I am probably the worlds worst at starting something and not getting around to finishing it. At any one time I will have as many as half a dozen of these studies in varying stages of completion. By posting them here it actually spurs me to dedicate the time to finish them, or continue working on them. This one I have been working on for a while now. I need to really buckle down and finish it. So I thought I would post what I have so far here. Also I will have it in another place in case I lose my files on my computer. SM tends to be my cloud storage!LOL. Anyway, here is what I am working on at present. The Jesus Myth There is no Jesus. Jesus is a myth created by man. You may have heard that before. It probably wouldn't surprise you to hear it from an atheist. But would it surprise you, even shock you to hear it from a devout Christian? From a biblical scholar, an ordained minister? Someone who has spent decades in in depth biblical study? I hope so. That is my intent. To shock you, to make you sit up and take notice. I want to shock all of Christiandom. Shock them into examining their long held preconcieved notions and beliefs. There never in ancient history was a person named Jesus. Certainly no one in the land of Judea at the time of Christ. Not one single Isrealite or Judahite ever bore that name. Actually it is not even a name, it is a title. It was not until the 16th century when catholic monks who were transliterating holy scripture into English that the name Jesus was first spoken by human lips. Why? In the ancient languages, the languages that the very first scriptures were written in, there was no letter "J". No (juh) sound in those languages. Ancient Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek and Latin all lacked that particular letter and sound. But first I want to tell you that this study is not just about the name it is also about the man himself. But first let's look at the name. The trouble with translating ancient Hebrew names is that they are written in a tetragramatton form. Meaning that they are written with only the consonants with the vowels omitted. The reader inserts the vowels as to common understanding of pronunciation. When the Tanach (the Hebrew old testament) was translated into, first Greek and later Latin the proper pronunciation of these tetragrammatons was not understood by the translators. Several other factors conspired to hinder a proper rendering of Christs true name. It was a superstition among the Hebrews that to speak the name of God was to violate the commandment to not take his name in vain. After the captivity of the nation of Israel and later of Judah they were strangers in foreign lands. They were probably demeaned and ridiculed for their faith by the heathen nations they lived among. To hear the true name of God demeaned by a heathen would have been a grave blasphemy. So they began to change the letters of the tetragrammaton to disguise the true name. When Christ came along, this practice continued. At first the Jewish hierarchy would not allow any reference to the true name of Christ due to it's prophetical significance. The followers of Christ revered his name and like the true name of God refused to speak it or to write it correctly. Then later members of the new gentile churches tried to distance themselves from all things Jewish. To differentiate themselves from the Jews. So the Greek translators instead of trying to decipher the true Hebrew name of Christ they assigned a title to him, a title and name that they were familiar with, one that their Greek audience would recognise and associate with. The Greeks worshipped the God Zeus and his son was Dionysus (son of Zeus) and in Greek mythology he was known as the "sin bearer". The name given to Christ by these Greek scholars was Iaysous. The sous is the same as in Dionysous, meaning son of Zeus. The Iay was the name of the Greek goddess of healing. So Iaysous can be properly translated "the healing son of Zeus (or God)" This name, Iaysous, becuse he (Dyonysous) was also a "sin bearing son of God" would have been an acceptable and more palatable alternative to the Hebrew name. The name Jesus is simply an anglicized rendition of Iaysous. It still retians the sus or sous ending. It is in effect a title and not a proper name. And it is the title of a pagan God. So what is his real name and does it matter? Scripture puts a great deal of importance on names. In biblical times, as in much of the modern world outside of the western nations, names have meanings. They are not just a moniker given to a child by their parents. Their names represent who they are, or who their parents hope they will be. To the ancient Isrealites a name was much more than that, it was the embodiment of all a person was. To them a name stood for the full character of a person and all that he was and did. Ex 20:7 (NRS) [The third commandment:] "You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name." Deut 5:11 (NIV) "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name." Mat 6:9 (NIV) "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name...'" Ps 139:20 (NIV) ...your adversaries misuse your name. Jer 23:25,27 (NIV) "I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!'... They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their fathers forgot my name through Baal worship." We see that the name of God was revered, hallowed and the misuse of it a grave offense. The unpardonable sin. So much so that the Hebrews were afraid to even utter it in fear that they might mispronounce it and be guilty of "misusing" it. I won't get into the true name of God as that is the topic of another entire study, but lets just accept the current accepted translation of the tetragrammatton for the name of God. And that is YHVW or Yahu'weh, or Yahweh. note: this is where I am so far on this. My outline is to examine the name issue first then continue on into the Gandhi like pacifist image that is pure fantasy and myth. Then into the prophesies that are misused and misunderstood and what they really say. Stay tuned. This looked a whole lot longer in "WORD" format!