Paul the Egyptian

Who was the Apostle Paul?

We all read our Bible skimming and skipping over critical facts to get to the point we want to make.  We pick and choose what we will read and understand and usually it s within the prescribed mode of orthodoxy.  When we come to curious or hard sayings we rationalize with a modern and ‘orthodox’ mindset and for awhile that methodology answers the surface questions.

I looked into the statement made about Paul, the latent Apostle of Jesus and here is what he said.

“Just as Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, ‘May I say something to you?’ The tribune replied, ‘Do you know Greek? Then you are not the Egyptian who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand assassins out into the wilderness?’ Paul replied, ‘I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city; I beg you, let me speak to the people.’ When he had given him permission, Paul stood on the steps and motioned to the people for silence; and when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying: Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense which I now make to you." When they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they were even more quiet.”

The Apostle Paul or Shaul was called an Egyptian.  What did that term mean in that time? Just who was this man whose words and doctrine have taken precedence over the Old Testament, the Apostles and even Jesus the Messiah.  Was the statement that 'he was thought to be an Egyptian', just a sideline or does it have religious and ethnic significance? Should his ethnicity be weighed in our assessment of him? Does the Egyptian doctrine of Hebrewism differ from Pauline Christianity? 

Now remember, the Egyptians that are in Egyptians  now ARE NOT the original Egyptians.  The Original Egyptian were Black and not Arabic. When I talk about Paul being an Egyptian I am talking about Paul being seen and known as a Black man in a Black world. The observation was made concerning him was on point, and we will see from his description of himself reveals anything.

Example: If you were on a telephone trying to make arrangements to meet with a person you had never met, how would you describe yourself over the phone or in an email without attaching a photograph? You would use a description they understood and possibly imagery.  You could say;

"I am a child of Africa decent, born in the Americas, from a city known all over the world, New York and then you would start speaking to them in Spanish."

We could assume from this information that you may be from the Caribbean, Central or South America and your family were immigrants who migrated to New York and spoke Spanish in the home although you are fluent in English. Paul's introduction to the masses was his calling card.

Why wouldn't you say you are a Blackman who spoke Spanish? Well, it wouldn't be necessary. If you say you are from any of the above places I mentioned you could assume you were non-white and probably would be of African descent whether light, medium or dark skinned. 

California Indians

What Does he says about himself?

Acts 22:3 'I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city Jerusalem at the feet of Gamaliel, (Acts 5:34-39) and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.'

Paul could speak Greek and his native tongue Hebrew, but from his appearance and his demeanor, the Roman tribune assumed he was an Egyptian. The Greeks and Romans had contact with the Egyptians for years, When the Mediterranean European [first the Greeks and then Romans] were first denied entrance into the Egyptian Universities, and later on admission, some like Plato and Socrates were branded heretics when they brought their new learning to the ignorant Greeks. After many, many years the Greeks stole Egyptian culture, mythology, religion, science and medicine. [Stolen Legacy by G. GM James] and destroyed all the great written works of Egypt and carted away the rest under Alexander [the pitiful] called Great.

Upper Egypt was renamed Alexandria and the original Egyptian was replaced by those who were either all Greek, or part Greco-Egyptian. Either way the new Egyptian rejected his Black mother and her undisputed claim as the womb that brought forth kings in favor of his Greek father who subjugated all under his thumb. To make his heritage know Paul reached back into Israel's past in his address to let them know who he really was and what/who he aligned himself with.

We have established the fact that the original Jews were of Egyptian heritage and ethnicity in many essays that you can read at you leisure. No matter who they may have been when they entered Egypt, 70 people exited as a million strong in either 4 generation, 240 years or 400 years, the bible is not clear on the length of their sojourn. Abraham the Biblical father of Israel was an Ethiopian living in a subdivision of Egypt. At the time of the chronicling of his life and by scribal record, Ethiopia [land of the burnt-faces] was identified as Africa. Abraham was a Black man and Sarah his sister-wife or 'milk sister' was a Black Queen/princess as her name means in Hebrew.

Paul says he was from the tribe of Benjamin but what does that mean? These statement that would have been understood by those he was speaking to at the time he was speaking .

Rom 11:1 'I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin [Ben Oni].'

Let us break down what we know about history.  For all you that have not read my Moses, Anu, Feast of the Hebrews and Jacobs Egyptian Funeral I suggest you do so. In those essays we go over the name of Adonai and Yahweh to show the Egyptian connection of the Israelite God to the Aten and the Bull or Ox symbol to the Sun which were representations of the invisible God. Which can make Paul's introduction statement read: 

"I say then has Adonai/Yahweh [Aten] cast away his people? Adonai/Yahweh [Aten] forbid."

We have also discussed and found evidence that the name change of Jacob my have been associated to Is [Isis] Ra [the god  of may guises on representing the sun]. El[ the Elohim or multiplicity of God in the equal opposites of nature like the Nerteru]

The sun is either the symbolic interpretation of Ra, his entire body, or just his Eye The symbols of Ra are the solar symbol of a golden disk or the symbol (circle with a point at its center).

Bindus circle


Christ with Aten Halo


The expanded statement would signify: 

I am an Is-Ra-El-ite  and further he identified himself with the SEED of Abraham and then with TRIBE of Benjamin. T seed of the Father [of many] and the Tribe of the seed of the right testicle or the Son of the Sun. 

Benjamin was Jacob's youngest son was name Ben-Oni by his mother, which the European revisionists not as 'Son of my Sorrow' because she did after giving birth to him and naming him. We have discussed in the essay on Moses, that Ben-Oni referenced the City of On or Anu or Heliopolis  and the worship of Amen or the Aten as the representation of God in the Heavens.


Jacob later called Israel, changed his son's name to Ben-Yamin  meaning  'son of my right side' or 'son of my right testicle. ]It was believe a male son [of destiny] would come from the right testicle. Ben is son and Yam can also mean man.

The statement above could very well read: ''I say then, Hath Aten cast away his people? Aten forbid. For I also am an Israelite [child of the Sun], of the seed  of Abraham [seed of the father of many], of the tribe of Benjamin [Ben Oni the Son of the Sun].' Sounds pretty Egypti-fied to me.

Circumcised on the 8th day:

Phil 3:5 'Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee.'

The Hebrews took the ritual and covenant laws of circumcision form the Egyptians. The was a ritual of the priesthood. 

"An early Masonic historian, Godfrey Higgins ("Anacalpysis", London 1836), writes, "Priests only of the Egyptians were circumcised." Candidates for priesthood, and for circumcision, were usually chosen from among puberty-age, virgin boys."

This would  included Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon and Yahshua.

"In ancient Egypt learning was regarded as a high privilege and education was under the direction of a small number of individuals who were organized into bonds, pledges and vows of secrecy....(a candidate) having applied at Heliopolis, was referred to the Learned of the Institution at Memphis, and these sent him to Thebes (where) he was circumcised." Manly P. Hall - Free Masonry and the ancient Egyptian -1936.

The City of Anu or On was the key. 

The first evidence of more sophisticated surgical instruments comes from Egypt, regarded by the later Greeks and Romans as the cradle of medicine. By the time of the pyramid builders (around 2600 BC), the Egyptians were making copper surgical blades sharp enough for simple operations, such as circumcision. Ancient Egyptian men were normally circumcised sometime during later childhood; this custom being prevalent in Africa, seems to have spread to the Jews, Arabs, and other Near Eastern people from the skilled and talented Egyptians. More elaborate circumcision rituals were performed on the holy men and royalty, as well as forced upon many slaves taken from conquered nations.

Cultural pressures to circumcise operated throughout the Hellenistic world: when the Judean king John Hyrcanus conquered the Idumeans, he forced them to become circumcised and convert to Judaism, but their ancestors the Edomites had practiced circumcision in pre-Hellenistic times."


Kept the Law of Moses:

Phil. 3:6 'Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.'

The concept of blamelessness was attributed to the Ethiopians [Africans] by Homer and others too:

'For Zeus had yesterday to Ocean's bounds Set forth to feast with Ethiopia 's faultless men, And he was followed there by all the gods…

For the Ethiopians (Greek and Roman name for all Negroid people) are said to be the justest men and for that reason the gods leave their abode frequently to visit them."1  Lactantius Placidus, a 6th century AD grammarian

"The Negroes are of all peoples those who most abhor injustice…Complete and general safety one enjoys throughout the land ( Mali Empire in West Africa )."2  Ibn Battua, 14th century Arabian scholar who had traveled to China,India, East Africa, North Africa, and finally Mali.

Paul a  Roman Citizen:

Acts 22:25-28 'Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that as a Roman and uncondemned? 

When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.'

Why did they question him in the first place? Was it because he was a Jew or ethnically Egyptian in features or both?  He stated he was a free born man and a citizen of Rome. He did not have to buy his freedom as the chief captain. 

A Pharisee:

Acts 23:6 'But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.'

Who were the Pharisees and where did they come from? 

The nature and status of all of the various religious groups which arose after the fall of Judah (eg Pharisees, Sadducees  Boethusians, Essenes, Zealots, Samaritans; there were probably many others) are shrouded in obscurity.  These two "parties" Sadducees and Pharisees] served in the Great Sanhedrin, a kind of Jewish Supreme Court made up of 71 members whose responsibility was to interpret civil and religious laws. The Pharisees also maintained that an afterlife existed and that God punished the wicked and rewarded the righteous in the world to come. They also believed in a Messiah who would herald an era of world peace.


Since the Pharisees believed in a Messiah and the afterlife, why was Paul originally against the Jewish Messianic movement? 

The belief in Messiah Yahshua was not reviled in Jewish society until after the rise of Rome and Christianity. just as the Lubavitch Jews are not castigated or revile for believing the late Rabbi Menachem [The Rebbe] Schneerson was the Messiah although he did not fit all the criteria. The Chabad-Lubavich movement was started by Shneur Zalman of Liadi in Russia during the 1700's.

Why would the Messianic movement of Yahshua be condemned, when Messianic figures had always been part of Judaism?

A maker of Tents who was partners with Aquilla [the Black].

Acts 18:3 'And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.'

The term tentmaker is interesting because the physical and metaphysical allusion. The tent being the tent of skin and the ancient tabernacle in the wilderness called the Ohel Mo'ed. The tents were made of skin and the ministers of the so-called new Jewish messianic faith were tentmakers. 

Previously Persecuted the Messianic Hebrews:

Acts 22:4 'And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.'

Held the coats of those who stoned Stephen:

Acts 7:58 'And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.'

Apostle to the Gentiles: 

It was Paul's general practice first to visit the synagogues and preach to the Jews; if rejected by them, he would then preach to the Gentiles. At Antioch, Paul delivered a memorable discourse to the Jews, concluding with these words (Acts xiii, 46-47):

"It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord commanded us, I have set thee for a light to the Gentiles, to be a means of salvation to the very ends of the earth."

And finally, taken for an Egyptian:

"'Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins [Sicarii] out into the wilderness?'"    Acts 21:38.

Paul was taken for an Egyptian, now this is where we are to look - why was this statement entered into the log? What did it mean? 

Egyptians and their migrated children in the Zulus of Southern Africa and Great Zimbabwae

As a side note: in Britain and other parts of Europe the term Egyptian was very negative: Pip Wilson says:

'Dies Aegypticus: (Egyptian Day), or Unlucky Day, Middle Ages In the middle ages, and right up till the seventeenth century, British almanacs printed lists of unlucky, or ‘Egyptian’, days, Dies Aegypticus. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese also had lucky and unlucky days. In Britain it was believed that on an Egyptian day, one should not commence a journey or major project, nor eat goose-flesh.'

The term Egyptian had become a negative on long before the advent of the British. Egypt because of envy and then replacement theology from Greece and Roman and later Europe in general, had become a hated nation. 

Why would they correlate Shaul with the Egyptians? This is what Josephus said happened:

"But there was an Egyptian false prophet that did the Jews more mischief than the former; for he was a cheat, and pretended to be a prophet also, and got together thirty thousand men that were deluded by him; these he led round about from the wilderness to the mount which was called the Mount of Olives, and was ready to break into Jerusalem by force from that place; and if he could but once conquer the Roman garrison and the people, he intended to domineer over them by the assistance of those guards of his that were to break into the city with him.

But Felix prevented his attempt, and met him with his Roman soldiers, while all the people assisted him in his attack upon them, insomuch that when it came to a battle, the Egyptian ran away, with a few others, while the greatest part of those that were with him were either destroyed or taken alive; but the rest of the multitude were dispersed every one to their own homes, and there concealed themselves." Flavius Josephus, War of the Jews, Bk II, Ch XIII, Sns 5” 

The reason why they were so up in arms is because of the prophecy that is not talked about in Jewish circles or Christian.

"Naturally the rising tension produced a crop of Messiahs. Felix dealt with them in the usual Roman way by sending in the cavalry. The most famous of these Messiahs' was an Egyptian Jew who led his followers on to the Mount of Olives claiming that God would throw down the walls of Jerusalem and hand over the city to him."  Peter Connolly, Living in the Time of Jesus of Nazareth.”

The prophet Hosea wrote in chapter 11:1-2.

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. As they called them, so they went from them: They sacrificed unto Baalim and burned incense to graven images. [Something they had not done in Egypt]

Matthew 2:15 quotes this passage when Jesus returned from his escape into Egypt, after Herod was dead. Matthew associates this with the history as spoken of in Hosea 11:1.

“And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.”

Out of Egypt I have called my son. What was in Egypt that he sent for? Was it just at the time of his toddler hood, when he as sent to Egypt with his family [he was not  babe then] or when he was not seen for 18  years between the ages of 12 and 30.

What happened educationally in Egypt for a boy between those ages?

Again let’s read:

"Naturally the rising tension produced a crop of Messiahs. Felix dealt with them in the usual Roman way by sending in the cavalry. The most famous of these Messiahs' was an Egyptian Jew who led his followers on to the Mount of Olives claiming that God would throw down the walls of Jerusalem and hand over the city to him."  Peter Connolly, Living in the Time of Jesus of Nazareth.”

There was a hope of a Messiah, and the moist famous was an Egyptian Jew? How could that be? We see that the connection with Egypt and the Hebrew still reigns in the fears of the Roman [European] world.

Paul was thought to be an [specific] Egyptian, we read again.

"'Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins [Sicarii] out into the wilderness?'"    Acts 21:38.

The Sicarii were a faction of the Zealots, like Simon Zealots. The disciples of Messiah were Zealots. But who else was an sicarii? I think there is a hint here:

"Many if not all of his inner circle were hip deep in radical politics; Judas I(sicarii)ot and Simon Zealotes (the Zealot) are blatant about it. What is an allegedly peaceful Peter doing with a sword in the Garden of Gethsemane ?"

These me were not singing Kum-ba-Yah each night. They were ready to fight. They wanted a revolutionary end to the Roman occupation.

It was no different than in the time of Paul.

“Acts 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law."

This zealousness was not just will-worship.  They would kill behind adherence to the law.  Paul was a zealot before his 'conversion' and persecuted and killed many a believer in Jesus, according to the biblical writers.

Paul adhered to the Law:

The Sanhedrin asked Paul to do a public act of the Law in order to prove his faith. There were four men who were to undergo the ritual associated with the Nazarite vow, and Paul was requested to put himself under that vow and to pay the costs of the other four men. 

What was a Zealot?

The modern-day definition of zealot is "a fervent or militant proponent of something." The original Zealots, or Zelotes, were members of a Jewish sect that at first just refused to pay tribute to the Romans, who then occupied the land of Israel, declaring that God was their only King.

"This eventually however escalated to violence and assassination against the Romans, and anyone else, including other Jews, who cooperated with the Romans. The overwhelming power of the Roman military caused their rebellion to fail, after which they became scattered rebels who were also known as Sicarii ("dagger men"), from their deadly use of the sica, a Roman dagger. The Zealots were leading members of the revolt against Rome in 66-70 AD (see Fall of Jerusalem In 70 A.D.), and at Masada they committed suicide rather than surrender to the Roman Tenth Legion (see Roman Legions). At least one of The Twelve Apostles, who were personally chosen by Jesus Christ, after being directed by God in prayer, was a Zealot."

Did the zealots believe Jesus was God in the flesh? Or the just the promised Messiah?

An Assassin?

In Latin "sicarius" is a common term for an assassin, as in the title of the law promulgated by Sulla, the "Lex Cornclia de Sicariis"; and the word has the same general meaning in the Mishnah (Bik. i. 2, ii. 3; Git. v. 6; Maksh. i. 6). 

The Mishnah mentions a "sikarikon" law enacting that title to a piece of property held by a "robber" may be taken in case it has been first purchased from the owner and then from the "robber" (such being the meaning of the word in this passage), but not vice versa.

'One man's insurgent is another man's Freedom fighter.'

They were afraid that Paul was the Messiah foretold and for some possibly a usurper.  Yep, folks was still looking for the Messiah after he death and resurrection of Jesus. 

'One man's Egyptian is another man's Hebrew!'

All looked to Egypt for the Hebrew[ remember Hebrew is a sect of the greater African religion and not a race] Messiah. Which makes the statement 'Out of Egypt I have called my Son' more poignant an Paul being mistaken for 'that Egyptian' very cryptic.


To be continued....




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