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

Christopher Knight , Robert Lomas
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2 April 1998
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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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099227320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099227328
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Templars, the Turin Shroud and the Great Secret of Freemasonry

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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, except for the Shroud theory 13 Nov 2001
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY BRILLIANT 3 Feb 2004
This is the second of a series of four books co-authoured by Knight and Lomas. Of the four it is the shortest yet probably, in my opinion, the most shocking and interesting.
Extremely well researched and very well written this controversial book is a must read for those interested in the Knights Templar or Jesus Christ. However you need to be open minded about the Christian faith as it will leave the reader with a completely altered view of the historical Jesus. Never again will you think of the original messiah in the same light. That said you may find it strengthening your Christian beliefs.
I would however strongly recommend reading the 'Hiram Key' by the same authors first to help set the scene. After the Second Messiah you will want to carry on by reading Uriel's Machine and the Book of Hiram which continue to develop Knight and Lomas's theories and findings.
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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
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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 Sep 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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30 of 34 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 5 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 7 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 8 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 10 months ago by ms s a haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars About the Origins of Freemasonary
This is a really fascinating read for anyone who is interested in the early Christian
Church and what followed. i found it hard to put down.
Published 11 months ago by Irene Hinton
1.0 out of 5 stars How can de Molay be the person on the Shroud when he was slowly burned...
I am very puzzled how and where the author of this book got his research from. As he states Jacques de Molay is the same person who is on the Turin Shroud. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Messiah: The Templars, The Turin Shroud and the Great...
Again, I had purchased this book (in hardback also) some years earlier. It was actually a mistake that I had ordered this copy, but it will go into my library.
Published 18 months ago by nicholas preece
3.0 out of 5 stars Elements of historic speculation tend to be presented as proved facts
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. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Frederic Renard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Massiah
This is a fasinating book which anyone interested in the Knights Templar and Freemsonary must read. This book has been well researched and I was unable to put it down
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by John
1.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing...I should say risible...
The blurb under 'Product Description' has a fatal error. It states that Jacques de Molay was crucified. He was not. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Julian Kerrell-Vaughan
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