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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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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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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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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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