Here's an experience of mine at a meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness a few years ago. I sat down to look over the abstracts before the conference started, and my eyes hit on the following. I tried for years to get the author to publish through our journal, Anthropology of Consciousness, but to no avail -- and I haven't seen him the past few years. I think I memorized it pretty well. I'll replace the text if the program surfaces again. I've added footnotes.
"Pre-Christian Legends of Jesus in Greek and Roman Mythology"
The Jews never expected their Messiah to be named Jesus.1 The Jews also never expected him to be born of a virgin,2 to be a healer, or to be executed and raised three days later from the dead.3 However, in ancient Greece there was a JASOS4 born after Zeus the Sky-God impregnated the virgin Electra (of whom Sophocles wrote 'Mourning Becomes Electra'), who was a healer and a spiritual teacher,5 who was executed and raised from the dead three days later. All information for this paper come from authenticated manuscripts attested to before 25 BCE.
1 The only name in a prophecy I could remember was Emmanuel. [back]
2 Matched up against the single-concept virginity in Greek, Latin and English, roughly hymen-intacta, is a dual concept in Semitic culture with the untranslated concept being more like womb-intacta, having not yet issued forth a 'first-born'. Alma and bethula are the words, if I remember correctly. I believe I tied down with someone that the 'first-born' word was that by which you would know the Messiah in the Emmanuel prophecy in Ezekiel, I think. [back]
3 That's pretty much the Biblical Jesus story in a nutshell. And it was the Greeks to whom it was given to write the Jesus Gospels. Hm! [back]
4 This should interest anyone who thinks the particular NAME might be important. Remember: It's really only the J-S-S or Y-S-S triliteral, without the vowels, that's of utmost importance, since the vowels weren't written. There's promising work by Robert Vawter showing that this may ultimately go back further to Isis and Osiris on the Semitic side, and could also have gotten to Greece through its Egypt-worship, as Rome got it later similarly from Greece. [back]
5 During the talk the author, whose name I'm keeping secret until he publishes -- this is an unauthorized bookmark for him! -- mentioned that fully 80% of the red words in the red-letter editions of Bibles are from this earlier Jasos tradition, only 20% from when we usually think it was.
All of this points to ancient politico-spiritual alliances between Rome and Jerusalem in Rome's heyday, which led to what I always felt was a schizo-binding of Jewish and Christian documents into today's Bible, which only the Christians, not the Jews, see any need for, in search of religious authentication perhaps. Both Jasos and Christos being Greek words, and probably both terms denoting appointed religious office, Christians should rejoice that their Jesus, their Christ, is thousands of years older than first reported! [back]