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Saturday, Mar. 16, 2019 at 6:43 PM
judas and james were twins
CHAPTER 19 : JUDAS THE LEVITE
Now why does lying acts 4:36 call our real, historical judas bar saba in disguise, a levite ? Who were the levites and was our judas, the real judas bar saba of real history, a levite ?
From wiki to begin with :
" A Levite or Levi (/ˈliːvaɪt/, Hebrew: לֵוִי, Modern Levi Tiberian Lēwî) is a Jewish male whose descent is traced by tradition to Levi. In Jewish tradition, a Levite is a member of the Israelite Tribe of Levi, descended from Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. As a surname, Levite status may be indicated by the term HaLevi, which consists of the Hebrew prefix "ה" Ha- ("the") plus Levi (Levite). The daughter of a Levite is a "Bat Levi" (Bat being Hebrew for "daughter").
The Tribe of Levi served particular religious duties for the Israelites and had political responsibilities as well. In return, the landed tribes were expected to give tithe to support the Levites, particularly the tithe known as the 'Maaser Rishon'. The Kohanim were the priests, who performed the work of holiness in the Temple. The Levites, who were not Kohanim, were specifically assigned to singing and/or playing music in the Temple , serving as guards,
When Joshua led the Israelites into the land of Canaan (Joshua 13:33), the Sons of Levi were the only Israelite tribe that received cities but were not allowed to be landowners "because the Lord the God of Israel Himself is their inheritance" (Deuteronomy 18:2). "
Thus we may conceive of these I-century levites as lower priests. And yet flavius josephus tells us that his nemesis, jesus bar sapphan, was one of the higher priests. One thing is for sure to begin with : these 5 sons of hanan the hidden were all priests, whether levites/lower priests, or higher priests, it remains to be seen.
At the beginning of the first jewish war, 66-68 ce, flavius recounts how the chief priests were murdered or deposed by the zealots, who then proceed to elect chief priests from among their own party.The zealots, helped by idumaean mercenaries, slaughtered all the high priests, because these were proroman. From this point on, formerly lower priests or levites such as jesus bar sapphan/barabbas , become higher priests.
Flavius joseph tells us that his jesus bar sapphan was a higher priest. In 66 or 67 ce. Hid older brother judas had been dead for some 20 years at this point - thus he had died before the levites took over the high priesthood. Thus judas bar saba was a levite or lower priest, and acts is right about it for a change.
But the word levite here, besides designating a lower priesthood, may also be an overwrite for judas´ twinship with his brother james.
The hebrew word levi or levite comes from a root meaning joined to, attached to.
Hebrew lavah for instance means with, in the sense of joined to, in the company of.
Thus its root means to twine, to unite.
Therefore we may be justified in wondering whether judas was a twin brother of james.
In the gospel lie, judas doubles as thomas or judas thomas or didymus which means twin in greek, just like thoma can mean twin in aramaic.
Acts´ fake election to replace judas after his suicide, really is a stand-in for the replacement of john the baptist as head of the nazoraeans, after john´s beheading in 36 or 37 ce. The bar saba brothers functioned as a caliphate of brothers in leading the nazoraeans, with power handed down directly from eldest brother to next-eldest brother. On all this, see eisenman´s book. The idea of a greek-style election suggested by acts is preposterous. Normally james the next-eldest bar saba bro would have succeeded john directly, but acts instead features a second competing candidate, the fake matthias who really stands in for juda as we shall prove later.
So why 2 candidates ? Only explanation can be, unless acts is making it all up out of whole cloth, which is not the NT´s normal modus operandi which is always referential, that james and judas were twins and thus the succession had to be decided by casting lots . Obviously the lots fell on james not on matthias as in acts´ lie. Judas became the treasurer and foreign plenipotentiary of the community as we shall presently see.
In gospel apostle listing, judas is surnamed ‘lebbaios’ – same word root as acts 4:36’s ‘lev-ite’. in gospel listing variant manuscripts we even find the variant reading ‘levin’! And the hebrew root lev, according to robert eisenman, means ‘conjoined to’, that is twin (this is my conclusion, not eisenman’s) for a twin is ‘conjoined’ to his twin for 9 months in their mother’s womb.
In other words, 2 of the 5 sons of hanan the hidden were twins. One was judas, ‘lebbaios’ or ‘levin’ in gospel apostles listing (overwritten as ‘levite’ by lying acts 4:36 - or just as plausibly, as we saw above, he was a levite as well as being a twin). The other bar saba twin was james the just, whom tatian, a II-century-ce church daddy, calls ‘the lebbaean’ same word as used for judas in gospel apostle listing (lebbaios). The tatian link I owe to robert eisenman, james the brother of jesus, faber & faber 1997, p.845.
The reason why lots had to be drawn when john the baptist not ‘jesus’ died, to decide who among the brothers would succeed him as leader of the nasorayya that is early christians, as we read at the outset of acts, is because james and judas were twins = age peers. Otherwise the eldest after john would have inherited leadership without elections as this was a caliphate of patriarchal brothers and not a greek-style democracy. Which is proven by simeon’s succeeding to james in 62 ce without any recorded multi-candidate ‘election’ at all: simeon was the elder surviving bar saba brother after the deaths of john, judas and james.
Back to judas as twin/ lebbaios/ levin/ ‘levite’: the first attestation of lebbaios in gospel apostle listing is at ‘matthew’ 10:3, in manuscript variant readings of same and in all the coptic (ancient language of egyptian christians) translations of same, which have something like: “lebbaeus, surnamed thaddaeus”. Now the gospel forgers here are again using the typical establishment disinformation technique of multiplying the same one real historical character so as to obliterate his real original identity: there never was a “lebbaeus, surnamed thaddaeus”, or a “thaddaeus” in his own right as in the greek text of ‘matthew’ 10:3. Let me repeat again and again: ‘matthew’ 10:3 is desperate to overwrite and falsify the real original apostles, who were but 5: john the baptist, the first leader, the eldest, possibly the founder of the early christian/ nasorayya/ nasri, who was beheaded by roman puppet herod antipas in 36 or 37 ce (under pontius pilate); there followed 2 twins, judas and james; lastly, simeon and jesus bar saba. ‘Matthew’ 10:3 sanitizes all this by making up non-existant “thomas” and “matthaeus, the tax collector”, and “thaddaeus”; other manuscripts add, as if it weren’t enough, a “lebbaios” (lebbaios is the original greek form which reads in latin and english lebbaeus; same story for thaddaios/ thaddaeus) or “lebbaeus surnamed thaddaeus”, or “thaddaeus surnamed lebbaeus”, which at least puts us back on scent because it exposes “thaddaeus” and “lebbaeus” as nicks not names. Most of these words mean ‘twin’ . Twin of james: judas. or Twin of judas: james.
Now : acts 4:36 rightly calls judas bar saba a levite : because he was a lower priest, a working-class priest ; and because he was a twin of james bar saba aka the just one, fountain of righteousness/righteous teacher at qumran from 38 ce to his stoning in 62.
Alternatively, but again in semantic multilayering so dear to semitic wordplay, lebbaios and thaddaios have to do with lightning and thunder - the rainmaking gift of hanan the hidden´s family and his sons. All of these possible meanings are NOT mutually exclusive - as judas was all these things at once.
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