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The Bible is a grouping of religious texts which are divided within western countries into the New Testament and the Old Testament.  

The New Testament

The New Testament is a grouping of ‘gospels’ and texts which describe the life of Jesus and events after his death.  The New Testament consists of 

  • Four narratives of the life, teaching, and death of Jesus, called "gospels".  There are four gospels – Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • A narrative of the Apostles' ministries in the early church, called the "Acts of the Apostles".
  • Twenty-one letters, often called "epistles" in the biblical context, written by various authors, and consisting of Christian doctrine, counsel, instruction, and conflict resolution.
  • And the Book of Revelation, which is described as a book of prophecy but which is actually a vision, full of symbolism probably obtained by John of Patmos.

Many accounts of the life of Jesus were edited out of the New Testament by a succession of people over the ages right up to the present day, and the text has been translated numerous times, such that there are translations of translations of translations.   It also appears to have been edited to include additional symbolism conforming to the generic symbolism common to all mystic movements, as such it is less a historically accurate record and more an interesting source on this era.  

The 'Old Testament' 

This term would actually be meaningless to a Jewish person as they do not have a New Testament, but I have called it this for ease of identification.  The so called Old Testament of the Bible is regarded by the Jewish people as the foundation of their laws and beliefs.  Called the Tanach or Tenakh, it is in the Hebrew language [Daniel is in Aramaic] and contains three main sections: 

  • the Torah or teachings -  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
  • the Prophets or Neviim – containing the events in the lives of people such as Joshua, Samuel, the Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zachariah and so on.  Some of these are simply stories – myths and legends with a moral.
  • the Writings or Ketuvim – with a variety of stories, myths, prayers, for example Psalms, Proverbs, the story of Job, the Song of Songs, the story of Ruth, Lamentations, the story of Esther, the story of Daniel, Chronicles, Ecclesiastises and so on.

Torah

The teachings, or Torah, are the basis of Jewish law.  The Torah appears, from superficial analysis, to be myths and legends, but they also go back to almost pre-history as the stories and characters are shared with a number of early cultures – Babylonian for example.  Evidence points to the Egyptians as being the primary source.

There is a school of thought that states that the Torah was originally a description of what was known of the Great Work.  The plan for the creation, evolution and destruction of the universe.  It was then, as now, heavily coded and full of symbolism.  Many have tried to decode it – including scientists like Kepler and Newton:

Alain Danielou – While the Gods Play 
According to the teachings of Shaivism, one .. can never believe that the universe is the result of chance, that it is not subject in all its aspects to certain laws.  It is … a law which goes back to the origin of things, and in fact precedes it.  The Hebraic notion of Torah (Law) seems originally to come from the notion of Dharma (the universal law or plan) but has degenerated so that it no longer applies to anything but a more or less arbitrary human "rule of conduct. "  The potentiality and the limits of all knowledge, of all science, of all knowledge accessible to man at the various stages of his development is included in the plan for the species.

It appears that Numbers is a very vital key to the process of decoding.

The rest of the Bible

Other than the parts mentioned, the Bible is a history of a set of Middle Eastern tribes, who eventually formed three main religions – that is political movements – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Judges, for example, may well be describing the Judges of Mesopotamia.  The following may also be illuminating.

First it is important to know that Moses was half Hebrew and half Egyptian and that he was initiated into the Mysteries

Paul Brunton - A Search in Secret Egypt
.......Moses progressed so well in his studies and character that he passed through all the initiation degrees with honours, reaching the rare and culminating degree of Adept. He was then fit to become a hierophant, in his turn. And it was in the same Mystery school where he had studied - in the school attached to the Great Temple of Heliopolis, the City of the Sun - that he attained to this distinction. He received candidates into the secret rites of Osiris, highest of the rites of the Mysteries.
..........Some of Moses' later history may be found in the Bible, sadly mixed up with mere hearsay.
In the old Testament we find a series of books called the Pentateuch, which are attributed to Moses. They contain the essence of such wisdom as Moses ostensibly wished to communicate to his people, coupled with more or less historical facts about the creation of the world and the early races of man.
Now Moses, as an Adept, knew and used the sacred writing of the initiates, i.e. the hieroglyphs in their third or secret spiritual meaning. When he completed the Pentateuch, he wrote the text in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Access to these texts was available to his initiated priests, who understood hieroglyphs. But when the Israelites had settled down in Palestine and centuries had rolled over their heads, the knowledge of the meaning of hieroglyphs had grown vague.
Little by little the priesthood became less and less familiar with the characters and could only decipher them with difficulty. This is not surprising when we remember that, even in Egypt itself, by the fourth century A.D. the art of interpreting hieroglyphs had been completely lost.
When, nearly a thousand years after the great exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, the elders of Israel put together that collection of books which we now call the Old Testament, the difficulties which faced them in trying to translate Moses' writings into Hebrew were immense. For Moses wrote as an Adept, but these elders, however learned, were not Adepts.
Misunderstandings occurred most frequently; symbolic expressions were taken as literal facts; hieroglyphic pictures were taken as pictures of existent things; and figurative phrases were grievously misinterpreted. A single instance will suffice; the six days of creation meant, in Moses' mind, six vast periods of time symbolically termed days for reasons which every initiate knew. But the scholars who translated him literally, really thought he meant days of twenty-four hours only.
Therefore, those early books of the Bible yield peculiar notions when read literally - peculiar because mere everyday science is rightly correcting those books on  points of fact - but they yield extremely fruitful knowledge when read by the light of an understanding of what was taught in the Egyptian Mystery Temples.
Moses then must be claimed as one of the most notable figures who emerged from the dead trance of initiation.

Everything is symbolic in the end.

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