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Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus: Flavian Signature Edition Paperback – May 18, 2011
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"Challenging and provocative. If what Joseph Atwill is saying is only partially true, we are looking into the abyss." -- Robert Eisenman, author of "James the Brother of Jesus"
Was Jesus the invention of a Roman emperor? The author of this ground-breaking book believes he was. "Caesar's Messiah" reveals the key to a new and revolutionary understanding of Christian origins.
The clues leading to its startling conclusions are found in the writings of the first-century historian Flavius Josephus, whose "War of the Jews" is one of the only historical chronicles of this period. Closely comparing the work of Josephus with the New Testament Gospels, "Caesar's Messiah" demonstrates that the Romans directed the writing of both. Their purpose: to offer a vision of a "peaceful Messiah" who would serve as an alternative to the revolutionary leaders who were rocking first-century Israel and threatening Rome.
Similarly, "Caesar's Messiah" will rock our understanding of Christian history as it reveals that Jesus was a fictional character portrayed in four Gospels written not by Christians but Romans. This Flavian Signature edition adds Atwill's latest discoveries of numerous parallel events in sequence, which ultimately reveal the identity of the true authors of the Gospels.
About the Author
Joseph Atwill began his religious studies as a youth in Japan at the only English-speaking school in the country, the Jesuit-run St. Mary's Military Academy. The majority of each of his school days was spent studying Greek, Latin, and the Bible, which he found fascinating, although he eventually drifted away from the faith. Having studied computer science in college, Atwill formed a series of successful companies with one of the most renowned programmers in the world, David Ferguson. Many years later, the sale of his interests in these companies allowed him to return to his earlier interest – the origins of Christianity. He spent over a decade studying hundreds of books, among them, the works of Robert Eisenman and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Together with Eisenman, Atwill wrote a paper on the dating of the Dead Sea Scrolls. While studying the two most prominent works of the 1st century - Josephus’ "Wars of the Jews" and the Gospels - Atwill noticed a series of parallels occurring in sequence between the military campaign of the Roman Caesar Titus Flavius and the ministry of Jesus. His findings led him to a startling new conclusion about the origins of Christianity - that a Roman imperial family, the Flavians, had created Christianity to pacify the Jews’ rebellion against Rome, and even more incredibly, they had placed a literary satire within the Gospels and "Wars of the Jews" to inform posterity of this fact. The results of Atwill’s research are set out in his book "Caesar’s Messiah". The second edition of "Caesar’s Messiah", Ulysses Press 2006, became the best selling work of religious history in the US in 2007, and its German translation "Das Messias Ratsel", Ulstein 2008, achieved #1 Best Seller status. The Flavian Signature edition of "Caesar’s Messiah", CreateSpace 2011, adds the most detailed presentation of the parallels Atwill discovered between the works of Josephus and the Book of Luke.
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I think some of the parts of the 'Flavian Signature' elements in this edition are a bit stretched, but the basic point of the book is just solid. I don't see how anyone can deny the Flavian thesis after having it pointed it out. Even if you don't agree with all the points, there's still a backbone of facts that link to the Flavian Caesar's in so many ways.
A bit intense for beginers to the topic and possibly taken a bit to far in speculation, but clearly in concept.
Much of what the author, Joseph Atwill, presents as evidence is circumstantial. While much is circumstantial it is compelling none the less.
He raises very thought provoking questions like
"Why is Christianity not organized like any other Abrahamic faith, but instead from its inception set up like a Roman government" or
"Why is the main source for much of the early examples of Christ's divinity Flavius Josephus, the adopted son of Roman Emperor Vespasian and brother to Vespasians two sons, also Roman Emperors Titus and Domitian. Josephus actually used the same title to describe Christ as he did Titus.
All in all, the biggest question that the book raised in me was: While the roots of Christianity may have been a political construct to settle the various Jewish uprisings in the first century CE, does it matter. For me it does, but that is a decision that must be arrived at individually after reading the book