This site is about THINKING, not about SUPERSTITION or FAITH. All resources used to prepare this site are historically validated based on actual documents written by authors who lived during the period from 100 BCE to 150 CE. The original King James Version of the Bible is used for all quotes in English because it was the earliest commonly known translation. Later versions contain Christian interpretations that are not literal translations of the original languages of authorship. The Latin Vulgate used by the Roman Catholic Church is used for all quotes in Latin. The works of Suetonius, Pliny (younger and elder), Tacitus and Flavius Josephus are quoted and referenced from commonly accepted English translations. It is important to note that original documents exist for most of the corroboration, and the translations are independent of any work done here. In other words, known, independent, and commonly accepted historians provide the scholarly basis for all information used in this site.
One thing that comes out of this research is that superstitious or "mystical" interpretations are given rational explanations. You will see how this is explained by knowing who wrote the New Testament, and who the central figure of the New Testament really is. The New Testament contains references to many historical persons. Julius Caesar seems to be a key player. The Roman emperor Titus Flavius Vespasiani is also represented, and in fact the exploits of Titus as described by Flavius Josephus mirror events in the (fictional) life of Jesus as portrayed in the New Testament.
In 47 BCE Caesar was in Egypt being seduced by Cleopatra. Most of us know something about Caesar and Cleopatra. Caesar must have been notified that Pharnaces II, king of Pontus, was planning an invasion of the city of Rome, for he abandoned Cleopatra and sped to Pontus with two legions of Roman troops. There they found Pharnaces' troops in battle regalia ready to march on Rome. Caesar's troops had just finished defeating the city of Alexandria. Although they were fatigued from battle they nevertheless easily routed Pharnaces and utterly negated his plans for conquest. The fact that Cleopatra was a Piso relative may have meant that she was participating in a conspiracy to distract Caesar, which may help to explain her somewhat bizarre efforts at seduction. The Zoroastrian temple at Zela (located on a high prominence) was destroyed. Caesar defended the Jews in Rome. The Pisos hated the Jews (all but the Herodians, who were relatives) because they had supported Caesar, and because their leaders did not believe in slavery. As Royals, the Pisos depended on slaves, as did nearly all Roman aristocrats.
When Caesar was assassinated three years later, in 44 BCE, his father-in-law Lucius Piso read Caesar's testament to the people of Rome that same day, while the body was still warm. This "old testament" gave most of Caesar's land and huge fortune to the citizens of Rome, to be divided equally. The substantial balance went to Caesar's son Octavian. The Piso family, his inlaws, inherited only the portion given to them as citizens.
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The Pisos had many reasons to hate Julius Caesar. He had made war against their homeland. He had betrayed his wife Calpurnia, who was a Piso, with another Piso relative: Cleopatra. He had written the Pisos out of his will. In addition to all this, he was a Populist and was against the Royals, who suspected that if he were to become dictator he might even abolish slavery. The Piso family were Royals. Sixty percent of the people in the Roman Empire were slaves.
So, in 66 CE, a Piso/Flavian named Vespasian, a Roman emperor, waged war against Judea. He tore down the temple at Jerusalem with the help of a Piso relative named Titus Flavius in 70 CE, just as Caesar had torn down the temple at Zela. To commemorate his victory and to create a religion to keep the slaves humble, he and his family authored the New Testament, cleverly inventing a Jesus Christ who would replace Caesar as the head of what was to become the new state religion of Rome: Christianity.