posted on May, 25 2010 @ 02:59 PM
The Jesus Papers (Harper San Francisco, 2006)
Michael Baigent is best known as one of the co-authors of the very controversial book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (which inspired "The DaVinci
Code"). "The Jesus Papers" concerns the life of Jesus and the controversy surrounding his true teachings and of his possible marriage to Mary
Magdalene. It does beg the question: Why are so many Christians terrified of the idea that Jesus married and had children?
The answer is simple in many ways: The Church needs to be in control of all dogmas and doctrines, and allowing any questioning of the faith will have
people searching for the truth. Even the recently translated Gnostic Gospels are condemned by the Church, as they state that knowing God comes through
knowledge, not through the belief that Jesus Resurrected.
The book itself deals with these subjects and goes on a journey of Jesus' life. Much of what is written has clues in the actual Bible, other stuff
comes from the findings of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi texts and what the author has claimed to see from private collections.
The main part of the book is Jesus lived in Egypt for most of his life before claiming his right of kingship (through the House of David from his
father, Joseph) and the High Priesthood (through the bloodline of Aaron from his mother, Mary). He learned in Egypt the mystical ways of how they
could enter the Far-World, beyond space and time (or heaven).
If one is content with their views on Christianity and dogma, this book will be condemned. If one is open to ideas on the other meanings of
Christianity, this book will be an eye-opener. There are many color pictures from the areas that the author discusses (and in many cases visited). The
book is a quicker read than his earlier works, but well worth it.