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Flavius Josephus (St Luke)


Key Facts
Born 15 CE
Location Jerusalem
Bloodline House of Annas
Married Yes. Twice
Children Four sons
Died 114 CE in Thebes, Greece









Josephus, also known as Flavius Josephus and St. Luke was born into the wealthy and powerful High Priest dynasty of Annas/Boethus.

Regarded at an early age as a brilliant and gifted student he attended the school of Gamaliel where he met Nathanel (Dositheus) who later changed his name to Saul (St. Paul).

At the age of 14/15 around 30 CE he also had the extremely rare privilege of John bar Zecheriah as his tutor, the famous Essene and son of Priest Zecheriah commonly known as John the Baptist. His time with the Baptist had a profound impact on him and probably contributed to him avoiding the desire to follow his family as a High Priest. For his part, John was probably intrigued by the presence of one of the truly most gifted academic minds of that century.

Joesphus was instrumental in the recruitment, training and management of the Great Scriptorium of the House of Annas, in which over 100 scribes were employed in the translation, re-edit and production of works for the Sadducees, both to sell for profit and help maintain their position. It is also likely that the Scriptorium was used as a central location for the creation of contracts for the very large financial business of the dynasty.

Events from 32/33 CE took over with the emergence of two competing messianic cults, one following his former school friend the Sarmatian priest Nathanel (Dositheus) who also called himself Barabbus which means "son of the father" (bar = son, abbas = father) and Jesus the Nazarene.

By 36 CE, events came to a head with the imprisonment of both Jesus and Nathanel (St. Paul) and the public trial by Pontius Pilate in which he offered the Jewish the people the choice of one of two messiahs- Jesus or Barabbas.

After the legendary stories surrounding the miraculous return to life of Jesus and the charitable work of the Nazarenes, Josephus almost certainly began his writing against the Nazarenes and when in 44 CE a plan was hatched to create a counterfeit movement to outflank the Nazarenes, using the exiled Nathanel as its head, Josephus was assigned to be chief scribe.

It was Josephus who wrote the synpotic gospels, deliberately attributing them to pseudonyms. It was also Josephus who included a re-edited Old Testament attached to these new texts as a fully formed Pauline Bible to promote the new religion.

In 62 CE when Saul (St. Paul) , Gamaliel, High Priest Ananias were implicated in the murder of the blood brother of Jesus, the highly revered James the Just, Josephus and the rest of his family were arrested and taken to Rome along with Saul.

The crimes against his family were extremely serious as James the Just and Jesus (murdered by Paul around 56/57) were full Roman citizens and no less than Crown Princes of Ireland and the Celts, a massive community of loosely connected tribes throughout the world.

It is Josephus in his brilliance and skill that save the life of all members of his family, skillfully directing the blame away from Gamaliel and the Pharisees and placing it squarely on Paul as the prime instigator and scape goat- a Sarmatian priest and messianic leader.

While his father and uncles were exiled to Jewish communities across the ancient world, Josephus was held in Rome and became a senior scribe.

In 68, Josephus was instrumental in having his former tutor John the Baptist freed from the seige of Jerusalem by Nazarene Zealot leaders Simon bar Jonah (St. Peter) and John (St. John of Patmos).

Josephus was also instrumental in re-writing history to ensure his family and their identities were protected, especially his former tutor (John the Baptist), his uncles who were given horrible deaths in his ficticious writings as well as ensuring the Nazarenes and Essenes were "written out of history".

When released from service to the Tiberian Dynasty around 71 CE, Josephus was presented with the gift of the original Nazarene scriptures of the apostles, recovered from Jerusalem (which was never burnt to the ground).

These texts, particularly the highly complex and richly esoteric texts written by Jesus himself had a massive life changing impact on Josephus. While he could not return to Rome and re-write the histories he had written, he became dedicated to the preservation of these texts, ensuring his second family at Thebes and his sons Justus and Valentinus had access to these rarest and most sacred of texts.

It was Valentinus who then took these original texts and expanded them, changing them to create the Valentinian gnostic school of philosophy that during the 2nd Century electrified and dominate Roman intellectual discussion.