- Didn’t we have anything else to think about?
One day Jochanan drew in the sand. He was imitating the Rabbi, who often did
that. What was it that Jochanan drew?
A triangle with the base on the earth, and a second one pointing downwards
and meeting the head of the one underneath it.
Jochanan indicated the point where both apexes met: Here HE stands. Here
above is the godly domain, here below the human one. No separation, but
different domains. HE is the bridge. HE belongs to both domains. Son of God.
Son of Man. The logos, which introduces the upper domain into the lower. One
day both domains will coincide, and that will be the kingdom of peace, the
kingdom of the spirit.
And this HE, do you mean our rabbi Yeshua? Do you mean this seriously, or is
it another thought-game?
I don’t know.
Let’s keep playing: How did this HE come from his spirit-domain into that of
By conception and birth. How else?
That what *you* say. Don’t you know, you half-Greek, the story of the
goddess Athena, whom the highest god, Zeus, conceived with himself and
carried in his head until she, motherless, sprang from his head as a full
That’s a heathen belief.
Everything heathen isn’t false.
Haven’t you noticed that when Yeshua speaks of his father he doesn’t mean
Josef the carpenter, who is long dead?
Yes, I have. And that he looks at his mother like a stranger and calls her
madam, not mother. Who is his father, who his mother?
Did you know that his mother grew up in the temple, one of the many chosen
daughters of Yisrael, one who, more than any other, met the conditions of
the prophesy about the Messiah’s mother?
It seems so. And then they looked for a suitable husband for her.
Who did the choosing?
Temple priests with special powers. Wise ones. Initiates.
Do you believe that?
I don’t know. I know such stories from other religions.
They lead the chosen ones into the temple. Put them into a deep sleep and
order them into bed together. Still asleep, they are separated and they
remember nothing of what happened, at most a dream of winged beings and
spears of light.
But then, when the conceived child comes?
Then it is divinely conceived, fatherless.
And what’s it all for?
In order to be able to declare a man to be God.
Nobody thinks to declare Yeshua God. What are you talking about?
You’re talking about him, not me. I’m only telling what is thought in other
Figments of the imagination, I said and left.
But the whole thing gave me no rest. I secretly watched Yeshua to see if I
could perceive his origin. I saw nothing like that. But I thought, it could
well be that he came from the spirit-domain to that of matter in an unusual
way. This idea of winged beings and spear of light. The spirit who travels
into matter and conceives. The logos, which becomes a human child. If this
child is a human only in accordance with love and a god in accordance with
spirit? That’s an idea which is not absurd. But why does Jochanan apply it
to our rabbi? For he does, even though he denies it. I talk to him.
What do you know of Yeshua’s birth?
Tell me what you know!
Very well: The astrologers had calculated that at a certain point in time
there was a very unusual constellation in the sky: a conjunction of Jupiter
What does that mean?
Jupiter is the king’s star.
Every people has a planet attributed to it. Yisrael’s star is Saturn.
That means that in Yisrael a king will be born and a special meaning is
attached to him. And where is this king, please? We have only one, Herod,
and he is miserable.
Jochanan walked away, as though I had insulted him.
Frank Thomas Smith