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From: Christopher Ingham <>
Subject: Re: Anna of Arimathea - who is HER husband?
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 10:24:55 -0700
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On Sep 11, 6:29 pm, wrote:
> There was no such person as Anna of Arimathea, however, according
> Anne, the so-called sister of Jesus, came to Rome with a party of
> Christians led by Joseph of Arimathea at the time of the first
> persecution of the Jerusalem Church in AD 36 where according to legend
> she met and married the British prince Belus, the son of the British
> ex-king Dubnovellus [who was himself an exile in Rome], who eventually
> returned to Britain with her and had issue. This Belus (c. AD 35/50)
> is not to be confused with his ancestor Beli Mawr, who sacked Rome in
> 386BC in the "First Celtic Storm". See the "Beli & Anne Pedigree" in
> Bartrum's "Early Genealogical Tracts".

No persons referred to above are mentioned in near-contemporary, non-
biblical sources, except Jesus (Joseph._AJ_28.3). Four brothers and
at least two unnamed sisters appear in the Bible, as well as Joseph of
Arimathea, the latter seen in biblical criticism as a fictional
character invented as a plot device [J. D. Crossan,_Jesus_9 (San
Francisco, 1994), 156-8;_The Oxford Companion to the Bible_(New York,
1993), s.v. "Joseph of Arimathea"]. Rabanus Maurus, a ninth-century
German monk, is the earliest writer to connect Joseph with Britain.

Christopher Ingham



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