Caesar’s Messiah – The secret, hidden history of Christianity and the Gospels. If what Joseph Atwill is saying is only partially true, we are looking into the abyss. Joseph Atwill’s “Caesar’s Messiah”. This one can only be charitably be described as “way out there.” It does have the endorsement of a credentialed scholar or. In his book Caesar’s Messiah, Joseph Atwill argues that Jesus of Nazareth was the invention of the Roman Empire, and Josephus wrote the entire NT after AD.
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Retrieved March 9, Likewise, radical NT skeptic Robert Price writesAccording to Atwill, the reader needs to comprehend perhaps the most complex literary satire ever written. Meessiah Read Edit View history. They make mythicism look ridiculous. He also touches on lifetime actor Winston Churchill, his elite pedigree and affiliation to Jewish bankers.
His further claims that the histories of both Josephus AND the Gospels were “fictitious”  bespeak a writer of the sort who would rather believe that Jesus had an unknown evil twin who faked his Resurrection appearances than accept that the Resurrection actually occurred. Atwill also cannot understand how it is that the eating of this infant would prompt this Mary to say, “Come on; be thou my jlseph, and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets, and a by-word to the world, which is all that is now wanting to complete the calamities of us Jews.
There are even more errors where Atwill’s use of the popes is concerned. Atwill would help himself tremendously if he actually got the criticisms right.
From this excerpt, it is very clear that Trajan was trying to stop Christianity—not support it. Literary criticism The gospels and epistles contain different language, themes, and grammatical styles from one another.
Atwill parallels Jesus’ “become fishers of men” statement to the Roman act of dispatching Jews who had fallen into the sea during a naval battle by hitting them with darts or cutting off their hands — thus becoming “fishers of men” because the Romans “caught like fish” the Jews in the lake. If indeed [Christians] should be brought before you, and the crime is proved, they must be punished; with the restriction, however, that where the party denies he is a Christian, and shall make it evident that he is not, by invoking our gods, let him notwithstanding any former suspicion be pardoned upon his repentance.
The work was also endorsed by Rod Blackhirst and Jan Koster. Joseph Atwill is one of those crank mythers I often get conflated with.
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Atwill notes that according to the Preterist school of biblical interpretation, the prophecies of Jesus and Daniel were fulfilled by the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.
In on the conspiracy as well was Josephus, a client of the Flavian family of which Titus was a member, and who left clues in his works for later and more clever discerners. Atwill states that the Romans were motivated to invent Christianity to create a more passive Jewish community in Israel. No source is cited for this attribution. See Josephus, Wars of the Jews, 7, 10 Is this supposed to be meaningful?
Of course, I never claimed Christianity was invented to convert the Sicarii zealots in Judea, an absurd idea. And more, as Atwill hops around Matthew and Luke ranfomly, turning a mention by Josephus of a ” Coracin fish” as a parallel to a condemnation of the city of Chorazain in Matthew Scouring religious texts and historical documents, he has jumped straight into the deep end, taking an in-depth look into decades of state sponsored propaganda and today he joins The Higherside to peel back the curtains and expose the nefarious group behind psyops such as Nazism, Occultism and Christianity.
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This one can only be charitably be described as “way out there. Mewsiah, the Sadducees were largely secular, working alongside the Romans, and the Essenes lived far from Jerusalem at Qumran. The city’s name means “smoking furnace” and has nothing to do with fish. So Atwill is clearly trying to divert from his outstanding failure to address the far more critical point concerning ancient social psychology, of josepu, he knows absolutely nothing e.
Mary’s Military Academy, a Jesuit-run school in Japan. On the basis of the assumption that at least some if not all this information linking the Flavians to early Christianity is correct, Atwill points out that these early connections are very difficult to explain if Christianity was a struggling grassroots movement originating in Judea.
Instead, as depicted in the Gospels, Jesus was highly critical of the Jewish priesthoodand the Jews were blamed for killing this Messiahaccording to the Gospel texts. Otherwise, Atwill assumes, as Helms does, that use of typology proves wholesale invention; and that claim we have refuted in the linked article.
A Critique of Joseph Atwill’s “Caesar’s Messiah”
We should point mesxiah that Joseph Atwill is not a NT scholar or a historian; he is a dotcom businessman. Moreover, the NT affirms the exclusivity of Christ—not permitting the worship of false gods Jn.
His explanations that everyone else has been unable, as he has, to “contradict a deeply ingrained belief”  and that their religious leanings have rendered their intellect “powerless”  to discern the truth speaks for itself in terms of what he must do to explain this, and it also speaks for itself that he must use the “apparent vagueness”  of the alleged parallels as a supposed proof of the validity of his thesis.
If the Romans were trying to create a deity that would be friendly to emperor worship, why invent one that demands worship of Jesus —not Pagan joselh Atwill carelessly attributes the words of John the Baptist to Jesus . I might add that the messianic claims are not the sum of the claims made of the Danielic Son of Man — we are still wondering where Titus assumed a throne in heaven in all of this. He hints at malfeasance in that Irenaeus names the “sixth” pope Sixtus; it would not occur to him that the one with the strained imagination was Sixtus mesziah, in choosing the name, not Irenaeus.
The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. Those who need as reminder of how this sort of theorizing can be misused are reminded that it is just as easy to do the same elsewhere, as for attwill we did with Lincoln and Kennedy. Afterhe returned to Biblical noseph. As Joe points out, up to and during the famine, records indicate an enormous amount of the Irish food supply being exported off the island by the British.
Moreover, if Rome invented Christianity, then why execute Peter and Paul?
The word itself is used dozens of times in the Old Testament; and the theme itself is all over the OT, and no doubt it and its permutations appear in other secular works. If Atwill cannot see that Jesus’ message was not indeed, messiay its core, hostile to Roman authority and society in terms of the components it offered, then he needs to do some more research see here.
The clue missed is that Jesus’ message was not one of peace, but of a sword, as he himself said — the Gospel message undermined the values then held current, via subtle influence rather than direct force as the Sicarii preferred.
It does exceed the credibility of the Piso theory by a razor-thin margin, inasmuch as it at least uses real people rather than inventing them out of nothing but semantics. However, Carrier also agreed that the New Testament has pro-Roman aspects.
Or, by extension, Jews with the same sentiments? As subjective as humor is, Atwill’s mere word that X was “funny” to the Flavians rings hollow.