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Jesus Was Caesar: On the Julian Origin of Christianity: An Investigative Report Paperback – 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Aspekt; 1st edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9059113969
  • ISBN-13: 978-9059113961
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Laura Knight-Jadczyk on August 1, 2013
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As Paul Cliteur of the University of Leiden stated: 'This report is of the same order of importance as the scientific discoveries of Darwin and Galileo.'

I would say it is even MORE important than Darwin and Galileo because the misuse of Christianity has been the bane of Western civilization for almost two millennia.

The efforts of the scholars to prove the existence of a historical character behind Christianity, a Jewish Jesus, has proven again and again to be a complete and utter failure. How can an empty grave have any meaning when the one who was supposedly put there never existed to begin with?

But now, thanks to Carotta, there IS a historical figure who is actually more commanding and praiseworthy than the pale, insipid Gallilean failure long held up to us as a role model that anyone in their right mind would NEVER follow.

Now we can distance ourselves from the schismatic disputes that have poisoned our civilization and history, that continue to poison our societies and divide people against each other; now we can KNOW the founder, who he was, what he taught, what he actually did, and even read his own words.

Jesus was, indeed, Caesar: a Roman, not a Jew. Carotta's evidence is compelling and convincing.

Please, do yourself a favor, get and read this book. Don't pay any mind to the naysayers, the "true believers" in the artificially created religion who deny the truth that could set them free.
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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Ed Burke on March 20, 2005
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I have read this book several times, and must recommend it. The author has discovered a definite link between historical accounts of Julius Caesar and the Gospel of Mark. Yes, it sounds incredible, but there are simply too many parallels to be found to attribute them to mere chance or coincidence...

It might be easy to misunderstand some instances of 'parallels' and think they are a 'bit of a stretch', perhaps. But the way I read it, the author wants to list as many possibilities and variations as he can, and he must list several guesses or theories to explain how some mutations of the text occurred. In spite of this, the astounding number and nature of what he has convincingly found is truly impressive. Also, the author openly admits that this book only begins the investigation into what I strongly believe will become a very exciting new area of study.

There was obviously a lot of research done for this book, and those who scoff at it so quickly, or who nitpick at some of the details, will prove to be wrong, wrong, wrong. The 'big picture' that Carotta paints is undeniable.

I strongly recommend this book, and think that it has a monumental importance.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on March 17, 2005
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There may be hard times ahead for tele-evangelists.
A centuries old mystery has been solved, the real identity of Jesus Christ has been revealed. Euhemeros of Messene got it right when he wrote about 300 BC that the gods were once famous kings and queens who began to be worshipped after their deaths because they had been benefactors. In his outstanding work "Jesus was Caesar" Francesco Carotta proves that the historical Jesus was none other than Gaius Julius Caesar, the Roman commander and high-priest who was famous for his clemency (the proverbial Clementia Caesaris) and after his assassination was elevated to the gods becoming the highest God of the Empire: Divus Iulius.

This book is a feast of scholarship presented with Latin clarity and a wit reminiscent of Voltaire though always respectful towards its subject matter. The reader witnesses, in detail, the most amazing metamorphosis ever heard of. In a multigenerational process Divus Iulius, the descendant of Venus and himself God of the entire Roman Empire, mutated into the supposed Jesus of Nazareth presented in the Gospels. This mutation and delocalization came about by a long process of copying, mistranslation and misinterpretation resulting in an enormously corrupted text, the Gospels. The original one had been Asinius Pollio's "Historiae", his report about the civil wars. When finally Vespasianus' reason of the state sanctioned this "conversion" Jesus, the Christ, was born.

"Jesus was Caesar" is an epoch-making work. This long overdue decipherment of the Gospels will eventually be ranked among the most important books ever written, on par with works like Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" and Copernicus' "De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bonnie_blu on April 16, 2013
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Calling this book provocative is an understatement. Carotta uses extremely in-depth analyses of ancient sources (Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc.), philology, epigraphy, and much more to postulate that the existence of Jesus and the events of his life evolved from the events of Julius Caesar's life and the worship of him as a god after his death. While I think some of his conclusions are not supported, many are impossible to ignore, and I must admit his arguments raise many questions. The purpose of this book is not to attack Christianity, but to probe its origins. It is worthy of scholarly discourse.
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