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CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity [Kindle Edition]

Eric Zuesse
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CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS is a work of investigative history. It documents and describes Christianity’s creation-event, which occurred in the year 49 or 50, in Antioch (present-day Antakya, Turkey), 20 years after Jesus had been crucified in Jerusalem for sedition against Roman rule. At this event, Paul broke away from the Jewish sect that Jesus had begun, and he took with him the majority of this new Jewish sect’s members; he convinced these people that Jesus had been a god, and that the way to win eternal salvation in heaven is to worship him as such. On this precise occasion, Paul explicitly introduced, for the first time anywhere, the duality of the previously unitary Jewish God, a duality consisting of the Father and the Son; and he implicitly introduced also the third element of the Trinity, the Holy Ghost.
This book also explains and documents the tortuous 14-year-long conflict Paul had had with this sect’s leader, Jesus’s brother James, a conflict which caused Paul, in about the year 50, to perpetrate his coup d’état against James, and to start his own new religion: Christianity.
Then, this historical probe documents that the four canonical Gospel accounts of the words and actions of “Jesus” were written decades after Jesus, by followers of Paul, not by followers of Jesus; and that these writings placed into the mouth of “Jesus” the agenda of Paul. Paul thus became, via his followers, Christ’s ventriloquist.
A work such as this can be documented and produced only now, after the development (during the past 70 years) of modern legal/forensic methodology. Previously, the only available methods, which scholars have used, simply assumed the honesty-of-intent of all classical documents, especially of canonical religious ones, such as Paul’s epistles, and the Four Gospels. Only now is it finally possible to penetrate deeper than that, to reach the writer’s intent, and not merely his assertions, and to identify when this intent is to deceive instead of to inform. Whereas scholars have been able to discuss only the truth or falsity of particular canonical statements, it is now possible to discuss also the honesty or deceptiveness of individual statements. This opens up an unprecedented new research tool for historians, and CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS is the first work to use these new methods to reconstruct, on this legal/forensic basis, not just how crimes took place, but how and why major historical events (criminal or not), such as the event that started Christianity, actually occurred.
The author explains: “What I am doing in this work is to reconstruct from the New Testament the crucial events that produced it, without assuming whether what the NT says in any given passage is necessarily true or even honest. Instead of treating the NT as a work that ‘reports history,’ the NT is treated as a work whose history is itself being investigated and reported. Its origin goes back to this coup d’état that Paul perpetrated in Antioch in the year 49 or 50 against Jesus’s brother James in Jerusalem, whom Jesus in Jerusalem had appointed in the year 30 as his successor to lead the Jewish sect that Jesus had started. The Gospel accounts of ‘Jesus’ reflected Paul’s coup d’état – not actually Jesus, who would be appalled at the Christian concept of ‘Christ.’ That concept was radically different from the Jewish concept of the messiah, and Paul knew this when he created it.”

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Eric Zuesse is a winner of the Mencken Award for investigative reporting. His previous books include IRAQ WAR: The Truth, and WHY THE HOLOCAUST HAPPENED. PRE-PUBLICATION ENDORSEMENTS of CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: “A winner.” — Bruce Chilton, author of Rabbi Jesus, and Director of the Institute for Advanced Theology at Bard College “My skeptical ear detects a very distinct ring of plausibility in this gripping tale. ... provocatively interesting, ... and forcefully written.” — Richard Dawkins, Oxford University and author of bestsellers The Selfish Gene, and The God Delusion “Great writing; great forensic investigation.” — David Davis, participant in the Jesus Seminar’s discussion group “This book is an absolute must-read for anyone investigating the origins of Christianity ... insightful, well-written, and powerfully informative.” — Joe E. Holman, author of Project Bible Truth “Presents a side of Paul that the general reader of the Bible, or even the scholars, miss.” — Oswald Schrag, Emeritus Professor of Religion at Fisk University, Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and member of the Westar Institute “It works for explaining Christian origins. ... Paul has to do away with [Judaism’s demand for] circumcision. That is so unambiguous.” — James Crossley, Sheffield University Professor of Biblical Studies, and author of Why Christianity Happened “An open-minded reader/juror will come to the conclusion that [Paul] is guilty of inventing a new religion, illegitimately appropriating Jesus.” — Abe Van Luik, Ph.D., former Christian fundamentalist “It is surprising to me that this view of Paul has not been previously written. ... I love your boldness.” — Reverend Steven Michael Smith, Colona United Methodist Church, and a participant in the Jesus Seminar’s discussion group

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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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Been seriously studying the Bible and scholarly books on the Bible for decades. Even taught Bible class in Catholic Church until the rape scandels became so common and personal studies showed milleniums of opposing the principals of Democracy in preference to monarchies.

As a structural (retired) engineer I am not the dullest bulb on the block. This book is very difficult to read without going back over and over to be clear on all the progressive proofs presented in legalize. This is a strong objective method. Perhaps lawyers will find it easier to understand.

For me I find the premise interesting and important to say the least. Some books take a week to read. This may takes months if you are determined to understand the points as they are presented.

My God if this hypothesis is correct the progression of society has been raped more than all the wars put together. Paul is presented as totally corrupting the basis of Jesus's teaching. If there is a God how could He permit this? Most of the time that question turns on us but this is way past monsterous. No single human has conned the world anywhere near the scale of Paul? Read at your peril.

If your faith renders you immune to facts jus skip this book anyway. As Pontius Pilate said to Jesus, "what is truth"? If this is truth we are unhinged by faith. So many suffered for the actions of one ambitious man?
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul vs Jesus: Paul won! August 20, 2012
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This is a really beautiful piece of literary analysis that goes far beyond mere scholarship. Usually, non-believers see the biblical texts as pure mumbo-jumbo, while believers have an infinite capacity to accommodate whatever discordant elements they find. As a result, the numerous contradictions that fill both Testaments are always ignored. Even the christian fundamentalists have to accept that there are things in the Bible that do not make sense...

What if this wasn't true? What if the texts really made sense? The author applies this methodology to St Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. And the result is devastating. Everything fits in defining the biggest case crime scenario of all time: the making of Christianity out of thin air.

If I was a believer (which I no longer am), honestly, after reading this book I would throw my christian faith down the sink. Look at this (Galatians 1.15): "God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me". Paul, St Paul, Paul of Tarsus, a mere mortal, simply claims that he was predestined to be the bringer of the Gospel. Wow! That's huge, dude! Obviously, that makes sense if you want to emphasize the fact that your authority was previously granted to you before to the men that physically knew Jesus. But theologically this is a bomb in a nutshell: God, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit... and Paul! One wonders what theologians are paid for...

In any case, this an amazing book. I only regret having a mere five stars to rate it.
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47 of 63 people found the following review helpful
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary eBook version of this text from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from the author: "Christ's Ventriloquists" is a work of investigative history. It documents and describes Christianity's creation-event, in the year 49 or 50, in Antioch (present-day Antakya, Turkey), 20 years after Jesus had been crucified in Jerusalem for sedition against Roman rule. On this occasion, Paul broke away from the Jewish sect that Jesus had begun, and he took with him the majority of this sect's members; he convinced these people that Jesus had been a god, and that the way to win eternal salvation in heaven is to worship him as such. Paul here explicitly introduced, for the first time anywhere, the duality of the previously unitary Jewish God, a duality consisting of the Father and the Son; and he implicitly introduced also the third element of the Trinity, the Holy Ghost.

This work also explains and documents the tortuous 14-year-long conflict Paul had had with this sect's leader, Jesus's brother James, a conflict that caused Paul, in about the year 50, to perpetrate his coup d'état against James, and to start his own new religion: Christianity.

Then, this historical probe documents that the four canonical Gospel accounts of the words and actions of "Jesus" were written decades after Jesus, by followers of Paul, not by followers of Jesus; and that these writings placed into the mouth of "Jesus" the agenda of Paul. Paul thus effectively became, via his followers, Christ's ventriloquist.

A work such as this can be documented and produced only now, after the development (during the past 70 years) of modern legal/forensic methodology.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read September 22, 2013
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This book is a valuable insight for people interested in the subject of the origins of Christianity and antisemitism . I have read many books on these subjects but this one is the best and most thoughtful and courageous. Most highly recommended!
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CHRIST'S Ventriloquests October 17, 2012
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This book and and the author's forensic approach makes for compelling reading. Far from demeaning or derogatory,altough it may come as a shock to many, it gives a perspective of how christianity came into being. And for me, gave further confirmation of a long held belief of how mankind interferes with inate spirituality in teh guise of created religiousity. It enhanced my admiration of the historical and spritual Jesus and what he really stood for. there is some unecessary repetion but this does not detract from the overall presentation. Worth a read and for reference purposes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The Most Ambitious Christ's Ventriloquist Wannabe
I want to love this book because I love forensic study of the Bible and I want to accumulate some tools to argue against the fundamentalists. Read more
Published 1 day ago by M633
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought- provoking
Have not read the whole book in its entirety,
but the part I have read so far is TERRIFIC.
Bob
Published 18 days ago by Bob Radway
1.0 out of 5 stars Another poor try at novelty in Scriptural studies
The book goes against every known canon of historical discipline and exegetical precision. One point alone suffices to show the book's absence of historical rigor: its claim that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written but very interesting
I've always suspected that Saul of Tarsus was the equivalent of a televangelist of the 1st Century. This book powerfully makes that case.
Published 2 months ago by David A. Rennels
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
The author's analysis of Paul's letters to the early churches made it clear to me why Paul had been considered the founder of Christianity (not to be confused with the teachings of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by david nevraumont
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting analysis, verbose in the extreme
The claim it made that Jesus didn't create a new poly-theistic religion, but Paul did, is persuasive. Read more
Published 2 months ago by john mabary
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Epistemological Method of Exegesis
Though the book is often repetitious, which the author is well aware of, this is necessary to adequately dispell the bogus eisegesis that has dominated traditional biblical... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Baldwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... but...
Interesting material and a unique approach to the topic. However, the author is pedantic and that makes this book annoying.
Published 2 months ago by Dawn L. Searcy
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much repetition
While the point about the meeting described in Galatians is well worth exploring, the book prattles on and on without adding anything to the issue. It is difficult to finish.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen H. Knox
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many words
Good book, great research, excellent subject....Too repetitive, too many words. After awhile I wondered if I was rereading chapters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by carol schwartz
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