LITTLE KNOWN GOSPEL FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW: Critical Knowledge for Christians In the Time of Trump. Part 7
The Wife of Jesus
In one of the most extraordinary stories of the great detective Sherlock Holmes the local constable, utterly confused, asks Sherlock for a clue.
Sherlock Holmes responds, “take note of the barking of the dog in the night.”
Scanning his notes, the constable says:” But there was no barking reported.”
“Yes. Interesting.” Said the world’s greatest detective. That single absent clue solved the mystery. Only a family member could have moved without arousing the dog’s suspicions.
Sometimes these negative clues are valuable to the Bible detective as well. It seems that the 12 disciples tried to erase completely the memory of Jesus’ favorite disciple, and wife, because…well...she was a woman. And worse. A liberated woman. In Jewish society women were only receptacles for men’s babies. They were and still are, forbidden to study the spiritual teachings of Judaism. They certainly would not be allowed to hang out with these male disciples. It must have irritated them no end to see Jesus always including her, allowing her to share his teachings. Even, Moses forbid, listening to her feminine wisdom. But in spite of their efforts to erase her from the Gospel, they left a few clues. The most important: the barking of the dog.
You see, we already know that the priests and Pharisees were always challenging Jesus. Trying to put him down, denying his teachings, on the basis that he was not “pure” enough in his doctrine and behavior. Almost every Chapter of the gospels reveals another challenge to his proper Jewishness.
But part of the “proper” behavior for a rabbi at the time was they had to be married by the age of thirty. And he had to consummate that marriage in the hope of producing offspring. This was black letter law. Especially for a Master of the Craft (A phrase often interpreted as “carpenter”, it actually means “Initiated Teacher.” My grandfather was a mason, but he was not a stone mason.) And the heir of King David would have had an absolute obligation to marry.
But strangely enough, no criticism is ever recorded of Jesus’ single status, a sin that would have threatened his entire credibility with the Jewish faith. Never mentioned once. The barking of the dog in the night.
We also discover that it was Mary Magdalene who accompanied Mary the mother of Jesus, to wash and anoint his body in the tomb. Note that none of the apostles were there. Obviously the special and sacred task of a family member. Sister? No. Wife? Very likely.
And according to some of the Gospels from the Dag Hammadi scrolls, she was even his favorite disciple. And he selected her as his chosen successor to His teachings. No wonder the Jewish apostles tried to erase her from the histories. A wife? Totally kosher. Indeed necessary. A wife who was an equal to her husband? Not so much.
Jesus has assured me that the Dag Hammadi scriptures were correct. The apostles skewed Jesus’ own teachings in order to further the myth that women were spiritually and mentally inferior. To this day women are forbidden to learn the secrets of the Kabala, the main body of Jewish philosophy. (Perhaps that’s why Jesus and I get such pleasure in teaching the powerful kabalistic philosophy to co-ed classrooms.)
So what should this newly discovered Bible fact teach the Christian Evangelist?
That the wisdom of women must be honored. Their status, so long as intellectual inferiors, sex and womb providers for men, even slaves of mankind, must be restored to the equality they deserve. And human marriage as a bond between equals can be a great source of wisdom and compassion for us all. And should be the model for a spiritual and happy family life. As Jesus modelled for us two millennia ago. If we are going to live lives in imitation of Him, we now know a bit more about what actually means.
It may still seem utterly bizarre to contemplate Jesus as a married man. But we must once again fall back on the unassailable logic of Sherlock Holmes:
“Once all of the most obvious solutions have been disposed of by the evidence, then what remains, however inconceivable, must be the truth.”
The literature abounds nowadays about the unique personality and life of Mary Magdalene. Whether you chose to believe in Jesus’ marriage to this erased hero of the Gospels or not, your soul’s salvation is not in the balance.
But if you fail to learn the lesson of women’s rights, women’s wisdom, and gender equality, your soul’s future is definitely endangered. Take note, Republicans in Congress.
Together these recovered truths about the life and death of Jesus (the Dag Hammadi scrolls were only discovered and translated in the last 80 years) tell us how badly the truths of Jesus’ life have been distorted. It is Jesus’ hope and mine that from these ancient true stories we may restore the religion of Christ to its proper place as a fountainhead of love, wisdom, and freedom.
These teachings might well form the core of a new Apostle’s Creed. One no longer in hock to the will of the Emperors.
For the record, my Alchemy trainings are and will always be, safe from all religious dogmas or required beliefs. We welcome all religious faiths, agnostics, atheists, anyone willing to let go of rigid religious dogmas.
The only core belief required is: Love God, (the force, higher power, and mother earth, whatever). Love your neighbor.
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