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The Messianic Legacy

The Messianic Legacy [Kindle Edition]

Michael Baigent , Richard Leigh , Henry Lincoln
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The sequel to the bestselling religious thriller, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. A thrilling new investigation into the roots of Christianity from the world's bestselling Christian writers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2299 KB
  • Print Length: 458 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440203198
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (31 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA88GC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brief synopsis 10 Jan 2008
By MaxC
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Many thinking Christians will already be aware of the part that St Paul and, later, Constantine, had in shaping the religion they know today. This book fills out some historical details which illustrate in an astonishing way the contrast between "gentle Jesus meek and mild" and how much more ruggedly He would have been perceived as The Leader in the context of His time and place. It also proposes that as a Jew it would have been most odd if Jesus had not been married and had children. This unusual slant on Jesus explains in one stroke the many anomalies and inconsistencies in the Gospels as manipulated by Paul and Constantine. This is a challenging section for Christians, but the authors treat your beliefs with utmost respect and assert that what they have come up with is already known to theological students (includes your local priest) and will deepen, rather than wipe out, the beliefs of a serious Christian disciple.
The next section is a cogent, sweeping piece of work which explains the human need for something to believe in, and how 20th century dictatorships stage-managed events to fill those needs. If you ever wondered how a beast like Hitler could charm one of the most civilised peoples on Earth, here is one plausible explanation. Really worth reading, in my opinion.
The last section suggests there is a quasi-secret organisation of aristocratic families who have held "the secret" that Jesus did marry and his bloodline continues today. This society holds an intention that one day the heirs to David's line, through Jesus, will come to rule. It sounds corny in this précis form, but there is hard evidence that this society exists and is both serious and influential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than "Holy Blood and Holy Grail". 14 Mar 2009
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Messianic Legacy

The main section of the book comprising the messianic legacy in the Judaeo/Christian tradition and an interesting look at the way Paul spread the gospel is extremely well done, and as the authors say speculative but I found a convincing theory. Also the alternative take on the nature of Jesus in engrossing.

The authors were obviously anxious to put their case in respect of the criticism they had attracted with their first book "Holy Blood and Holy Grail" and commence with a 38 page response, if this had been condensed into 6 pages it would have been far more effective.

The last 170 pages devoted to the totally discredited Priory of Scion that had formed part of the rationale of HBHG seems pointless as anyone can obtain all the details from the Priory website; however in 1989 the internet was in its infancy and a resource of this nature was not available. Treat as an historical anomaly and ignore.

However the core of this book is detailed, well written, engaging, and well worth investigating.
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike The First Book, The Messianic Legacy leaves the true investigation to the last section and fills the first two sections with theories on the spread of christianity. The first book on the other hand led the reader in with a simple investigation and once the reader was hooked provided the theories, which one would read for satisfaction. In reading this book I dragged myself through the first section, gave up during the second and was about to throw the book away when I realised that the third section could be read in itself without reading the first two.
Ths also led me to question the relevance of the information in the first two sections which appear to serve no purpose other than to fill the book. I had similar reservations in the first book due to the chapter claiming that Lazarus stage managed Jesus Miracles and that the crucifiction had been staged. As it was neither of these points were required to prove the authors initial reasons for turning to christ however they were included despite being obviously inflamatory. This books is similarly only it devotes two thirds to these irrelevant statements insteads of two chapters.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read after "Holy Blood Holy Grail" 28 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Without rehashing much of "Holy Blood Holy Grail" [HBHG], Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln have succeeded in sheding more light on the beginings of early Pauline Christianity, the Prieuré of Sion and even the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
Written much in the style of HBHG the authors unravel more intriuging aspects of religion and life as we now know it. Much like HBHG, the reading itself is quite intricate as the authors weave you through decades of historical data, the Old Testament and the New Testament(s). As before the authors do not preach their own beliefs but present their theories in an unbiased and logical manner allowing the reader to accept their findings as fact, interpret their findings as they will or even disregard their theories as pure speculation.
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