A Black friend recently encouraged me to read Frederick Douglass’ autobiography. It was horrifying and yet inspiring. What an incredible human being.
My Qn hypotheses are starting to shake things up. Some friends are getting cold feet; wicked smart information scientists are joining the cause.
All of this was to be expected. White Evangelicals especially aren’t going to like it that women were the first ones to anoint Jesus as the messiah or that Jesus was pictured as a second Aesop.
You know who might really, really like the Qn hypotheses? The Black Community.
Aesop was a slave. So was Douglass.
Aesop was smarter than his master. So was Douglass.
Aesop was a great storyteller. So was Douglass.
Aesop had a tremendous gift with words. So did Douglass.
Qn pictures Jesus, from first to last, as a New Aesop… a wicked smart person low on the social totem poll who spoke truth to power.
Aesop is like antiquity’s version of Black preaching, powerful and eloquent, call and response, lifting people from a gruesome existence to shared rhetorical glory (and good eating afterwards).
Aesop’s Vita and his Fabulae are minority transcripts of resistance to empty oppressive enslaving male power. So was the very first Jewish Gospel out of the Jesus movement: Qn.
Black Humanists and Allies out there… Join our cause. Read and share the Qn hypotheses. Read Aesop while you’re at it.
Eventually, we’re going to get to the promised land of a scholarly, scientific reconstruction of the first Judean Gospel, and when we do, we’re going to see Jesus in his actual glory like the colored Jewish, gender-bending, female-led social justice bad ass preacher and storyteller that he was.