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Wedding at Cana

There is complete silence in the Gospels concerning the marital status of Jesus, even though such a state of affairs is sufficiently unusual in ancient Jewry to prompt further inquiry.  The Gospels state, for example, that many of the disciples (e.g. Peter) were married.  And at no point does Jesus himself advocate celibacy, while on the contrary Jesus declares that a man shall "leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh”(Matthew 19:5).   

If Jesus did not preach celibacy, there is no reason to suppose he practiced it.  According to Judaic custom at the time it was not only customary, but almost mandatory, that a man be married.  Except among certain Essenes in certain communities, celibacy was vigorously condemned!  Were Jesus not married, this fact would have been glaringly conspicuous, drawing attention to him, and been used to characterize and identify him.  It would have set him apart in some significant sense from his contemporaries.  

Further, if Jesus were indeed as celibate as later tradition claims, it is extraordinary that there is no reference to any such celibacy.  Finally, Jesus' literacy and display of knowledge makes it clear that he underwent some species of formal rabbinical training and was officially recognized as a rabbi.  And the Jewish Mishnaic Law is quite explicit on the subject:  "An unmarried man may not be a teacher." *

One might inquire that if Jesus was not celibate, then why did the Roman Catholic Church become so enamored with something which is so obviously a clear indication of mental deficiency?  It is rather abundantly clear that priests, bishops, cardinals, and more than a few popes did dally with the female sex on more than one occasion.  But to make such a deal of it, even to this day!?  Perhaps, one might conjecture, there was the attempt to make the Roman pontiffs and would-be pontiffs independent of the females and the very real potential of those females having influence -- particularly with regard to worship of other females, such as mother goddesses and the like.  Celibacy would then appear to be a defense against the worship of Astarte/Inanna/Ishtar -- and the possibility of such empowerment in women thus derived, from influencing the horny old celibates.  

There is also the nagging suspicion that the bloodline lineage of the female of the species is sufficiently important that under no circumstances would patriarchal fathers of the church want to have any acknowledgment made of Jesus taking a bride.           

In the Fourth Gospel of John, there is the wedding at Cana.  To this wedding Jesus is specifically "called" -- which is slightly curious, since he had not yet embarked on his ministry.  More curious still, however, is the fact that his mother "just happens" as it were, to be present as well.  In fact, her presence would seem to be taken for granted.  The plot thickens when it is Mary (Jesus’ mother) who not merely suggests to her son, but in effect orders him to replenish the wine.  She behaves quite as if she were the hostess.  It is also noteworthy that the servants comply with Mary and Jesus' orders.           

One might also wonder if Jesus' first major miracle, the transmutation of water into wine, could have been used for such a banal purpose as some obscure village wedding.  And why should two "guests" at a wedding take on themselves the responsibility of catering -- a responsibility that, by custom, should be reserved for the host?   

Unless, of course, the wedding at Cana is Jesus' own wedding.  (We'll assume that Mary is not at long last marrying Joseph.)  And if the wedding at Cana is Jesus', then it would indeed be his responsibility to replenish the wine.           

Note also that immediately after the miracle:  "The governor of the feast called the bridegroom,  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse; but thou hast kept the good wine until now."  (John 2:9-10).  These words would seem to be addressed to Jesus, such that Jesus and the bridegroom are one and the same.           

Okay, now that we've found a wife for Jesus, and named her, and begun to suspect that she was someone of considerable importance and with a significant connection with the mother goddess, what further revelation might we make.  Well...  Guess what happens when two people get married!?  Besides, heirs, that is.  


Mary Magdalen        History 009

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*This very abbreviated historical perspective is taken from numerous sources, including specifically, the excellent book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln [Dell Publishing, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, 1983].   



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