One should not only read the Bible, but also peruse as much of the Biblical Apocrypha (dubious sources) as one can stomach, if you’re to get to the bigger picture of how these religious frauds where perpetrated by the Emperors of old.
For example, it’s the Apocrypha that give us an explanation for that weird calendar used by the Maccabees when they devised the Book of Daniel in 160 BC. The Book of Jubilees, rejected by the leaders of the Jewish traditions, is the book that explains how the “Angel Gabriel” explained the timing of the “Apocalyptic vision” that Daniel allegedly had way back around 538 BC. Yeah, sure he did!
It’s in “Jubilees” that we hear of a temporary break away from the lunar calendar of the Babylonians. The author of Jubilees is hell bent on trying to convert the Jewish Community to a solar calender based on 364 days. New units of time are also introduced. A Jubilee or 49 years is made up of 7 “weeks” with each “week” holding 7 years.
So to express 1700 years, I would say 34 Jubilees (34 * 49 = 1666 years) 4 ” weeks” ( 4 * 7 = 28 years) and in the 6th year of the 5th “week”. You can see examples of how this was applied in the Book of Jubilees.
The Book of Jubilees was an attempt by the Maccabees to provide a more “rational” explanation of the Bible and it’s 6000 year timeframe. More likely though, it was an effort to counter the strong debates from the Hellenized community. A debate that was a possible trigger for civil unrest and war, known as the Maccabean revolt. Interestingly, certain scholars disagree with the Pharisee version. Not only that there are scholars who disagree with the Bible’s Book of Isaiah and Daniel that seem to wed the Pharisees to Cyrus the Great and his Zoroastrian Magi. I ‘d go one step futher. It’s on this Maccabean period that Rome first enters the frame, in terms of a Pharisee/Roman relationship. It’s almost lik this period marks a beginning of the end of any sign of Judaism’s connection to the Persian influences for the Babylonian captivity.
The Roman–Jewish Treaty was an agreement made between Judas Maccabeus and the Roman Republic in 161 BC according to 1 Maccabees 8:17-20 and Josephus. It was the first recorded contact between the Jewish people and the Romans.
In fact these spats between the Greeks and the Jews with Rome always in the back drop, often arguements over Biblical credability, that become a repeating feature of religious history. Particularly 167 BC until the 1st Century AD. As far as I can tell, it appears the Greeks may have been the good guys and in the right. Not quite the tale any Pharisee would tell you.
Now if we take these methods of recording time, as defined in “Jubilees”, and a little historical information, we can soon see how the Maccabees used religious propaganda in an attempt to “control” the losers in the Maccabean revolt. Their enemies, the hellenized jews. They invented the Book of Daniel in, or shortly after 160BC, and presented it to the vanquished as if it were a long lost prophecy. A fraud not unlike how Cyrus the Great and his Zoroastrian Magi “conned” the Jewish captives when they too faked Prophecy and created the Book of Isaiah, almost 400 years prior. There goal was simple. Get the antagonists back into the party line.
Here’s how they used the Apocrypha text in the Canon (“legitimate”) text – The Book of Daniel. The inconvenient truths that the bumbling Pharisees, and most likely Rome, what obscured from history. This following piece comes for chapter 9 of the Book of Daniel. Gods true word, we are asked to believe. The Book of Daniel is an incredulous human “reality” if ever there was one. Let alone its clumsy account of history.
Dan 9: 20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill– 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the message and understand the vision: 24 “Seventy ‘sevens’c are decreed for your people and your holy city to finishd transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.e 25 “Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decreef to restore and rebuildJerusalem until the Anointed One,g the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing.h The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’i In the middle of the ‘seven’j he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing [of the temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him
It’s also in the Book of Jubilees that we hear about the strife between the “hellenized” jews and the Maccabees.
Modern scholarship on the other hand considers the Maccabean revolt less as an uprising against foreign oppression than as a civil war between the orthodox and reformist parties in the Jewish camp
Let’s put some things together
- Historically Nebuchadnezzar II takes jerasalem 597 BC
- Daniel and his three colleagues undergo 3 years training in Babylon leaving them 10 times wiser than anyone else in Babylon. 594 BC. Well that would certainly impress any 16o BC Jewish folks. Seems Jewish folks were far superior to the Babylon crew.
- Now let’s add 62 sevens or 434 years and see where our time capsule lands. 160BC the end of the Maccabean Revolt.
- Now deduct one seven or 7 years and we get 167BC the beginning of the Maccabean revolt.
- Now Cyrus the Great was called the anointed one in the Book of Isaiah.
“This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
- Some Modern Scholars question the Maccabee telling of events
Another Apocrypha Book of interest is the Book of Enoch. It also mentions the Angel Gabriel. Now if my theory that Daniel was written after 160Bc is correct, then Enoch also will be written around this time as Angel Gabriel is not mentioned in any of the earlier Biblical texts.
Of how the angels here left Enoch, at the end of the seventh Heaven, and went away from him unseen.
AND the cherubim and seraphim standing about the throne, the six-winged and many-eyed ones do not depart, standing before the Lord’s face doing his will, and cover his whole throne, singing with gentle voice before the Lord’s face: ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord Ruler of Sabaoth, heavens and earth are full of Thy glory.’
Enoch is interesting because of how its “theology” maps so well to the Christian Era Gnostic texts. One in particular that caught my eye was the Apocryphon (Secret writings) of the Apostle John Zebedee. This text from 40 AD or later, given its association with the Apostle John, shows us that Zoroaster was known to at least the Pharisee circles in the 1st Century AD.
“This is the number of the angels: together they are 365. They all worked on it until, limb for limb, the natural and the material body was completed by them. Now there are other ones in charge over the remaining passions whom I did not mention to you. But if you wish to know them, it is written in the book of Zoroaster. And all the angels and demons worked until they had constructed the natural body. And their product was completely inactive and motionless for a long time.
So it appears that there is a long association between the Pharisees and Cyrus the Great’s Zoroastrian Magi that some one has gone to a lot of trouble to hide, methinks.
Now if you put this together, with the research summary , I provide in my first of three books, doesn’t this make it more likely that the Book of Daniel was written around 160BC and was in fact not prophecy at all but Maccabaean propaganda to pass guilt onto the Hellenized Jews.
And if this is so, then both Chrsitianity, Pharisaic Judaism and Islam are frauds as well. They all rely on the validity of an Angel Gabriel. It never ever existed.
And don’t get me started on Yahweh sitting atop his snow bubble, all seeing and all knowing, as he gazes down from his 10th heaven throne, watching ever so carefully over a guilty bunch of shepherds, whose worst crime surely wouldn’t exceed losing a few sheep. And yet this “sky” God casts his favour on to the father and saviour of the “known” world Cyrus “the Great” and his beloved chariot of war.
I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the LORD Almighty.”
Isaiah 45:13 (Bible)
Are we so gullible. Judging by some atheists, perhaps we are