Did Paul Murder John and His Disciples?

In 1989 I began ‘The Lion of God’ which depicted John the Baptist as ‘The Savior’ of the Jewish people (for starters) who was hunted down by Saint Paul, and murdered.

Eisenman suggests Paul was a Herodian, even kin to Herod the tetrarch who wonders aloud if Jesus is John risen from the dead – because Jesus performed miracles like John did. Why didn’t Paul mention this resurrection from the dead, he appearing before Agrippa and Berenice (Herodians) and almost convincing the king of Judea that there was a resurrection of the dead. Herod already believes in a resurrection – and Jesus is not even arrested! Herod also believes John the Baptist performed miracles. What miracles? Paul will later resurrect folks from the dead, as did Peter.

“At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, “This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”

In 1987 I wondered what became of John’s words of prophecy. Here is what Joseph Flavius says about John’s “words” that we can not read for ourselves – but, there are way too many of Paul’s words! Did Paul put his words in Herod’s mouth in order to own more proof Jesus rose from the dead, and event that confounded his disciples before and after.

“Now many people came in crowds to him, for they were greatly moved by his words. Herod, who feared that the great influence John had over the masses might put them into his power and enable him to raise a rebellion (for they seemed ready to do anything he should advise), thought it best  to put him to death. In this way, he might prevent any mischief John might cause, and not bring himself into difficulties by sparing a man who might make him repent of it when it would be too late.
Accordingly John was sent as a prisoner, out of Herod’s suspicious temper, to Macherus, the castle I already mentioned, and was put to death. Now the Jews thought that the destruction of his army was sent as a punishment upon Herod, and a mark of God’s displeasure with him.”

Aha! Alas we have a motive for murdering Jesus – and John. How about Saint Stephen?

Was Paul an attendant of Herod, perhaps a religious attendant? How about a court eunich, who was asked to get near John’s followers, and ferret out all those who would threaten his paranoid master. Was Paul a double-crosser after Herod’s death, he making a fictional Jesus his new master? Did the Herodian give Paul written permission to hunt down John’s Nazarite Church of God, and thus put an end to John’s powerful prophecy – that has been disapeared – along with the truth he raised the dead as a preview of things to come when ‘The Terrible Day of our Lord’ come!

God sent me to make it right, and remove the virus Paul put in THE WORD and THE WORLD…..for Judgement Day is coming!

Jon Presco ‘The Nazarite’

Copyright 2012

THERE are materials in the New Testament, early Church literature, Rabbinic literature, and Josephus which point to some connection between Paul and so-called “Herodians.” These materials provide valuable insight into problems related to Paul’s origins, his Roman citizenship, the power he conspicuously wields in Jerusalem when still a young man, and the “Herodian” thrust of his doctrines (and as a consequence those of the New Testament) envisioning a community in which both Greeks and Jews would enjoy equal promises and privileges.

By “Herodian” we mean a religio-political orientation not inimical to the aims of the Herodian family, not only in Palestine, but also in Asia Minor and even Rome, and possibly implying a genealogical connection as well. Examples of the effect of such an orientation expressed with retrospective historical effect in the Gospels would be the curious thematic repetitions portraying a Jewish Messiah desiring fellowship with “Sinners” (for Paul in Gal 2:l, “Gentiles”), “publicans” (presumably Jewish dietary regulations were of little consequence to such persons), “prostitutes” (in our view a euphemism for “fornicators” as per Jamesian/Qumran definition, i.e., those who defined technical rules of sexual purity differently or less strictly), and “tax-collectors” (persons fitting comfortably into the political philosophy enunciated by Paul in Rom 13), and a whole genre of other allusions such as “the first shall be last,” “these little ones”/”simple ones,” the Messiah as “wine-bibber” (presumably therefore distinguished from such well-known life-long Nazirite types as his brother James, John the Baptist, the mysterious “Banus,” and probably the Qumran Righteous Teacher).

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