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The Second Messiah: Templars,The Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Knight , Robert Lomas
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There is now no published theory to explain the enigma of the Turin Shroud that fits the known evidence. Many people want the shroud to be proof of Christ's mission, but Knight and Lomas prove that it is not. The truth behind the shroud is an epic story of pride, greed, powerlust and suffering. It had been prophesised that the Messiah would return shortly after 1230AD. Jacques de Molay was born in 1244, beacame a Templar in 1265 and Grand Master om 1297; the Templars regarded themselves as the guardians of the secret teachings of Jesus. In 1307 Molay was arrested at the instigation of the Pope, who was alarmed at the spread of this influence - and was crucified. Using the latest scientific techniques , the authors prove that the shroud Molay was wrapped in is the one now known as the Turin Shroud.

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Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry

About the Author

Christopher Knight was born in 1950, and has a degree in advertising and graphic design. He is chairman of a marketing and advertising agency and is a Freemason. Robert Lomas was born in 1947 and has a degree in electrical engineering. He has worked on the guidance systems for Cruise missiles, and was involved in the early development of home computers. He is a Freemason and lectures on Masonic history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1442 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00702M0MC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, except for the Shroud theory 13 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
This is a great read, in the same vein as the Hiram Key. In both books are quite convincing, although I detected a few places where they overstated the evidence.
But the chapter on the Turin Shroud is absolute nonsense. First, they present no evidence to connect the shroud to the last templar leader. They write a whole account of his treatment and how the shroud was formed without any evidence at all. Their theory of formation is silly: as a physical chemist I know that substances from a body could not diffuse vertically upwards to form an image: they would just generally discolour the cloth. Furthermore, they baldly state that the back image is much less detailed than the front, in fact little more than splodges, to fit their theory. But if you look at a photo of the shroud, you see that the back image is, if anything, MORE clear. Picknet and Price have a VERY much better theory in "The Turin Shroud...". Their theory is scientifically valid, and also explains the historical evidence better.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 22 Feb. 2004
Book: The Second Messiah
Writer: Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas
Style: Hardback
Length: 259 pages
Rating: *** (3 stars, good)
The book asks some hard questions for hard core Christians. Questions like, is the Bible the true word of God? Should it be considered to bring forth the only true form of Christianity? What happened during the “missing years” right after the crucifixion of Jesus? Did Peter or Jesus’ brother James actually lead the “approved” church of Jesus Christ. How do the two differ and why would or could the wrong on prevail? Why is there no record in the Bible of the almost annihilation of the Jews (God’s chosen people) by the Roman’s? These are some of the tough questions asked in the first chapter alone.
Through painstaking research many of the questions are answered in with historical reference. There is quite a case presented for the “Shroud of Turin” being the image of a master mason and not that of Jesus Christ. Read the history of the shroud that was tracked down along with the many missing years and it’s first documented appearance. Find out the origin of the Temple in Roslyn Scotland.
This book also offers much of the history of the freemasons and the persecution and flight from Jerusalem to Scotland and their spread across the world. It offers historical and analytical presentations on many subjects involving and surrounding Christianity. The book was enjoyable as one of many possibilities involving Christianity over the years. There are many books out there regarding the subject of Christianity’s evolution and this should be read as only one of the many.
It goes without saying that this book will offend many.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rex deus - an interesting theory 9 Jan. 2002
By A Customer
I enjoyed this book and found the rex deus theory quite fascinating. However, as a Muslim I can not accept the Jesus-James idea put forward or the direct lineage from Jesus. But a secret sect with some kind of historical blood line, why not.
The connection between the shroud of Turin and Jaques DuMolay is quite probable and the authors certainly argued their case.
Overall a very interesting read and well researched - it did get one wondering what is lurking underneath Rosslyn chapel!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Interesting Book 18 Sept. 1999
I couldn't put this book down! The authors have traced the origins of Freemasons and provided fascinating evidence and details of the history of the Templars, from their beginnings, through their 'glory years' and after their brutal persecution era. It also recounts the events of the Roman Catholic church during this time that many modern day devout Christians will find deeply disturbing and heretical.
This book also details evidence for the claims that the Turin Shroud was not the imprint of Jesus after his crucifixion, but the imprint of a man regarded by the exiled Templars as the second messiah.
This book will offend some, but if, like me, one questions the beliefs of modern day Christianity as being rather incredulous, this book will offer clues and suggestions as to how this religion has diverted from its origins and evolved into the faith we know today, and how esoteric images and scripts still exist today recording the original roots of the Christian faith.
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Robert Lomas is not the first writer to point to the fact that most immediate followers of Jesus honoured him not as a god but as a prophet of a revitalised, purified jewish faith. That Jesus was in fact a sort of Jewish fundamentalist (in the positive sense: going back to the essential values of the Jewish faith). That the dogma of the divine nature of Jesus was devised by people who had not known him, and that it ultimately triomphed only when the Roman emperor thought that it was in his interest that it should so. That, even if you set aside the gospels that were discarded, for mainly political reasons, by the council of Nicea such as it was manipulated by Emperor Constantine, and if one only reads the 4 'official' gospels, it cannot be asserted that Jesus ever claimed to be God. That the Turin shroud cannot be Jesus' picture, since it was only woven in the late middle ages. Robert Lomas is not the first one to put this case, but he does so in a coherent and convincing way. So far so good.
Speculation begins when the writer asserts that the shroud MUST be a picture of the last Grand Master of the Templars because of the carbon datation of the shroud, the body posture and damage that has been inflicted on this body as a result of torture, and finally the links between the Templars and the aristocratic families in whose keeping the shroud was for many years. Robert Lomas concludes that Jacques de Molay perfectly passes the test of "whose picture is that".
Robert Lomas fails to see that this is a mere possibility, while there may be many others. The 14th century was not characterised by exceptional religious tolerance and openness, and, at and around the time of jacques de Molay's torture and execution, there must have been many people who were subjected to a very similar treatment.
Whose picture is it? We shall probably never know, and Free Masonry will probably never pierce that mystery.
Still it is rather pleasant reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable answers
A very well written and researched book, enlightening the reader to other theories of religious history, it has given myself the proof to what I have always truly believed .
Published 1 month ago by Byron Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars but it built the beliefs I have until today - maybe my eternal...
Now that the Shroud is in the news again, I remembered how I read this book exactly 10 years ago. Not only did it help get me a first in Chemistry at school, but it built the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blockchain Girl
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Published 4 months ago by Miss Dorothy Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Excellent insight into Freemasonry. Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas are always great and do a superb job of research. Read more
Published 7 months ago by seamarshal
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Published 9 months ago by Andrew Main
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Published 9 months ago by sue
3.0 out of 5 stars The second Messiah
Very interesting account of the Templars and the birth of the Masons Have passed this book on my Mason friends for their thoughts.
Published 15 months ago by john wills
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Read it and I am not sure about the research behind the theory, but now looking into his reference material .
Published 17 months ago by alan mccann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent read, most interesting book i have read in years, love this author, will read more of his books in future
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking book
The authors make a compelling argument. . I need to research this for myself to validate their sources for myself
Published 20 months ago by ms s a haynes
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