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The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History Hardcover – March 28, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060827130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060827137
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Baigent is the author of From the Omens of Babylon, Ancient Traces, and the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Papers. He is also the coauthor of the international bestsellers Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy (with Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh). He lives in England.

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This is the first book I read on this very specific subject.
Gaetan Lion
Baigent claims to have seen thesde documents personally, but has no evidence to support his claim.
R. Manning
Stop coming down on others because they write something you don't like or may not believe.
R. Kaminsky

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Richard Grisham on April 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I give the book three stars because it should get people thinking. The problem is the book just covers old theories laid out by Baigent and colleagues from their earlier books: Holy Blood, Holy Grail and the Messianc Legacy. Baigent does streamline and give a more direct approach to laying out the theory that Jesus was something more than a Dog and Pony show for the sake of humanity. Baigent will be hounded by critics for not having solid proof. The fact is Baigent fails to give anything more too the story other than a couple anecdotes, personal stories, and assumptions. I was hoping for more. A title as provocative as Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up. A person would think that this book would have some profound earthshaking information in it. The fact is the Messainc Legacy first chapters covers the life and times of Jesus much better and too greater detail. However,this book does give a more direct path to the theory about Jesus as a literal King of Jerusalem,possiblely married and a rebellious figure head but it does not reveal anything that hasn't been covered before. The book does give tons of valuable information about the Church of Rome's delibrate and successful attempt to change the world's view of JEsus. Chapter thriteen in this book has its most solid and orignal writting on historical JEsus. The chapter does a good job of showing ancient christian script compared too the Romanized New Testiment. Baigent does a good job of covering Eygpt and its influence over JEsus' teachings. The book would be a good read for somebody wanting alternative source of information about Jesus; besides the bible. The book is not a Da Vinci Code book its actual attempt in trying to find a more realistic story of Jesus and the events of his time.
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125 of 146 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book. Before I get into the review, I want to make some general comments.

On some of the hoopla surrounding this book

There is an enormous gap between Catholicism and Christianity, if you base Christianity on the Gospels or anything else in the New Testament. That's not "an opinion." Just start reading and comparing. It's also helpful to remember that Martin Luther--a Doctor of Divinity and Biblical scholar--sought to reform the Catholic Church to principles of Christianity back in the 1500s. The two religions are fundamentally and diametrically opposed. Luther exposed the Catholic Church for the fraud it was, over half a millennia ago. And yet it's still going strong today. So, no book is a threat to Catholicism.

This book isn't a threat to Judaism, which is more a hereditary religion than one based on conversion.

Nor is this book a threat to "Literal Bible Christianity." Yes, it sheds credible doubt on many of the key Biblical concepts--such as the resurrection. However, it has long been beyond doubt that the Bible was concocted many decades after the Apostles died--and is thus full of errors (or, as many scholars hold, fraud). So, the "Literal Bible" folks already live with delusions. They aren't going to be swayed by even more evidence piled on what is already before them.

Would this book be a threat to other Christians? Probably not. Most Christian groups have officially come to terms with the errors, inconsistencies, and deficiencies of the Bible. That's why they don't take it literally. They take from the Bible and from tradition the core concepts on which they build their religious system. They have a faith that sustains them and through which they help make the world a better place.
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215 of 254 people found the following review helpful By Gaetan Lion on March 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written easy to read fascinating history of Jesus life. Based on Baigent's research, Jesus was not a blond Northern European, but instead a dark skinned Palestinian. He was married to Mary Magdalene who was not a woman of the street but instead a wealthy, well respected woman called Mary of Bethany. The latter is the woman who anoints him. He was not a god, and was not divine. He admitted so in letters he wrote being held today by a private collector. He had no intent of starting a religion as he was an active Jewish messiah among many others. However, Judaism was highly factionalized. Jesus belonged to the Egyptian Therapeutae Jews who had different beliefs than the Zealot Jews of Judea. When he recommend that the Zealots accept Roman taxation, the Zealots turn on him and ask Pilate for his crucifixion. The Jewish Sadducee priesthood also asks for Jesus death, as his charismatic leadership threatened their authority. The author provides several independent sources suggesting he survived crucifixion. It is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark in original Greek. It is also mentioned in the Koran. And, it is vividly described by a couple of Renaissance paintings.

The most interesting aspect of the book is the author's study of Jesus' mysticism. Instead of starting Christianity, Jesus taught mysticism he learned from the Egyptian Therapeutae Jews. The latter studied Egyptian mysticism including "The Book of the Dead" and the "Far World." For the Egyptian, the dead represent a world that is just as alive but in a more etheral form not subject to linear time. One can travel to the World of the Dead and come back after training in mysticism.
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