Finding the Jesus of History in a Mad World

Anyone brave enough, or perhaps stupid enough, to search for the Jesus of History inevitably ends up lost, like Alice stepping Through the Looking Glass into Wonderland. You find yourself in a world where the more you look at the evidence the quicker your assumptions evaporate like morning mist; very quickly you are left with nothing but vague shapes that look very much like lies. But don’t give up – there is a way out. If, like Alice, you won’t settle for anything less than truth, I may be able to help you!

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the White Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

In this presentation, I will give you the key to finding Jesus – the magic potion – that will save you from the insanity of the Christian Wonderland; stay with me to the end and I will prove to you that Christianity was never Jewish, Jesus was never a Christian and his message of Hebrew Renewal is as important today as it was two thousand years ago.


But to understand that, you first need to understand this:

In 1980, almost miraculously, the actual tomb of the Jesus family was discovered, quite by accident, in a hole not far from Jerusalem. The tomb was hastily covered up again by the power of vested interests and everybody involved tried to pretend it wasn’t true and that it didn’t matter by repeating to themselves, “It’s very common,” over and over again.

In 1985, Professors Robert W. Funk and Marcus J. Borg went through the Looking Glass in search of the Jesus of History. They created the Westar Institute and convened an inquiry they called “the Jesus Seminar.” Almost immediately an army of Christian armchair warriors declared Jihad on the ‘Jesus Seminar’ and anyone involved.

Over 15 years, the 50 brave scholars of the Jesus Seminar, who dared to think for themselves, won every battle against the powers of Christian preconceived ideas and cognitive dissonance. Slowly and painstakingly the Jesus of History was, bit by bit, exhumed from the grave of Christian propaganda and his authentic voice could, once again, be heard and you would have thought that the end of the war was in sight.

Sadly, time ran out for Professor Funk in the fall of 2005. Ironically, two years later James Cameron and Simcha Jacobavici produced a film reopening the Jesus family tomb. In a sane world their film would have vindicated the search for the Jesus of History and the work of the Jesus Seminar but, without Funk, their champion, the Jesus Seminar had lost any interest in the fight: they quit the field and abandoned the Jesus of History to the pseudo-Academics of the Christian ‘Right’.

And there the sad story would have ended, if it hadn’t been for Professor James D. Tabor, whose name quickly became intimately associated with the Jesus family tomb.  Somewhat predictably, he was promptly mauled by the lions of Christian pseudo-academia, a violence for which, as it turns out, he was well prepared.

Tabor’s secret weapon – his magnum opus – was (and is) the book ‘the Jesus Dynasty’ in which he insists that John the Baptist, Jesus and his brother James formed part of a royal dynasty, based entirely on the complete and literal truth of the Gospels and a facility to studiously ignore any contrary evidence – an approach that no Christian seems intellectually equipped to question. Tabor had brilliantly out Christianed the Christians.

Unfortunately, it is Tabor’s pronouncements on ‘Early Christianity’ that have come to define exactly what questions can be asked and which questions are not permitted in the search for the Jesus of History. Sadly, Tabor’s Jesus speaks words that are devoid of meaning, like numbers without value, or a map without a terrain and thus the Jesus of History, separated from history or humanity, vanishes before us like a Jewish Cheshire cat.


“Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin,” thought Alice; “but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!”

Tabor’s Jesus dissolves into the contradictions of the Gospels and becomes invisible – lost within the Greco-Roman absurdities of Christian dogma.

After reading Tabor’s The Jesus Dynasty one is left asking, “so what? What difference does it make?”

Let me explain why this might be the case:

The Third Search for the Jesus of History, Tabor’s search (if you will), insists that the Gospels are Jewish, Jesus was a prophet of the apocalypse and all the words attributed to Christ were spoken by the Jesus of History. In Tabor’s corner of Wonderland, Professors Funk and Borg never lived and the Jesus Seminar never published a word and it is as if the Jesus family tomb was never found. We find ourselves lost within the Myth of Jewish Christianity.


The Myth of Jewish Christianity:

From the beginning, Christianity has sought validation and authority by claiming to have first century Jewish roots – a kind of literary version of Rachel Dolezal without the dodgy perm. So successful has Christianity been in convincing the world that Christianity started out as a Jewish religion that nobody – since the death of the Jesus Seminar – thinks to question this assumption or asks to see the evidence.

It is for this reason that the search for the Jesus of History today is doomed to fail, as it gets lost in the myths of Early Christianity.

The Myth of Early Christianity is based on several assumptions:

  1. Jesus taught an apocalyptic message of salvation from eternal damnation and the physical resurrection of the dead.
  2. Saint Paul was a Jewish Rabbi teaching a Jewish message.
  3. The Gospels were initially written by Jews in Hebrew for Jews.
  4. The Christian cult was more or less Jewish.
  5. Jewish Christianity grew rapidly in the first century.
  6. That Jewish Christianity was philosophically coherent with Jewish belief but had splintered into many groups.
  7. That the dying and resurrected Messiah was predicted in Hebrew sacred texts.

A big part of this myth is the idea that Jewish Christianity was spread by a handful of Jewish groups; all of which focused on the divinity of Jesus, to one extent or another; differing only in their understanding of his divinity: at birth, baptism or death. Tabor’s favourite term for these religious chameleons is the ‘Ebionites’.

And here’s a bonus – my gift to you – ask yourself, “Is this true? What is the evidence? Ask to see the receipts!”

The genius of Professors Funk and Borg was that they were prepared to actually listen to what Jesus said, as if they were forensic investigators, which – if you think about it – that is what they were. The more they investigated, the more they started to take Jesus seriously and it soon became evident to them that, assuming the Jesus of History was sane, he could not have been the source for some 80% of the words spoken by Christ.

In other words, based on philosophical coherence, the Jesus of History only spoke about 20% of the words attributed to Christ and those words were entirely focused on the renewal of Hebrew spiritual life.


The Jesus of History and Hebrew Renewal:

That bears repeating, it is a fact that approximately 20% of the words attributed to Christ describe how Hebrew spiritual life must be renewed and reinvigorated and those words philosophically contradict the other 80% of the words attributed to him.

From those words we can say with certainty:

  1. That the Jesus of History taught specifically against the apocalypse and the resurrection of the dead. His words were entirely Jewish – he taught a return to Hebrew Faith.
  2. That Saint Paul was anti-Semitic, misquoted and lied about Hebrew Scripture. His philosophy was entirely pagan and had its roots in the magical practices of the Greco-Roman religions and the philosophy of the wildly anti-human Middle-Eastern Dualism.
  3. That the Gospels continue the lies of Saint Paul and misquote the Tanakh, mistake the geography of the Southern Levant, contradict each other and rely on the work of Josephus, (which was not published until 94 CE). They also inculcate a message that is anti-Semitic and the antithesis of Hebrew spirituality. They were written in Greek, by Greeks for a Greek audience.
  4. That there is no sign of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures.
  5. That Josephus does not link John the Baptist with Jesus nor does he suggest that either Jesus or his brother James were starting a new religion nor does he think either of them were Messiahs.
  6. That there is no direct evidence for a Jewish form of Christianity. The quote in Tacitus is not a reference to Christ or Christians. ‘Chrestus’ was the name of a Jewish subversive living in Rome just before the Jewish war with Rome (64 CE). Pliny would not have needed guidance on Christians, in 112 CE, from Trajan if Christians were Roman enemy number one in 64 CE.
  7. The Jesus of History taught a form of Hebrew renewal with its roots in Jewish religion dating back, at least, as far as the Prophet Jeremiah and which continues to this day. Similar teachings can be found in the work of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi David Aaron, and Rav Kook.

The Jesus of History: Hebrew Renewal – the context:

Early Hebrew faith, as a reaction against the Egyptian obsession with death and the resurrection of the dead, avoided speaking of life after death so people would focus on this life. Hebrew spirituality was entirely focused on living this life in the light of God’s righteousness but over the centuries that wasn’t enough for some people.

Unfortunately, the Hebrew people suffered one calamity after another and their priests found it harder and harder to justify the suffering of the people. Then as now, the Hebrew elites took the easy road and blamed ‘The People’ for their own suffering. If the Israeli people were destroyed by the Persians then it must mean that they did something to piss God off!

By the end of the Greek occupation of the Southern Levant in the 2nd Century BCE, the Maccabees, who later become the Hasmonean dynasty, found it expedient to encourage the Persian (Zoroastrian) idea of the End of Days and the Resurrection of the Dead – for obvious tactical reasons.

Predictably, the Hebrew people stopped focusing on righteousness and morality. They quickly became obsessed with the divinely ordained utopia made just for the Jews and how God would magically destroy all of their enemies. This is evidenced in the festivals of Purim and Hanukkah, which date from this time.

Everyone started looking out for the divinely ordained military leader – the Messiah. By the time of the Jesus of History, Messiah spotting was very popular – morality not so much.

However, contrary to popular belief, in the first century CE not all Jews believed in this nonsense. Several Prophets, like Jeremiah, had tried to encourage people to return to the roots of their religion as a renewal of their connection to the Eternal.

‘In those days, they shall no longer say, “fathers have eaten unripe grapes, and the teeth of the children shall be set on edge.” But each man shall die for his own iniquity; whoever eats the unripe grapes his teeth shall be set on edge.

Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will form a covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, a new covenant…

…for this is the covenant that I will form with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will place My law in their midst and I will inscribe it on their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be My people and no longer shall one teach his neighbour or shall one teach his brother saying “Know the Lord!” for they shall all know Me from their smallest to their greatest, says the Lord, …’

Jeremiah 31:28-33

We know from Josephus that the Sadducees and Essenes did not believe in the Last days and the Resurrection of the Dead and the Essenes did not believe in animal sacrifice. The Jesus of History is never associated with offering sacrifice, which is strange as he was supposed to be a walking sacrifice.

The Jesus of History – Hebrew Renewal:

Here’s your magic potion to save you from all this confusion so hold on tight! Focus on only one thing: the nature of God.

How the Jesus of History understands God is what defines him and separates him from Christianity. All of us  are defined by the sum of our beliefs. It is how we see God and our relationship with him (or not) that forms the foundation of our lives and the foundation expressed in the words of Jesus are the opposite of Christianity or Middle Eastern Dualism.

At the front of the mind of the Jesus of History is God and all that is, is God. Therefore, whatever is, is Good. To the Jesus of History, in reality, there is no need of resurrection, salvation or the end of days for anyone – God is enough.

The Prophet Jeremiah, for the Jesus of History and his brother James, had turned the name ‘Jew’ from a noun into a verb and the only thing that mattered to them was living in the Light of God’s Righteousness.

All of the words, that we can attribute to the Jesus of History, teach that living in the Light of God is its own reward and if living in that light leads you to suffer – that’s fine! Living in the Light of God is its own reward. There is no consolation prize, no cookie before bedtime. No crosses count.

Living in Light or Living in darkness – it’s your choice.

The Hebrew Renewal that Jesus was a part of, and is mentioned by Josephus, was a ‘Back to Basics’ movement that really pissed the Hasmoneans off – in the end it pissed them off so much that they killed both him and his brother James – maybe even John the Baptist.

If you do still want to find the Jesus of History and would like to understand what he is talking about, by all means listen to Professor Tabor (I still love to) but don’t forget to ask for the receipts – check primary sources and think for yourself because it was God who gave you common sense.

But if you are ever brave enough to want to ask Tabor a question, just remember that he is the White Queen and is happy believing six impossible things before breakfast.

If you want to learn more, feel free to message me but whatever you do never believe anything without seeing the evidence.

Check out our videos on the tomb part I and II

Ian Fleming

Did Jesus Really Exist?

Can you prove to me that your grandfather actually existed?

We have been using photography for over a hundred and fifty years but despite this technological advantage many of us would struggle to prove that our grandparents really existed. What proof could there be for the life of an ordinary person? If not photographs what exactly would convince us?

Map of Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Map of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Detail from the World Atlas (Webster’s Concise.)

Where is Ceylon?

My grandfather was born in a country called Ceylon in the late nineteenth century. Now, just over a hundred years later, most people don’t even know that the country ever existed let alone know that my grandfather lived and died there.

I have textual evidence that my grandfather existed, I have his name on my father’s birth certificate but that doesn’t prove ‘who’ my grandfather was? My father and his brother were both as brown as two antique chesterfields but my father’s brother refused to believe that his family came from the colonies. I had evidence but I didn’t have proof enough to make him reconsider his preconceived ideas. All I had was textual evidence, assertion and conjecture. That my grandfather served as an officer in the First World War, was wounded and married his English nurse I can assert based on family stories but I have no ‘proof’.

When it comes to Jesus most people have preconceived ideas that are almost impregnable to persuasion. The further we slide down the slope of cultural decline into the bottomless pit of Cultural Marxism people feel increasingly uncomfortable hearing opinions, which differ from the ones they have been programmed with.

Can we trust the Bible?

For some, the Bible is enough but we have already seen that, of itself, the Bible is an unreliable authority. After two thousand years, what evidence could there be for the life of an ordinary man? What evidence would be enough to convince us of his existence?

The first question we have to ask is whom are we referring to when we say ‘Jesus’? Jesus is not a Jewish name. The name Jesus was invented by Paul for his Gentile audience. Jesus was not the son of Mr and Mrs Christ of Number One, The Manger, Bethlehem.

If we follow the streams of Christian belief backwards in time, we invariable find ourselves face to face with Paul of Tarsus. In his letter to the Galatians (1.11) Paul confirms “But I certify to you, brethren, that the gospel which I preach is not of any man For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by a vision of Jesus Christ.”

Paul created a fictional character called Jesus Christ based on the Jewish Rabbi called Yeshua bar Yosef whom he had, by his own assertion, never met. The Rabbi’s brother, James the Just, was still in charge of the Nazarene Yeshiva in Jerusalem. That Paul was teaching to non-Jews a long way from Judea gave him a lot of leeway but ultimately while people who had known the historical Rabbi still lived he had to restrict his story to that which could not, immediately, be disproved. It was for this reason that the earliest gospel and letters did not include witness statements about the resurrection. The five hundred witnesses and the Holy Ghost were added much later when the problematic Jews who had known the Rabbi were all safely dead.

Ian Fleming is 007

Just as James Bond is a fictional character loosely based on Ian Fleming’s own life. It is interesting to note that in two thousand years time, there will be more evidence for the life of James Bond than there will ever be for the life of Ian Fleming.

So if we are looking for evidence for the life of Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, who died for our sins, a sane man would have to admit that there is none. On the contrary, there is overwhelming evidence that this was a fictional character created by Paul and what a profitable scam it was.

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your ‘liberality’ unto Jerusalem.” Corinthians 1.16

Nice work if you can get it!

So if we leave the fictional character of Jesus Christ to one side, what evidence is there for the Jewish Rabbi called Yeshua bar Yosef and if there is evidence how useful is it?

I agree with Dr Bart D. Ehrman and try to prioritise evidence based on the following criteria:

  • The earliest sources are best.
  • Hostile witnesses are better than positively biased statements.
  • It is possible to accept a positive witness if you can identify the person’s agenda.
  • Lots of contemporary mentions are also really useful.

An almost contemporary account by a man who hated Christians as part of his profession, so could safely be counted as a hostile witness, is the Tacitus the Roman Senator, orator and ethnographer. He was also one of the best Roman historians.

He mentions “Christus who was executed by Pontius Pilate and from whom the Christian’s derived their name.”

Tacitus as a contemporary of Paul, could easily have debunked the story as baseless, if he suspected that this was the case. In the late first century there were a lot of people still alive who would have known if Jesus, or rather the person upon whom the cult was based. Further, it would have been pointless basing a fictitious cult on a fictitious person. You need a reasonably famous person as a basis for a myth in order to convince people that you are not lying. (Paul spent an extraordinary amount of his time trying to convince people that he was telling the truth.)

Who the hell is James Bond?

As the Proconsul of Asia, it is likely that Tacitus would have had the opportunity to question people directly; so if there had been any evidence against the historicity of Rabbi Yeshua then I feel that he would have found it. That Paul based his cult on an actual person is therefore obvious. If Paul had turned up in Damascus, after his epiphany, saying “I’ve just had a vision of James Bond” I’m sure a lot of Jews would have said, “Who the hell is James Bond?” People only took notice of him because he wandered into town saying that he had a vision of a person they knew had existed.

Our next ‘Witness’ is Josephus, a Jewish Roman historian. Josephus refers to James the Just, the leader of the Ebionite/Nazarene movement who taught in the Temple in his history of all things Jewish.

Another James

Josephus mentions “James the brother of Jesus who was called Mashiach.” As James (Ya’akob) is a common Jewish name and the father was Yosef, also a common name, Josephus makes the connection to Yeshua as a distinction. This would assume that most people would have heard of the Nazarene Rabbi unlike James Bond.

Josephus grew up in a priestly family in first century Judea so he would have every opportunity to know if the physical story of ‘Jesus’ was baseless.

The earliest Rabbinic texts content themselves with disparaging Jesus as a Roman bastard, they never deny his existence. Even today Jews hate Jesus with a passion. The simplest way to destroy a man is to deny his existence. If Rabbinical Judaism could have proved the fiction they would have done so.

In the earliest sources no hostile Pagan or Jew opposed Jesus’ historicity or even questioned it.

If anyone had a reason to hate the new anti-Semitic cult of Christianity it was the Jews and yet they treat him as a fully historical person.

Lucian of Smosata (115 to 200 CE) refers to Jesus with contempt in his satire.

Jesus Family TombTalpiot Tomb

So much for textual proof. We also now have archaeological evidence for the life of the Jewish Rabbi in Talpiot. Despite the ‘experts’ immediately calling this tomb a fake or irrelevant, it has been proven to be legitimate in court but no retraction has been printed.

We know from Josephus again, that the Jews had won the right to have their crucified dead buried.

“The Jews are so careful about funeral rites that even those who are crucified because they were guilty are taken down and buried before sunset.” (Josephus in War 44.5.2)

Our best evidence for the manner of crucifixion comes from a heel bone with a nail stuck in it, which was found in an ossuary and was obviously therefore buried. So we have a tomb of the right date with all the names of the Jesus family including his wife and son.

PapyrusJesus had a Wife

We have the ‘Jesus wife’ Papyrus, which has also been proven to be legitimate although a lot of experts are still blogging away in their bedrooms trying to discredit it.

So what is the truth? I guess it will always depend on the question!

If you are asking for proof of the life of James Bond, it will depend on what you will accept as evidence. If you want to believe in James Bond then you will accept the books of his adventures as proof of his life. If you don’t want to believe in James Bond then even meeting Ian Fleming would not change your mind.

As it is with the fictional character of Jesus Christ. If you want to believe in him, then the New Testament will be enough for you but if you don’t want to believe in him then no amount of proof would be enough.

On the other hand, if you are asking about Ian Fleming, then we can have a conversation. There is a surprising amount of evidence for the life of the first century Jew called Rabbi Yeshua bar Yosef, who was the brother of James and upon whose name a cult was based.

There is certainly more evidence for the life of the Jewish Rabbi than there is for my poor Grandfather. It does occur to me that just because people no longer believe in the paradise called Ceylon, it still does actually exist, which must be relief to the pilots that try to land their planes there.

Research Paper: Did He Really Exist – The Jesus Family Tomb

Blog: The Jesus of History

Blog: The Jesus Family Tomb

Watch: The Jesus Family Tomb Reopened Part 1 and Part 2

The True Sayings of Jesus: The Jesus of History Vs. The Christ Myth



The Jesus Family Tomb

For some of you, this might come as a bit of a shock but the actual physical tomb of the Jesus of History was found in 1980. If that’s news to you, I can tell you why! Nearly everyone involved in Biblical archaeology has a ‘dog in the fight’ and none of them give a damn about the Jesus of History.

Divinity Colleges and Christian Universities award their faithful students prestigious sounding degrees and PhDs. To ordinary people, these pseudo-academics appear to be real scholars. But, like sleeper agents, when something is found that challenges the official ‘Christ’ narrative, they spring into action and make sure that it just ‘disappears’.

The Talpiot Tomb

Jesus Family TombThe Jesus Family Tomb, otherwise known as the ‘Talpiot Tomb’ is a great example of how stupidity, incompetence and pure larceny passes as ‘science’ in the 21st century.

The Jesus Family Tomb is unusual in that it has a sign of Jonah cut into the rock above the door. One of the ossuaries (bone boxes), found within the tomb, has a different version of the sign of Jonah engraved on the side of the box. Another tomb, less then 200 feet away, was discovered in 1981. One of the ossuaries in that tomb also has the sign of Jonah engraved on the side of the box.

The Lost Tomb of Jesus

It wasn’t until almost thirty years later that Dr James D. Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici were able to produce a film detailing the discovery of the ‘Jesus Family Tomb’. Despite their best efforts the agents of pseudo-academia managed to discredit and obscure the discovery. The result is that very few people have seen the film or know anything about the Jesus Family Tomb.

In order to find the truth, let’s look at some of the facts:

Dr James D. Tabor served as Chair (2004-2014) of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina. He is currently Professor of ancient Judaism and early Christianity. Simcha Jacobovici is adjunct professor in the department of religion at Huntington University.

During construction of a housing estate, near Jerusalem, a 1st century tomb was accidentally unearthed. Ten ossuaries were discovered – one of which was stolen. Initial studies were so badly done that the local children were later found playing football with the skulls from inside the tomb.

Despite the concerted effort of many of the pseudo-academics involved and several high profile court cases, after forty years we can now say that the tomb is genuine.


We know from historical texts that people in Judah often used Greek and Roman names as well as Hebrew or Aramaic names. Therefore, we can say that there would have been approximately 1500 possible names available in the first century. This would mean that the chances of finding a tomb with all seven names of a family together at, or around, the same time would be millions to one.



The fact is that the tomb, the ossuaries and the inscriptions have been proven to be genuine. Therefore, the only possible conclusion is that the ‘Jesus Family Tomb’ is indeed genuine.

Seven ossuaries were found with name inscriptions detailing what we already know to be members of the Jesus family:

> Ossuary #80/503 Yeshua bar Yosef – Aramaic for (Jesus son of Joseph)

> Ossuary #80/505 Maria – written in Aramaic script, but a Latin form of the Hebrew name ‘Miriam’ (Mary)

> Ossuary #80/504 Yose – a diminutive of ‘Joseph’ mentioned as the name of one of Jesus’ brothers in the New Testament (Mark 6:3) ‘Joe

> Ossuary #80/501 Yehuda bar Yeshua – Aramaic for ‘Judah son of Jesus’ (Bar Jesus {son of Jesus} – in Acts 13:6)

> Ossuary #80/500- Mariamene e Mara – this reads ‘Mariamene known as Mara’ or ‘The Lady Mariamne’ A corruption of the name ‘Mary Magdalene’?

> Ossuary – Matya – Hebrew for ‘Matthew

> Ossuary – Yakov ben Yosef akhui diYeshua ‘James son of Josef, brother of Jesus’ – was stolen. Proved in court to belong to the original ten

It is true that taken on their own, most of those names are reasonably common but not in connection and not found together. My name is reasonably common in Spain but to find a tomb with all with the names of three generations of my current family would be impossible.

Watch the Videos:

The Jesus Family Tomb Reopened Part 1

The Jesus Family Tomb Reopened Part 2

Read the Research Paper – The Jesus of History: Did He Really Exist – The Jesus Family Tomb

Taken from the book – ‘The True Sayings of Jesus: The Jesus of History vs. The Christ Myth’

The True Sayings of Jesus