Laura said:H-KQGE said:I thought that "Christ" meant someone who was anointed.(consecrated, venerated etc) Didn't the C's mention that the first Christ was female? If we put that with the prefixes & monikers thing & the recent revelations from research, & finally with Perceval's post then it seems pretty clear that "jesus" as a saviour (remember there's evidence for a few people with that name in that period) just wasn't so.
Well, there is what some types of manuscript scholars tell us about the word, and then there is archaeology - finding words on public monuments etc, which sometimes contradicts or expands long held ideas. Seems that the word "chrestus" back in GraecoRoman times simply meant "the good" and was often attached to the name of someone who was considered to be that with no religious connotation at all. See Socrates Chrestus, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates_Chrestus And Mithridates Chrestus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mithridates_Chrestus A similar word could mean "money lender" according to Carotta and may be the definition attached to the "Chrestus" in Rome reported by Seutonius who, in his Life of Claudius, says that Jews instigated by Chrestus were expelled from the city for causing disturbances.
Of course, this could easily have referred to some sort of activity related to commemoration of Julius Caesar because it is also noted that Caesar was very good to the Jews and they mourned his death more than any other group of people.
I would suggest that everyone interested in the topic at least read what Carotta has on his site which is about half of his book.
Thanks Laura. From the manuscript scholars & archaeologists & others sticking their oar in, it seems that history is a sodden mess & what's required are those who can balance several academic disciplines as you've mentioned several times before. I've bookmarked the site, but what would you recommend that i read after "Ancient City?."
I have "et tu Judas" & "The complete works of Julius Caesar", "History of Julius Caesar" & "Complete works of Suetonius."