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What is an Apostle Spoon?

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First off, let’s make sure we know what an apostle is. An apostle is one of the twelve disciples of Christ, sent forth to preach the gospel. Originally, there were twelve: Simon Peter; Andrew; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew (Levi); Thomas (Didymus); James; Jude (Thaddacus); Simon; Judas Iscariot.

Their religious beliefs are summarized in one of many versions of the Apostles’ Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic and apostolic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

So what is an apostle’s spoon? It is a spoon that has one of the apostles depicted on the handle. A set of apostles’ spoons consisted of twelve spoons and an extra, thirteenth spoon was that of Jesus. It is an old custom dating back to at least the 1500s, to give a spoon to a child upon their baptismal.

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Is Donald Trump Jewish?

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It’s an odd question to ask, “Is Donald Trump Jewish?” My son says, “Mom, you think everybody’s Jewish.” He’s right in the generality of it. Ever since I discovered that millions of Americans have hidden Jewish ancestry, I tend to look for it. It’s amazing that something so important was kept hidden. The Jews have always been proud of who they are, it was to ensure the safety of their families that Crypto-Jews hid their truths. And to receive equal rights. But they left many clues, right there, in plain sight.

First off, what’s a Crypto Jew? It’s someone who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith. During the Inquisition, Jews were forced to convert to Christianity. Conversations on the ancestry message boards speak of the practice of Crypto-Jewish families sending their son or daughter to be a priest or nun in order to appear Christian.

So back to the original question. Why would I wonder if Donald Trump was Jewish? It was when I read his grandmother’s surname… Christ. I know, from my research on Crypto-Jews, that families would name their children religious names such as Jesus, Mary Magdalene, etc. to keep the authorities off their backs.

Donald Trump’s grandmother, Elisabeth Marie Christ was born in 1880 in Kallstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. She’s buried in a Lutheran cemetery. It’s baffling to look for Jewish ancestry in what later became Nazi Germany. But remember that Germany was a place you could get to by taking a boat up the Rhine River from Amsterdam, where Jews fled to escape the Inquisition.

According to orthodox Judaism, Donald Trump’s mother would need to be Jewish in order for him to be officially Jewish. Elisabeth Christ was his grandmother, his father’s mother. So the answer is no, Donald Trump is not Jewish. But… the family might have an interesting time researching the Christ family lore. The truth could come as a surprise. Although they’re the “first family,” they wouldn’t be the first family to discover that their ancestors were Crypto-Jews. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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We Can Thank the Dutch for Religious Tolerance… They Were the First

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We can thank the Dutch for religious tolerance. They were the first. Before New York was New York it was New Amsterdam and we know what that means. “The Dutch.” Now mind you, America’s early Dutch were severe in their religious beliefs. What religion wasn’t severe back in the late 1600’s? But thank you Holland for being the first European country to practice religious tolerance.

Holland’s openness to all forms of religion continues to this day but make no mistake, there never was nor ever will be an absolute or unanimous way of thinking. During the Rembrandt-era, Holland’s Jews were impacted by the anti-Semitism of out-spoken Christian religious leaders. There was even strife between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. And recently, there has been an uptick in political movements that have less tolerance for immigrants and the religious diversity that they bring. In spite of this, tolerance is the norm in Holland.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

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Getting Rid of Sorrow… Buddhism

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In the fifth century before Jesus walked with his disciples and preached about loving thy neighbor, a man named Guatama taught people how to get rid of sorrow. He belonged to a Himalayan tribe known as Sakya. He was considered their sage. It wasn’t until after his death that he was worshipped as a god. Buddha was not his name. Buddha means “enlightened one.” He was (or is) also known as the “Great Hero” due to his conquering of his “self.” About 325 B.C, India’s King Asoka was desperate to move away from the carnage of war. He became a Buddhist and placed monuments to Buddha throughout his kingdom, in the hope that people would follow the philosophy of living with order and kindness. One such monument to Buddha is what’s called the Lion Capital. The lion represents the moral power of Buddha and today it is the symbol of the Republic of India.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

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Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

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Donald Trump’s Vision of the New Jerusalem. Is it Messianic?

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Secret GenealogyWhen I read that Donald Trump was proudly proclaiming to return the headquarters of the American embassy to Jerusalem, it was akin to something I might read in medieval history books. Could this be symbolic of the Christian Crusade, led by European knights whose aim was to take back control of the sacred sites that the Moslems conquered? Today, Islam controls the holy site of the temple in Jerusalem. My suspicious mind started reeling.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

I am working on a new Secret Genealogy book, and I just finished researching about Orthodox Jewish messianic belief. Jews believe that a great human leader will emerge. Someone like King David. There is a list of tasks that this messiah must accomplish (source: jewfaq.org) :

  • The ingathering of the exiles
  • Restoration of the religious courts of justice
  • An end of wickedness, sin and heresy
  • Reward to the righteous
  • Rebuilding of Jerusalem
  • Restoration of the line of King David
  • Restoration of Temple service

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIDonald Trump, with his medieval Knights of Malta background (if it’s true) arouses my suspicions. Some vendettas never disappear. Think about the belief that George W. Bush wanted to topple Saddam Hussein for his father’s legacy… the war that took over 100,000 lives. Think of Putin and his desire to return Russia to the glory of the Soviet Union. Wars are often built on delusions. It’s a place where for some reason, for thousands of years, people’s minds like to play. At the expense of the innocents.

When I was a young woman of about twenty, people used to talk about the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelations and the Apocalypse (disaster, catastrophe, destruction, day of reckoning). Armageddon was a popular term. (Today it’s a quiet place in Israel but the dictionary uses it as a synonym for “end of the world.”) I was afraid of this apocalypse that I found hard to understand. Today I understand it as war games that world leaders get us into, too often unnecessarily.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

The Chinese have a saying, “make friends with change.” Besides accepting a new president with whom some of us do not agree, we must also accept that the world has changed. It is no longer medieval. The Crusades are over. It is a new era. Jesus is gone but he left us with teachings of peace and acceptance. He was a good Jew who wanted to share his version of Judaism with everyone, including Gentiles. Donald Trump is no messiah. Neither Christian nor Jewish. Let’s hope that those of all faiths and persuasions will pray for him.

Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VSuellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

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What Exactly is the Bible?

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Secret GenealogyMany of us grow up thinking that the Bible is one big book. The original Greek word for Bible meant, “books.” Not “book.” When were they written? Over a period of about 1600 years. The first part of the Bible is the Old Testament written before the life of Jesus. It contains thirty-nine books. The New Testament focused on Jesus as the Messiah, it has twenty-seven books. Thirty-nine and twenty-seven? That’s sixty-six books. It’s a small library.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

The Bible was written by about forty different authors. Which means that it has forty different takes on life. In these books, we find laws, history, poetry, prophesies, parables and wisdom. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the language of the Jews. The New Testament was written in Greek. It requires an open mind to read the Bible objectively. If someone asks you if you believe every word of the Bible, you’d better think twice before answering yes. The good book is full of contradictions, archaic laws and draconian practices. Take from it the thoughtful, peaceful words of wisdom that speak to you. Leave the rest to history.

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIISuellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

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The Apocalypse… Do You Ever Wonder Who the Four Horsemen Are?

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Secret GenealogyBefore we wonder about the four horsemen, let’s define Apocalypse. From the Greek apokalypsis and the French apokalyptein meaning “to uncover,” an apocalypse is anything viewed as a prophetic revelation, any disclosure. The ancient Jews had their Apocalyptic movement and their writings in the Book of Daniel is an example of their “uncovering” of the future. The Christians used the New Testament, the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of St. John the Divine, to display their version of Apocalyptic writing.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are:

Conquest (he rides a white horse)

Slaughter (he rides a red horse)

Famine (he rides a black horse)

Death (he rides a pale horse)

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIPolitical expectations, sports anticipations and all manner of paranormal prophesies, whether around the campfire or on the radio late at night, are evidence of our continued love of the art of the Apocalypse. People today, still love to predict and be apocalyptic and it seems to be human nature to listen to it.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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Coerced Confessions… The Heretic History Behind Our Christian Ancestors

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Imagine being arrested for not going to church. In 1480, when the Inquisition was only twelve years away, the Spanish crown decreed that heretics had about thirty days to confess their sins and convert to Christianity. Heretics were those who didn’t believe the way the church wanted them to. In those days being a heretic meant big trouble. Part of a new law called the “Edict of Grace,” encouraged friends and family to report those who refused to go with the program. If someone gave your name, you were arrested and expected to confess. As you can imagine, a medieval prison is not a pretty place, so wanting to return to their homes and families, many confessed to being heretics. It’s ghastly to think that our ancestors may have become Christians because they were tortured into it, but alas, this is one of history’s unpleasant truths.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

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To Muslims, Christians and Jews… Who Was Gabriel?

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Through the eyes of religion and history, Gabriel reminds us of the association between Christians, Jews and Muslims. In Christianity and Judaism, Gabriel is one of the seven archangels. He is an angel of comfort and a herald declaring the coming of the Messiah. For Islam, Gabriel is believed to have dictated the Koran to their prophet, Mohammed. Christians believe that Gabriel appeared to Mary before she became the mother of Jesus. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Religious History… What Does Gospel Mean?

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Gospel means godspell or good tidings and is based on the Anglo Saxon word, spell, which means a saying, a tale or a speech, with elements of magical power and the ability to charm, or influence. The first four Biblical books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) tell the tale of the life of Jesus and his doctrines, and is known as the Gospel. That’s what’s referred to when we hear of someone, “preaching the Gospel.”

Jesus’s earliest followers had hoped that for both Jew and Gentile, his death would create the Kingdom of God on earth. But because his death did not bring about any such major change, his followers set themselves to the task of reinterpreting his message. Some scholars believe that Jesus’s intention was to spread Judaism and others believe he did not intend to be literally thought of as the Son of God. But after his death, his brother James and a follower named Peter insisted Jesus was a king, angering both the Jews and the Romans.

In the Roman Empire, Jewish Christians, Romans and Greeks, read the religious writings based upon the teachings of Jesus, known today as the Gospel. The Jewish Diaspora brought about the weakening of Orthodox Judaism, and left an opportunity for the new religion, Christianity to fill the void.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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