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The Wizard Christ 1. Introduction a. Why Im presenting this class b. About my relationship with Christianity and Paganism c.

Folk vs. Institutional Christianity d. Overview of the Class (Speculation/Proposition/Pet Theory) i. Portrait of a Sorcerer- by Classical definition ii. Jesus and Sorcery- Historical references of Jesus iii. Language of Magical Literature- Universal traits of Magical Ritualism iv. Legacy of Christian and Pagan Magic- How magic never went underground v. Conclusion- Q&A Discussion 2. Portrait of a Sorcerer a. Necromancy i. Contact with the Afterlife ii. Ability to call-forth the Dead, restore life b. Theurgy i. Contact with Heavenly Forces ii. Ability to manifest visions/theophany c. Goetia i. Contact with Infernal Forces ii. Ability to command and compel those forces d. Pharmakos i. Knowledge of Herbs, Minerals, Natura ii. Ability to Heal or Curse at will e. Magic-tricks i. Transmutation ii. Levitation iii. Invisibility f. Cultus/Mysterion i. Secret Knowledge ii. Enclave of Disciples iii. Symbolic Initiations 3. Jesus and Sorcery a. The New Testament i. Pharisees accuse Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebub b. The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ i. Animates the Inanimate ii. Accused of Sorcery c. Celsus i. Sorcerer, Illusionist, Charlatan d. Talmud

i. Mentions several Yeshu 1. Some clearly reference Jesus, others ambiguous ii. Yeshu and 5 disciples stoned on Passover for witchcraft and idolatry iii. Onkelos- Roman nobleman wanting to convert to Judaism 1. Conjures 3 spirits to question on the fate of Israel in the Afterlife 2. Emperor Titus (Roman), Balaam (Pagan), and Yeshu (Christian) 3. Onkelos converts to Judaism after he sees their torments 4. Language of Magical Literature a. God Names/Words of Power b. Gestures/Postures c. Rites /Sacraments d. Fasting/Visions e. Apotheosis/Identification with Deity 5. Legacy of Christian and Pagan Magic a. Gnostic Tradition b. Solomonic Grimoires c. Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Golden Dawn, etc. d. Cunning Craft, Faery Faith e. Pow-Wow/Hexencraft (Pennsylvania Dutch) f. Hoodoo & Voodoo 6. Conclusion a. The Figure of Christ as presented in historical literature is similar to that of the Figure of the Sorcerer, and many accuse him of being such b. Pagan and Christian Magic flourished in the 1st-5th centuries in co-existence c. d. Q&A/Discussion

The complete passage from the 1935 Soncino edition is: Onkelos son of Kolonikos ... went and raised Titus from the dead by magical arts, and asked him; 'Who is most in repute in the [other] world? He replied: Israel. What then, he said, about joining them? He said: Their observances are burdensome and you will not be able to carry them out. Go and attack them in that world and you will be at the top as it is written, Her adversaries are become the head etc.; whoever harasses Israel becomes head. He asked him: What is your punishment [in the other world]? He replied: What I decreed for myself. Every day my ashes are collected and sentence is passed on me and I am burnt and my ashes are scattered over the seven seas. He then went and raised Balaam by incantations. He asked him: Who is in repute in the other world? He replied: Israel. What then, he said, about joining them? He replied: Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever. He then asked: What is your punishment? He replied: With boiling hot semen. He then went and raised by incantations Jesus [in Vilna edition: "the sinners of Israel"; "Jesus" appears in Munich 95 and Vatican 130, 140 manuscripts]. He asked them: Who is in repute in the other world? They replied: Israel. What about joining them? They replied: Seek their welfare, seek not their harm. Whoever touches them touches the apple of his eye. He said: What is your punishment? They replied: With boiling hot excrement, since a Master has said: Whoever mocks at the words of the Sages is punished with boiling hot excrement. Observe the difference between the sinners of Israel and the prophets of the other nations who worship idols. It has been taught: Note from this incident how serious a thing it is to put a man to shame, for God espoused the cause of Bar Kamza and destroyed His House and burnt His Temple. Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 56b-57a