Brother AACOOLDRE : The Role of basilides in the events of 69AD

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    By Kenneth Scott
    The Journal of Roman Studies, Vol. 24 (1934)
    Review By A. Austin
    In the establishing of Vespasian on the imperial throne an important part was played by Tiberius. Julius Alexander, the prefect of Egypt. Before any decisive step was taken by Vespasian, the Egyptian prefect had deliberated with either Mucianus or Vespasian, or with both, and had pledged his support (Tac. Hist 2:74; 76) The prefect was, moreover, the first to have his soldiers take the oath of allegiance to Vespasian, on July 1st , 69AD (Seut. Vesp 6 & Tac, hist 2:79). The die was cast by Vespasian at the conclusion of a conference held with Mucianus at Mt Carmel (Tac Hist 2:76), and it is only reasonable to suppose that Ti. Julius Alexander had a representative at this all-important meeting. I suggest that there was such a representative, a certain Basilides, concerning whom we have considerable information.
    An edict of a perfect of Egypt, Cn. Vergilius Capito, which is inscribed on the first pylon of the great Temple at Girgeh and dated in the year A.D. 49, mentions as an official of importance a Libertus named XXXXX, probably a procurator. Stein is doubtless correct in identifying the XXXXX of Girgeh inscription with the Basilides described by Tacitus in a passage which concerns a vision said to have been seen by Vespasian in the temple of Sarapis (Osiris) in Alexandria, Egypt. Tacitus, after stating that the miraculous cures effected by Vespasian upon the advice of the god Sarapis aroused in him a desire to consult the god concerning the destinies of empire, continues.
    Suetonius (Vesp., 7) tells of the same vision, but apparently places the visit to the temple before the healing miracles. He likewise adds important details not found in Tacitus account, namely that Vespasian made many offerings to the God; that Basilides was a Libertus , and that he offered to Vespasian sacred boughs, garlands, and loaves as is the custom there; that for some time Basilides had been unable to walk because of his rheumatism.
    Several points are to be note: Basilides, in accordance with the rites of the Temple, offered various sacred objects and apparently acted as a sacerdos assisting Vespasian. Nor was Vespasian surprised by the role played by Basilides, but only by his presence at a time when he was supposed to be far away. Again, Vespasian was familiar with Basilides’ state of health and knew where to send the cavalry to find him in the place where he was ‘detained’ by rheumatism, which, whether real or pretended, would be a not unnatural illness in the case a man who had probably been a procurator in Egypt in 49AD and would by 69AD be well on in years.
    The fact that Vespasian knew about Basilides, who was being detained suggest that Vespasian had been with him a short time before. Basilides, furthermore, seems to have been prevented from accompanying Vespasian, who had probably just reached Alexandria when this visit to the temple and the miracles of healing took place . I suggest, then, that Basilides was accompanying Vespasian from Judea to Alexandria when he was left behind for reasons of ill health about 80 miles from Alexandria.
    Bearing this in as a possibility, and also the fact that Basilides (or his phantom) as a sacerdos assisted Vespasian when he was sacrificing in the temple of Sarapis, let us consider a strikingly similar event which had occurred shortly before at Mt. Carmel and which is described as follows by Tacitus in (Hist 2:78-79.
    Stein gives the Basilides, the sacerdos at Carmel, and the Basilides who acted as a sacerdos in Vespasian’s vision in the temple of sarapis as two distinct persons. It seems, however, incredible that there were two different priests named Basilides who within a short space of time are mentioned in connection with events calculated to inspire confidence in the divine approval of Vespasian’s plans. I believe, then, that Ti. Julius Alexander sent a representative to the momentous meeting at Carmel between Mucianus and Vespasian, namely, a certain Basilides, a man of years and importance, who probably was procurator in Egypt as early as 49, a man well qualified to represent the perfect of the land.
    In conclusion it is to be noted that Basilides in his priestly capacity seems to have been highly successful in securing prestige for Vespasian. We cannot tell whether the Emperor while sacrificing to sarapis saw Basilides in flesh and blood or only in a vision. But some one-and who more likely than Basilides?-was attempting, as had been done previously at Carmel, to provide for Vespasian (Tac Hist 4:81 Suet. Vesp. 7).
    I recall from George G.M James book Stolen Legacy “That Christ after attending the Lodge at Mt. Carmel went to Egypt for final initiation, which took place in the great Pyramid of Cheops” p.178. Due to the fact that Jesus Christ is a composite figure of mythical and historical men this visit was due to the first of three Christ that being Vespasian. Too bad James was unaware that the Christ at Mt Carmel was one and the same with Vespasian who took the spiting incident whole scale from the Egyptian pyramid and coffin text of the Egyptians. Or maybe James did know.
    Kenneth Scott failed to see Vespasian cure of two persons one a withered hand or foot and the other blind was cured by Vespasian spit in his eyes was his cameo appearance in the bible in (John 9:6 & Mark 8:22-24). He failed to mention that Alexander & Rufus has an important cameo appearance in the New Testament in Mark 15: 21-24 and helping to seize a person called Jesus was (Simon Bar Gioras aka Simon Peter) can also be detected in Josephus’s War of The Jews Book 7 Chapter 2). It’s no coincidence that the Gnostic Bassilides influence the Koran to state that Christ didn’t die on the cross but it was made to appear that way (Koran 4:157). Some of the Koranic commenters like Abdullah Yusuf Ali cite the Basilidans as its source in his footnotes #663. The other candidate was Eleazar (Lazarus). The two were both messianic militants who fought and lost to Rome. After they lost, they lost their identities from the dynasty of the Flavians, 1.Vespasian, 2.Titus and 3.Domitian (the real Trinity from which the Koran 4:171 condemns) who masks themselves as 3 Christs in 1 in the New Testament to fool everyone into worshiping them as divine. When you loose a war you do not get to write your own history.
    1. Tiberius Alexander-a nonpracting Jew, who was son of the richest man in the world, the customs collector of Alexandria. He was brother-in-law to Titus mistress Bernice (Acts 25:23) and one of the generals supporting the Romans in the siege of Jerusalem. He and Bernice helped to initiate the idea of creating the gospels to Vespasian & Titus.
    2. Bernice married Marcus, the brother of Tiberius Alexander. Bernice sister Drusilla was married to Felix, Roman procurator of Judea (52-60) is seen in Acts 24.
    3. Simon Peter a character from the gospels his real name is Simon Bar Gioras who was caught hiding under a stone cave near the Temple destruction in 70AD where "Jesus“ claims will be his rock foundation (Matthew 16:17-19). He is nickname petros meaning a stone. At the end of John 21 & WOJ book 6 Chapter 9.4 he is told that he will be bound and taken off to die. The character parodies the rebel Simon in (War of the Jews Book 7 Chapter 2 compare with Matthew 16), who was seized at the siege of Jerusalem and taken to Rome for execution and pruning for their Triumph. With Bassilides being a contemporary with Vespasian & Titus I could see why him and his followers wrote Gnostic texts stating it was Satan Peter who took “Jesus” cross and was lead to Rome by (see Matthew 16:22-25 & Luke 23:26), Vespasian, nicknamed “the mule driver” (Seut. Vesp. 1) If peter was told to follow Jesus (Vespasian and Titus) then he must have been symbolically turned into a Donkey. In Egypt Set (Satan) was depicted with human body with the donkey head. Likewise Lazarus was symbolically turned into a donkey because both were mule headed didn’t want to surrender to Rome during the war of the Jews episode.
    4. Basilides had two sons Isidore & Carpocrates. Carpocrates accused Jesus of being homosexual with young boys. However, Jesus is a composite figure and the homosexual acts were done by the second Christ Titus. Bernice was having an affair with Titus and she threaten to leave him if he didn’t break off his relationships with the young inverts (homosexuals) (see Suet, Titus.7). This information was in the original Gospel of Mark but the information was widely known by the inner circle including Basilides. The third Christ Domitian would sodomize and castrate St. Paul with a red robe of Isis and Anubis (dog-head)Mask. It’s in this context Paul states that a Dog has mutilated his flesh (Philippians 3:2-10)