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The Book of the Holy Grail Paperback – August 3, 1999
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This book is the most anticipated publishing event in human history. Written down from angelic inspiration in A.D. 54 by Joseph of Arimathea, the earthly father of Jesus, The Book of the Holy Grail has been an unpublished manuscript for 1,945 years. Revealed only in shattered pieces by an outlawed royal lineage protected by the world's most successful conspiracy, its secrets have influenced all of modern human history, from the rise of Christianity to the founding of the United States. It reveals the origins of the universe, the sources of good and evil, and the purpose of human life. Its authenticity can be validated mathematically in American English, independent of its original language or historical documents.It was first translated into English by Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and himself a Grand Master, the Strict Observance--Knights Templar, The United Orders of the American Rite. This is the Bible of Gnostic Christianity, the original source for the legends of the Holy Grail, of Freemasonry, even of the Mormon Church. Its text contains the most attacked and suppressed alternative gospel of the life of Jesus. It disputes the accounts in the traditionally accepted gospels regarding what Jesus' mission was on Earth, what Jesus taught, and how Jesus died.It has been waiting for the turn of the third millennium, and authority from prophecies made 146 years ago, for it finally to be published. Forget The Passover Plot, The Gnostic Gospels, The Celestine Prophecy, or Conversations With God. If you're looking for the New Age book which was planned for publication before time itself began, you've been waiting for The Book of the Holy Grail. Whatever you believe, it is time that this book surfaces into the public consciousness, so it can finally stand alongside the other great books of human faith and human history.
About the Author
Joseph of Arimathea, author of The Book of the Holy Grail, was the father of Jeshua ben Jusef, commonly known as Jesus. He was a High priest of the Melchezedek priesthood. When Jeshua was conceived, the Great Architect of the Universe came into Joseph, and Yse came into Mary, his wife. Thus, Jeshua was born of the bloodline of God and man. Joseph of Arimathea was visited by the Neutral Angels and given the Grail Doctrine in the year 54 A.D. He wrote The Book of the Holy Grail for the High Priesthood and his descendants.
J.R. Ploughman, author of Keys to the Quest, by right of inheritance and lineage, is a very private person, being the current Patriarch of the Merovingian Gnostic Church, Order of the Holy Grail, and the current Grand Master of the Strict Observance--Knights Templar/Illuminati, The United Orders of the American Rite. He is married to a Grail Princess and has two sons, Edward 16 and Reginald 11 months. J.R. has been a writer and publisher of rare esoteric books since 1975. He is a staunch libertarian and defender of First and Second Amendment rights. He has written, published and edited many traditional magickal books as well as penned some Discordian/ Erisian texts of bombastic humor. His current and most engrossing project is his band, Cat Chaser Conspiracy, a blend of punk, goth, and babydoll music.
Thomas Jefferson, the original translator of The Book of the Holy Grail into English, was born April 13, 1743, in Virginia, which he called home for most of his life, serving as its governor and authoring its Declaration of Rights. Jefferson was also the primary author of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776. Thomas Jefferson served as governor of Virginia, a congressman, minister to France, secretary of state, and the third President of the United States. In addition to his political career, he was a lawyer, a classical scholar and linguist, a musician, a farmer and horticulturist, an inventor, and an architect, as well as having been Grand Master of the Strict Observance--Knights Templar, The United Orders of the American Rite. In addition to his translation of The Book of the Holy Grail, Jefferson also edited his own version of the traditional Judeo-Christian Bible from textual sources in several languages. One of Thomas Jefferson's most famous statements, inscribed on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C., is, I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. He died July 4, 1826, the 50-year anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Henry Mercer (Henri Mercier) was a Grand Master of the United orders of the American Rite, Strict Observance 1787. In 1853 he Americanized the Thomas Jefferson translation of The Book of the Holy Grail for the Chosen peoples, speaking the Chosen language (American English) in the Chosen Land (the United States of America). He was a Patriarch of the Merovingian Gnostic Church, Order of the Holy Grail.
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And then there's this: “The Book of the Holy Grail” by Joseph of Arimathea, supposedly translated by Thomas Jefferson, who alongside his office as Big White Chief (pun intended) moonlighted as Grand Master of the Strict Observance – Knights Templar, the United Orders of the American Rite. Or so the editor of this volume, one J R Ploughman, wants us to believe.
Do we believe it? Of course not. This is simply Ploughman's own eclectic stew of privately held spirituality, dressed up in more ancient garb to hoodwink the unwary. The book was published in 1999, and I challenge anyone to come up with a 19th or 18th century edition!
Ploughman's version of “Gnostic” or “Merovingian” Christianity turns out to be a bizarre combination of Mormonism, Masonry, the OTO (I think – I tend to avoid that particular milieu) and the Merovingian Bloodline speculations of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh (who also inspired Dan Brown's bestselling “The Da Vinci Code”). The Serpent Seed hypothesis lurks in the background (as behooves serpents). Both Joseph Smith and James Jesse Strang are said to have been true Gnostics. The main adversaries of humanity are Lucifer, Lilith the hairy night fiend, and the three headed Hecate who bellows fire and smoke. Joseph of Arimathea is said to have been the father of Jesus, who was never crucified and later left for France, where he married Mary Magdalene. Simon of Cyrene was crucified instead. Reincarnation is taught, the United States is the “Third Chosen Land” and American English the “Chosen Language”.
Although it's never spelled out explicitly, I think it's obvious that the central ritual of this pseudo-religion is a sexual union between the priest and the priestess, reminiscent of Wicca, OTO or the Church of Satan. Feminism and “political correctness” is explicitly rejected. Homosexuality is frowned upon. Paedophilia and sex between children, however, is taught. Apparently, children should have sex in front of adults! Since marriage outside the “bloodline” is prohibited, we are dealing with a receipt for creating a sex cult.
Of course, there's always a chance that “The Book of the Holy Grail” is a joke. Ploughman freely admits that he's a Discordian. Discordianism is often regarded as a parody religion. The book does have traits suggesting parody, including claims to be derived from “the mystery schools of Albania” and constant misspellings. The attempt to claim Jefferson is presumably in keeping with Ploughman's “libertarianism”. Of course, another possibility is that Ploughman is a libertine rather than libertarian, and that the jocular mode of his teachings is a way to hide the fact that he truly does believe in “free love”. Compare the Church of Satan's so-called bible, also poised in the grey zone between parody and sheer nastiness.
After all, humor may be a way to hide an unpalatable message. Perhaps that's the real esoteric secret of “The Book of the Holy Grail”…
One thing is for sure. This would never have been allowed in the Old Dominion!