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I have used “Jesus” (an English word derived from the Greek “Iesous”) in quotes because the article is using a familiar name.The scriptural Jesus’ real Hebrew name was Yahoshua the Nazarene.
\nThe Greeks under the political authority of the Romans changed the Hebrew name because of the anti-Hebrew fervour prevailing then.
\nThere has been a consistent theological dishonesty and distortion to claim that “Iesous” and Yahoshua are the same or derived from each other.

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Yahoshua was a Rabbi and rabbis were to be married as a matter of Hebraic religious tradition and law. One could not teach in the temples unless he was married.

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A bachelor Yahoshua would have caused much more comment. Statements to that effect would have been included in the Gospels. According to the Hebrew Mishnaic Law, “An unmarried man may not be a (religious) teacher.”
\nHebraically, humanity was created in the image and likeness of the Divine, “male and female,” (Genesis 1:27). The Divine as an impersonal life force is of the same male and female polarities that are manifest throughout all of creation and that “(the Divine) created humanity, (the Divine) made it in its image” (Genesis 5:1).

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The Hebrew Genesis account of creation should not be considered as a literal and historical narrative since it was derived from some ancient texts as we will deal with in a future article. The Genesis narrative says that a male is incomplete without a female and this proves the reality that humanity anp and negative electrical charges. These are internal or intra-psychic (through Will/Consciousness and Intuition/Sub-consciousness) and external or the biological condition (physical body as either Male or Female).

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“But at the beginning of creation (the Divine) ‘made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what (the Divine) has joined together, let humanity not separate.” – Mark 10:6-9.

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According to the Zohar, the Hebraic mystical and cryptic text, the sacred name of the Divine is never attached to an incomplete man. This is one who is unmarried or one who dies without issue (a child) because he will be failing to apply himself to the command of infinitely making of a human being, male and female, in the likeness of the Divine, the eternal, infinite and impersonal cosmic force or energy.

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“Male and female He created them.” From here we learn: Any image that does not embrace male and female is not a high and true image. We have established this in the mystery of our Mishnah. Come and see: The Blessed Holy One does not place His abode in any place where male and female are not found together. Blessings are found only in places where male and female are found, as it is written: “He blessed them and called their name Adam on the day they were created” It is not written: He blessed him and called his name Adam.” A human being is only called Adam when male and female are as one…By arousal below there is similarly arousal above…male and female unite, desire prevails, worlds are blessed, and above and below are in joy” (Zohar).

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“Arousal from below” is the “elevation” of the Feminine Waters and “arousal from above” is the “drawing” Down of the Masculine Waters. Both “Waters” are of creating life.

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As a possibly historical person and if Yahoshua the Nazarene was celibate and childless, this would have caused a stir among his detractors. It would have formed a much more obvious part of his reported teachings in the Scriptures. Celibacy was and is deemed so horrifying in the Hebraic tradition as to be considered actually a transgression of the first “mitzvah” (divine commandment): “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). Celibacy was also considered improper for it suggested an unwillingness to father the next generation and was a matter for rebuke from elders of the synagogue.

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Yahoshua himself is quoted having said, “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife.” (Matthew 19:5).
\nAccording to the Hebraic tradition of his time, Yahoshua would have practiced what he preached.
\nThere is no mention in the Greek Christian Scriptures about Yahoshua’s marital status. The same silence prevails about him between the ages of 12 and 30.

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Literally, Abraham and Moses met their wives by the wells and Yahoshua met an unnamed Samaritan woman by Jacob’s well. What is the significance of this? What are ”waters of life“ that Yahoshua mentioned during the encounter with the Samaritan woman?
\nYahoshua’s life and teachings did not emphasise or promote celibacy. If he and all or any of his male disciples were celibate and preached celibacy, it would have been a subject of talk in the Gospels.

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Yahoshua’s state of being unmarried is not scriptural but informed by the exaggerated masculinity of the cultural time. Is presenting Yahoshua as one conceived non-sexually and having lived a non-sexual life not an affront to human dignity and vitality of sexuality? Is this not an attempt to destroy Yahoshua as a natural human being and a Nazarene rabbi? Is this not a sign of the misogynic contempt for sexual human relationships and a serious attack on the dignity of a woman’s body?

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Is this not a suppression of sustainability of life as an expression of the harmonious conjunction of masculine and feminine energies?
\nBy reasonable deduction, Yahoshua was married or had a female companion. Finer details are found outside conventional Scripture.
\nThere are unequivocal references to marriage and family in the Temple Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which depict the lives of Essenes for which Nazarenes were part of.

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If the scriptural Jesus was married, who was his wife?
\nLet’s dig deeper inside the cryptic language of the Scriptures in the next article.
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