A Family Perspective
New - 20 July 2005
The following so-called Family Perspective is a brief chronology of the ancestors and descendants of Jesus Christ. Much of the information has been taken from Laurence Gardner's exceptional work, The Magdalene Legacy  -- as well of some of his other works, such as Bloodline of the Holy Grail and Genesis of the Grail Kings. It is "how to tell it all in a nutshell." Mr. Gardner, however, is not responsible for any alleged attempts at humor. (He is, after all, English.)
Much ado about something has often been made among Kingly folk as to whom and to what degree various pretenders to any given throne have descended from the Biblical King David (King of Judah as of 1008 BC and King of Israel as of 1001 BC ). This lineage is of particular note with respect to Jesus Christ, whose many biographers have stated over and over again that Jesus was of the House of David. Supposedly, this is a big deal and one which gives Jesus and his descendants some sort of justification for any royal pretensions that they may have had.
[Parenthetically, it should be pointed out that history, tradition, custom and claims of who-got-their-first have always been used to justify all manner of arrogance, heavy-handedness, and expectations of being allowed to have, own, live, be honored, paid, and/or reap the rewards to which one would like to become accustomed (and of which one's ancestors supposedly had in fact already become accustomed). Consequently, such claims of grandiosity probably should be taken with a degree of suspicion. Nevertheless, it is useful (and sometimes amusing) to understand the outrageous nature of certain claims to royal and/or blue blood status. It makes for an entertaining history, among other things. Meanwhile, the modern reality is that everyone pretty much puts their pants on the same way. one leg at a time - at least those that wear pants.]
As a starting point for Jesus and his clan, it should be pointed out that the House of David comes down to us courtesy of the House of Abraham, and in turn Abraham (fka Abram) can claim in his own way to be a direct descendant of Adam. Of course, everyone. theoretically. is descended from Adam. But that's another story. one which will likely be defrocked elsewhere.
Meanwhile, this House of David claim might logically be thought to also apply to Jesus' parents - or at the very least one of them. It's sort of hard to claim a descended royal status unless one is born with at least one royal parent. As it turns out, both Mary and Joseph were of the House of David. They were admittedly of different lines, but this is just one of the joys of Biblical begetting: That is to say that combining distinct royal lines implies that one can be doubly descended from royalty. In effect, there are degrees of royalty and the greater the royal heritage --the greater the genetic material in the old blue blood -- the better.
It should also be pointed out that Jesus' wife, Mary Magdalene. [Oops! So much for the clever plot twist at the end.] Anyway, Mary Magdalene also stems from the House of David. In fact she and Jesus' mother Mary have a common ancestor only a few generations ahead of them. Furthermore, the lineages of Jesus, his parents and wife are all interrelated at various levels. Jesus just happens to be the offspring of one of those marriages between different royal lines in which royal folk place so much stock. (Pardon the pun.)
Intermarriage among relations, cousins, and the like are, of course, very common with the descendants of David - and in fact most all royal lines. [It is also practiced to an amazing degree in Applachia West Virginia.] In some of the biblical royal cases marriages were between brothers and half-sisters (e.g. Abraham and Sarah, as well as Jechoniah and Dalilah - the latter two being the son and daughter of Jehoikim, c. 600 BC, but by different mothers). There is even the fun detail of Jesus' brother, James the Just, marrying his mother's niece, Anna.
The best part of all of this is that the House of David family tree - and many of the other royal lines - has a tendency to look like a rampant, incestuous vine earnestly attempting to cover a brick wall and in the process hide every hint of mortar and brick. For example.
If attempt to put all of this into perspective - and simultaneously set new records in terms of dropping names - we might first note that King David had two children by his wife, Maacah, daughter of King Talmai of Geshur. Their names were Tamar and Absalom. [BTW, highlighted names are the ones you will want to remember as you try to make sense of this wild and fully flowering vine-like family tree.] David also had two children by Bathsheba, widow of Uriah the Hittite. They were named Solomon (you've probably heard of him) and Nathan. Solomon married Naamah and had a son named Rehoboam, who then married Tamar's daughter, Micaiah. Because of this, Micaiah was descended from David via two different lines (i.e. two of David's children). In effect, Micaiah was doubly descended from David. This is an example of the big deal we mentioned earlier.
Meanwhile, Micaiah initiated a line of Kings of Judah beginning with Abijah and continuing through Asa, Jehoshaphat [the latter of "Jumping" fame], Jehoram, Ahaziah, Joash, Amaziah, Uzziah, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, and Josiah. [For a pictorial scroll presentation of this saga of begetting, see Laurence Gardner's http://www.Graal.co.uk website.]
Josiah continued the begetting tradition of the family by spawning two lines, one by his second wife, Hamutal (daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah). This one resulted in their granddaughter, Tamar Tephi marrying Eire-Ambion of Scythia and initiating the line of the Kings of Ireland. No kidding! The family tree was really branching out! <grin>
Meanwhile, by his first wife, Zebudah, Josiah produced Jehoikim; the latter who through a new degree of efficiency had his son, Jechoniah (by his first wife, Nehustra) marry his daughter, Dailiah (by his second wife, Phudia), and together they produced, among others, a son, Sheatiel, who then married Hadast.
This latter marriage is of significance (again) in that Hadast was descended from the line of Nathan (David's son by Maacah). Thus after 17 generations, two major Davidian lines were consolidated in two children, Zorobabel and Meshar. Yea!
Meshar eventually married Cyrus II of Persia and helped spawn the Kings of Persia. [I told you they were branching out!] Meanwhile Zorobabel married Maukab, daughter of Ezra the Scribe, and spawned two children who were destined to tie the family tree into absolute knots. Zorobabel's daughter, Rhesa, for example, married Zakhyath, the son of Jehozadak the Zadok (of Babylonian captivity fame). This was the initiation of the line of the High Priests of Judah. Rhesa also had a grandson named Mattahias I.
Meanwhile back at the Zorobabel ranch, Zorobabel's son, Abiud, married Tsamita from the Rhesa initiated High Priest line, and they produced Eliakim. Eliakim married Haziba, the daughter of Mattahias I (naturally), and they produced Azor. Azor also married into the High Priest line in order to beget Sadoc. Meanwhile, Mattahias I's other offspring, Maath, began a line which extended through Nagge, Esli, Naum, and Amos, to arrive at Mattahias II. Mattahias II promptly married into the High Priest line, and had descendants named (in order): Joseph, Janna, Melchi, Matanan, and Heli.
Now we're getting somewhere! Heli was Jesus' grandfather on his father's side - which is the reason that Jesus' father is often called Joseph ab Heli. Incidentally, the latter was a Master of the Craft - and not a carpenter! Let's get real; royal folks don't spend a lot of time in the carpentry shop.
Meanwhile, the Sadoc line, apparently in order to keep up with the Mattahias II line, produced, in order, Achim, Eliud, and Eleazor. The latter's children included Matthat, the grandfather of Jesus' mother, Mary, on her father's side. Eleazor's other child, Gadot, married Heli (naturally), and thus became Joseph ab Heli's mother. Obviously, Eleazer was Joseph's grandfather and Mary's great grandfather. Eleazer was then Jesus' great grandfather and great, great grandfather, simultaneously. Meanwhile, Jesus' father, Joseph, was the combining of two important lines, one from Mattahias I, and the other from Abiud, son of Zorobabel.
On the other side of the street, Jesus' mother, Mary, could trace her matrilineal ancestry back through her mother, Hannah (Anna), to Joiadah (a priest), Hezekiah, John Hyrcanus I, Simon Maccabaeus, Mattathias of Modin and ultimately the Hasmonaean House of the Maccabees. The Hasmonaeans were in turn descended ultimately from Aaron, Moses' right hand man. [We're talking major lineage here!] Mary's father, meanwhile, was Joachim (son of Matthat), another significant line going back to Zorobabel. Obviously then, Mary - like Joseph ab Heli - was also the culmination of two major royal lines. Their marriage was thus highly significant, and their offspring were to be endowed with Great Expectations to say the very least.
We might also point out that Hezekiah was doubly important in that he was not only Mary's great grandfather (on her mother's side), but also the great grandfather of John the Baptist. Hezekiah was also the great grandfather of Simon Magus (Lazarus/Zebedee), as well as his wife Salome ( Helena ) - albeit via different lines. Finally, Hezekiah was the great, great grandfather of both Jesus and Mary Magdalene! In other words, Jesus and Mary Magdalene were cousins. of a sort. They were not exactly distant cousins, but were in fact still running from the same seed as Hezekiah, albeit four generations later. Inasmuch as they eventually married, one might even call them kissing cousins. [Sort of blows one's mind to think about Jesus kissing, doesn't it!]
For the record, Simon and Salome's daughter, Anna, ended up marrying Jesus' younger brother, James the Just - who became known by the title, Joseph of Arimethea. We will return to the descendent portion of Jesus and Mary Magdalene's family following a brief diversion into some bits of chronology and related facts.
In the interim, it is perhaps worth mentioning that there was often a generational gap between the husband and his wife in these royal marriages. Joseph, for example, can be assumed to be very close to 36 years old at the time of marrying Mary, who was 19 at the time. In fact, all males of the royal line were expected to avoid marriage until their 36th birthday, while the females were encouraged to begin the procreation portion of their existence while they were in their childbearing prime. This trend is very likely the reason for the English custom of men being in their forties before marrying women in their twenties (or younger). What amounts to almost an exception to this rule is that while Jesus was the prescribed 36 years of age when he began the marriage process with Mary Magdalene, she was 27. However, the combining of these two major royal lines seemed important enough to accept Mary's slightly advanced age. And inasmuch as they managed three children between them. well, you get the idea.
[It is also worth noting that the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in modern times followed the same sort of royal marriage guidelines, with Charlie being notably older than Di. Also, Diana, as a Spencer, can be thought of as having more royal blood than Charles, and thus their offspring would be the combining of two major royal lines - making their marriage extremely important. Instead of the Germanic source of the Windsors , there was finally some English blood in the mix. Meanwhile, keep in mind that the eldest of Charles and Diana's sons includes in his list of names, the name of Arthur. Now. where do you suppose the Lady of the Lake and Excalibur are?]
43 BC - Jesus' father, Joseph, born (this date based on a calculation which assumes that Joseph was age 36 at time of his marriage to Mary - all of this in accordance with a royal tradition)
26 BC - Jesus' mother, Mary, is born.
7 BC - (Sunday, March 1st ) Jesus Christ born [as per Julian calendar] [1 - page 126] (September 15th ) - The official dynastic birth of Jesus [ It's very complicated! ]
BTW, "Mary's virgin status was a spurious notion invented by the early Church, but not found in the primary Gospel texts of the Codex Vaticanus in the Vatican Archive." (32) Keep in mind also that "A charge of heresy was a denial of choice." (116) There's not much more to it. At the same time, denial is one way to avoid truth. For example, Clement of Alexandria (AD c150-215), one of the Catholic Church's fathers, has said:
AD 1 - Birth of Jesus' eldest younger brother, James (Joseph of Arimathea) (194)
Note: Mary and Joseph ab Heli were to produce 8 children -- 5 boys and three girls.
AD 3 - Mary Magdalene is born (338)
AD 29 - probable death of Joseph (prior to Jesus beginning his ministry)
AD 29 - Jesus begins his public ministry (in the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar) (168)
AD 30 (June) - The so-called wedding feast at Cana (which was actually the dynastic Betrothal, and 3 months before the First Marriage in September) (153) [Jesus, His parents, wife, etceteras, were Essenes, living in Qumran (north of the Dead Sea and east of Jerusalem ). The Essenes prescribed for the royal lines a First Marriage, and then after the wife was three months pregnant, a Second Marriage. The suggestion is that they wanted to be sure the wife was not barren before committing the royal male to possibly ending up without an heir. This is likely something that King Arthur and Guinevere might have tried to remember.]
AD 30 (September) - Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus at Simon's house (Luke 7:37 -38). This act was part of the First Marriage ceremony. Meanwhile, consummation of the marriage would have to wait until December, as per custom and tradition. This may be why Mary wept for her husband as they parted for the mandatory October-November, let's-think-this-over period (154). The reason for the end of the year consummation was so that any heir would be born in September. [The astute reader may recall that Jesus was not born in September, but in March. But for dynastic purposes, his "official" birth date was September. Don't worry about it; it's a royal thing.]
AD 30 (December) - First physical union between Jesus and Mary (154)
AD 31 - John the Baptist put to death, ending the Zadok dynasty - This left the Messianic field free and clear for Jesus and his heirs (168). This is because there was by custom, two messiahs, one of the priestly class, one of the king/warrior style (167).
AD 32 - Simon Zelotes leads a Zealot revolt against Pontius Pilate - setting Simon up for being the third member of the crucifixion party in March, AD 33 (172)
AD 32 (December) - Mary conceives (on third try) (157) [The getting-pregnant attempts were only happening in December, as per royal tradition.]
AD 33 (March) - Mary - now 3 months pregnant - anoints Jesus a second time. (157)
This is the Second Marriage - the one which for dynastic purposes counts. It is also the Time of the Crucifixion! (Jesus is at this point 39 years old.) (161) [Hey! They weren't just kidding when they said, "Life begins at forty."]
AD 33 (September) - Mary gives birth to a daughter, Tamar the Sarah [Sarah meaning princess], 6 months after the resurrection (Jesus' 39 th September). (163) Jesus is, according to tradition, required to enter a fully celibate state for three years until the Times of Restitution (163) Also at this time, Jesus was admitted to the priesthood (the priestly Order of Melchizedek) - a ritual in which he figuratively "ascended into heaven' (164) (See Acts 1:9.) "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight." (165) [A cloud is a symbolic representation within the Qumran fraternity.] Note also Hebrew 6:20 . Finally note Mark 4:11-12:
BTW, Melchizedek and Archangel Michael were one and the same. (166)
AD 35 - Jesus' brother James (whose title was Joseph of Arimethea) arrives in Marseilles (195). He then crossed to Britain (196). Keep in mind that James had been imprisoned by the Jewish elders after the Crucifixion - but had subsequently escaped or been pardoned. (197)
AD 36 - Jesus and Mary's 3-year period of monastic separation expired (September), with physical relations permitted in December at the Time of Restitution. "The word of god increased" means Jesus yielded fruit and increased. In other words, Jesus had a son, who was born the following September in.
AD 37 - Birth of Jesus' son, Jesus (Yeshua). Jesus begins 6 years of monastic celibacy.
AD 37 -- Probable date for the composition of the Gospel of John (103), even though it was not published until much later. Meanwhile, to further strain your credibility, "The author of John can only have been Mary Magdalene." (184)
"In the Gospel of Phillip , Mary Magdalene is regarded as being emblematic of divine wisdom, but all such texts were excised by the bishops of the evolving Church because they weakened the dominance of the male-only priesthood." (133) Phillip may also have written the Gospel of Mary Magdalene." (196)
??AD 36-48 - Death of Jesus' mother, Mary
AD 43 - Jesus and Mary return to a married state in December, Mary conceives again.
AD 44 - Jesus embarks on a mission to Galatia , in Central Asia Minor , with the Chief Proselyte, John Mark (the possible writer of the Gospel of Mark). (171) Meanwhile, Simon Zelotes had King Herod-Agrippa poisoned and then was obliged to free. This left Mary in a very precarious position, and she was forced to appeal to Herod-Agrippa II, who arranged for her passage to Gaul. (172)
In essence, Mary Magdalene fled into exile. With her "were Jesus' sisters, Sarah-Salome and Mary Jacob Cleophas, along with Helena-Salome, consort of Simon-Lazarus. Helena-Salome was a priestess of the Order of Ephesus , and was entitled to wear the red robe of the hierodulai. Sarah-Salome, a black-garbed Nazarite priestess, became the revered patron saint of the gypsies." She was identified with the love goddess, Aphrodite. Mary Jacob, a Nazarene priestess had an extraordinary following in "Merrie England " (and from which derived Maid Marion). (174-175) We might note that the *Desposyni were "only those persons in the bloodline with Jesus through his mother." (20) "In relating the persecution of the Desposyni . a woman who bore the crown of Sophia had fled into the wilderness to escape the Imperial Dragon that 'went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.'" (23) Revelation 12
AD 44 (September?) - Mary gives birth to her second son, Josephes. (See Acts 12:24)
AD 46 - Julian calendar introduced
AD 46 - Jesus II schooled in Caesarea . At age 12, born again into the community (176)
AD 53 - "Jesus junior was officially proclaimed Crown Prince at the synagogue in Corinth and duly received the Davidic Crown Prince's title of 'Justus' (the Righteous. Greek: Dikaios ). He thereby formally succeeded his uncle James the Just as the kingly heir." (177) Tamar apparently married Paul in Athens . (180)
AD 60 - Queen Boudicca (whose commander was the grandson of James the Just) "led the great, but unsuccessful revolt against Roman domination." (220)
AD 61 - Jesus Christ (aka Jesus I) "went via Crete to Malta with Luke and Paul. (See
AD 62 - Jesus' brother James joined Josephes and his mother in the West, having been "hounded out of Jerusalem " (He had been sentenced to public stoning and had been declared spiritually 'dead" (i.e., excommunicated" by the Jewish Elders.) This was his second trip to the west.) (177)
AD 63 - Mary Magdalene dies at Aix-en-Provence (Southern France).
AD 63-64 - King Arviragus of Siluria, brother of Caractacus the Pendragon, granted 1,440 acres to Joseph of Arimethea at Glastonbury , where a church was built.
AD 64 - Rome burns, and Peter and Paul are put to death. (177) Jesus Justus dedicates the Glastonbury chapel. (202)
AD c66 - Promulgation of the original Gospel of Mark - probably in connection with the Jewish revolt in AD 66 (sporadic fighting in Caesarea )
AD 70 -- Romans finally crushed the four-year Israelite uprising (Emperor Vespasian and General Flavius Titus). Jerusalem left as an empty ruin for the next six decades - Qumran falls as well. Masada falls in AD 74. (178)
AD 73 - Jesus II Justus bestowed with the Davidic title - suggesting Jesus I's death (179) Revelation 22:16 ?) Justus apparently married at age 36 (Revelation 19:10 -13) (180) to the daughter of Nicodemus (200) -- Justus' younger brother, Josephes (age 29) becomes the NEW Joseph of Arimethea. (200)
AD 77 - Jesus III born, "to become the Alpha and Omega " (Revelation 21:16) (180) Also known as Galains, the Alpha and Omega prince of the Apocalypse died without issue, and the Messianic heritage reverted to Josephes' junior line. It was inherited by his son Josue, from whom the Fisher Kings of Gaul descended." (201)
AD 82 - Jesus' brother James (aka Joseph of Arimathea) died - 27 July. (195)
AD 113 - Jesus III married (at again age 36) (Revelations 22:16 ) (180)
AD 314 - Emperor Constantine arbitrarily changed the date of Jesus' birth to 12/25 (126)
4th Century - New Testament collated.
AD 367 - New Testament begins to take shape (130)
AD 393 - Council of Hippo (certain works approved for New Testament) (130)
AD 397 - Final 12 verses of Mark 16 added (beyond Mark 16:8) (106) Council of Carthage (more works approved).
5th Century: Prince Nascien of the Septimanian Midi was a direct descendant and senior successor of the Fisher Kings of Gaul, and (214) a Desposynic ancestor of the Merovingian Kings of the Franks, from whose line sprang Vivian d'Avallon del Acqs (the Lady of the Lake) and her son Lancelot, the father of Galahad." Josephes' son, Josue, had placed a supernatural shield with Nascien, whose descendant would do many marvelous deeds. (206)
"In the 3 rd Century, King Aminadab (grandson of Mary Magdalene's son Josephes) had married Eurgen, the great-great-granddaughter of Bran the Blessed and Anna. This historically significant marriage had cemented the fraternal lines of Jesus and James (his brother), so that Meroveus, Nascien and the eventual Merovingian Kings were dually Desposynic. By the time of their 6th-century reign in France, the Magdalene legacy was individually realized by the way of a separate matrilineal dynasty in Burgundy . This was the House del Acqs of the Viviane Queen of Avalon." (215)
AD 574 - King Aedan of Dalriada installed by St Columba. His youngest son and heir was Arthur (born in 559). (225)
AD 575 - Arthur became Sovereign Guletic. By the union of Aedan of Dalriada and Ygerna del Acqs (daughter of Queen Viviane I, Lady of the Lake and descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene), "the line of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was linked to the line of James/Joseph of Arimethea. Arthur was the first product by such a Desposynic marital union in 350 years, which is why he became so important to the Grail tradition." (226) Morgaine was the daughter of Ygerna as well, but by her former husband - making Morgaine (Morganna or Morgan le Fay) Arthur's half sister. (229) [Note that the implication of Arthur and Morgaine having a child - i.e. a brother and his half-sister - is fully in keeping with the traditions of the House of David, including Jesus and Mary Magdalene, and also in keeping with the Anunnaki practice - i.e. the "gods". All of the subsequent negativity of such a union was purely at the instigation of the Catholic Church.]
AD 603 - Arthur, Prince and Sovereign Guletic of the Britons, fell (at the age of forty-four) alongside Maeluma mac Baedan. Also killed at Dawston was Arthur's son Modred, archpriest of the Sacred Kindred of St. Columba, described in the annals as Modred son of the King of Scots." "The Sacred Kindred of St Columba held Arthur responsible. He had failed in his duties as Guletic and High King." (228)
AD 844 - Aedan's famed descendant, King Kenneth MacAlpin united the Picts and Scots as one nation. MacAlpin was a descendant of the Queens of Avallon . The Avallonian dynasty - a direct heritable estate of Mary Magdalene - was perpetuated in the female line, with the queen's daughters holding the senior positions, rather than their sons. (229)
15th Century - King Rene d'Anjou: "Who drinks well, God shall see. Who drains at a single draught, Shall see God and the Magdalene."
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave..." when first we practice to conceive. (And you can quote me!)
 Laurence Gardner, The Magdalene Legacy, Element, HarperCollins, London , 2005.
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