Thursday, January 07, 2016

The Prophets were called by the Latin CHRISTIANOS in Rome (and anywhere else in Italy)


11.26.[and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch.] 

So for a whole year [Barnabas and Saul met with the church and] {I} taught great numbers of [people] {Jews}.  The disciples were called Christians (CHRISTIANOS) [first] at [Antioch] {Rome} .

11.27.During this time some prophets came [down] from Jerusalem to [Antioch] {Rome}.

11.28.One of them, named Agabus stood up, and through the Spirit, warned [them] {us} that a severe [famine] {persecution} would spread over [the entire Roman world] {Judea}.

[This happened during the reign of Claudius].

11.29.The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea

11.30.This they did, sending their gift to [the elders] {Jerusalem} [by] {with} [Barnabas and Saul]  {Agabus}.

The above passage is from Acts 11.  Some prophets, quite clearly friends of the writer, had come from Jerusalem.  The word 'down' has been added to match with Antioch which was north of Jerusalem.  I say they had come to Rome, and that Antioch was false.  The prophets had come to warn their fellow prophets (then junior prophets or disciples) that persecution would spread over the whole of Judea, the editor's subliminal 'entire Roman world' (Jewish prophets would hardly know what was going to happen in the 'entire Roman world'). The persecution would, of course, come from the priests (who were later flee Jerusalem to dump their scrolls in the Judean desert).  The prophet Agabus stood up and gave the warning through the Spirit (as prophets stood and spoke in a normal meeting). The prophets were trying to drum up support for their fellow prophets in Judea. It was perfectly natural for the prophets of Rome to send money to help fellow prophets in Jerusalem.  The money would have been taken by Agabus and the prophets who had come with him.  

The editor knew full well that a food shortage in Rome occured during the reign of Claudius around the time the prophets had come from Jerusalem.  Hence he inserted the note "this happened during the reign of Claudius".  Of course this coincidence was also well known by Tacitus, Suetonius and Dio, the state sponsored historians of the Flavians.      


The inscription CHRISTIANOS was among the graffiti discovered at Pompeii in 1862 by the German archaeologist Alfred Keisling.