My, my how history does change. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is creating an updated version of the Bible with a new translation. This new version will omit the words "booty" from a verse and replace it with "spoils of war." Afterall, in the slang expression of "booty" in today's English language, it represents "buttocks." However, the big change is the word "Virgin." This is being changed to "young woman."
This action is an obvious altering of history, however history has been altered for hundreds of years. I am wondering how the Virgin Mary feels about this. Is she now going to be called "Young Woman Mary"? How are the died-in-the-wool Catholics going to accept this? History is very fluid and is changed all the time according to who is doing the writing or the translating.
Some time around 600 A.D., Pope Gregory I declared that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute – a whore. People believed this for hundreds of years until in 1969 the Vatican removed this label even though the stigma lingers on in the minds of some people.
When I was researching for my book, "Secret of the Magdalene Scrolls," I found that history has been distorted in many sectors. The Merovingians claim to be the lineage of Mary Magdalene and Jesus and it is a possibility. The Merovingians were a Frankish tribe and it is alleged that its chieftan Merovee or Merovech was made a king by the Catholic Bishop Gregory of Tours, and thus began the dynasty of the Merovingians. Before this, the tribe was warlike and the sons of Merovech fought each other. The wives or little known and it is said that when Merovech I married a daughter of another tribe and that she was a Christian who was able to have Merovech embrace the Christian faith. I have not found any concrete information about this tribe being connected to Jesus and Mary Magalene. I have learned that researching history is something akin to unraveling a ball of yarn.
I have researched the writings of the Roman historian Josephus and he is an interesting character. Josephus was a voracious writer and many writers quote him from his books the Jewish Antiquities as they are almost the only source of ancient history. The originals of the books are lost and there are only copies with translations used today. In reading the translated short paragraphs regarding Jesus, the words "Christ" triggered a bell in my head. Jesus had not been declared a Christ until the Apostle Paul called him that in the New Testament. I continued on reading and in the "My Commentary," this statement speaks volumns. "There is some debate among scholars over the authenticity of paragraph 3. Most scholars believe that the majority of the paragraph is authentic, with a few crucial sentences inserted later by Christian scribes. Some scholars think that the entire paragraph is a later Christian insertion." On the website of Carl Andrews, he uses "The New Complete Works of Josephus," translated by William Whiston, with commentary by Paul L. Mier.
Josephus has an interesting biography. Ralph Ellis gave in his book, Jesus, Last of the Pharaohs the life stories of Josephus and Paul aka Saul of the New Testament side-by-side and their biographies are too similar to be an accident. They both were Jews raised in Jerusalem. The two became Roman citizens and they were both educated as a Pharisee and became a Rabbi. Ellis goes on to point out that the two were against the revolutionaries and persecuted them and imprisioned. The two men each had a vision of a man (Jesus) telling each to mend the errors of their ways. They both spoke Greek and Hebrew. They both travelled widely in Europe and returned to Jerusalem. Saul/Paul sailed to Rome as well as Josephus. While in Rome, the men each wrote many lettrs to the Christian community although Christianity had not not been labeled that during this period. In addition, "The publisher of Sau'ls works in Rome was Epaphroditus, secretary to Emperor Domitian." Josephus had the same publisher.
Could it be that it was Josephus who created the character of Saul/Paul and wrote the books in the New Testament attributed to Paul? From another source, Josephus was a traitor to the Jewish cause against the Roman occupation. When the Romans burned the Temple, Josephus went to Rome with the General Titus (who later became the Emperor) and rode with Titus in Rome through the streets celebrating the victory.
Emperor Vespasian gave him Roman citizenship, and he lived in a former home of the Emperor and received a pension. He was asked to write a history of Rome. Josephus became the protégé of three emperors, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.
The early leaders of the Catholic Church must have known this and perpetuated this fraud for hundreds of years. Paul was the creation of Josephus and I am sure Josephus wrote all those books in the New Testament attributed to Paul. This is why I say that history is a fluid movement that flows with truth and fiction.
Why was Mary Magdalene almost written out of history? My perspective is that she was too powerful and women should not be powerful. A legend that comes from the Eastern Orthodox Church about Mary Magdalene and a red egg. As with most legends, there are always threads of truth in them. In this version, after Jesus had risen, Mary Magdalene left and went to Rome. She managed to have entry to a banquet given by Emperor Tiberius Caesar and her words of greeting were, "He has risen," and she held out an egg as a symbol of his re-birth. The Emperor laughed and said, I will believe it if you can turn the egg red. The Magdalene closed her hand around the egg and it turned red. Thus, began a tradition that at Easter celebrations red eggs symbolized the resurrection of Jesus.
There are other myths about Mary Magdalene such as she was buried at the Chapel of Saint-Maximun, Aix France. Another is that she has been found in a hidden cave at Renne-le-Chateau. Then there is the myth that when she arrived in France that she was accompanied by a servant – a black woman named Sarah. I know in my heart of hearts that the Sarah was none other than the infant daughter of Mary Magdalene and Jesus.
In spite of what has been written about the Knights Templar, we have to honor them because there is a strong possibility that they were the ones who have kept the memory of Mary Magdalene alive. One has only to visit the great cathedral at Chartres, France and note the many symbols throughout. When I drove in the French Pyrenees, my traveling companion and I stopped at many churchs that were dedicated to Mary Magdalene.
The world is becoming more transparent with the wide, wide world of Internet. As I write this, a lawsuit has been filed against the present Pope Benedict in the International Law Court. The reason? Crimes against humanity.