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Secret Gospel Paperback – September, 1981
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In addition to this book there's also Bart Erlman's book, Misquoting Jesus, which demonstrates that the gospels were edited right up to the publication of the King James Version.
What makes the Secret Gospel so explosive is that it contains an early telling of the Lazarus story in which it's obvious that Lazarus was not dead but had sealed himself inside his tomb as part of a spiritual practice, spending three days fasting in auditory, visual, and time depredation which was certainly a recipe for inducing an altered state of mind.
Jesus then stays with this individual for five days continuing his instruction and culminating with a midnight session which also seems designed to induce an altered state of consciousness. (If you've ever studied Shamanism this technique is widely used by shamans to initiate a spiritual journey along with rhythmic drumming.)
The instigating factor in Clement's letter is that a copy of the gospel has gotten out, it was supposed to have been read only by those in the order, and he's making quick edits before putting out a version that had the secret practices removed. And then in a move that Karl Rove would admire he tells Timothy that they'll claim that those other guys altered the one true gospel by making additions to it.
An excellent read if you seeking the real Jesus instead of the one the orthodox church decided to spoon feed the masses.
Other books that will also point you in the right direction are The Jesus Dynasty by James Tabor, The Jesus Discovery: The Resurrection Tomb that Reveals the Birth of Christianity, and Jesus the Magician by Morton Smith.
Slowly but surely the historic Yeshua bar Yoseph is emerging from the fog of two thousand years of orthodoxy.