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Et tu, Judas? Then Fall Jesus! [Paperback]

Gary Courtney

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24 Sep 2004
About two thousand years ago, a great man who was renowned for forgiveness and magnanimity was betrayed and slain by his compatriots who feared he would become their King. To the chagrin of his murderers, he was soon hailed as a God and the momentous events that ensued paved the way for the birth of Christianity.

The venue for this drama, however, was not Jerusalem as might be supposed, but rather the eternal city of Rome. It is a description of the founder of the Roman Empire. In a work stranger than fiction, Gary Courtney propounds that the Jesus of Nazareth that graces the pages of the New Testament is an entirely mythological personage, and presents a step by step explanation of how the beloved Saviour of the Christian religion entered the world from the wings of a stage.

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Gary Courtney was born is Sydney, Australia in 1952 where he still resides. He has worked at many different vocations and has maintained a lifelong interest in history, religion and politics. A practiced public speaker and debater, he is currently developing a phonetic spelling system for the English language.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Joining the dots 7 Nov 2005
By Ken Humphreys - Published on
Perhaps its a human weakness to grasp part of a complex truth and hasten to far-reaching conclusions. Gary Courtney provides one such summation. "JC's passion is essentially Caesar's fate in Judaic disguise, coincidentally grafted onto the dying/resurrcting cult of Attis." Is he right? Of course - up to a point.

An investigation of gospel origins is a special challenge. In searching for finite currents of explanation in the vast ocean of information one longs for a solution which brings the whole multi-layered brew into manageable focus. But before the researcher can even start he is necessarily involved in wading through a swamp of faith-based apologetics and special pleading. Courtney handles that task well but it does take up half of a slim volume.

The betrayal and murder of Caesar bears uncanny parallels to the drama of JC. A religious play - a fabula praetexta - quite probably commemorated the death and apotheosis of the man who would be king. The Caesar cult surely did breath new life into ancient cults of dying/resurrecting godmen. Quite plausibly the Jewish fans of Caesar assimilated the sacrificed 'saviour of mankind' into the 'Suffering Servant' of Isaiah, and rolled the melodrama of the Ides of March into the Passion of the Passover. The gospels, with their curious rhetorical elements, 'comings and goings', and theatrical flourishes, most assuredly read like a play and not history. There's more than coincidence here and we long for these insights to be developed fully.

But pause. Homeric epics, Buddhist sutras, Gnostic speculations, psychoactive drugs, Egyptian priestcraft, 200 years of Roman imperial politics? We can't dismiss other insights that lightly. Courtney makes a valuable contribution but we haven't charted the ocean - yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 15 July 2013
By Laura Knight-Jadczyk - Published on
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I, too, came to the idea that Julius Caesar was the Christ that was worshipped all over the empire before the time of the Jewish Rebellion and the possible writing or re-writing of the texts of the NT by, or following, the Flavian emperors (with the help of Josephus). When I came to this idea, after a long study of the Roman Empire and pulling on certain threads, I was actually afraid to say anything about it to anyone. So, to say that I am thankful that there are at least a couple others who have come to the same conclusion is heartening. (See also the work of Francisco Carotta: Jesus Was Caesar: On the Julian Origin of Christianity: An Investigative Report

I've spent many years researching NT criticism looking for the answer and all the time, it was staring everyone right in the face. Based on those studies, I can tell the reader that Courtney's book condenses thousands of books and papers on the topic into less than 200 pages. That, itself, is a brilliant feat - almost a miracle!

Not only has he condensed the best scholarly work on the Bible, he has done it entertainingly and with excellent examples and logical progressions. He writes for everyman, thank goodness! Reading the same material written by most scholars in their jargon (designed to keep out the uninitiated) can make you go cross-eyed.

I highly, HIGHLY, recommend this book to everyone. Humanity has been subjected to a 2000 year long deception of history; it's time for the real hero of humanity to get the credit he deserves. After all the material and lies about him are waded through, Julius Caesar shines forth as the greatest man in the history of Western Civilization, bar none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 15 Oct 2004
By Ms. Patricia Anne Hunter - Published on
All credit to Gary Courtney for a well-researched yet easy to understand book that offers a new insight into the true origin of Christianity. It deserves to be a winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julius is Jesus ! 22 Aug 2013
By Jacques Paquin - Published on
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This is a very insteresting book that gives us a new sight of that part of our history.

Reading that book ( and some others of course) allows us to discover that our history has been corrupted and that if we want to know the truth, we have to do quite a lot of research.

This book is a good step towards reaching that goal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory reading! 25 July 2013
By Aragorn - Published on
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This book once and for all "cleans the table" of the false assumptions about the bible. The bible is not a history book, period. The connection between the lives of Julius Caesar and "Jesus" is a surprising one, but the evidence is credible and convincing. This book will change your world view, and it's entertaining too. Be prepared for many "aha!" moments!
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