October 8th, 2001
Received by H.
My dear brother H___, I would like to take this opportunity to
clarify some questions that have come up because of messages I
have delivered previously.
When I spoke about soulmate love, I mentioned the fact that Mr. Padgett
started a new relationship with a woman some years after the death
of his wife Helen. I want to stress that I have not mentioned this
amorous relationship of Mr. Padgett in order to express my disagreement,
because it is very natural that a person might seek a new relationship
when he feels alone and when he realizes that in spite of a loved
one's death, life goes on. No, this reaction is very natural and
it doesn't deserve any reproach. I only presented that as an example
of demonstrating that Mr. Padgett, despite his theoretical knowledge
of soulmate love, didn't understand it, and that he was unable to
feel and to live this love, as nobody is able to do this, while
they live in the flesh.
Second, I am aware that the Book of Urantia relates that Joseph
escaped with his family to Egypt, and he headed for the great cultural
center of that country, Alexandria. I, on the other hand, have indicated
that the family went to the region of Heliopolis, and I want to
make it clear that this statement is correct. I may even deepen
a little more on the topic: Joseph didn't settle exactly in Heliopolis,
but in its outskirts. We have already dealt with the interesting
story of the perfumed gardens of Matariyah, and practically adjacent
to these gardens was a settlement of Jews, which the Roman administration
called "vicus Iudaeorum", or village of the Jews. It was
exactly that place, where originally those expert gardeners from
Jericho settled, who had been called by queen Cleopatra from their
country in order to take care of the balsam shrubs.
Later on, as it is natural, other Jews of other professions joined
this village, and at the time, when Jesus' family arrived, they
found a prosperous place, full of trade and culture. The location
was very favorable, because it lay very near Onias' temple, which
we have already spoken of previously, and also was very near the Jewish
educational and scientific center in Leontopolis.
As you know, Joseph was a fabricator, and very skilful, diligent
and meticulous. And within a short time he managed to establish his
own workshop. He had savings, and his investment soon paid off.
But something perhaps much more important happened to Joseph. The
events which had led to the flight to Egypt caused him to meditate
a lot. Was it true that Jesus could be the Messiah of the Jews?
If not, why Herod's strange reaction? Because very soon they received
notice of the misfortune which had befallen Bethlehem. The only
conclusion that Joseph could arrive at was that Jesus really was
God's chosen one. And he felt a great obligation to provide an appropriate
education for his son, that is to say, to support him in the study
of the Scriptures.
And in fact the possibilities so near the center of Leontopolis
were excellent. But Joseph also dedicated much of his free time
to the study of the Scriptures, and the more he studied, the greater
was his conviction that his son would be the Messiah. Everything
coincided. Yes, he was of David's lineage, Jesus had been born in
Bethlehem, yes, his doubts vanished one by one. Joseph not only
decided to facilitate every opportunity for study to his son, but
also to put himself in charge of giving him instructions and guidance,
a normally very praiseworthy approach; but eventually it would lead to great conflicts between father and son, caused by Joseph's
lack of comprehension.
Joseph also understood that the Messiah of the Jews, of course,
had to live in Judea, and when some years later Herod died, he thought
that the moment had come for returning. But Herod's successor, his
son Archelaus, was even worse than his father, and so, Joseph, with
a sad heart, stayed with his family in this involuntary exile.
Jesus has already communicated through Mr. Padgett and Dr. Samuels
that he had brothers and sisters. All were born in Egypt, except
[H.: could you give us a complete list of the names
of Jesus' brothers and sisters?]
Of course, I will do this with great pleasure. Jesus had five brothers,
namely, James (Yaqov), Simon (Shimon), Judah (Yehudah),
Joses (Yosef) and Thomas (Toma). And he also had two sisters,
Rachel (Rakhel) and Lea (Leah).
His brothers, all of them, would play a very important role in
early Christianity. All this we will deal with when we will speak
of the first years after Jesus' death. By the way, Jesus, of course,
is the Greek form of his true name, Yeshua, because the Greeks had
the custom of masculine names ending in "s," and they
invented the form "IesouV", and in Latin it assumed the
form of "Iesus." In both languages the sound "sh"
didn't exist, and for this reason also the name Shim'ón or
Shime'ón became Simon, etc. Jesus' friends and relatives
called him Yeshu.
Jesus' stay in Egypt lasted 10 years, and in those years he had
the opportunity to study the Scripture, and to know a very liberal
Judaism that didn't exist in Judea at that time. He realized the
merely symbolic role of the Temple in Jerusalem, and he learned
the Greek "Koiné", the most important language
in the empire, especially in its eastern half. In short, at so young
an age, he already possessed a firm base of knowledge. It would
have been very difficult to attain to this kind of education in
Galilee. In those times, Galilee was the backyard of Judaism, without
major opportunities for education and without important centers. Later
this would change, and Galilee would become an extremely important
center of rabbinical Judaism, but this happened many decades later,
after the destruction of Jerusalem.
In the following message of this series I will deal with the political
development in Palestine and the situation which caused Joseph and
his family's return to Galilee.
I am sorry that yesterday I did not find the opportunity to deliver
a message, but I understand that you had to attend two funerals,
and that you really were not in an appropriate condition for receiving
a message. But we have been very diligent already, and we have communicated
a lot of material up to now unknown. Also, in the following messages,
we will deal with new revelations, because even though the information
about Jesus' life in the gospels is not very historical, at least
there are some stories of the few years of his public ministry contained
in them. But his childhood and youth hide under a cover of silence.
God bless you always, my brother, and continue praying and cooperating.
I leave all my love to you, and I extend it to the whole world,
especially to those who engage in the spreading of the truth.
Your brother in Christ,
This message tells that Jesus had five brothers
and two sisters, but an earlier one through James Padgett says four
brothers and three sisters. H was both an avid scholar of Biblical
times, as also the Padgett Messages, so he would have been well
aware that James Padgett received "four" brothers, which
is in line with the New Testament. Dr. Samuels also received "eight
children," which included Jesus. The New Testament gives
the names as James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas plus more than
one sister, of which possibly one might be called Salome.
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