“Let’s see, a story that starts with fishing for men and has a human Passover lamb and a crucifixion scene where one survives out of three and concludes with the condemning of Simon and the sparing of John. Gee, what story could that be?”
- Joseph Atwill on the 'Judean War' by Flavius Josephus
Professor Bruno Bauer, in his work of 1877 "Christ and the Caesars", stated that he had concluded that the Romans had authored the New Testament and that Flavius Josephus was the inventor of Jesus.
James Ballantyne Hannay next wrote about the Roman authorship of the New Testament in his 1925 work "The Rise, Decline & Fall of the Roman Religion (Christianity)."
Abelard Reuchlin found the key to unraveling just who the actual authors were, and that the authors were to be found in the Roman Piso family, who were a part of the Piso/Flavian dynasty. He authored a booklet that came out in 1979 and is available from The Roman Piso Homepage.
In 2003 Joseph Atwill discovered that the Roman emperor Titus Flavius, working with Flavius Josephus and other authors in his patrimony wrote the New Testament. Atwill deduced this by comparing The 'Judean War' to the New Testament. The 'Judean War', written by Flavius Josephus, was originally part of the Christian Bible, and was removed around 1100 CE. 'The Roman Origin of Christianity', released as 'Caesar's Messiah' by Joseph Atwill documents the creation of the New Testament as a Roman satire devised to win over Judean dissidents by deceiving them into believing that the emperor Titus Flavius Vespasiani was Jesus! I know, it sounds strange, but that seems to be the way it was. Titus took great pleasure in calling himself "the greatest forger in history."
There are now several million persons who know about the Piso Theory, Atwill's book and the true authorship of the New Testament. This page is dedicated to the ongoing discussion, discovery and presentation of deductive proofs that establish, as much as possible, the authorship and motives for the creation of the New Testament.
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Forget everything you may have learned in Sunday School. The New Testament was written by Roman patricians, among them The Calpurnius Piso family that was descended from one of the generals in the army of Alexander the Great. The family included such famous people as Cleopatra, the Ptolemys, Pythagoras, Flavius Josephus, and the Roman Emperor Titus Flavius Vespasiani.
The great temple at Jerusalem was built by Herod the Great, and utterly destroyed in 70 CE by Titus Flavius Vespasiani. Of course nobody knew it was the year 70 in 70. That date had to be invented by somebody. The Christian calendar set the date at 70, and you will see that it is probable that the Pisos (operating as Church Fathers) created the Christian calendar. Apparently the Pisos were obsessed with Julius Caesar, evidence of which you will see repeatedly in the following text.
It is certain that the Roman emperor Vespasian captured the city of Jerusalem for Rome in 66 CE (Common Era), and the Roman emperor Titus Flavius Vespasiani (the son of Vespasian), destroyed the temple there in 70 CE. In fact, both Zela (religious center of Pontus) and Jerusalem were the sites of temples that were destroyed: Julius Caesar destroyed the one in Zela in 47 BCE. The Piso family were aristocrats whose ancestry traced from Zela.
Julius Caesar was an in-law of the Piso family. His wife, Calpurnia, was a Piso. He had married her to cement an alliance with Pontus. When Cleopatra, also a Piso relative, seduced Caesar, it is possible that she was conspiring with her relative Pharnaces II, king of Pontus, to distract Caesar while Pharnaces prepared to wage war against Rome. But Caesar got wind of the activities of Pharnaces and rushed to Pontus with two legions, one of which was almost entirely composed of Judeantroops. Caesar turned the tables on Pharnaces. That defeat probably led to Caesar's assassination, and the eternal hatred of Caesar by the people of Pontus. There is no new historical information here. It is well known that Caesar took two legions from Alexandria to conquer Pontus in 47 CE.
Three years later, Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by Roman senators in the Forum. Several of the conspirators were Piso family members or close relatives.
As an illustration of just one of the hidden messages that exist in the New Testament, consider Revelation 1:7 "Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him; even they who have pierced him." He comes, they see, and they pierce him.
Caesar went to Pontus, they saw him coming in a cloud of dust, and as a result of this they pierced him to death.
There is actually much more in that little verse, but we will leave that for later discussion. This is just one small example of the hidden messages that exist in the New Testament and can be decrypted by a simple cipher based on the phrase VENI VIDI VICI. The infamous number 666, for example, is simply VIVIVI, which refers to VenI VidI VicI. Oh yes, you will say that 666 is really DCLXVI. Yes, it is, but it also can cleverly be represented as VIVIVI. Believe it or not; it really isn't that important, but it's an interesting possibility.
Imagine having the power to set the date of origin of the calendar! This was the kind of power held by the Roman aristocracy. Julius Caesar had changed the calendar himself. With the advice of Cleopatra's astrologer, Caesar had added four extra months to the year 46 BCE. This is the reason that the Piso/Flavians changed the calendar too. It was a kind of "one-upsmanship" on a grand scale.
A major reason to suspect that the New Testament was written for purposes that are not obvious at face value is the presence of multiple meanings, obvious jokes and mysterious number relationships. If the books were divinely inspired, one would assume that nothing would be hidden, unless the divine inspiration itself were somehow deceptive. If deceptive, then how could one trust such a deity? There are more than a few number games and double meanings in the text of the New Testament, as you will see. In fact, there seem to be two ways to read the New Testament: As a common person and as a member of the aristocracy. There are dual meanings to almost every verse; one for the Judean rebels and one for the royals. You can find out more in detail about this if you visit the Roman Piso Sites linked at the bottom of this page.
The New Testament contains many clues to its authorship. This site is intended to help document those clues and present an historically valid, at least feasible, provenance for the books of the New Testament.
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What is being revealed?
Behold, he cometh with clouds
What was the Old Testament?
What is "Zela" and where is It?
Why Jesus has 12 disciples
Julius Caesar marries Calpurnia Piso
Three against two and two against three - 66
Total of 66 books in the Bible
The word "fool" appears 66 times
Jesus says God is going to hell
Paul is going to hell too
IPPOS - The horse and the palm branches
Why so many Josephs?
The black horse of Vishtaspa
The Piso nickname - baker (pistor)
Instructions to a baker
The fountain of the water of life
Cretans are always liars
And ye shall know the truth
The Piercing Eye of the Revelation
Loaves and Fishes
Water Into Wine
What is being revealed?
- The last book of the NT is "The Revelation." What is being revealed? Could the "revelation" be that Roman aristocrats wrote the NT? Sounds preposterous? After you have read the articles on this site you may understand that the Romans really did write the New Testament. Why? They wanted to record their utter hatred for Julius Caesar, and they needed to provide an alternative to Judaism so that the slaves would stop converting to that religion.
- But then why does it seem that the Romans hated Christianity? After all, didn't they "throw the Christians to the lions" in the Coliseum? The last thing the Roman rulers wanted was for the slaves to catch on to the fact that they wrote the New Testament. If they had said "Here, slaves, is a religion made just for you, and we endorse it." the slaves would have done anything but become Christians. Isn't that obvious?
- Recent research by archaeologists and historians has revealed some interesting facts about the fire that engulfed Rome in 64 CE. This was the fire that was assumed to have been caused by Nero. Recall the popular saying, "Nero fiddled while Rome burned."? It turns out that the fire was set in places that were far apart, indicating that it couldn't have spread by natural forces, but was set by arsonists. Other facts point to the Christians, operating as revolutionaries, as having been those arsonists. Thus the Christians, and their leaders, including the "saints" Peter and Paul, were legally executed as arsonists by Nero, instead of being innocent bystanders who were vicitimized. The "spin" put on the execution of the Christians was one of the key factors in the acceptance of Christianity by the people of the Roman Empire. All along, the real battle was between the Piso/Flavians and the Julian Emperor Nero, and eventually the Flavians won.
- Within Judaism there were several factions, but the most prominent political division was between the Herodians (Sadducees) and everybody else (Pharisees). The Herodians were in favor of Rome and slavery. They were composed of the descendants and associates of King Herod, who was a member of the Roman Piso family. The non-Herodians (the majority) were actively against slavery and fought vigorously against Rome.
- If you know your Bible you know that the Pharisees are presented as the "bad guys." They were described as the group that insisted that Jesus be crucified. Knowing this, you can see how the Roman authors of the New Testament were against the Pharisees, and this was because the Pharisees were encouraging slaves to convert to Judaism.
- In order to promote slavery and do something that would be attractive to the slaves, the Romans, led by the Piso/Flavian clan, created a religion that emphasized humility (turn the other cheek, the meek shall inherit, and so on) to promise an afterlife of bliss in heaven after suffering on earth. Knowing human nature, the Romans invented a propaganda machine and the slaves swallowed it hook line and sinker.
Behold, he cometh with clouds;
- Revelation 1:7 says "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." The word "pierced" can have more than one meaning. It can refer to piercing with a spear (ostensibly the piercing of Christ's body) or it can refer to the piercing by the eye. Could it be that those eyes which have "pierced" him are also they which have discovered the hidden messages in the NT? Does the phrase "cometh with clouds" refer to the "clouded", or hidden, messages under the surface of the NT? Perhaps we wail as the Judean People wail at the "wailing wall", the only wall remaining after the Temple at Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman general Titus.
- There is yet another way to interpret the verse. Notice that the phrase "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him." contains VENI VIDI VICI. He came. They saw. They pierced (conquered) him. It describes what happened at Zela in 47 BCE, and the assassination that followed three years later. They saw him coming with his troops, and they pierced him 23 times as a result of it.
666 - Who is the beast?
- The number 666 has been an "evil" number since the dawn of Christianity. Did you ever wonder why? There is lots of information packed into this number. The simplest interpretation is that it can be expressed in Roman numerals as VIVIVI. Of course it can also be expressed as DCLXVI, and the literal-minded will never get the message. VIVIVI refers to the phrase VENI VIDI VICI penned by Julius Caesar. Thus, the number of the beast is the number of Julius Caesar, and Caesar is the beast. It is easy to see that, from the point of view of the Pisos, Caesar was the beast that betrayed them and destroyed their temple.
What was the Old Testament?
- Did you ever wonder why it was called the "New" Testament? If there were a "New" Testament, wouldn't there also be an "Old" Testament? Well, yes, the Torah (or Greek Septuagint) is assumed to be that set of books, but what if the Old Testament was also the "last will and testament" of Julius Caesar? After all, when Caesar was assassinated (March 15, 44 BCE) his father-in-law Lucius Piso, opened Caesar's testament and read it aloud. Caesar's testament donated Caesar's gardens and immense fortune to the people of Rome. A substantial portion was left to Octavian, Caesar's son. The Piso testament created a new state religion that was designed to give hope of heaven, fear of hell and a masochistic philosophy of humility and self-subjugation to the slaves.
- To the slaves, the "Old Testament" was intended to mean the Torah (actually the Septuagint, or Greek translation of the Torah). To the royals, the Old Testament was intended to mean the "last will and testament of Julius Caesar." You can see here a perfect example of a dual meaning - one for the slaves and one for the royals. The Septuagint, by the way, was written by seventy Rabbis at the library at Alexandria in Egypt. Because the Ptolemy pharaohs were ancestors of the Piso/Flavians the Septuagint was actually paid for by them. Because they owned it, they decided to include it in their new version of the Bible. It is also interesting that there were 70 Rabbis involved in the writing, and the temple at Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 CE.
- It is clear from Hebrews 9:16-18 that the authors of the New Testament were referring to a testament as a will: "16 For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first [testament] was dedicated without blood." Note the reference to blood: The assassination of Julius Caesar involved 23 knife wounds and was extremely bloody. It is also interesting that the word "testament" is used nowhere at all in the Old Testament, even though Paul quotes Moses (Hebrews 9:20) as having used that word. In fact, if the outward message of the New Testament is that Jesus lives, then Paul has said that the testament "is of no strength at all while the testator liveth."
What is Zela, and where is it?
- The Catholic Encyclopedia on Zela:
"Titular see of Asia Minor, suffragan of Amasea in the Helenopontus. In pagan times the city, which was situated on the Seylax, belonged to priests, equal in dignity to the princes of Pontus, lords of the territory. On the eminence which rises in the middle of the city stood a famous temple, consecrated by the Persian kings to their national divinities, Anahita, Vohu-Mano, and Anadates. Zela is famous for the victory of Mithridates Eupator over Valerius Trianus, lieutenant of Lucullus (67 B.C.), also for that of Caesar over Pharnaces (47 B.C.), after which he wrote his famous letter, 'Veni, Vidi, Vici' (I came, I saw, I conquered). At first a mere hamlet, Zela obtained from Pompeii the title of city, and became the capital of a district allotted to Queen Pythadoris (Strabo, XI, viii, 4; XII, iii, 37; Pliny, "Hist. Nat.", VI, 8). It was finally ceded to Nero, with all Pontus Polemoniacus, by its last king, and remained part of the Greco-Roman empire until 1397, when the Turks seized it." Zela is now named "Zelve."
Loaves and Fishes
When Roman soldiers laid siege to a city they used a technique they called "loaves and fishes." They would bake bread with fecal matter mixed into it and amputate the penises of captured citizens of the city and throw the "loaves and fishes" over the besieged city's walls. It is well known that Roman slang for the word 'penis' was 'fish'. It is no coincidence that Jesus performs the "miracle" of the loaves and fishes. It is a cruel Roman joke.
Water Into Wine
When a Roman needed to attend to nature he or she would say something like "Time to turn water into wine." This was a joke, of course, for the act of urination was something like transforming water magically into a kind of 'wine' - urine. Knowing this, can you ever again think that Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding at Capernaum was a "miracle?" It was written into the New Testament by the Romans so that everyone in Rome, except the slaves of course, would get a belly laugh.
Why Jesus has 12 disciples.
- Julius Caesar had been named Pontifex Maximus in 73 BCE. In the ancient Roman state religion (before Christianity) the Pontifex Maximus was the leader of the twelve Pontiffs, who were the chief priests of their day. That's why Jesus has twelve disciples. Jesus Christ displaces Julius Caesar as Pontifex Maximus, and in this way writes Caesar out of history. Check out the career of Julius Caesar for information about his activities in Asia Minor, and especially in Pontus.
Julius Caesar marries Calpurnia Piso.
- Julius Caesar married Calpurnia Piso in 59 BCE. The marriage was made to cement the famous triumvirate of Caesar, Pompey and Crassus. (Pompey married Caesar's daughter Julia.) Calpurnia's father was a close friend of Crassus. In reality, the marriage may have had another purpose: To protect Pontus, the Piso homeland, by including the Piso family in the aristocracy of Rome. When Crassus died in battle in 52 BCE, evidently Caesar no longer felt he needed to honor the peace with the Pisos. He defeated Pontus at Zela in 47. Apparently this defeat, and Caesar's bragging about how easy it was, greatly angered the Pisos. Caesar wrote the famous words "veni vidi vici" (I came. I saw. I conquered) in a letter from Pontus to Rome after his victory there.
Three against two and two against three.
- Jesus says in Luke 12:51 "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three." This is an example of the use of Pythagorean triangular numbers. Three times two followed by two times three gives 66. You can find many such references to the number 66 throughout the NT. By the way, the mathematician Pythagoras was a Piso/Flavian ancestor.
- The "house divided" refers to the division between the Herodian (Sadducees) and Non-Herodian (Pharisees) parties in the House of David. The Herodians favored the Romans and were members of the Piso/Flavian dynasty. King Herod was a Piso ancestor.
Total of 66 books in the Bible.
- Guess what. There are exactly 66 books in the entire Bible, including the New Testament. Could it be that the authors intentionally wrote books to make the number come out to be 66?
The word "fool" appears 66 times.
- I'm not sure if this means anything, but the word fool is used exactly 66 times in the King James Bible: 57 times in the Old Testament. The writers of the NT would have had to make up 9 uses of the word "fool" to make it come out to 66. It is left to you to find these verses. Hint: They are in Matthew, Luke and Corinthians. They are mentioned below.
Jesus says God is going to hell.
- Apparently God is going to hell. In Matthew 5:22 Jesus says: "but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." And in Luke 12:20 "But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee." In other words, Jesus says that he who says "thou fool" shall be in danger of hell fire, and then God says "Thou fool". So, God is in danger of hell fire! So much for the internal consistency of the divine word. This is either a joke, or an egregious error. Either way, the inconsistency proves that the NT could not be the divine word of God.
Paul is going to hell too.
- Looks like Paul is going to hell too. In 1 Corinthians 15:36 Paul says "[Thou] fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:" After Jesus has said that anyone who says "thou fool" shall be in danger of hell fire (see above), Paul goes right ahead and says "thou fool." So, Paul is going to hell along with God.
- Coincidentally, there is a probable double meaning in this phrase. On one hand he may be saying that one must die in order to have life everlasting, but he also may be saying that in order for "that which thou sowest" (undoubtedly semen) to fertilize the ovum, the penis must "die" (become flaccid in orgasm). Many jokes in the NT are implemented using royal language word substitutions. The art of rhetoric is in using such subtleties to hide meaning. Roman royal children were taught rhetoric at an early age in order to enable them to compete successfully in legal arguments and other such verbal trickery, including humor.
IPPOS - The horse and the palm branches.
- The name PISO is roughly an anagram for IPPOS, which in Greek means "horse." The horse was, for this reason, the Piso family mascot. On Roman coins that show Lucius Piso on the face, a horse with a rider who holds palm fronds in his hand is on the reverse. In John 12:12-14 the people of Jerusalem took "branches of palm trees" and went to meet Jesus who had found an ass which he was riding. It is interesting that the image of Jesus, a "horse" (in this case almost a horse) and palm branches has all the elements of the rider, the horse and the branches on the back of those Roman coins.
AR Denarius. Gens CALPURNIA. Lucius Piso Frugi Obverse: Laureated head of Apollo to the right. O behind, A under chin.
Reverse: L. PISO FRVGI, Horseman galloping right and holding a long palm-branch.
The following is a fable by Aesop, a Greek author who was well known to literate people in the first century CE. Note that anyone knowing this fable, and then reading about Jesus entering Jerusalem on an ass could not possibly fail to get the joke:The Ass Carrying the Image AN ASS once carried through the streets of a city a famous wooden Image, to be placed in one of its Temples. As he passed along, the crowd made lowly prostration before the Image. The Ass, thinking that they bowed their heads in token of respect for himself, bristled up with pride, gave himself airs, and refused to move another step. The driver, seeing him thus stop, laid his whip lustily about his shoulders and said, "O you perverse dull-head! it is not yet come to this, that men pay worship to an Ass."
The name "Aesop" is interesting in itself. What a strange name indeed. If you move the last letter 'P' to the front you get "Paeso." Could it be that the encoding of this name is like the encoding of 'Ippos'? In that case you see the name PISO by reading the letters rotationally in reverse. Could it be that Aesop was really a Piso? If so, which member? It would make sense, because "The Ass Carrying the Image" is only one of many fables that are reflected in the New Testament.
Why so many Josephs?
- The Piso family members liked the name Joseph. This is why there are so many Josephs in the NT. Why did they like that name in particular? Because in Hebrew the name is expressed Jos-e-pos. The e-pos part of it sounds like IPPOS, or Greek for the family mascot - the horse.
The black horse of Vishtaspa.
- There is only one place in the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) where a black horse is mentioned. It is in Revelation 6:5 "And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand." Could this black horse be a reference to Vishtaspa's black horse cured by Zarathustra? The pair of balances could refer to the curing of the king's horse as the "turning point" in the adoption of the religion of Zoroastrianism.
- When an angel says "Come and see." it is a hint to "pierce" the meaning behind the verse. The word "behold" is also a clue that relates to the act of seeing.
The Piso nickname - baker (pistor).
- In Latin the word "pistor" (baker) was, like the word "ippos", used by the Piso family to refer to themselves. Could it be that when we read in the Lord's Prayer "Give us this day our daily bread." we are actually reading a request for more "bread" from the Piso family bakery that cooked up the Jesus story?
Instructions to a baker.
- Revelation 6:6 reads: "And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and [see] thou hurt not the oil and the wine." Strange, isn't it, to read instructions to a baker coming from the midst of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse? This verse is a complete nonsequitur. Remember that another name that refers to the Piso family is "pistor", or "baker." This is a deliberate joke intended to confirm that the reader is on the right track. If The Revelation is the 66th book, and you suspect hidden meanings, it would make sense to read what is at chapter 6, verse 6.
The fountain of the water of life.
- Revelation 22:1-2: "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations." In order to get this joke you need to visualize what is being described. The water of life proceeds out of the throne of God. Just where on the throne does it proceed from? Could it be from the penis of the throne's occupant? What about the female tree of life? The tree of life is human, because she yields her fruit every month. She is menstrual. Is it a coincidence that the water of life (sperm) is fertilizing the female tree of life? Doesn't this suggest even more strongly that the water of life is indeed sperm?
- Revelation 22:17: "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." The word "come" meant the same thing to the Romans that it means to us. It is slang for "orgasm." Here a bride is telling us to "come." In fact, we are ALL being told to "come." And, by the way, whosoever wishes to be fucked, or to suck our dicks, let him take our sperm freely. An orgy is being described. The presence of the "bride" in the context of the "water of life" clearly refers to a sexual act, just as in Revelation 22:1-2 above. Imagine the Roman royals sitting around eating grapes, drinking wine and joking about the Christians believing this stuff?
- Revelation 22:17 may in fact be a reference to a verse by Catullus, a poet reputed to be the greatest writer of Latin lyric verse. A poem by Gaius Valerius Catullus (84-54 BCE), called "Epithalamium On Vinia And Manlius", is obvious in its reference to the word "come" in the context of orgasm:"Groom, now 'tis meet thou hither pace,
With bride in genial bed to blend,
For sheenly shines her flowery face
Where the white chamomiles contend
With poppies blushing red.
"Yet bridegroom (So may Godhead deign
Help me!) nowise in humbler way
Art fair, nor Venus shall disdain
Thy charms, but look! how wanes the day:
Forward, nor loiter more!
"No longer loitering makest thou,
Now comest thou. May Venus good
Aid thee when frankly takest thou
Thy wishes won, nor true Love woo'd
Thou carest to conceal."
- Catullus' father was a close friend of Julius Caesar. It is possible that the poems of Catullus inspired parts of The Revelation. The Piso authors evidently despised Julius Caesar and actively attempted to usurp the Julian line of emperors. We know this in part due to the famous Pisonian Conspiracy in which an unsuccessful attempt was made by the Pisos on the life of Nero. Catullus wrote many verses that referred to orgies and other sexual matters. It could well be that the references to sex are a parody of Catullus.
- The writer Flavius Josephus who wrote a history of the people of Judea was actually a Flavian/Piso. In the Works of Flavius Josephus, particularly the Autobiography and 'Judean War', there are many Jesuses, one of whom is described as a thief who lived with a group of fishermen. Christians have often referred to Flavius Josephus as an author who gives independent testimony to the Jesus story. It is probable that Josephus (jos-e-pos) was actually a Piso/Flavian writing about the Jesus he invented. In the Autobiography there are many people, events and places described by Josephus, including kings and battles, most of which cannot be proven to have actually existed. The Autobiography is undoubtedly a work of fiction.
Cretans are always liars.
- In Titus 1:12 Paul says of the people of Crete "Even one of their own prophets has said, 'Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.'" Now, this is very interesting because it is an example of a tongue-in-cheek joke. What is actually being said when a Cretan (one from Crete) says that a Cretan always lies? It is a classic conundrum well known to the Roman philosopher. If he is telling the truth, he is lying, and if he is lying he is telling the truth! An uneducated person wouldn't "get" it, and that is exactly what the Piso writers wanted to happen. The educated aristocrat tells a joke at the expense of the uneducated slave. It could be assumed that the "prophet" Paul refers to is himself, because he is a son of Crete. This adds yet another level of meaning to the joke.
And ye shall know the truth.
- In John 8:32 Jesus says "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Could the "truth" be that the Romans were the authors of the NT, and by knowing this you know what free people know and hence are no longer enslaved?
The above examples are but a small fraction of the many references in the NT that have been accepted by uneducated people (slaves) as "mysteries" but can be seen to have real meanings when you know about the Piso family. The infamous number 666, the "sign of the beast", can be seen to have a rational explanation, as can obscure references (three against two and two against three) that permeate the NT.
Why is it important that people know about these hidden biblical references? First of all, the study is exciting because it answers so many questions about the history of civilization. It is obvious that during the Roman war against the Judean People an incentive existed for Rome to win away slaves who were contemplating proselytizing themselves to Judaism. After all, the humanist Rabbi Hillel overtly condemned slavery, and slavery was the machinery that kept the Roman Empire humming. The New Testament, with its savior who died at the hands of the Romans, was an excellent (and obviously hugely successful) way to win the hearts of the slaves with its promise of life in heaven after a life of humble servitude. Of course, the last thing the Roman aristocrats wanted was for the slaves to know that the Romans wrote it all.
The problem is that Christianity has taken such a monumentally strong foothold in world societies. A religion that depended on the ignorance of slaves to guard its secrets now must increasingly coexist with a population that is being educated by television, and now by the internet. Slaves were not intended to share in the hidden knowledge contained in the New Testament. The books were a tool that was intended for use by Roman aristocrats and priests to keep the slaves humble, fearful and hopeful. It was a great source of power for a Roman family to initiate its young scholars into the hidden messages (even jokes) in a book that was seen as a fearful mystery by the uninitiated.
There is no negative intent in these studies. In fact, as stated in the NT itself: "The truth shall make you free." There is little doubt that there are hidden messages in the NT, and that those messages point to its true authorship. It is strongly felt that the Piso family clearly wanted educated people to know about their involvement, and the reasons for it. Now is the time for an increasingly educated public to cast off the chains of intellectual slavery by coming to understand the true origins of the Christian religion - for better or for worse. An important property of truth is that it does not depend on our desires, illusions or feelings. Scholarship, like justice, must be blind to the passions of humanity.
Nietzsche said "God is dead." God said "Nietzsche is dead." In fact, they're both dead in the cultural sense. I believe Nietzsche was being quite literal, as he felt he had discovered the origin of god in Zarathustra, who was supposed to have been a real living person who in fact did die.
If you have read carefully you now know secrets that only highly educated scholars, famous authors and experts in Roman history knew during the last two thousand years. To know these things yourself you would have had to have been fluent in Greek, Latin and Hebrew. You would have had to have read all of the major historical authors, including Seutonius, Pliny, Tacitus and Flavius Josephus to name but a few.
The concept of the supreme being is an intimate one. At best it is a personal belief that puts to rest our intellectual need for certainty, if only for an hour or so.
For some of us it helps us to deal with the horror of death, and the absurdity of a life that puts an end to all we have built when we die. For others it helps to explain the injustice of a world that rewards some of us for doing nothing and punishes some of us for giving selflessly. It is the unanswered question, the bookmark in the book of life, the ultimate source of comfort in the midst of chaos.
Some need comfort more than others. Some of us like to strap ourselves into the crow's nest during the storm and with our last breath utter the last question as we sink beneath the waves: WHY?
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" Jesus Christ
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