A Physical Impossibility:
As recorded in the gospels, all events, from the Last Supper up to the Crucifixion of Jesus, take place in one night. The agony in the Garden, the betrayal by Judas, the coming in of soldiers, Peter's three denials, Jesus brought before the chief priest Caiaphas, his edict, and the Sanhedrin (the Jewish Council), interview by Pilate and his washing of hands, going to the Hall of Judgment, the intermediate visit to King Herod and coming back again to Pilate, the dialogues, his trial at night, the uproar about whom to release, dressing up Jesus in purple, preparing a crown of thorns, his crowning, the scourging, the mocking, the preparation of a cross, the carrying of it by Simon, and the painful journey to Golgotha, Mount Calvary, the grabbing and nailing, the Passion, the breaking and not breaking of legs - all squeezed into one night - need a wild imagination to believe. (J. M. Robertson)
Was Jesus first killed and then hanged on a tree? The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Book of Acts 5:30
Was Jesus a Black Man?
- Jesus was a black man. It is the Western White Supremacists who show him as a white man. Pictures and portraits of Christ by the early Christians always show him as black. According to the Bible itself, Jesus was black. Solomon 1:5 is proudly cited by the clergy as a reference to Jesus:
Song of Songs 1:5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
If Jesus stepped into a church today, he would, at the least, meet with frowns and vilifying gazes. (Ancient Art and Mythology 1870 - R. P. Knight)
- The fact of Christ's non-whiteness is borne out in the historical record, and in biblical scripture. Right off the bat, the Book of Matthew describes Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod. Egypt is in Africa, and is populated by brown-skinned people. For my money, this would be the last place on earth I would go to hide a white baby from an angry King.
The earliest renditions of Jesus, painted by the first Christians called Essenes in the catacombs of Rome, depict a person with brown skin. During the time of the Roman Emperor Justinian II, a gold coin featuring an image of Jesus was minted. This coin, which can be seen in the British Museum, depicts a man with demonstrably non-white features and tightly curled hair. Finally, there is the Book of Revelations, which bears out the crafting of the Essenes and the Roman coin-makers by describing Jesus as having hair like wool, feet the color of burnt brass, and who resembled jasper and sardine stones. Jasper and sardine stones are both brown, as is burnt brass. (The Passion of the Americans - William Rivers Pitt)
The Ancient Scriptures, Prof. Thomas Broadway
The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors, Kersey Graves
Origin of Idolatry, R. Faber
Geography of the Heavens, Burrit
Pagan Christs, J. M. Robertson
Heathen Religion, Rev. J. B. Gross
Ancient Art and Mythology, R. P. Knight
Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, Christmas, Hastings
Apol II - Apologia, Justin Martyr
Pagan and Christian Symbolism, Inman
Pagan and Christian Creeds, Edward Carpenter
Bible Myths, T. W. Doane
The Origins of Christianity, Prof. K. U. Dean
Sermons of Bishop Joseph Barber Lightfoot