This is going to be short and sweet, and just a report on what this book, “Inside The Priory of Sion”, has said, and of which I have about 50 pages to go. The book is written by Robert Howells. It is published this year, 2012, and has a lot of information that has been released by the Priory specifically for this book.
The following items are for you to think about, if you have an open mind, but I am not stating an opinion at this time, other than that I think all things are possible. Nor am I out to destroy faith; faith is an option anyone has the right to have. Of course, I also believe that those who are spiritual want questions answered; those who live by faith just want a reward.
Jesus did not die on the cross. There are arguments for this re: his legs not being broken; his body being taken down before sunset and put in a tomb; the women, Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of mother Mary (it’s in the Book), and Salome going to the tomb on Sunday morning to anoint his body with ointments (this should have been done before his burial, so it was perhaps medicinal ointments instead); that he, once he was discovered alive, was spirited away to France (the Languedoc), along with Mary Magdalene, and their two sons; that there is empirical proof (no, I have not seen it, I don’t think it has been released yet) that Jesus was up and around and doing things in 45 or 46 CE (he would have been 41 or 42), that there is a replica of the Jerusalem Temple underneath the mountain Pech Cardou which has a central area where a body rests (that of Jesus?), or perhaps a tomb that includes Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and their two sons, though this one I would be less able to believe since if they did indeed have two sons, there were probably families, for them. I have no opinion on whether the bloodline has continued to this day – if so, whoever it is is a secret well guarded. This is also the information the Catholic Church is afraid of coming out – not the fact of Mary Magdalene being Jesus’ wife. But there is a stained glass window in one of the churches in the Languedoc which is a depiction of Jesus and Mary being married, not after they were there, but earlier in their lives, and there is apparently a stone on which is carved the date and fact of their marriage (it is carved in stone).
The title for Mary Magdalene as a prostitute was “accidentally” given to her in 506 CE by another pope who talking about someone else. Mary Magdalene is a descendant of the Tribe of Benjamin, and was a wealthy woman through her family. Which is why she was able to use such expensive ointments to wash Jesus’ feet. She is also royalty in the same way that Jesus was royalty, being descended through the line of David. Luke has a longer genealogical tree than Matthew, and from David on, other than the two names Shealtial and Zarubabel, and the name of Joseph, the two trees disagree. The names in Matthew are unknown to historians. Matthews tree also includes three women – Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth.
All three of the synoptic Gospels speak of Simon of Cyrene carrying Jesus’ cross to Golgotha. Then they read “he was crucified, and his clothes gambled for by the soldiers beneath the cross”. He who? And why do you say that.
Leaving you with these thoughts. Those who live by the unquestioning, blind, irrational function of faith will not want to think about those. Those who have never read the Bible, but have depended upon their priests or preachers to tell them everything they need to hear, will not want to think about them. Or will run to the priest or preacher who will tell you that I am going to hell for saying these things.
But those who are curious, who aren’t quite up to just believing everything they are told, who are seeking Gnosis, will find this book, the book written by Beigant “The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail”, and other books listed in the Bibliography of this book. I still have 50 pages to go, but I wanted to get this out. Much of what is being said is that The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place in space, or above the clouds – it is within you – even the writer who wrote the book of Luke said this: “The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You”. I’ll let you look it up, but it is there.
Interestingly, while I was going through my Bible last night because of being sent to some scriptures, I was sent to the 4th chapter of Genesis to compare some of the names in Matthews genealogical tree, and re-read the first few verses, which told of the sons of god coming down and mating with the human women, and noted that a commentator said “divinity was inside men ‘temporarily'”. It has never been a temporary thing.
This is a very interesting book, and I am going to go on to another one very quickly, as well as finish my “Jesus and the Lost Feminine”, and get a bigger copy of the Nag Hammadi than I have now (which is a book that just brings forth a few of the lost gospels in poetic form, and are not complete). How excited I am about actually learning about things I have thought about for years, but am now seeing put to some sort of proof.
Carol Stepp, Austin