If you have read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, then this book serves as a "follow up." While not as compelling as the first book, this one goes on to clear up some of the questions from Holy Blood, Holy Grail, while casting more mystery on the subject of Jesus and Mary. If you liked The Di Vinci Code, this book helps explain a lot of its plot as well.
Carl D. (Carlo) reviewed The Jesus Papers : Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History on
Helpful Score: 3
Micheal Baigent is a historian who tells a different story about the life of Jesus based on historical evidence, recovered documents, and the tendencies of the church to carefully control information, particularly religious content and when documenting the accounts of a human once they were deified. Baigent's books were the inspiration of author Dan Brown who wrote fictional works such as: 'The Da vinci Code' and 'Angels and Demons'. Whether you are a devout Christian or not, the great deal of historical information provided in this book will offer new personal insights on the life of Jesus and the governing powers of the time. As a novice, the book seemed at times to jump into waves of historical data that was a little boring and seemingly non-relevant; however most of the time the relevancy of the information was exposed later. I liked the book and feel most of the historical information made much more sense than what I learned growing up. I feel it 'matured' my understanding of the life and times of Jesus and the powers that be. If you enjoy this kind of material, another great book to read is Deepak Chopra's, 'The Third Jesus'.
Ryan B. (lokitricks) - reviewed The Jesus Papers : Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History on
Helpful Score: 1
There was some interesting anecdotal information provided regarding the possibilities and probabilities of Jesus' death being staged and his life continuing after the crucifixion as well as his marriage to Mary Magdalene. The author came across to me as being very sincere and believable, maintaining a humble and pragmatic approach to his information as opposed to engaging in propaganda or wild controversies. However, it was somewhat disappointing to learn that the information contained within the "Jesus Papers" themselves were and still are, unavailable. Unfortunately, the alleged contents of the Jesus Papers is primarily heresy since they are still in the private possession of a certain individual who has not released these papers for scholarly and scientific review and study. The politics involved are quite complex.
Probably the most interesting points in the book for me was the information pertaining to the great lengths that the Catholic Church resorts to in order to cover-up, control, suppress, and distort information which would contradict their stubborn tenets and dogmas. Not that that alone is anything new or a surprise, but specifics were discussed particularly regarding the Nag Hammadi texts (Dead Sea Scrolls) and other missing gospels and writings hidden or unacknowledged by the Vatican.
Whether or not Jesus survived the crucifixion isn't the point; in fact, the historical Jesus (if he even existed as a single person) is almost impossible to ascertain. What is the point: humanity has been deliberately manipulated, lied to and brainwashed (yes, brainwashed: you think it easy to step around this mythological premise, with its deeply ingrained fear of damnation should you do it? Try it.) In the process of leading the 'faithful' astray, consciousness has been severely affected, prevented from evolving (as I believe it is intended to do, and I'm hardly alone in that belief), and the "supernatural" gifts with which we are all born have been systematically denied and condemned. Isn't it time for those who seek the Divine to cast aside the extremely powerful and wealthy who intend to continue to perpetrate this fraud so long as they can get away with it? I think so.
Rather shocking, compelling, and informative account of Jesus' life and death. Not only will this book make you question Christianity and it's origins but it will give the reader new insight on how Christianity was and should be viewed based on the Jewish and even Egyptian background it rose from. It answered many questions for me that most ministers of the faith could not or simply left to 'Gods' will. The Devinci Code was based on Baigent's work and probably is the reason why the Church was fearful of the popularity of the book. This is a MUST read!
Victor G. reviewed The Jesus Papers : Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History on
superbly written with good theories, nonetheless theories and should keep in mind conjectures about the death and the classic "Passover plot" Also as usual Baigent excels in the archeology as well as the history and beliefs of that era, particularly those surrounding the Roman and Greek world set of parallel beliefs and mythology.
Although portions of this book are a bit technical and difficult to slog through, it is well worth doing so. The information presented is thought-provoking, if not controversial, and will have you looking at what you know of Jesus, the Bible, Christianity and the history of man in a whole new light.