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Jesus' Great-Grandmother Identified


Society & Culture  (tags: Jesus, grandmother, Ismeria, medieval manuscripts, history )

Anna
- 1468 days ago - news.discovery.com
The great-grandmother of Jesus was a woman named Ismeria, according to Florentine medieval manuscripts analyzed by a historian.



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Philippa P. (154)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:08 pm
It will be interesting to see if anything else is discovered.
 

Mars L. (55)
Thursday December 9, 2010, 11:38 pm
thanks Anna
 

Krasimira B. (175)
Friday December 10, 2010, 2:10 am
Noted with thanks.
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:31 am
This is a must read article - thanks!
 

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Friday December 10, 2010, 8:27 am
Amazing!
 

Brittany D. (28)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:02 am
very interesting.
 

Bee S. (206)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:30 am
Interesting article, thanks. & Shame on advertising in these pages!!!!!
 

Sue L. (67)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:38 am
Interesting reading. There is often very little information to go on in the Bible so it is good to see other sources of information.
 

ChanTlalok C. (369)
Friday December 10, 2010, 12:34 pm
thanx Anna for the posting. What do the priest say about this?
 

. (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 12:49 pm
Interesting piece. Wonder what the church will say about it. Thanks, Anna
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday December 10, 2010, 2:52 pm
Thanks.
 

Alice B. (241)
Friday December 10, 2010, 3:06 pm
Well by the time 'Christianity' took over Isis from the Eqytians ['Virgin' Mary], Osiris [Jesus] and a whole lot of other pagan ceremonies and the like, I'd say that Jesus' "great-grandmother" might have been a happy pagan lady with no interest whatsoever in the massive mega-mania that has ended up causing so many wars, so much genocide and so much torture and suffering. If in fact 'Jesus of Nazareth' was one guy and not a combination of several healers & rabbis/etc., then that guy was probably a radical anti-imperialist opposing Roman rule - maybe even a vegetarian Essene opposed to harming animals. YIKES - sounds like the kind of guy that the Religulous/fundamentalist "Christians" these days LOVE TO HATE.
Getting back to Jesus' alleged great-Gran: it was the authority of women that the organized Christian Church Hierarchy focused upon RUBBING OUT right from the beginning, down through the witchhunts of the Inquisition, and right into today. I'll stick with the words of wisdom of my own maternal Gran, thank you very much: she was a humanist, a democractic-socialist, and a devoted carer of animals and a great cook.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Friday December 10, 2010, 3:42 pm
PLEASE, I offer no disrespect, but why was this woman given sainthood? And when?
 

URSULA SHANNON (3)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:01 pm
Thanks Anna
 

(0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:22 pm
I'm pretty skeptical about the interpretations of historical events that old. If Texas is rewriting history textbooks about the last hundred years....Imagine how many times these stories have been rewritten.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:24 pm
Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, and they all camped out somewhere en route--apparently near Mount Sinai. Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament. The people were no doubt illiterate, so I rather imagine Moses made up those stories out of Genesis to give them some sort of background on the creation. I don't for a moment believe any of them, but I do believe in the evolution of the planet and the universe. All done in billions of years. We all crawled out of the sea and evolved according to need, and here we are today--unfortunately, anything but a good testament to evolution, although this cannot be said about animals.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 4:29 pm
Very interesting. Thank you.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Friday December 10, 2010, 5:46 pm
Just what we need! Another fairytale in which people can believe!
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday December 10, 2010, 6:24 pm
I just read that and came back to comment finding that Charlene had beaten me to the punch.

Yep you have to be willing to believe anything if you give the slightest credence to this. In one article they give more information on Granny than we have ever been given of Mary. I've always wondered on that Virgin bit must have been painful losing it when the kid was born. Once again believing in that shows you'll believe anything.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday December 10, 2010, 6:46 pm
Thanks Anna. Great post.
 

Shirley S. (176)
Friday December 10, 2010, 8:42 pm
More FOLKLORE.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday December 10, 2010, 9:56 pm
It's amusing whenever religious people LEAP onto some sort of "scientific" notion to validate their myths!

Alice B. and Barbara V. are right....this is nothing more than mytholody...created by humans to serve their own power and emotional needs.
 

J. R. (0)
Friday December 10, 2010, 10:08 pm
Interesting to read.
 

Lika S. (130)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 12:20 am
Very interesting. Thank you. Educational for sure.
 

Chris McCabe (35)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 12:47 am
A bit more to add to the Christian mythos, but insignificant to the core teaching to love God & our 'neighbour'.
 

Sharon Balloch (132)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 4:12 am
Sure ... Surprised there was any reference left of her at all... seems women in the bible got kind of wiped away. But since this generation has found so many places that actually exist, and lets not forget the Dead Seas Scrolls..Moabite Stone...the Sumerian tablets record the confusion of language story that was great, and finding Caiaphas the High Priests grave was great... no one thought he was real at all, and yet there he is all dead and in a grave. This is the best time I think in which to live..Thanks
 

Jada S. (9)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 6:17 am
Noted thanks
 

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 12:23 pm
noted
 

JOHNLEWIS HODDINOTT (77)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 3:20 pm
UMMMMMMMMMMMMM????? Nice yarn though!!!!!
 

M Away M. (461)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 4:46 pm
Anna thank you for this article, will have to go over it more, but am going to save this one!
 

Kaye S. (45)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 5:53 pm
Right on, Grandma!
 

Shari G. (27)
Saturday December 11, 2010, 6:00 pm
History is always interesting but iffy at best. When you add religion it looses even more credibility. Interesting read though. Thanks Anna
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 16, 2010, 2:16 pm
noted...and fascinating...women of the old world....interesting how strong many of them were....and it was the gathering of the council of nicea that the roman pagan emperor brought together a group of hand picked men that selected the books to be included in the old and new testament....they had a few mandates...first and foremost...to emphasize the divinity of Jesus, and then to minimize the influence of women in the christian movement...at the time, women were quite prominent in the christian movement which was just getting started during the nicene gathering....and the men wanted to remove any power or following the women had...it was a time of gnostic believers...so the nicene council was a group of men of the time, gathered together to impose a pre-selected will upon the content of the new bible for the new religion...this was when the roman emperor picked christianity to be the religion of the roman empire...though pagan, the emperor converted on his deathbed....interesting how they determined the maternal great grandmother of jesus...perhaps had mary not been born of the lineage of david...we would never know...and it is really difficult to know anything of fact about those times....the writen and spoken languages were often different....many translations occurred and one has to consisder the contextual elements that influenced both the writings and the selections of inclusion in the bible....no one recorded anything with a cam corder...so we are stuck being historical detectives.....
 
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