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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
Firstly, the issue was never about Crucifixion of this particular person who the author purports was legally a Roman Citizen, in which case the Sanhedrin had no Jurisdiction over him and as with Paul punishment for treason was beheading. Check the dialogue with Pilate.
The author began by asking why the Sanhedrin, had issues with crucifying Jesus claiming they had no right to pass sentence but....
---"Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves and judge Him by your own laws."
They said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death;" and they began to accuse the Savior saying, "We found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ the King."
So actually they didn't say they couldn't put this particular man to death because he fell under Roman jurisdiction as opposed to James and Stephen whom they did obviously prove they had authority to execute, so their authority to carry out death sentences was obviously one they were allowed but this Jesus was an issue because the author posits that his lineage led to him having the legal standing of a Roman Citizen. I claim that this proves only that the way this Gospel was written was more to blame the Jews and exonerate Pilate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Complete fantasy. No evidence. The author has zero credibility. This is just another vanity publication published to make a fast buck. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PROLETARIAN
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 11 months ago by Suzanne Olsson, Author
I am particularly interested in the lengthy comment on this thread re. Chapter 2, etc. And, I think it's still most relevant and appropriate for Raymond to respond. Read morePublished 22 months ago by cynthia dash
Excellent and interesting book. Appears well researched.Published 23 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 23 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 on August 17, 2014 by Sylvia Hawley
Points out many strange things in the gospels and provides possible answers with support from ancient authors and literature. Read morePublished on July 30, 2014 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
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