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The Jesus Papers

by Michael Baigent

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I enjoyed the book for its historical perspective. However, there is a lot of hypothetical conjecture on the authors part with regards to linking of some events to prove their theories correct. I could give you a pretty convincing argument for the existence of a Yetti, but it doesn't mean they exisit. The book however does make me want to read the Bible again soon from a historical viewpoint. ( )
  BookJunkie777 | Oct 16, 2016 |
141 RMB at ChaterHouse Booktrader, Shanghai.

15/11/07 about halfway through now. Fascinating book.
28/05/08 finally done! Pretty interesting read. ( )
  Susanna.Dilliott | Apr 23, 2014 |
This book is great fun. It's one of those "what if? " type of books which, to my mind, should be read with tongue firmly in cheek. the historical accuracy of a lot of the content is probably questionable & I'm not sure that the conclusions would stand critical scrutiny ...but it is entertaining & must be worth a read from that perspective alone. ( )
  WilliamPascoe | Feb 2, 2011 |
Another of these "It could have happened this way, so it must have happened this way" examinations of ancient history. It is filled with faith that the writers of the Bible were all wrong, and that later writers who agree in part with the author were all correct. The author must be one of the philosophical children of Erich von Däniken's "Chariots of the Gods."
By the way, this is the same author who recently sued Brown over "The da Vinci Code" because he said Brown stole his theory of Mary Magdalene being the mistress of Christ. Since Baigent claims the theory is fact, it cannot be plagarized. After all, you can't copyright an historical event, you can only copyright fiction.
  hadden | Dec 26, 2009 |
The very first chapter started off with a great teaser of what I expected to find throughout the book. And the last chapter had some interesting points to read, but overall this book should have been named Religious beliefs.
Like Holy Blood Holy Grail this book is all over the place, I guess Micheal did not have enough information on the Jesus Papers to actually write about his so called proof of papers that were written by Jesus long after the crucifixion.
This book went way off topic and more or less described religion from the Neanderthal burials, Egyptian beliefs and several other communities that were in close proximity of the Jewish people and how some of the rituals were absorbed from each of these communities.
As far as credibility of his research, his first chapter... his proof disappeared from a college, his view of the Jesus papers cannot be confirmed because he cannot read Aramaic text. About the only thing that I would find credible in his book is the fact that the Vatican has sought out ancient written texts to destroy anything that they find heresy. ( )
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May 28, 1291, the Holy Land: Acre, the Crusader Kingdom's last city port, lay in ruins. Only the great sea tower of the Knights Templar remained standing.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060827130, Hardcover)

What if everything we have been told about the origins of Christianity is a lie?

What if a small group had always known the truth and had kept it hidden . . . until now?

What if there is evidence that Jesus Christ survived the crucifixion?

In Holy Blood, Holy Grail Michael Baigent and his co-authors Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh stunned the world with a controversial theory that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene married and founded a holy bloodline. The book became an international publishing phenomenon and was one of the sources for Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code. Now, with two additional decades of research behind him, Baigent's The Jesus Papers presents explosive new evidence that challenges everything we know about the life and death of Jesus.

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Despite--or rather because of--all the veneration that has surrounded the figure of Jesus for centuries, historian Baigent asserts that Jesus and his death have been heavily mythologized. Using his access to hidden archives, secret societies, Masonic records, and the private collections of antiquities traders and their moneyed clients, he explores the religious and political climate in which Jesus was born and raised, examining not only the conflicts between the Romans and the Jews, but the strife within the different factions of the Jewish Zealot movement. He chronicles the migrations of Jesus's family, his exposure to other cultures, and the events, teachings, and influences that were most likely to have shaped his early years. Baigent also uncovers the inconsistencies and biases in the accounts of the major historians of Jesus's time, including Josephus, Pliny, and Tacitus. Their enduring influence reveals that spin is not a new phenomenon.--From publisher description.… (more)

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