The Jesus Papers

  • by Michael Baigent
  • Narrated by Michael Baigent
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor 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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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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- Brett

Intriguing hypothesis

Baigent speculates on some wild theories about the life of Jesus, including the notion that he did not die on the cross but was spirited away to Egypt to quietly teach and grow old. As farfetched as this might seem, when Baigent pieces together relevant historical data the idea seems no less grounded in fact than the widely held beliefs of the faithful. I suspect time will prove at least a few of his theories to some degree, though probably not exactly as the picture he paints. Though most of Baigent's conclusions require quite a big leap of (ironically) faith, the ideas are fascinating and his telling of it captivating -- enough to inspire multiple listenings.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio