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The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-up in History
The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-up in History
by Michael Baigent
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many loose ends!, 27 Dec 2006
I am a great fan of Michael Baigent and his views on alternative Christian history. However, in this book Baigent doesn't produce any new revalations as his sources for this book are largely secondary.

In this book Baigent through some of his antiquity-dealing friends comes upon several ancient documents that claim to offer indisputable proof that Jesus survived the crucifixion and lived into old age. Whether or not he was married to Mary Magdalene and had a child is of course the thesis of the Holy Blood and Holy Grail. It was while he was researching HBHG that he came into contact with a priest who claimed to have been told about documents (then in the possession of the Vatican) that surfaced in the early 20th century proving that Christ was alive post 33AD. Towards the end of the book Baigent alludes to an Israeli antiquities dealer who shows him Aramaic scripts further proving Jesus was alive long after the crucifixion. Frustratingly, Baigent admits that he cannot read Aramaic so cannot prove the claims of the dealer.

Aside from scrutinizing ancient documents Baigent also hypothesizes that Jesus may have been a Jewish mystic rather than the Son of God. References to the Kingdom of Heaven, he argues, are a metaphor for a state of consciousness that mystics of ancient times strived to reach or attain. Baigent, like many other previous authors, attacks the early church's attempts to outlaw many of the early gospels that possibly reveal a mystical element to Christ's teachings.

On completion of this book there seems to be too many loose ends; the book seems only half complete. No translation or dating of the texts inspected by Baigent is undertaken which is surprising as these provide the foundation of his arguments. The priest's account of further proof for Christ's existence after 33AD is yet to be followed up. Baigent points to the shadowy world of antiquities dealing and Church interests for these loose ends. Sadly whether or not these claims will ever be proven is any body's guess...

The Sion Revelation: Inside the Shadowy World of Europe's Secret Masters
The Sion Revelation: Inside the Shadowy World of Europe's Secret Masters
by Lynn Picknett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.39

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a revelation but an interesting read nonetheless, 17 July 2006
A fascinating read into the "actual" Priory of Sion, the Sion Revelation dispells the romantic version of the Priory laid out in Holy Blood Holy Grail and the Da Vinci Code. Infact one is almost disappointed to discover that the true Priory is not linked to the Knights' Templar, does not guard the sacred bloodline of Christ and does not include da Vinci and Newton as Grand Masters.

Picknett and Prince argue that the Priory is a front for several other esoteric societies that harbour the desire to create a United States of Europe. Infact the Priory of Sion is predominantly a French group that was founded in 1956 rather than a medeval society with links to the Templars and the Crusades. Even so the actual Priory does have its fair share of shadowy characters and may have included ex French presidents' de Galle and Mitterand among its members. Both men played considerable roles in the formation of what is now the European Union.

The book itself is well researched and written. It is essentially split into two parts. The first dispells the da Vinci Code version of the Priory and the second attempts to unravel the truth behind the real Priory, delving deep into the esoteric (occultist) history of France and then into post war France where the group had its beginnings.

No one knows for sure if the group actually exists or wields the influence that some claim. At the time of writing Picknett and Prince couldn't even name the current Grand Master although one of their contacts claimed to be a member. While I find the book and its theories totally credible I did not find any of the conclusions a "revelation". However, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting another slant on the da Vinci Code phenomenon.

The Spirits' Book
The Spirits' Book
by Allan Kardec
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Totally Difference, 30 Jun 2005
This review is from: The Spirits' Book (Paperback)
As this book was written in French well over 100 years ago the English translation can be quite difficult to comprehend at times. However, the whole concept of the afterlife is brought to life in these pages.
Using a psychic to "interview" spirits, the author records the answers to various questions posed to those in the afterlife. The anwsers are quite astounding and had me believing for the first time in my life that there is life after death. A must read for anyone who wants to gain spiritual enlightenment.

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