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The Origin of God [Paperback]

Laurence Gardner
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1 Nov 2010
Belief in the One male God of Judaism, Christianity and Islãm can be traced back for something over 2,500 years to the time when the Hebrew scripture of Genesis was compiled in the 6th century BC. The narrative content of Genesis was clearly derived from older traditions but, on the face of it, we have no documentary evidence from any other source of a monotheistic culture in respect of this particular God from before that date. In The Origin of God, written but not published before his untimely death in August 2010, Laurence Gardner, author of the international bestsellers Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Genesis of the Grail Kings and Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark, undertakes a biographical exploration of the deiform character variously known as Yahweh, Allãh, or simply The Lord. He seeks to uncover and evaluate His original identity, as against His eventual religiously motivated portrayals. Beginning with documents that pre-date the Bible, Laurence Gardner's final quest was to discover from all available sources what evidence there is, if any, to support the long-standing and widespread notion of God's existence, posing the question: If the Bible had never been written, would we know about God from any more original source?

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: dash house (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956735703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956735706
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Capstone To A Life's Work 6 Jan 2011
The Origin of God by Laurence Gardner is no ordinary book. In it, he traces the twenty-five-hundred-year-old idea of one God or monotheism back to its original sources in the ancient world, some going back as far as 6,000 years ago. Given the influence of monotheism over the past 2,500 years and the number of people who currently embrace its three great religions in the modern world, this is an important achievement because, as brought out in the book in great and glowing detail, it has only been within the last 100 years or so that these sources -- many going back almost 3,000 years before the time of Moses -- have been known about through recent archaeological discoveries.

These sources manage to shed new light on everything, including the idea of one God, and this book shows how.

What I particularly like about the book is that Gardner doesn't jump to conclusions. He presents evidence -- and what startling evidence it is! The book is well researched and documented, with extensive Notes and References, and is a treasure trove of further reading, all of it quite academically respectable. It's just that most of its extensive Bibliography is so new to so many that it's like discovering a whole new world within something that everyone thought they already knew.

It's an extraordinary achievement and a fitting capstone to his life's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Origin of God by Laurence Gardner 2 Dec 2010
By Jim
The Origin of God by the late Laurence Gardner is a thought provoking,thoroughly researched masterpiece on a subject that one way or another affects a significant number of people. There are those who will appreciate his efforts to identify the source of the biblical God and there are those who will not. That he made the effort to try to offer an unbiased view should be applauded by all open-minded people. Going back over a period of some 6,000 years, his book's conclusion is that "to believe or not to believe remains a matter of conjecture and personal opinion". Doubtless there will be people who disagree with his conclusions, but before making a judgement this excellent thought-provoking book should be studied in detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Origin of God by Laurence Gardner 17 Nov 2010
By Edkidu
Laurence Gardner's eighth book in well over twenty years of thorough and well referenced research on the many aspects of secular and religious history, challenges what we have been taught about history, science, religion and God. As with his first book Bloodline of the Holy Grail, this book is bound to be a best seller, and will create waves within the rigid established doctrines of those who seek to dominate and control free men and women. This masterpiece completed before his death from a long illness in August 2010, brings together from his and other considerable archives of research and information, the most important story of our incredible ancestors, their advanced civilisation, and the identity of the flesh and blood individual and his family, who led the re-start of civilisation and agriculture. Only after they had disappeared from the Middle Eastern scene were they worshipped in the religious sense; and they were then so enveloped in supernatural trappings that their intrinsic advanced and benevolent characteristics were swamped in a morass of pseudo-religious adulation - Edkidu Nov 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Final Masterpiece 19 Feb 2011
I owe a great deal to Laurence Gardner. Each of his books have helped me straighten out a conventional and often convoluted history of our beginnings which have been written to hide from us our ancient history and lead us away from the truth of ourselves. To appreciate what he has done is to allow him to lead us out of that boxed history into an amazing past documented in stone but up to now kept basically in the dark, a past peopled not just by primitives living in caves, but by beings who cared enough for us to come and teach us a better way of living. A companion book to this is "Genius of the Few" written by Christian and Barbara O'Brien which supports Laurence Gardner's research with their own and delves even deeper into that amazing past. Anyone interested in their spiritual growth owes it to themselves to read all of Laurence Gardner's books. In my book he's a Master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read, possibly a higher truth 16 Feb 2011
By FaithyT
The Origin of God is meticulously researched. For anyone studying the origins of the human race this book is a must. A few Chapters in and the writing struck a very deep chord and lead me to undertake research in areas I had not touched previously.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Origin of God by Laurence Gardner 13 Dec 2010
By Henry
I found Gardner's 'Bloodline of the Holy Grail' fascinating and think that this book is just as thought provoking. It offers an alternative interpretation of events in the Bible and offers explanations for some of the more incongruous occurrences. It seems to be well researched and has plenty of references to follow up on and a good bibliography for anyone who wants to read round the subject matter. Highly Recommended!
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Laurence Gardner will be remembered for his brilliant historical researches and his remarkable contributions to genealogy. His last book is a fitting epitaph of a truly great man who will be sorely missed by his multitude of readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed the research in this book . A fascinating history of religious belief.
Published 24 days ago by imelda browne
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Epic Book...
This is one of my all time favourite books, & easily one of the best books on the subject...

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent, eye opening study of the Bible but here is some additional...
Exellent, eye opening study of the Bible and a probable Sumerian influence to the origin of God (a combo 0f Enki, Enlil, Ninlil, Marduk -the Babylonian version of Enki- and Baal... Read more
Published 16 months ago by STEVEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fitting Culmination to a Remarkable Body of Work
See above review - The Revelation of the Devil - Gardener was a real Historical and scriptural sleuth - leaving no clay tablet, or scriptural page unturned - his premature passing... Read more
Published 17 months ago by stephen smith
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent work...
Work like this one do not show very often...!!! it is in these are moments that I'm glad to be western European and have access to a mytho/religious research of this quality. Read more
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