• The Jesus Papers

  • Exposing the Greatest Cover-up in History
  • By: Michael Baigent
  • Narrated by: Michael Baigent
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-03-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (141 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

With The Jesus Papers, religious historian and author, Michael Baigent, sets out to upend everything we know about Jesus Christ. Armed with over 20 years of dedicated study and unparalleled access to archives of information and artifacts, Baigent details a history of Jesus’ life that most have never heard of. Baigent takes on the task of performing the book himself, and his passion for the subject makes for an engaging listen. Through the course of this audiobook, listeners will learn not just the real story of Jesus’ life, but also why certain false accounts have managed to survive.
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Publisher's Summary

What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In The Jesus Papers, Michael Baigent reveals the truth about Jesus's life and crucifixion. Despite, or rather because of, all the celebration and veneration that have surrounded the figure of Jesus for centuries, Baigent asserts that Jesus and the circumstances leading to his death have been heavily mythologized. As a religious historian and a leading expert in the field of arcane knowledge, Baigent has unequaled access to hidden archives, secret societies, Masonic records, and the private collections of antiquities traders and their moneyed clients. Using that access to full advantage, Baigent explores the religious and political climate in which Jesus was born and raised, examining not only the conflicts between the Romans and the Jews, but the strife within the different factions of the Jewish Zealot movement. He chronicles the migrations of Jesus' family, his subsequent exposure to other cultures, and the events, teachings, and influences that were most likely to have shaped his early years. Baigent also uncovers the inconsistencies and biases in the accounts of the major historians of Jesus' time, including Josephus, Pliny, and Tacitus. The enduring influence of these accounts in forming our most common conceptions of Jesus reveals that spin is not a new phenomenon.
Taking us back to sites that over the last 20 years he has meticulously explored, studied, and in some instances excavated for the first time, Baigent provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking discoveries. The evidence he has uncovered has lead him to make shocking new assertions that threaten the conventional account of Jesus' life and death and shake the very foundation of Western thought, based as it is upon the assumption of Jesus's divinity. Ultimately, his investigation raises the hope that we may gain a new understanding of Jesus.
©2006 Michael Baigent (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Brett on 05-21-06

More for History, Less for facts

I have been a Baigent fan since Holy Blood, Holy Grail. However this book has little to offer in new revelations. It does a great job of researching the history of Christianity but as usual he makes a pretty wild claim. Baigent says that he has seen a document, written by Jesus to the the Sanhedrin, that says he is not divine. The only problem is that Baigent couldn't read the document he was holding. Can anyone say Mormons? Once again, tantalizing but improbable. Still a great read for more history on Christianity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T. McDaniel on 04-16-12

Loved it!

What did you love best about The Jesus Papers?

I love the way Michael gives the details on his research!

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was non fiction so that doesn't apply

Have you listened to any of Michael Baigent???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but this was wonderful.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

What the church doesn't want you to know!

Any additional comments?

If you're interested in the history of the church and religion you will love this book!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 12-31-07

Not much evidence or facts

Of course, the difficulty of this type of book is in finding the evidence to support the theory. But I would have expected a bit more evidence to back up the claims in this book:

The first is that Jesus did survive the crucifixion, either by being removed from the cross early; or sending someone else to the cross in his place. The problem here is that the author offers no evidence at all for this theory. He can't even make up his mind as to how Jesus survived. The only evidence is third-hand hearsay from a retired priest.

The second is that Jesus sent two letters to the Jewish authorities defending his claim to be the 'Son of God'. He claims that he is not actually divine. But there is little or no tangible evidence for this either. There is just a document, seen once by the author, which he could not translate or read.

In case you think I read this book as an advocate of the Church, I should point out that this is not the case. I don't believe that the biblical Jesus represents the real man or times he lived in. However, this book is yet another conspiracy theory, except it has even less to back it up than others.

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5 out of 5 stars
By keralax on 04-07-13

Blown away again

I read The Holy Blood The Holy Grail in the 80's and was blown away by the detail and intrigue ,a very engrossing read. And from its research it exposed foundations for authors like Dan Brown (De Vinci Code)

When i saw the Jesus papers by Baigent i had to have it , again another great endeavor by the author.

I have learnt a lot of interesting facts and plausible theories about the times before, during, and after the man known as Jesus. And of course To listen to Baigen'ts narration gave it an added bonus

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