Rescuing Artemis And The Brothers Grimm

When I was eleven I read all the fairytales of the Brother’s Grimm. When I was forty I read all of Luke one night. Then I read Acts. I was appalled. No way would Jesus ‘The Hero’ turn over his church to ‘The Anti-Hero’ who then claims he performed miracles all over the place. Paul is The Liar of Liars’. When he got caught lying, he set out to destroy the First Church of Jesus that I believe formed a bond with Greek religions and temples. Jesus has been compared to Apollo, the twin brother of Artemis. There is a possibility that Mary Magdalene was the sister of Jesus, and, he could have been married to Mary in a sacred way. Mary could have been a high priestess of the Artemis, married Jesus, and had a child. Apollo was a ‘Son of God’.

I got thrown out of Bible study when I asked my minister a very good question. We were studying Mark 4.

“Why didn’t one of Jesus’s disciples write down the secret of the coming kingdom so we would not be left with all these arguments? If he was the Son of God, why didn’t God make sure His Son imparted clear and divine truth. Instead, we get all these earthly argument from Paul who is in conflict with the true Disciples, those who met Jesus.”

Paul claims he performed miracles at Ephesus where the temple of Artemis was located. If this was true, what need of his fabrications aimed at winning arguments? Why didn’t God order Paul to keep an exact record of his miracles and how they were performed so many generations can employ them? Oh, I forgot, Paul is teaching the end of the world is coming, and, thus no one should get married. How did this go over with the followers of Artemis? Paul does not quote Revelations, because they had not bee written yet? How come? You would think God would give this task to His “only begotten son” so he could clarify the text. Revelations might be The Greatest Fairytale Written. But, here come the Catholic Church and its reverence of the Virgin Mary who brought Jesus to earth with a Immaculate Conception.

Hitler’s mythmakers employed the fairytales of the Grimm Brothers to enhance his theories of Germans being the Master Race. The Sleeping Beauty Princess was given the name Rosamond. With the lies of The Two Hundred Christian Leaders, who cam forth to protect Donald Trump = who had a mural of Apollo in his chariot on his ceiling – all Christian myths are now susceptible to profound scrutiny. It is my intention to bring the Grimm Brothers to America and employ them to esteem the White Race that has been sabotaged by the Evangelicals and the false teaching of John Darby. White Women are part of the White Race.

It is my intention to turn white evangelicals away from the Republican Party, and have them vote the Democratic ticket. The Republicans are trying to do away with Obamacare. Insist that they employ the healing that Jesus and Paul employed, or, sue the Party of Liars. I seriously doubt Paul took all those trips, he too busy writing all those lies. I believe he had a gang of assassins that terrorized the followers of Artemis. Paul is the forefather of ISIS. He hated women. This is why he castrated himself. This anti-Hero suggests followers of the Laws of Moses – that Paul did away with – castrate themselves. The followers of Artemis would be appalled! They would try to kill Satan Paul.

The question I have, is, if the world is coming to an end, soon, then what does it matter if converts to Jesus have a silver Artemis shrine, or, get circumcised? Jesus was spreading a new teaching and church for the salvation of all. He ministered to born-sinners when the rabbis would not. A million Jews living in the diaspora had to make a important sacrifice at Herod’s temple. Who got a cut? Follow the money trail.

John Presco

Why ‘200 Philistine Foreskins’ Matter

I would that they were even cut off which trouble you!
I would that they that unsettle you would even go beyond circumcision.
I wish that those who are troubling you [by teaching that circumcision is necessary for salvation] would even [go all the way and] castrate themselves!


And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Jacob found full-time employment in 1808 when he was appointed court librarian to the King of Westphalia and went on to become librarian in Kassel.[3] After their mother’s death that year, he became fully responsible for his younger siblings. He arranged and paid for his brother Ludwig‘s studies at art school and for Wilhelm’s extended visit to Halle to seek treatment for heart and respiratory ailments, following which Wilhelm joined Jacob as librarian in Kassel.[2] The brothers also began collecting folk tales at about this time, in a cursory manner and on Brentano’s request. According to Jack Zipes, at this point “the Grimms were unable to devote all their energies to their research and did not have a clear idea about the significance of collecting folk tales in this initial phase.”[2]

During their employment as librarians—which paid little but afforded them ample time for research—the brothers experienced a productive period of scholarship, publishing a number of books between 1812 and 1830.[11] In 1812, they published their first volume of 86 folk tales, Kinder- und Hausmärchen, followed quickly by two volumes of German legends and a volume of early literary history.[3] They went on to publish works about Danish and Irish folk tales and Norse mythology, while continuing to edit the German folk tale collection. These works became so widely recognized that the brothers received honorary doctorates from universities in Marburg, Berlin, and Breslau (now Wrocław).[11]

Question: “Who is the Artemis mentioned in the Bible?”

Answer: Artemis was a goddess worshiped in the ancient world. The Greeks considered her the twin sister of Apollo and the goddess of hunting and wilderness and the protector of unmarried girls. The Artemis mentioned in the book of Acts was a different deity—a localized goddess of the Ephesians—but she bore the same name (Latinized as “Diana”) as the goddess of Greek mythology. Her temple in Ephesus was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Ephesian Artemis was a “queen of heaven” deity emphasizing fertility, virginity, and the protection of childbearing. Many of her images have been unearthed; the rows upon rows of smooth, oval-shaped, protuberances on her midriff have been a source of debate for years—are they breasts, pouches containing magic tokens, bull testicles, or bee eggs? (All of those possibilities have been advanced as viable theories.) The many priests employed in the temple performed animal sacrifices. There were many priestesses, too. It is uncertain whether or not the priestesses engaged in ritual prostitution. In any case, the Artemis temple in Ephesus was a popular tourist attraction in the Roman world.

A unique mythology sprang up around the origin of Artemis worship. The account is alluded to by the city clerk of Ephesus: “Doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?” (Acts 19:35). A popular item to sell tourists was a small Artemis shrine—a cupped enclosure with a small female figure inside. Worshipers were told they could take this shrine anywhere in the world and worship Artemis in front of her tiny shrine, and it would be just the same as worshiping her at the Ephesian temple.

Paul spent years in Ephesus (Acts 19:10) and performed “extraordinary miracles” there (verse 11). The gospel began to change lives, and “a number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. . . . In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power” (verses 19–20). As the gospel made inroads into territory claimed by Artemis, the stage was set for a confrontation with the spiritual forces of darkness.

As the followers of Artemis noticed the difference Paul’s preaching was having in their city, “there arose a great disturbance about the Way” (Acts 19:23). A silversmith named Demetrius called a meeting of his guild and said, “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business [selling Artemis shrines]. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty” (verses 25–27). In his speech, Demetrius paid lip service to the “majesty” of Artemis, but his real motivation was evident—he was losing business as people stopped buying his idolatrous trinkets.

Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen stirred up the city into a riotous frenzy, shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:28). They led a mob to find Paul and, not finding him, grabbed two of Paul’s traveling companions and dragged them to the theater. There the mob continued shouting the praise of Artemis for about two hours (verse 34). They were only quieted when the city clerk gained an audience and reminded the mob they were breaking Roman law in disturbing the peace (verse 40).

Paul soon left Ephesus to continue his third missionary journey. But a church had been established. In the center of Artemis worship, in a city known for paganism, immorality, and greed, the light of Jesus Christ shone brightly. Despite the enemy’s intimidations, the church thrived.

Artemis (/ˈɑːrtɪmɪs/; Greek: Ἄρτεμις Artemis, Attic Greek[ár.te.mis]), in the ancient Greek religion and myth, is the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity.

Artemis is the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the patron and protector of young girls, and was believed to bring disease upon women and relieve them of it. Artemis was worshipped as one of the primary goddesses of childbirth and midwifery along with Eileithyia. Much like Athena and Hestia, Artemis preferred to remain a maiden and is sworn never to marry.

Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities and her temple at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Artemis’ symbols included a bow and arrow, a quiver and hunting knives and the deer and the cypress were sacred to her. The goddess Diana is her Roman equivalent worshipped on the Aventine Hill near Lake Nemi and in Campania.[2]

Beginning just east of Frankfurt in Hanau where the Grimms were born, the Fairy Tale Road follows the lives of the brothers, as well as the fables themselves, all the way to Bremen. Maps are readily available at many places along the route.

To do the full itinerary without racing through it, allow four days. While you need to be wary of villages using contrived alliances to pose vaguely as backdrops for the tales, the half-timbered towns and rural settings more than make up for the sins of the pretenders.

The Grimms were highly educated linguists who spoke more than ten languages between them. Though born into prominence, they fell upon hard times after the death of their father, eventually winding up in the nearby poorhouse where they struggled to survive.

Marketplace in Bremen (Photo: Germany Fairytale Road)

Marketplace in Bremen (Photo: Germany Fairytale Road)

Eventually, Jacob was appointed court librarian to the King of Westphalia in 1808. Wilhelm later joined him and the environment could not have been richer for their pioneering work in gathering traditional folklore.

Traveling the Fairy Tale Road is a driving tour that requires, at a minimum, a rental car, a good map, patience and a sense of humor. Many landmarks may be difficult to locate. There are no neon signs and billboards saying “This way to the wicked witch’s house,” or “Seven dwarfs, next right.” But that’s part of the adventure. “Seek and ye shall find.”

Most of the stories were handed down from approximately forty sources. Many were provided by a loose-knit group of upper-class women and relatives.

Dorothea Viehmann (Photo: Germany Fairytale Road)

Dorothea Viehmann (Photo: Germany Fairytale Road)

The most prominent tipster, and one of the few who was identified, was Dorothea Viehmann, an innkeeper’s daughter in Kassel who heard the tales from passing travelers. Viehmann’s most famous story is, arguably, that of Cinderella.

The Viehmann family inn, Brauhaus Knallhutte, still exists today, where traveler’s can order a Cinderella meal which includes a slipper carved from a baked potato.

Though Jacob and Wilhelm only contributed two stories of their own, it was their dedication to the preservation of German folklore that sealed their legacy as pioneers of mythology.

It is believed that many of the narratives had already been written down during the Middle Ages and then rewritten again in 17th century before the Grimms did their own editing.

Storytelling in Bremen (Photo: Germany Fairytale Road)

Storytelling in Hanau (Photo: Germany Fairytale Road)

As Maria Tatar, an American scholar with expertise in children’s literature, expresses, “the brothers’ goal of preserving and shaping the tales as something uniquely German at a time of French occupation was a form of ‘intellectual resistance’, and in so doing they established a methodology for collecting and preserving folklore that set the model to be followed later by writers throughout Europe during periods of occupation.”

After two centuries the stories of Jacob and Wilhelm endure. While some may have been Grimm, they rank second only to the Bible in the number of translations. The Fairy Tale Road is well worth a visit. You might even say enchanting. All you need to do is follow the bread crumbs and live happily ever after.

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