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Holy Blood, Holy Grail Paperback – January 15, 1983
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? Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross?
? Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists?
? Is it possible that parchments found in the South of France a century ago reveal one of the best-kept secrets of Christendom?
? Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail?
According to the authors of this extraordinarily provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible ? they are probably true! so revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey.
"Enough to seriously challenge many traditional Christian beliefs, if not alter them."
? Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Like Chariots of the Gods?...the plot has all the elements of an international thriller."
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 489 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0440136482
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440136484
- Dimensions : 4.27 x 1.13 x 6.93 inches
- Publisher : Dell Publishing (January 15, 1983)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,158,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book claims that during the crucifixion, Jesus is drugged and removed from the cross, and Simon takes his place. Then Mary Magdalene and Jesus escape to France, and MM is carrying a child in her womb, and her womb is what's truly the Holy Grail, the vessel that carries the blood of Jesus (Royal Blood = Sangre Real = San Graal = Holy Grail).
It then goes on to making some strange assumptions that the family of Jesus (who was really a Jewish king, but no one knew!) intermarries with the Merovingian Royal family a few hundred years later, and they keep this bloodline because they're afraid that if anyone knew they were related to Jesus, the Catholic Church would kill them. And twelve hundred years after Jesus's death the Freemasons carry this secret forward.
The author simply assumes that everything written in the Bible is the absolute truth (except that Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute, of course) and also that all the legends of the 12th and 13th centuries are true.
In addition, why would it matter that someone was a descendant of Jesus and Mary Magdalene? There would have been thousands, maybe tens of thousands of descendants by now, and they would just be ordinary Joes and Janes. And if it's the spiritual message that matters (which this book also kind of claims), they have desperately failed in keeping it alive.
Still, I recommend this book to people who are fascinated by the possibility of a surviving bloodline, and especially to those who love conspiracy theories.
In a television interview, the author said his book is not wholly original. He used the (earlier) works of others as research.
Very descriptive writer. You can imagine witnessing some of events...as though you were actually there.
Are any of the ideas and theories real? That is for you to decide...
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For various reasons, I would not recommend this book to anyone who has very strong pre-conceived religious views. However, if one is broad minded, and continually asks questions about Jesus which people cannot answer, or why the Bible tends to be so innacurate in parts, this book goes a long way to answering these questions, and to me, and my brother, make sense! I know it is a heavy book to read, but it is also very intriguing and the connection with the Templars comes across very strongly.
I am looking forward to finding out more- amid controversy!
There are also some black and white photos in the middle of the book!