Author Archives: Ron Goetz

About Ron Goetz

Husband, Father, Author

What Are “Zakkai’s Formularies”?

Zakkai’s Formularies are what I call three legal documents in the Talmud that I am convinced were used by Yohanan b. Zakkai to prosecute gay and lesbian couples in first-century Galilee. According to this conjecture, two trials were adjudicated (judged) … Continue reading

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Believing in Hell

Before Xanax and Valium, before 12 years of compulsory desk-sitting, before stun guns, before “delayed gratification” awareness, scaring some primates into behaving with the threat of hell was an effective, if imperfect, herd management tool.

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Quest for the Historical Jesus, OR Discovery of th toe Unknown Trial

Someone wrote that I was on the classic Quest for the Historical Jesus, and that my theory was based solely on the hazy meaning of Luke 17:34-35. He was not yet aware of some key facts about the Bethsaida Trial … Continue reading

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Mishnah Sanhedrin 1:2

Mishnah Sanhedrin 1:2 Antigonus the Prince asked Rabban Yoḥanan ben Zakkai, “The ox will be stoned and the master also die (Ex. 21:29). Why?”He said to him, “The accomplice of a thief is like a thief.”When he went out, the … Continue reading

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Gay Jew Jesus: Luke 17:34-35 was not Spoken BY Jesus, but is ABOUT Jesus

The realization that Jesus was a gay Jew came to me at the end of a decade of research. A year ago I was forced to answer the question, “What do you really believe happened?” I’ve known for years that … Continue reading

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Gay Jew Jesus: Adapting the Original Version

After 10 years of blogging and digging and systematically reasoning based on the evidence, I have concluded that Jesus was gay. When I finally admitted this to myself, and realized that I would have to share this publicly, I responded … Continue reading

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Existential Trauma in Religious Primates

Some friends are discussing existential trauma. We primates experience existential trauma to different degrees, and often have different names for it. Catholic primates acknowledge it as The Dark Night of the Soul. As on any Bell Curve, some few primstes … Continue reading

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Jesus has Some Flocks We Don’t Know About, and Some We Know About and Hate

People who condemn the periodic violent outbursts of poor communities have not seen the long-range (and we’re talking decades and centuries), the long-range positive changes made in response to violence by the classes which govern. Democracy, socialism, progressive streams–all these … Continue reading

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“…except to manipulate it.”

“It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.” Billy Graham–American Evangelist (Parade, 1981)

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Wasted Years: Shame, Guilt or Regret?

Word choice. Choosing between shame (which is exceedingly intense) and guilt (which depending on the “crime” could result in the death penalty) I think regret is often a better choice to describe feelings about ourselves. Regret can be deep, but … Continue reading

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