Synopsis : The historical Jesus and Mary Magdalene are of great importance to those who are interested in knowing who really was Jesus and why his wife Mary Magdalene was vilified by the Catholic church in the Bible as a mere prostitute. History shows that Mary was of royal descent and survived by escaping to France where she lays buried.
The Catholic Church rigidly follows a certain number of dogmas that can’t be challenged because the dogmas make it the foundation of the church. One such dogma is that Jesus died on the cross and rose after a few days to ascend to heaven. Another is that he was not married and Mary Magdalene was one of his disciples. This is the Jesus of faith that the church promotes.
However, there are a certain number of discrepancies between the Jesus of faith and the historical Jesus so I will today discuss these discrepancies although it does not change anything because dogmas will remain dogmas since they relate to faith and not history.
In the book called The messianic legacy by ( Baigent, Michael; Leigh, Richard; Lincoln, Henry (1986). The Messianic Legacy. London: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 0–224–02185–0.) et al they mention that Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute and was of royal descent who married Jesus. This was also found in the gospels found in Egypt and in Nag Hammadi and Qumran scrolls found near Dead Sea in Israel later. She was forced to flee to Southern France while being pregnant and gave birth to their son who later married into nobility and ruled France for a long period as Merovingian kings.
Mary as the wife of Jesus was not acceptable to his followers for their own reason so she had to leave Israel. While Jesus who did not die on the cross which is quite well documented was brought down by those nearest to him right after the crucifixion and kept him hidden in a cave where he received medical help to heal his wounds. If found by the Romans, they would have made sure that he was dead this time so he was hidden. So the dogma that he rose again after the crucifixion is technically true. It takes many days for a person crucified to die of loss of blood and injuries but Jesus was brought down soon after the crucifixion because there was a lot of thunder and lightning and rain that drove away the guards. This is also a historical fact.
According to some accounts, Jesus and Mary (his mother) were then secretly spirited out of Israel because his life was in danger so they kept walking with some of his followers toward the east meaning Iraq where there is a grave of Mary. It means she died there and was buried. Jesus then continued to walk eastward and reached Kashmir after many months of travel.
Jesus is believed to have settled down in SriNagar where he married a princess and had many children. There is a church in SriNagar where they say he was buried in its grounds. This church is called the church of Issa Masiha meaning the church of Jesus the Messiah. The descendants of Jesus have kept a genealogical records of 400 generations to prove that they descended from Jesus.
Let us now go back to southern France where his wife Mary Magdalene gave birth to his son and died. There is a church in her name and a grave where she was buried that pilgrims visit in large numbers. It is called the Basilica of St.Maximin in Provence , France
Source : Google photo of Church of Mary Magdalene in Provence, France
This mountain village of Rennes le chateau in the Pyrenees mountains had a dilapidated church where an impoverished priest lived and one day while renovating his church came across a document of parchment that he found . The content of the parchment was so explosive that he was astounded and traded this document with the secret society called Prieury de Sion who paid him a very large sum of money ( todays term nearly USD 50 million ) that the poor father used to renovate his church completely and built additional buildings. He never disclosed where he got so much money and what was in the document that someone paid so much money for. He died with this mystery intact.
I will copy and paste here what I found on this subject in Wikipedia.
Source : Google photo of Rennes le chateau , France
A nineteenth century French priest discovers something in his mountain village at the foot of The Pyrenees which enabled him to amass and spend a fortune of millions of pounds. The tale seems to begin with buried treasure and then turns into an unprecedented historical detective story — a modern Grail quest leading back through cryptically coded parchments, secret societies, the Knights Templar, the Cathar heretics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and a dynasty of obscure French kings deposed more than 1, 300 years ago. The author’s conclusions are persuasive at the core is not material riches but a secret — a secret of explosive and controversial proportions, which radiates out from the little Pyrenees village to all the way to contemporary politics and the entire edifice of the Christian faith. It involves nothing less than the Holy Grail.
What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In the sequel to ‘The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail’ Michael Baigent reveals the truth and tackles controversial questions, such as whether or not Christ survived the crucifixion.
Twenty years ago Michael Baigent and his colleagues stunned the world with a controversial theory that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene married and founded a holy bloodline. His bestselling book ‘The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail’ (with co-authors Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh) became an international publishing phenomenon and was one of the sources for Dan Brown’s novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Now, with two additional decades of research behind him, Baigent’s ‘The Jesus Papers’ presents explosive new evidence that challenges everything we know about the life and death of Jesus.
• Who could have aided and abetted Jesus and why?
• Where could Jesus have gone after the crucifixion?
• What is the truth behind the creation of the New Testament?
• Who is working to keep the truth buried and why?
Taking us back to sites that over the last twenty years he has meticulously explored, studied, and in some instances excavated for the first time, Baigent provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking discoveries, including many never-before-seen photos.
In The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln posit the existence of a secret society known as the Priory of Sion, which is supposed to have a long history starting in 1099 and had illustrious Grand Masters including Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton. According to the authors’ claims, the Priory of Sion is devoted to installing the Merovingian dynasty, which ruled the Franks from 457 to 751, on the thrones of France and the rest of Europe. It is also said to have created the Knights Templar as its military arm and financial branch.
The authors re-interpreted the Dossiers Secrets in the light of their own interest in undermining the Roman Catholic Church’s institutional reading of Judeo-Christian history. Contrary to Plantard’s ( current grand master of the Priory de sion) initial Franco-Israelist claim that the Merovingians were only descended from the Tribe of Benjamin, they asserted that the Priory of Sion protects Merovingian dynasts because they are the lineal descendants of the historical Jesus and his alleged wife, Mary Magdalene, traced further back to King David. According to them, the legendary Holy Grail is simultaneously the womb of saint Mary Magdalene and the sacred royal bloodline she gave birth to, and the Church tried to kill off all remnants of this bloodline and their supposed guardians, the Cathars and the Templars, in order for popes to hold the episcopal throne through the apostolic succession of Peter without fear of it ever being usurped by an antipope from the hereditary succession of Mary Magdalene.
Note : One French King who had borrowed enormous sums from the Templars to fight his never ending wars invited them all to a secret meeting to sort out his debts but had them all assassinated. But some Templars stayed back fearing a trap and hid their enormous wealth somewhere that is yet to be discovered. Perhaps only the Priory de Sion knows about it. (AKC)
The authors therefore concluded that the modern goals of the Priory of Sion are:
- the public revelation of the tomb and shrine of Sigebert IV as well as the lost treasure of the Temple in Jerusalem, which supposedly contains genealogical records that prove the Merovingian dynasty was of the Davidic line, to facilitate Merovingian restoration in France;
- the re-institutionalization of chivalry and the promotion of pan-European nationalism;
- the establishment of a theocratic “United States of Europe”: a Holy European Empire politically and religiously unified through the imperial cult of a Merovingian Great Monarch who occupies both the throne of Europe and the Holy See; and
- the actual governance of Europe residing with the Priory of Sion through a one-party European Parliament.
The authors also incorporated the antisemitic and anti-Masonic tract known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion into their story, concluding that it was actually based on the master plan of the Priory of Sion. They presented it as the most persuasive piece of evidence for the existence and activities of the Priory of Sion by arguing that the original text on which the published version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was based had nothing to do with Judaism or an “international Jewish conspiracy”, as it issued from a Masonic body practicing the Scottish Rite which incorporated the word “Zion” in its name. Per Baigent et al, the text was not intended to be released publicly, but was a program for gaining control of Freemasonry as part of a strategy to infiltrate and reorganise church and state according to esoteric Christian principles. After a failed attempt to gain influence in the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Sergei Nilus was supposed to have changed the original text to forge an inflammatory tract in 1903 in order to discredit the esoteric clique around Papus by implying they were Judaeo-Masonic conspirators, but he ignored some esoteric Christian elements, which hence remained unchanged in the published antisemitic canard.
Source : Wikipedia
The church and the grave of Mary Magdalene in the cathedral of St Maximin in Provence where her skull is preserved is now a pilgrimage site where untold number of people visit every year because they believe that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus and is buried there.
Source : Google photo of the cathedral of St. Maximin in Provence , France
Source : Google photo of the grave of Mary Magdalene in the cathedral of St Maximin in Provence, France
Source : Google photo of the skull of Mary Magdalene at the Cathedral of St. Maximin la St Baume in Provence, France
The Vatican denies it and says it is not true because it runs contrary to the Vatican doctrine. It is also true that the New Testament excludes many gospels that were found in Egypt and elsewhere because they contradict what the Church preaches but experts who examined such gospels in detail say that the gospels are original.
I do not know how authentic the story of Jesus in Kashmir is because that too is debunked by the Vatican but there is a church in Sri Nagar in Kashmir and there is a genealogical record of 400 generations.
Jesus of history generates considerable interest among Biblical scholars who continue to uncover ancient documents and artifacts that paints a different picture of Jesus that makes him more human and approachable so I like it.