The simple mathematics of Jesus
December 2012, ISBN
at MijnBestseller.nl or order
€ 14.95, epub 12.30
We can apply mathematics
to anything, like space, numbers, physics, biology, etcetera. This essay
applies mathematics to the story of Jesus of Nazareth.
The simple mathematics of
Jesus concerns the development of the calendar using astronomy.
The priest-astrologers regarded
the sun, moon, planets and stars as gods and goddesses. They used poetic
language to remember the observations and to pass those on to new generations.
The uninitiated who heard the stories started to think that those were
really about the gods.
There is for example the
division of the day into morning, noon and evening. Three times 60 degrees
gives the heavenly dome of 180 degrees. Sixty translates as Great One,
since Sumerian arithmetic uses base 60. Three times the Great One gives
the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit (old man). When god dies he
resurrects in the morning again as his own son. What is useful for the
measurement of time becomes a rich theology. The essay contains many examples
The essay suggests complexer
mathematics to discover who Jesus was and how the Bible was written.
Thomas Colignatus is econometrician
and teacher of mathematics. See http://thomascool.eu.
1 to 12 with Contents and Introduction
of mathematics and brain research, July 2011
Structure of the essay
5000 years of history are
not easy to handle.
The book consists of "panels"
of each a page, that each summarizes key information.
The panels are collected
by kind: theory, astronomy / astrology, cultural layer, patterns, and evaluation.
The leading questions are:
what do we want to know, and what can we prove ?
Since the information is
available in panels, the reader is free to pose the own questions:
wat do you want to know,
and what do you consider proven ?
In the evaluation at the
end, the essay crystallises into the questions indicated by logic,
in what we necessarily want
to know and can use as proof for that.
From grades 11 and 12 of K12
for mathematics, in combination with astronomy, history and philosophy.
Who wants to understand more
about 5000 years of history and the role of the mathematical ability for
Readers who doubt the existence
of God (other than Nature, in the view of Spinoza).
People who want to understand
how religious intolerance can relate to straight thinking in mathematics.
Readers who hesitate about astrology,
homeopathy, something-ism, or plain belief, or perhaps humanism.
Universities who consider reorganisation
of the department of theology into theonomy.
Politicians who want to base
their policy upon neighbourly love.
Readers will tend to like the
30th Van der Leeuw lecture
by Philipp Blom, and
perhaps also the book "Merchant, Soldier, Sage: A New History of Power"
Priestland - see this review
and then compare my column.
Christ came down to Earth
Historical judgement on Jesus and the sieve of realism
Review by an outsider of ancient
history and new testament studies of
"Maurice Casey (2014): Jesus. Evidence
and Argument or Mythicist Myths" (May 11 2014)
How a mainstream
historical method creates its own Jesus. Not quite a Book Review: Comparing
"IsraŽl verdeeld" (Israel divided) by Lendering 2014 with "The simple
mathematics of Jesus" by Colignatus 2012 (December 6 2014)