|from the Synagogue, Dura-Europos, ca. 245 CE|
There were 3 orders of jewish people, the Sadduccees, the Pharisees, and the smaller Essenes. The Essenes lived in northern Israel or Gallilee near Mt. Carmel and the Bethany estates. Nazareth was a commune, a community, not a place.
Christianity has suffered several schisms from the original teachings. First it was Paul and the Ebionites who added back support for ritual sacrifice, eating of meat, and circumcism. They also added back worldly wealth and the low stature and restrictions of women.
The depictions of Christ changed from being the wide faced Nazarene, to the thin bearded Paul. We mostly worship paul in Christian churches today and Pauls teachings. But Paul never met christ, was never a disciple. In fact he spent much of his life fighting against them. Was he an agent to corrupt from within once he saw he could not win? I don't trust Paul one bit.
|Third Century Depiction of Jesus distributing Loaves of bead and fish|
The Essene belief to pool wealth and live in communes was a central part of early christianity. But it is no longer done. No money in it. Better to ask for 10% tithe a year.
The second schism happened upon Christs departure. Mary Magdalene led the essene teachers as high teacher and used the symbol of the blue rose (impossible in nature) to symbolize the original holders of the true gospel.
Later at 325 at the Roman council of Nicea much of the original teaching was obliterated and expunged. All references to women teachers, vegetarianism, and the importance of the seven comandments was removed.
Take a look at some of the earliest pictures of Christ, and then how after the council of Nicea, the picture changed to that of Paul, not Yashua.
|Here we see the Baby faced Jesus from the 2nd century|
|Again, a baby faced Jesus tends to his sheep|
|This is the oldest depiction of christ, with Pomegranates which symbolize immortality Looks a bit like the statue of liberty huh?|
Actually what you are seeing is Sol Invictus, the unconquered Sun, and also, it's portrayal as the Roman emperor's crown, as we see here for three different roman emperors on coins:
|No it's not America, It's First Century Roman Sculpture...|
|Another early depiction of christ|
|And now by the 4th century, Christ is Paul not christ.|
|Here we see a bearded christ with features of the original christ face|
|Mary Magdalene giving birth, with the blue rose|
|Another stained glass of Mary Magdelene (miriam) with the blue rose, which was a gift from Yashua on the night of conception of their child and later would be a symbol of the true essenes|
|Is this Yashua? No It's Paul. And that Paul Face would dominate from the sixth century onward. The original face as well as teaching of Jesus (Yashua) would be forgotten, perverted, and lost.|
Now the P part of the Chi Ro Symbol, that's the Rod of Asclepus, the snake entertwining a staff. It is a reference to Aaron's staff turning into a serpent, a miracle by Moses. Legend has it that the rod was delivered to Yashua himself.
This legend of the rod as given by the Syrian Solomon in his Book of the Bee has Christian characteristics. According to it the staff is a fragment of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and was successively in the possession of Shem, of the three Patriarchs, and of Judah, just as in the Jewish legend. From Judah it descended to Pharez, ancestor of David and of the Messiah. After Pharez's death an angel carried it to the mountains of Moab and buried it there, where the pious Jethro found it. When Moses, at Jethro's request, went in search of it, the rod was brought to him by an angel. With this staff Aaron and Moses performed all the miracles related in Scripture, noteworthy among which was the swallowing up of the wonder-working rods of the Egyptian Posdi. Joshua received it from Moses and made use of it in his wars; and Joshua, in turn, delivered it to Phinehas, who buried it in Jerusalem.
There it remained hidden until the birth of Jesus, when the place of its concealment was revealed to Joseph, who took it with him on the journey to Egypt.