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Secret Society of Moses: The Mosaic Bloodline and a Conspiracy Spanning Three Millennia [Paperback]

Flavio Barbiero
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15 Feb 2010
After the book of Exodus, Moses's two sons and numerous descendants all vanish from the Bible. Flavio Barbiero's investigation of this strange absence and his study of the centuries-long power struggle between the priestly families fighting for control of the Temple of Jerusalem starts with the rebellion against Rome - and the emergence of Josephus Flavius, one of Moses's descendants, on the world stage. In AD 70, when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus Flavius and thousands of Jewish priests were exterminated, Josephus, now bearing his sponsor's last name, followed Titus Flavius to Rome with at least 250 relatives and friends. Here they were made Roman citizens but then subsequently disappeared from recorded history. Barbiero's careful study of early Christianity shows, however, that these surviving members of Moses's high-priest lineage succeeded in taking control of the nascent Roman Church and masterminded its extraordinary success. Using a wide range of evidence drawn from fields as disparate as archaeology, heraldry and genetics, Barbiero shows how these descendants of Moses used the cult of Mithras to eventually seize control of the secular Roman authority as well. He then follows, step by step, the spread of the members of this secret priestly elite into what was to become the aristocracy of mediaeval Europe and how their influence continues to be felt in modern secret societies like Freemasonry. · Answers the inexplicable disappearance of all mention of Moses's descendants from the Bible · Reveals the key role played by Josephus Flavius in shaping early Christianity · Explains the connection of this secret priesthood to modern secret societies like the Freemasons

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions International (15 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594772738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594772733
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Flavio Barbiero is a retired admiral in the Italian Navy who last served with NATO. He is the author of several books, including The Bible Without Secrets and is an archaeological researcher in Israel. He lives in Italy.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Moses' dotted line 12 May 2012
Inherent in the title and strap lines of Barbiero's book is a precis of the case he seeks to verify. We are led to believe that there was a continuity from the time of Moses (he puts at c1250 BC) to a select group of Jewish families around the world of today. Somehow throughout history these `priestly' families have been able to orchestrate events across the world and plan a restoration of the Temple at Jerusalem.

To justify this quite preposterous claim he postulates that certain priestly groups, originally centred around the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in the 1st century CE, infiltrated for their purposes, firstly Christianity and used it as a `creature' for the their ambitions and also the cult of Mithraism, and then exploited the Templar movement in the middle ages, and on into the Freemasonry movement.

As a journey through the evolution of how Judeo-Christian biblical values spread across emerging civilisations the book is quite effective in retelling the story, although there is much repetition and temporal inconsistency. There are also many inaccurate statements and strident speculations which tend to undermine the credibility of the thesis. For instance on page 15 he says at the time of Israel's entry into the promise land: `...Palestine, which was still an Egyptian province, it is implicit that the Israelites must recognize Egyptian authority.' Archaeological evidence and the latest consensus places the entry at around 1180-90 BC, when there was no longer an Egyptian presence in what Barbiero calls Palestine. It was, of course, known as Canaan at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, a new historical perspective 7 Aug 2010
By abela - Published on
The Secret Society of Moses is one of those books that is so earth shaking in its theme that it might take time for it to be digested by the general public who find it interesting. Undoubtedly it will either be ignored or met with a wide variety of responses. Many people will not be able to handle it mind-expanding conclusions. The theme is so differ from the past that it probably will need more verification by other writers to break through established belief systems. If verified as true, it is very noteworthy and will lead to much new research. The writing is very good, and the research extensive.The Secret: What Great Leaders Know -- And Do
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Secret Society Of Moses", a book by Flavio Barbiero. 3 Jun 2010
By M. Mariba - Published on
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This is an interesting book by Flavio Barbiero detailing the censorship of Moses & his descendants in the Bible including the disappearance of his sons in the books Joshua & Judges. The author suggests this censorship starts/suggested from the circumstances of Moses's death & burial. To quote directly from Deuteoronomy "So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. And HE buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor : but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day". Despite this allieniation of Moses & his family, they managed to surface again as priests & heads of Israel, heavily influenced the evolution of Judeo-Christian roots of Roman Empire, European Aristocracy & modern secret societies (Heraldry & Masonry). We know the Freemasons had a great influence on the Founding Fathers of US Constitution! Fascinating book on one of the most important prophet in the Old Testament & Torah, highy recommended reading.
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By Dorothy K. Morris - Published on
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I have always enjoyed reading books that show research on the cutting edge. This is one of them. This theory and the research behind the answers give so many solutions to questions that I have asked for so many years. So much of textbook history is false...based on in adequate research and information; this is not. I only hope that others delve just as deeply into the archives of historical documents and succeed in confirming his premise. I enjoyed reading every bit of it and will probably re-read it. I only hope that the author and you readers will read: "Secrets of the Exodus" by Messod and Roger Sabbah, which would be a frontspiece to this work. They fit together like hand in glove.
1.0 out of 5 stars Erroneous Thesis 7 Jun 2014
By Pawn Servant - Published on
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I had the grateful opportunity to discuss the Book's Thesis with one of the most initiated Mekabel's(Qabbalist), Baal HaRazim, of the World!

Here's what he told me paraphrased:

"The entire Book or Thesis is based on a discrepancy in the genealogy of the Kohanim in the Book of Chronicles. The author assumes that Eli, Pinkhas, and his two sons were part of Elazar's bloodline. Thenceforth, the discrepancy lying in the fact that these individuals are not in Elazar's genealogy. Yet, this is easily reconcilable. Evidently, the author did not do his his due diligence in research. He will cite from Flavius Josephus to solidify points, but clearly did not read all of Flavius Josephus! Had he done so, he should have known that Elazar's bloodline held the priesthood until Eli. Hence, Eli was of Ithamar and NOT Elazar! Moreover, Eli and his descendants had the priesthood until King Shlomo when the bloodline of Elazar resumed the priesthood fulfilling the prophecy of prophet Shmuel. This is all stated at the end of Book 5 in Antiquities of the Jews.

Moreover, the author erred in assuming that some names like Akhituv belonged to one bloodline. In reality, Akhituv occurs once int the bloodline of Ithamar and twice in the bloodline of Elazar! Ergo, Zadok belongs to the Elazar bloodline, while Akhimelekh and Abiathar belong to Ithamar! "

Thus, his entire thesis, the foundation of his book, is disproven and thus in error!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the serious historian 1 Sep 2013
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For those expecting to find a scholarly dissertation on what sounded like a great historical find, you may find yourself scratching your head. The author's hypothesis is stretched with much imagination. I haven't read any correlation of his "story" from noted historians who admit they don't have the facts. However, if one sees this book as "historical fiction", it is a fun read and who knows, maybe through his wild imagination the author has found a piece of history others haven't bothered to look for.
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