Monthly Archives: January 2014

What is a Beelzebub?

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Nothing in this body of the text is written to discredit or demoralize the faith of any said person but to enrich what knowledge I have read from multiple areas of others dynamic finding and research. I am not holding this information to be fictional neither factional but presenting information from others that have done research and provided answers to questions we all seek to find whether they agree or disagree with our beliefs each should be used to the better of  our society.

            Exactly what is Beelzebub? In reading Mark  in the New King James Bible there was an incident in Ch.3 when Jesus ask the Pharisees is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save life or to kill it?’ But they kept silent”( New King James Version, Mark 3: 4). By this statement he was asking the Pharisee’s it it right to heal or to continue to let someone be sick or lame to heal a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath. This statement was interesting not only did it question the importance of doing good but it brought up the topic of what is evil? In continuing my reading, my interest was at first to discover the importance of the word evil and its roots. As I continued reading that desire to to know what is evil changed. In continuing my reading of Mark, the text goes on to describe Jesus anger with the hearts of the Pharisees but yet still healing the hand. It goes on to describe the events, leading to my main question in  Mark 3: 22- with the scribes calling him “Beelzebub the ruler of demons.” After this, Jesus states, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” So my question is exactly what is a Beelzebub? Where did the word originate? How is it connected to Satan? Is Jesus a Beelzebub?

            As I began looking for information regarding Beelzebub, my first thought was I have seen this word before in my English Literature class when we read Milton’s Paradise Lost, if you have not read the book please read it because there are many interesting analogies and Milton has an extremely astonishing imagination. But back to my original question, I figured, I would go to my favorite site which is http://www.etymonline.com/index.php, in my search I read that the word is in connection with Baal. Beelzebub is a Philistine God and has multiple translations and here are some of the names mentioned: Lord, Satan, false gods “Lord of the Flies,” which if anyone notice is also a book. Beelzebub is derived from the word Baal and Baal means owner, master, or lord. This name is really old but Baal as the Encyclopedia Mythica writes dates back all the way to the 14th century BCE among the Semitic people (Mythica., 2014).  These people were the descendant of Shem,  Noah’s oldest son (Mythica., 2014). This name was known around that time because of its was thought to be Syrian and Persian gods but also Canaan fertility god.

 http://www.pantheon.org/articles/b/baal.html  

Baal was the son of El,

“El is the name by which the supreme Canaanite deity is known. This is also a name by which God is called in the Old Testament — El, the God (Elohim) of Israel (el elohe yisrael: Gen. 33:20”… Despite all this, El was considered the exalted “father of years” (abu shanima), the “father of man” (abu adami), and “father bull”, that is, the progenitor of the gods, tacitly likened to a bull in the midst of a herd of cows. Like Homer’s Zeus, he was “the father of men and gods.” (Northernway.org, 2014).

            This is information to be read, I am not supporting the information but would like everyone to have knowledge of what is out there. The Encyclopedia explains that Baal is a deity whom died and was to be raised from the dead. His connection to the calf is that during his invitation to visit Mot or “god of death” in the land of the dead he took this calf along with him to give him strength while he went to Mot who is enemy (Mythica., 2014). Anat who is Baal’s wife asked Mot to bring  Baal back to life but Mot refused and suffered a inhumane death, she killed him.( He was a god? They Die?) Then Anat took over the land of the dead and mind you she is Baals wife, I do not think killing is good but it sounds like the opposite which is bad. The information goes on but for futher reading I have put the link below this paragraph that I used from the encyclopedia.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/b/baal.html

  Baal is also known as the God of thunder, rain, and, lightening (Mythica., 2014). Though he doesn’t give off such a bad persona in this literature the bible states it as an idol worshiped by the Israelites in their rebellion against the God of Abraham on their journey to the promise land.  Baal was the son of El connection with the God in Hebrew that is where the difference of names come into par Baal to Baalzebub in Hebrew. Notice also that words have meaning but are changed directly or indirectly throughout history so the true meaning of a word can change. Though there is no mention of Jesus just with biblical knowledge he is the son of Abba which is a Aramaic translation (Etymonline.com, 2014). Baal was worshiped throughout the history of the people and according to encyclopedia mythica it was widely accepted by the Jews, Canaanites, and Phoenicians (Mythica., 2014).This does not mean all Jews but some.  Exactly what is a“Beelzebub?” It is a name in an ancient story of a god, it is the greek form of the word Baal just translated differently among culture and languages. Is beelzebub evil, however, it will depend on which literature one is reading and respects, is he Jesus no because Jesus would need to draw strength from a calf. Nor was he bringing others to life but men serviced him by human sacrifice. Is Beelzebub connected to Satan? This question certainly depends on whom you ask.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/b/baal.html

 

Sources

Etymonline.com. 2014. Online Etymology Dictionary. [online] Available at: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=beelzebub&searchmode=none.

 

Mythica., E. 2014. Baal. [online] Available at:  http://www.pantheon.org/articles/b/baal.html.

 

Mark. New King James Version. New ed. Nashville: Nelson, 1994. Print

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02388c.htm .

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Who is Mary the Mother of Jesus?

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            In all the research and information and questions that come to mind , no one has truly answered this question for me, and that is Who is this Mary the mother of Jesus? I feel in order to really know someone you have to know who they are and knowledge of their family. Many people know the lineage of Joseph, which is Jesus’ father, but no one really talks about the present life of Mary, and her family. As I began reading Matthew my interest stayed within this topic of genetics, and I desired to know how to connect  Jesus to David. Though Joseph through reading is assumed the rights of being Jesus’s adopted father not biological (genetic) father, how is Jesus inherited the blood of David. How this is possible, I do not know? Mary was pregnant before she had ever been intimate or married Joseph. Not having knowledge of Mary the mother of Jesus descent makes it suitable to question the authenticity and factual evidence, so this was a question for me to ask? Possibly, I might come close to answering this question or not. Who is Mary and how is Jesus connected to David?

            One of the best ways to find out who a person may be is to find out where they are born or who are there parents. The best way to find Mary is by her name, so I goggled the etymology of her name, and for those who may not know exactly what etymology is click this link http://www.etymonline.com/ and it will take you to the homepage which best sums up the general understanding of etymology.

The information in which I gathered from http://www.etymonline.com/ I copy and paste [“proper name, Old English Maria, Marie, “mother of Jesus,” from Latin Maria, from Greek Mariam, Maria, from Aramaic Maryam, from Hebrew Miryam, sister of Moses” (Etymonline.com. 2014).]  With this I decided to research the Hebrew name given which is Miryam. This name as explained on the babynamesworld.com website as derived from the Latin “Marie but generally comes from the Hebrew name Miryam. As I search the web for the name “Miryam,” I stumbled across an interesting assumption from J.Tierny ( http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07204b.htm), his research lead him to interesting facts involving a High Priest by the Name of Heli which is derived from the Greek name  Heli and Hebrew Eli. Heli, however, as Tierny explains it from  the research of Lord A. Hervey text is that Joseph’s mother was the widow of Heli and married Heli’s closest of kin which is Jacob. Jacob and Heli’s widow through conception had Joseph. Joseph however is considered Heli’s son because of the as Tierny explains the “Levirate Laws.” So this claim lead me to search for more answers, I began to search for resources that would support this claim but some were similar in events but not as supportive, yet interesting. The links below are of the article’s written by Tierny and Anthony Maas.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07204b.htm

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15464b.htm

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=22

            I found many viable resources but none that would lead me to a set conclusion in how Jesus was of the seed of David if he was not Joseph’s son who was the son of Jacob. The information from Newadvent.org, actually had logical evidence that presents factual or assuming factual information. Mary is the daughter of Joachim and Anne Arabic:Hannah with further reading and searching many have assumed that Mary’s mother died at child birth and Mary was an orphan which written  in the Quran as Hannah Binti Faquad as she passed away her sister took care of Mary and she was promised to Joseph. Also In the book The History of al-Tabari Vol 4 page 103 it has a list of genealogy of Mary’s connection to David. Also an interesting fact that many know is that  Mary’s aunt whom raised her is the mother of John the Baptist which is written in the The History of al-Tabari Vol. 4: The Ancient Kingdoms,) and the link provided below has a limited view of pages displaying the content of the books. This content illustrates Mary connection with David  and how she is Mary the mother of Jesus,  and also the daughter Joachim and Hannah Binti Faquad, who died at child birth. She is niece to Zachariah and maybe even Joseph allegedly but nonetheless she was adopted into a family as a baby but she is the mother of Jesus and the wife of Joseph whom she was promised.

http://books.google.com/books?id=Jhqs4wa7iRAC&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=who+is+Faqud&source=bl&ots=bXdmQv3Tt1&sig=FvCqZpyLnXYvSWbh6Vnn_NWVvno&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wp_TUtfYMpOrsQSD-IDwDA&ved=0CF8Q6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=who%20is%20Faqud&f=false

 

Sources

Babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com. 2014. Mary | Name Meaning & Origin | Girl Name Mary | Baby Names World. [online] Available at: http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/meaning_of_Mary.html [Accessed: 10 Jan 2014].

Etymonline.com. 2014. Online Etymology Dictionary. [online] Available at: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=Mary&searchmode=none

Inter-islam.org. 2014. The Prophet Isa (Jesus, peace be upon him). [online] Available at: http://www.inter-islam.org/Biographies/Hazisa38.html [Accessed: 13 Jan 2014].

Tierney, J. (1910). Heli. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved January 11, 2014 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07204b.htm