New Testament and Josephus are there deliberately and not by accident.
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