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Herodian Messiah: Case For Jesus As Grandson of Herod Paperback – February 14, 2010
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- Chapter 1 Summary Argument
- Chapter 2 Jesus, Messiah of Levi
- Chapter 3 Luke's Genealogy
- Chapter 4 Mary the Mother of Jesus (Mariamne bat Antigonus)
- Chapter 5 Mary Magdalene (Mariamne bat Aristobulus)
- Chapter 6 Crucifixion of Jesus
- Chapter 7 Paul of Tarsus (Phasaelus ben Timius)
- Chapter 8 The Jesus Movement, Origins and Theology
- Chapter 9 Antipater ben Herod (Father of Jesus)
- Chapter 10 Josephus, Jewish Traitor
- Chapter 11 Paul, Speculative Theories
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The story of Jesus, or at least that of his family, is vitally important to our understanding of the modern world, especially the tensions among the three religions at the heart of today's conflicts. This is a key point of understanding: that the life of Christ is central to understanding politics and power discourse in Western history. He is important as narrative certainly, but more invisibly his life is important because of little understood connections to the development of Imperial Rome at its brith. Jesus' family was instrumental in developing events leading to the The Great Revolt, and the effects of that war still resonate today in important yet unseen ways. Its importance translates into the shaping of the moral outlook of a significant piece of the world's population. The better we understnd who Jesus was, the more likely we are to deal intelligently with our global political realities. Raymond's Herodian Messiah is one of the most insightful contributions there is in aiding this understanding. Historians and Biblical scholars concerned with tradition, people like Bart Ehrman, Robert Eisenman, Elaine Pagels, James Tabor, and Robin Lane Fox, to name a few, are controversial precisely because they investigate the impact of altered power discourses on modern society, and they attempt to answer where so many refuse to question. Raymond's book is a very important contribtuion to this body of work that attempts to answer the riddles of our discursive heritage. Because he draws out conclusions from meticulously compiled evidence, Raymond is able to venture where few others have been able to do so. His training as a lawyer has equipped him with the tools (and the attention to detail) that others perhaps lack.Read more ›
Even among Bible scholars, these two genealogies are not only difficult to reconcile, but 36 out of the 45 names listed in Luke's genealogy of Christ are unaccounted for in the Old Testament.
In "Herodian Messiah," the author introduces the concept that perhaps 5 of the names listed in Luke actually point to the Hasmonean Dynasty. He then brings to light all of the intrigue surrounding the politics of Rome and the Kingdom of Judea, including the historic religious and social upheavals, leading up to and converging at the time of Christ.
As the Hasmonean Dynasty gave way to the Herodian Dynasty, it may very well be that the last Hasmonean Princess (the daughter of Matattayah Antigonus) gave birth to a son, who was Jesus the Christ.
While we tend to focus our attention on his future role as "King of Kings"(at his second coming) the Hebrews of his day once welcomed him into Jerusalem crying out;
Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. John 12:13
There is more to this story than you know.
I Give it a 5 STAR
As well, I hope Raymond is in process of writing a revised edition.
There has been a lot of attention to this monumental task on topic online that 1st came to my attention 2009 approximate.
Possibly in connection with Raymond (possibly not) I am currently reading a book by Ahmed Osman, Moses and Akhenaten. This book tackles equally difficult theorum to Raymond ' s only happened some 1500 years before Jesus lived.
We all should note: consciousness and conscious awareness in the time of Moses, let alone Jesus was not the same level as we understand consciousness today (or mayhap it was?)
In both cases of both leaders, if we agree both leaders did, in fact live---apparently both possesed advanced levels of conscious awareness yet they managed to ' dummy down' concepts impossible for them to have rationally explained thus, they led large groups of followers, some of whom were just barely "waking up" by appealing to masses in (miraculous?) terms they evidently could get. Notable historians ie. Josephus maybe either/or: in addition to their own personal spins on history for whatever reasons may not have been functioning on all that highly advanced levels of consciousness themselves. As evidenced still seen today's 'modern world' people would rather be told what they think rather than have to think things up for themselves.
As for Jesus, I think it would lend a lot of credibility to Raymond ' s theory if we had a better idea of where Jesus spent most of his life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writing is great. The ideas carefully thought through, and mind-blowing. The book is very convincing, the arguments and proofs very sound. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suzanne Olsson
Excellent and interesting book. Appears well researched.Published 16 months ago by D. R. M. Chester
Fascinating book. I was afraid that the writing might be dry, but it isn't. The writer researched from many directions, and makes very interesting claims. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jessica
Had the book been more carefully edited, I would give it a better rating because it IS well reasoned and carefully researched. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sylvia Hawley
Points out many strange things in the gospels and provides possible answers with support from ancient authors and literature. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dee-Bor-Rah
Unbelievable crap! Robert Graves wrote an interesting imaginative novel about Jesus: KING JESUS. It was based on no evidence but had literary merit. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by N. Ravitch
fast shipping,I WOULD RECOMEND TO ALL WHO NEED TO SEaRCH FOR THE historic SIGNIFICANT
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Ok, I first contacted the author when I started reading his book and had some areas I though he could throw more light on. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Boz
Monday, 6/13/2011 (This review is a draft.)
This book helped me understand some flaws in the gospels of the New Testament and some flaws in the works of Flavius... Read more