Jesus was not the only one who claimed the tittle of the Messiah. Simon the wizard and Apollonios Tyaneas (from the city of Tyana), were two of the many “candidates” for the title of the Messiah. There were many reasons as to why Jesus was finally the one to be called the Messiah.
First of all Jesus was the only one, among the most popular “candidates” who was 100% Jewish. Also Jesus was a descendant of the most important dynasty of Israeli kings, the Davidian dynasty (the dynasty of king David). Of course Herod the Great had burned the genealogy books, for the tribes of Israel, but every family kept a copy of their own family tree. Especially families of royal blood, such as the family of Jesus. The New Testament gives the impression that Jesus did nothing to be recognized as the Messiah. But that it’s not how things really happened.
We all know the story of John the Baptist. John had his own followers, the Mandaeans, who exist even today. If you ask them the story of their Master, they will tell you that he was betrayed by Jesus. And indeed, if you read the gospel of Thomas you would realize the close relationship Jesus had with Salome (see page “JESUS AND THE WOMEN”). Now Salome was the person who asked the decapitation of John the Baptist. After the death of John, Jesus took over the leadership of the Zealots. It is quite obvious why the Mandaeans see Jesus as the traitor.
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