Friday, September 11, 2009

Legend of Mary Magdalene

Screen capture. Hugh Montgomery, The God-Kings of Europe. Image courtesy of Google Books.

Hugh Montgomery cites this story in his God-Kings of Europe (2006:124) and also God-Kings of Outremer (2008:Appendix C).
"Now it came to pass in those days that a Priestess of the Goddess from the village of Bethany of the Tribe of Benjamin and a keeper of the Sacred Doves was affianced to a man called Jeshua for she had served her six years. Now Jeshua was of the House of David the King and they were married.

And Jeshua rebelled against the oppressors against Rome and was defeated, but many Romans were devotees of the Mother and were unwilling to kill her priestess who was with child. So Miriam took ship and was secretly smuggled into Gaul where she was delivered and there she abode many years. Now she bore a daughter who was exceedingly fair and the King of that place looked upon her and demanded that she be his wife but she was promised to the Goddess. But the King would not have it so and took her and made her his wife and she bore him a son and a daughter.

But the Goddess was exceeding wrath for his rape of her daughter and cursed him saying, 'Thy seed shall be estranged from me and thine inheritance taken from thee. Thy seed shall end by the piercing of an eye and so shall thine inheritance cease.

Yet for the sake of my priestess whom thou ravished shall I forgive thee and thy seed if they fulfil those labours which I shall give to them.

They must fight and capture that which was lost to the oppressors of thy wife though they shall not hold it for they shall suffer betrayal (as thou betrayed me). Unless one of thy seed shall end the House of their betrayers by piercing the eye of its Liege. To this family shall I award greatness if they return to me and from this time to that shall be four and one hundred generations.'"

Montgomery states that "the document . . . was around the south of France in various forms at the time of the Albigensian Crusade (1209)." He believes Jacobus de Voragine may have written the Magdalene account in the Golden Legend to refute this one. The English translation is from the 17th century.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Evidence for the Judaic Marriage Imperative

Genesis 1:27-28

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper [The Hebrew azar is also translated as partner.] suitable for him."
Genesis 9:1

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth."
Sirach 36:24-26 (2nd c.)

A man with no wife becomes a homeless wanderer. . . . So who will trust a man who has no home, and lodges wherever night finds him.

Talmud, Kiddushin 29a (2nd-3rd c.)
He must circumcise him, redeem him, teach him Torah, teach him a trade, and find a wife for him.
Talmud, Yebamoth 64a
Whoever renounces marriage violates the commandment to increase and multiply; he is to be looked upon as a murderer who lessens the number of beings created in the image of God.
Jewish Encyclopedia, Marriage Laws:
Age for Marriage.

The first positive commandment of the Bible, according to rabbinic interpretation (Maimonides, "Minyan ha-Miẓwot," 212), is that concerning the propagation of the human species (Gen. i. 28). It is thus considered the duty of every Israelite to marry as early in life as possible. Eighteen years is the age set by the Rabbis (Ab. v. 24); and any one remaining unmarried after his twentieth year is said to be cursed by God Himself (Ḳid. 29b). Some urge that children should marry as soon as they reach the age of puberty, i.e., the fourteenth year (Sanh. 76b); and R. Ḥisda attributed his mental superiority to the fact that he was married when he was but sixteen years old (Ḳid. l.c.). It was, however, strictly forbidden for parents to give their children in marriage before they had reached the age of puberty (Sanh. 76b). A man who, without any reason, refused to marry after he had passed his twentieth year was frequently compelled to do so by the court. To be occupied with the study of the Torah was regarded as a plausible reason for delaying marriage; but only in very rare instances was a man permitted to remain in celibacy all his life (Yeb. 63b; Maimonides, "Yad," Ishut, xv. 2, 3; Shulḥan 'Aruk, Eben ha-'Ezer, 1, 1-4;
see Celibacy).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

More on Montgomery Documents 1 and 2

From "Appendix 2: Origins of Documents 1 and 2," The God-Kings of Europe:

When I first published these documents in Montgomery Millenium in 2002 I gave an incorrect reference for them. The correct provenance for these documents is as follows:

Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540-1609) was the foremost scholar of this day. He studied at the College of Guienne in Bordeaux and later the University of Paris, first under Turnebus and later under Jean Dorat. It was the latter who recommended Scalinger [sic] to Louis de Chastaigner, Lord of La Roche Pozay, with whom he became a lifelong friend and with whom he travelled throughout Europe, studying and buying books and manuscripts.

Scaliger became fluent in Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic and acquired a remarkable collection of original manuscripts in those languages. He also had the opportunity to use the Library of a man named Cujas in Valence, whose library consisted of seven or eight rooms with no less than five hundred original manuscripts.

In 1593 he became Professor at the University of Leiden and remained so for the rest of his life. He became the bane of the Roman Catholic Church and the Jesuits, pointing out to them that many of the books on which they relied were either bogus or at least doubtful. In his De emendatione temporum (1583), he revolutionised all the received wisdom on ancient chronology and pointed out that it was necessary to include the chronology of the ancient Persians, Babylonians, Egyptians and Hebrews, hitherto considered worthless.

When he died in 1609 he left all his books and manuscripts to the University Library, including the Leiden Papyrus, dealing with magical spells supposedly used by Jesus (tous mes livres de langues étrangères, Hebraics, Syriens, Arabics, Ethiopiens).

For complete story see Joseph Scaliger: A Biography, by Jakob Bernays, Berlin, (1855) or Anthony Grafton -- Joseph Scaliger: A Study of Classical Scholarship, 2 vols. (Oxford University Press, 1983 & 1993). See also:

Document 1 is almost certainly a complete or extended version of St. Matthew's Gospel written in Syria around 150 AD (See Morton Smith's book, The Secret Gospel of Mark, p. 142). He discovered a fragment in Greek of the unexpurgated version, which has been authenticated.

William Montgomery (1633-1706) also played a role in these documents. He was educated at the University of Leiden where he studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He translated two of these documents into English (Documents 3 and 4) using an English not dissimilar to the Authorised Version of the Bible. These versions he kept and later put them into the Library of County Down, Ireland, when appointed "Custos Rotulorum" by the Duke of Ormonde. It is also quite likely that he translated the following Document 1 fragment.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Dynasty of the Holy Grail

Figure 1. Dynasty of the Holy Grail (2006). Vern G. Swanson. Image screen capture courtesy

This book by Vern G. Swanson promotes the bloodline theory from an LDS perspective. I'll post a chart from the book now (above) and give further updates later.

See also: Royal Lines from Zarah and Pharez Judah

Friday, July 10, 2009

God Kings Continued

The following images are screen captures from the DVD, God Kings. The first shows a copy of the document in the possession of Professor Hugh Montgomery that he calls Document 1 referred to in the previous post.

In the film he reads and translates Document 1. Three lines from the bottom or to our left, one can barely make out (I had to freeze frame the DVD at 27:33) "...IESU GENUIT EX UXORE MARI DE BETH*ANI ... SAULUS FILIA ... QUE MARI AETHIOPIA FILIUS ... ET"

This document essentially claims that Jesus had two wives or a wife and a concubine. These were Mary of Bethany and Mary of Aethiopia who Montgomery believes is Mary Magdalene.

Document 1. God Kings (2009). Screen capture at 27:33.

What Montgomery refers to as Document 2 is shown below. The Latin text reads as follows:

Maria et Jesu Maria genuit. Maria et Sigismundus Ruth et ejus frater genuit. Ruth et Osmeus Elchasius genuit. Elchasius Marthana et Martha genuit. Maria ex semene sancto Elchasius viro Ata nubit. Maria et Ata Clodomirus genuit. Clodomirus Merovus genuit.

This document is showing a line of descent from Jesus and Mary of Bethany to what appears to be the ancestor of the Merovingian dynasty. Montgomery believes there are generations missing as he shows in his charts in the previous post.

"House of Bethany" (Document 2). God Kings (2009). Screen capture at 28:04.