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Shock theory: Jesus Christ was actually a Greek religious preacher

Jesus was not Jewish but a Greek religious preacher, Apollonius of Tyana. The wild, bombshell claim has been featured in a “Bible Conspiracies” documentary that have searched ancient documents proving Greek Apollonius ‘strikingly resembles’ Jewish Jesus.

The son of God was actually Greek and became a famous miracle worker, before the church eradicated him from history, the bombshell documentary claims.

Jesus Christ was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader born in Jerusalem in 4BC. He is the central figure of Christianity and is thought to have been the son of God and the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament.

Apollonius, who was a Greek religious preacher, was “born roughly in the same year as Jesus in Central Anatolia, which is now part of Turkey.

Apollonius was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the Roman province of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, now part of Turkey.

Amazon Prime’s “Bible Conspiracies” revealed how a man known as Apollonius may have been the true face “behind the tales of the Bible” and the protagonist of the New Testament.

The 2016 series revealed: “There is, in fact, a man who can be found in text outside of the Bible after the church failed to eradicate him from history.”

His name is Apollonius and he was born in the 3rd or 4th year BC in Tyana in Cappadocia, Anatolia.”

According to the claim, “the Bible may have been discussing another man,” the whole 2000 years.

Apollonius reportedly

  • became a disciple of Pythagoras renouncing flesh, wine and women.
  • he wore no shoes and let his hair and beard grow long.
  • he soon became a reformer and fixed his abode in the Temple of Aesculapius.

The Bible conspiracy series went on to explain how Apollonius became famous, building a religious following as he preached and performed miracles.

The documentary continued: “Eventually Apollonius became a wise sage himself and his own notoriety grew.”

  • “Aurelian (Roman Emperor) vowed to erect temples and statues to his honor.”
  • “Was there ever anything among men more holy?
  • “He reportedly restored life to the dead and spoke of things beyond the human reach
  • “And, unlike Jesus, there is evidence to prove that Apollonius actually existed.”

Most scholars agree that he was a contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, but was he Jesus himself?

According to  ancient sources, Apollonius in conformity with the Pythagorean tradition, opposed animal sacrifice, and lived on a frugal, strictly vegetarian diet. A minimalist view is that he spent his entire life in the cities of his native Asia Minor (Turkey) and of northern Syria, in particular his home town of Tyana, Ephesus, Aegae, and Antioch, though the letters suggest wider travels.

“There seems no reason to deny that, like many wandering philosophers, he at least visited Rome.” But Nazareth, Jerusalem and Palestine? No ancient evidence about it.

Comparisons with Jesus

American scholar Bart D. Ehrman who is critical of New Testament describes an important figure from the first century without first revealing he is writing about the stories attached to Apollonius of Tyana:

“Even before he was born, it was known that he would be someone special. A supernatural being informed his mother the child she was to conceive would not be a mere mortal but would be divine. He was born miraculously, and he became an unusually precocious young man. As an adult he left home and went on an itinerant preaching ministry, urging his listeners to live, not for the material things of this world, but for what is spiritual. He gathered a number of disciples around him, who became convinced that his teachings were divinely inspired, in no small part because he himself was divine. He proved it to them by doing many miracles, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. But at the end of his life he roused opposition, and his enemies delivered him over to the Roman authorities for judgment. Still, after he left this world, he returned to meet his followers in order to convince them that he was not really dead but lived on in the heavenly realm. Later some of his followers wrote books about him.”

Ehrman goes on to say that Apollonius and Jesus were real persons and that Apollonius’ followers believed Jesus to be a fraud.

Roman aristocrat Sossianus Hierocles argued in the 3rd century that the doctrines and the life of Apollonius were more valuable than those of Jesus.

Conclusion

hardly any scholar or conspiracy theorist can ever prove that Jesus was in fact Apollonius.  However, Greeks who love conspiracy theories and have been claiming all the time that  “Jesus was Greek” will now be delighted. Even thought Jesus was supposedly speaking Aramaic, an ancient Semitic sub-language family to which also Hebrew belongs.

These are tiny “unimportant” details of no worth for the faithful…

PS in variation of the known nationalistic-patriotic claim “When Greeks were building Parthenons, the others [ no-Greeks, ‘barbarians’] were sitting on trees” we can now claim “When Greeks were Gods, the others were eating acorn.”

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