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The Rennes le Chateau Mystery

 

The Infancy Gospel of James

The Infancy Narrative of James is also known as the Protevangelium of James. In The Other Gospels, Ron Cameron says that the name Protevangelium "implies that most of the events recorded in this 'initial gospel' of James occur prior to those recorded in the gospels of the New Testament." The gospel received this name when it was first published in the sixteenth century.

There are about one hundred and thirty Greek manuscripts containing the Infancy Gospel of James, but the vast majority of these come from the tenth century or later. The earliest known manuscript of the text was found in 1958; it is now kept in Geneva's Bodmer Library. The manuscript dates to the third century; however, according to Cameron, "many of its readings seem to be secondary."

The "Godfriends"

"Poussin and Teniers (the father) did keep a secret, which was a lineage of insiders. These are known as 'godfriends'. Ruusbroeck and Meister Eckhart belonged to them (and our shepherdess would seemlessly fit in with the criteria). Their lineage still continues today, though please disregard the popular websites with their claims. If you would like to know who today belongs to this lineage ... well, if Poussin would not even share it with kings it is unlikely that the present members would come out and post the answers on the internet. They might try to lure people, but there it ends. Seekers have to seek, and they will find... eventually. Anybody can find it, if proven righteous and with the proper mindset.
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John of Ruysbroeck (1293-1381)

Jan van Ruysbroeck -- three of whose most important works are here for the first time presented to English readers -- is the greatest of the Flemish mystics, and must take high rank in any list of Christian contemplatives and saints. He was born in 1273, at the little village of Ruysbroeck or Ruusbroeck between Brussels and Hal, from which he takes his name; and spent his whole life within his native province of Brabant. At eleven years old, he is said to have run away from home and found his way to Brussels; where he was received by his uncle Jan Hinckaert, a canon of the Cathedral of St Gudule. Hinckaert, who was a man of great piety, lived with another devout priest named Francis van Coudenberg in the most austere fashion; entirely devoted to prayer and good works. The two ecclesiastics brought the boy up, and gave him a religious education, which evidently included considerable training in theology and philosophy: subjects for which he is said to have shown, even in boyhood, an astonishing aptitude. In 1317 he took orders, and obtained through his uncle's influence a prebend's stall in St Gudule; a position which he occupied for twenty-six years.


Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 - 1327/8 )

Dominican preacher, theologian and mystic, born about 1260 at Hochheim, near Gotha; died in 1327 at Cologne. He made his philosophical and theological studies in the Dominican Order. Although a profound mystic he was also an able man of affairs, admirably manifesting the spirit of his order by uniting throughout his career great activity with contemplation. After a period of teaching he was made, in 1298, prior of the Dominican convent at Erfurt and vicar-provincial of Thuringia. Two years later he began to lecture at Paris, where in 1302 his order gave him the degree of Master of Sacred Theology. In the following year he was elected provincial of the province of Saxony, to which office he was re-elected in 1307, when he was also appointed vicar-general of Bohemia and charged to reform its convents. His term of office having expired in 1311, he again took a professorial chair at Paris, whence he went in 1314 to teach at Strasbourg. After three years he was made prior at Frankfort. He finally returned to the schools in 1320, when he was made first professor of his order at Cologne, where he remained until his death.

 

The "Anchoressess"

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Hildegard of Bingen was a remarkable woman, a "first" in many fields. At a time when few women wrote, Hildegard, known as "Sybil of the Rhine", produced major works of theology and visionary writings. When few women were accorded respect, she was consulted by and advised bishops, popes, and kings. She used the curative powers of natural objects for healing, and wrote treatises about natural history and medicinal uses of plants, animals, trees and stones. She is the first composer whose biography is known. She founded a vibrant convent, where her musical plays were performed. Although not yet canonized, Hildegard has been beatified, and is frequently referred to as St. Hildegard. Revival of interest in this extraordinary woman of the middle ages was initiated by musicologists and historians of science and religion. Less fortunately, Hildegard's visions and music had been hijacked by the New Age movement, whose music bears some resemblance to Hildegard's ethereal airs. Her story is important to all students of medieval history and culture and an inspirational account of an irresisible spirit and vibrant intellect overcoming social, physical, cultural, gender barriers to achieve timeless transcendence.

Sybils

"By This Horse" and "Blue Apples"

Blue Apples:
Author: Mark Harlem
Date:   01-Apr-02 21:32  
Dear Watcher, Don and Davix,  

"Taken by the enduring quest of many;   The name Avalon is often translated as "island". This is incorrect. In King Arthur's tale the mentioning is "the isle of Avalon". Avalon in Welsh (root: Afal) means Apples.   Apples in turn stand for immortality and the Other World (Underworld, World of Others).   What succeeded the story of Arthur? The story of Parcifal and his quest for ...  [The Holy Grail which could be everlasting life and is what Mary may have brought to France. for the alchemists. The elixir of the fountain of youth] The name Parcifal is wrong in fact. The old original name is Percheval.
Per Cheval. French for "By Horse". This horse of God....   Hope to have contributed some. Kindest

Mark


PS
Don't exclude the mathematics.