Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent

In this book the co-author of the sensational and provocative Holy Blood, Holy Grail, one of the sources of international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, contends that everything we know about the life of Jesus Christ has been distorted or is an outright lie. After decades of research, which he shares with the readers, taking them along on this archaeological  historical, and theological journey, he concludes that Jesus survived the crucifixion and that this truth has been concealed for centuries. His aim, he says, is to provide readers with a better, broader understanding of the life of the historical Jesus rather than the faith-based Christ.

I’m not a religious person or an expert on any of subjects explored here, so I have no opinion one way or the other regarding truths, lies, or distortions in Mr. Baigent’s book, all I can say is that it’s a fascinating tangle of dead ends, conspiracies, bloodlines, buried treasures and secrets, tales of Rennes le Chateau, the Gnostic Gospels, Knights Templars, Cathars, and the Inquisition, Egyptian mystery cults, and papal conspiracies, oracles, and the murky world of the antiquities trade where private collectors pay small fortunes to possess texts the Church would rather see suppressed. If you’re open-minded and like mysteries and conspiracies, with strong doses of controversial history and archaeology, you might enjoy this, but if you’re a person of serious faith who is offended by the mere mention of such theories as Mr. Baigent espouses then this is definitely not the book for you.

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