Where do we begin with this one?
If we are erudite in our search for knowledge and wisdom, then we come to the ultimate conclusion that this never happened in recorded history. Just because the text of the Bible says certain things a certain way, doesn’t mean that those things are historically and factually accurate. We have to be willing to walk away from the herd sometimes to actually get to the truth of well, anything. This is no different.
One thing to know about the image above, there aren’t any records of Pontius Pilate ever turning over a prisoner or prisoners to an angry mob once a year. Pilate wasn’t a prolific writer but he did document happenings within the Roman Empire that pertained to him as well as many other things. There is abundant proof of that.
Before diving in, let’s define what exactly Yom Kippur is. To begin with, it’s important to note that it’s the single most holy day in all of Judaism. It’s the day of atonement for a year’s worth of sin. This sin, in olden days via the Temple Cult, is atoned by the sacrificing of two goats, one for Yahweh/Jehovah, and one for receiving the sins of the past year. The belief being that the blood of the one pure goat will appease Yahweh/Jehovah enough to stop him from being angry at the Jews and incurring his wrath in some way. That’s it in a nutshell but you can dig deeper here if that’s your thing.
Anyway, one of the goats would be lucky enough to receive all of the intentional sins of the Israelites and forced into the wilderness and chased off a cliff to die a gruesome death to atone for these sins – the origin of the word “scapegoat“. This poor goat would “take away” the sin and “destroy it”. The other goat would be sacrificed on an alter and the blood sprinkled on the Ark of the Covenant. Next year, we do it all again! Thankfully, Judaism did eventually modernize itself and move away from this practice. Christianity gained momentum in that Jesus was seen as the ultimate sacrifice to God. It did away for the need to sacrifice and replaced it with the repentant individual asking for forgiveness, and that’s, for the most part, all that was required. That’s one of the reasons for the rise of Christianity – it was just easier to attain salvation this way than to have to deal with all of the abundant requirements of being Torah (Old Testament) observant.
Now that you have a basic knowledge of what Yom Kippur is, you should be able to begin to see what the Biblical narrative surrounding Bar Abbas and Jesus is really all about, which is really just Yom Kippur 2.0. You see, many people were getting tired of Judaism for many reasons, some of which I listed above. The religion needed to be updated to gain followers. That’s where Christianity comes in, essentially Judaism 2.0, new and improved!
Let’s talk about Bar Abbas for a moment. Did you know that some of the earliest texts actually say “Jesus Bar Abbas” instead of “Bar Abbas”? Origen Adamantius, an early Christian scholar and theologian, actually corroborates this. That makes a lot more sense now and we can see how this evolved from Yom Kippur to this scene in the Bible. We now have two Jesus characters just like we have two goats. Jesus Bar Abbas is the goat “chased off the cliff” that receives the sins of the Israelites, and the other Jesus becomes the blood sacrifice that is acceptable to God. The Gospel writers, whomever they were, did a nice job of converting Jews to Christianity with this scene depicted in Gospel of Matthew.
Now, with newfound eyes, you can make sense of the Biblical narrative that follows.
Matthew 27:15-26 KJV
15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Always remember that this isn’t actual history, just classic mythmaking with a high degree of skill that was used to manipulate those people that didn’t know any better and had no way during this era of fact checking any of it.
There you have it, folks. See you in the next article!
12 thoughts on “How to Decode Jesus and Bar Abbas – Yom Kippur 2.0”
Thank you, Sharon!
Thank you. Sincerely you were the lamp I needed. Not far off from life saving. I have read your blogs at least once if not thrice. I have questions yet right now I wish only to convey my appreciation for the clarity. Sincerely thank you.
Hi, Phil. Thanks for stopping by and checking out the articles. I’m glad you found some clarity here that has helped you on your journey. Responses like yours are exactly why I do what I do. All I want to do is help people find a way out of the darkness of fundamental religion. I was helped through my dark period by people like Madam Blavatsky, Bill Donahue, Malik Jabbar, and last but certainly not least, Richard Carrier, who is an absolute historical juggernaut.
Thanks again for your kind comments, they made my day. And if you have any questions, please reach out. If I don’t know, I’ll find out for you.
Hi Matt. My roommate was on a Pirates of the Caribbean binge yesterday. I don’t know if I can unsee the allegories! Meaning wow wee they’re everywhere. Have your researches linked any mainstream to these old lies?
My family is watching the Netflix series Maya and the Three, which is jam packed with allegories as well. It’s amazing once you wake up and see these old mythic trends were staring you in the face all along. The truth always seems to hide in plain sight in my experience. Now that you’ve come to the truth, you can guide others to it as well. Just a piece of hard-earned advice, be careful who you talk to. Some people aren’t receptive to what we know, as you can imagine.
On a side note, I was in a local Wal-Mart recently and wouldn’t you know it, I was approached by a Baptist minister trying to “save” me. I can’t believe that out of all the people he could have chosen to talk to, he chose me. What irony! After he went through about 10 minutes of quoting scripture to me, I quoted some back like Galatians 4-24, which really says that Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar never existed. I told him that what he is doing, evangelizing, I used to do. That got an eyebrow raise from him. This poor guy had his wife and son with him, they had that I-know-the-truth smirk about them. That smile turned upside down the more I talked. Anyway, the guy shut me down and gave me his card to meet up over a cup of coffee to discuss everything. He seems to actually want to hear what I have to say. I’m not so sure he does. I haven’t decided to meet up with him or not. He had that washed-in-the-blood look about him, which is little disconcerting. I don’t know, maybe I will. Aim for the sky, right?
Yes this eye opening is not for everyone. “The Truth” is what they like to claim yet they don’t test it or like it being tested. Which in itself begs to question how solid can it be? Faith and Truth get real blurry in those conversations.
My family is strict JW. I have been out for decades. I want to at least ask them to consider the Amun/Amen connection? Its plain as day, or should be. I am waiting for now. In all my theological endeavors that Amun tidbit is one of my favourite. All the openings/names in prayer and the last word is Amun. Like thats almost too ironic.
I have had mixed success with sitting down with “truth” holders. I enjoy having a religious conversation and I will listen to what anyone who wishes join say. When they’re trying to convert I find it a lesson in futility.
Thank you, Matt. I agree with your precious words of wisdom, “…be careful who you talk to. Some people aren’t receptive to what we know, … .”
I find that the current circumstance in which we find ourselves today is desperately trying to keep us from awakening. I am grateful to have met your e-acquaintance.
Thank you for commenting, Shirley.
I’m glad that I can be of benefit to you on this awakening journey that we are all sharing. I’m also grateful to have met you, albeit electronically!
We are definitely in a minority but I choose to believe that more and more people are waking up everyday. How can they not with all of the information now available?
Anyway, hang in there and try to stay positive. With the knowledge you now possess, you can live your life without fear of hell or any of that nonsense. I like to believe that there is a reward for those of us that are able to see behind the veil so to speak. In my opinion, Earth is really just a school that we chose to experience for our own evolution. Dolores Cannon’s books and YouTube videos are quite interesting on that topic. Definitely worth checking out.
Anyway, I hope you and yours have a great holiday season!
Hey Matt. Doing a deep dive into H.P.B. works. Tried the Secret Doctrine a few years ago but got lost in the deepness. She was an amazing force in this arena. For those ready to see and hear she breaks down an immense amount…
Her stuff is definitely hard to talk about with people. It is literally too much for most people to even take in. The cross (all its various forms) is enough symbology to see the ancient roots of religion and how distorted it has become. For myself it is beautiful to read someone from the late 1800s that is ahead of the masses even now.
Anyways needed to express that and figured you might get it. Enjoy your holidays.
I hope you had a great holiday too, Phil.
Yes, Blavatsky was definitely ahead of her time. And you’re right, her insights are difficult to digest for many but worth the journey to get there. As you probably know, her insight helped me understand many symbolic and esoteric truths. Her wisdom will endure for a long time indeed.