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Location: Iowa, USA
Comment: if u are wondering who the men behind the curtain are its the illuminati.
- From: Juglans
Subject: Jesus's biological father
Comment: Jesus's biological father was probably Heli's son, Joseph (Luke 3:23), and based on eyewitness observations of a relationship between Mary (who later married Jacob's son Joseph, Matt 1:12-16)and Heli's son which was obviously somewhat more than just platonic. If the account in Matthew 1:18-24 is right (only based on a very spurious dream and soul searching by Mary's fiance, Jacob's son) then why would the Luke genealogy be included at all since Heli's son and his ancestral line is not linked to any old testament prophecies as Jacob's son is. Luke's genealogy is clearly not that of Mary's as some might like it to be (particularly the RC Church) and why would a paternalistic society be interested in a mere female's ancestry anyway. I presume Jesus's half-siblings survived him, being younger, and perhaps were the source of the information for the genealogy (Luke 3:23-38) to the author(s) of Luke's gospel. It is perfectly clear that the people of Nazareth including Jesus's own family did not believe in any divinity of Jesus since they rejected him (Matt 13:55-8, Mark 6:3-6, Luke 4:16-30). One would think that the people he grew up with in Nazareth would have noticed and acknowledged if there was something extra-ordinary about Jesus, and particularly his own family. He was also described by other eyewitnesses as "a glutton and a drinker" (Matt 11:19, Luke 7:34) and so somewhat more than just a social drinker. Jesus probably also had a homosexual relationship with one of the disciples (John 13:23-25, 19:26, 21:20) and may have been one of the reasons why he was offside with the people of Nazareth including his own family and perhaps why he was offside with the Jewish clergy since such a relationship was hardly quite kosher. So perhaps when Jesus turned 30 he had a mid-life crisis and left his job as a carpenter to swan around Israel/Palestine bludging off others for food and shelter. A few accepted him, but most didn't. It's a pity DNA paternity tests weren't around then.
- From: Joanna
Subject: Grandson of Herod
Comment: I just ran across your nonfiction book concerning Jesus's Herodian/Hasmonean connections on Amazon and ordered it. A book 'Jesus, Grandson of Herod' was also listed, but as out of print and unavailable. Is that the novel you list on this website as 'Grandson of Herod' and, if so, do you have any plans to reissue it in the near future? I am researching a somewhat parallel topic and find your thesis fascinating. Sorry about writing a question here but I am all but computer illiterate and can't navigate your direct email contact procedure. Thanks.
- From: JJR
Subject: Grandson of Herod
Comment: Thanks for the comment Joanna. Initially I wrote what I am now calling Herodian Messiah and Grandson of Herod as one combined work of both fiction and non-fiction (then called "Jesus, Grandson of Herod"). That book was never published. After taking a hard look at the book in that format, it made more sense to split the material up into two books. I didn't have enough material to fill out either book initially so I focused on the non-fiction first. After publishing Herodian Messiah, I got comments from various people and also stumbled upon other avenues of research that lead to new information. Herodian Messiah has been updated several times since initial publication. This caused me to change my thinking on a few of the characters in the historical fiction work which is substantially longer than it's first incarnation. I am looking for a publisher for Grandson of Herod so I will not be self-publishing it any time soon. Thanks for the interest. If you have any followup questions you may email me at jjray7 (at) yahoo.com.
P.S. I just sent Amazon.com a copyright takedown notice on their listing for "Jesus, Grandson of Herod". That listing will be down soon. Thanks for alerting me to the situation. I never authorized publication of that book and am shocked to see it listed.
- From: random visitor
Comment: Hi - I've noticed that the domain name jjray.com is available. Thought you'd like to know :-)
- From: jjray
Comment: Great, now you tell me! :) I, of course, checked for the jjray.com URL when I first set up this website back in 2004 (I think) and it was not available. It would be too big of a headache to move to the new URL at this point. Also, I'd still have to pay the hosting fee on jjraymond.com just have the htaccess redirect in place for every page on the site. BTW, if you type "jjray" into google, my twitter acct comes up 1st and there is a link to jjraymond.com on my twitter front page. Thanks for the tip though.