Alice C. Linsley
The burial practices and funerary imagery of the ancient rulers expresses hope for immortality and bodily resurrection. The Horite Hebrew Job wanted those who came after him to know that he believed in a Redeemer. He wanted it set in stone.
"Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! That with an iron stylus and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see..." (Job 19:24-26)
Likewise, Ezekiel was to prophesy, saying:
"Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” (Ezekiel 37:4-6)Unlike the religions that seek to escape the material world, Christianity and Judaism value the body and believe it is not to be destroyed beyond the processes that are natural to death. Jews do not cremate. The early Christians did not cremate. Both Jews and Christians practice primary and sometimes secondary burial. It is common for Christian monastic communities to gather the bones of the deceased monks for secondary burial in a charnel house. Here are the skulls of monks who lived at St.Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai.
The bones were placed in ossuary boxes. Researchers from Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv universities confirmed the authenticity of an ancient ossuary that was plundered from a tomb in the Valley of Elah (where David defeated the Philistine warrior Goliath). The 2,000-year-old ossuary belonged to a daughter of the Caiaphas family of priests. It is marked with the 6 pointed star associated with the Horite Hebrew ruling caste, and an Aramaic inscription that says, “Miriam Daughter of Yeshua Son of Caiaphas, Priests of Ma’aziah from Beth Imri.” The inscription dates to the time of the Second Temple. Here is a photo of Miriam's ossuary.
The 6-prong solar image is called mer-ka-ba, a word of ancient Egyptian origin. Merkaba means "love of the body and spirit." In the worldview of the Horite Hebrew, immortality required that the body and spirit be together to avoid the second death. Therefore, great precautions were taken in the burial of the ruler, so that the body and spirit did not became separated. This is why the bodies of the Egyptian rulers were mummified. The R1b rulers buried in the Tarum Valley in China were also mummified.
Here some attempt of interpretation: http://www.magdala.org/2015/05/magdalas-logo-the-discovery/ReplyDelete
BTW What do YOU think the Magala stone to be? It cannot be properly understood in the context of what a synagoge in Jesus' time is supposed to have been? So what do YOU make of it?ReplyDelete
Magdala was near Tiberias, on the west shore of the Sea of Galilee. That is where the 6-prong star or merkaba has been found on other artifacts such as the one shown above at Banais. The Magdala Stone was found on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in September 2009. The merkaba is a solar image that represents the hope of bodily resurrection.ReplyDelete
See this: http://biblicalanthropology.blogspot.com/2015/12/reading-magdala-stone.htmlReplyDelete