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King Jesus, from Kam (Egypt) to Camelot. King Jesus of Judaea was King Arthur of Britain.
King Jesus, from Kam (Egypt) to Camelot. King Jesus of Judaea was King Arthur of Britain.
by Ralph Ellis
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Speculate to accumulate?, 19 May 2015
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The first half of this book probably deserves 4 or 5 stars, but from there it progresses into deeper and deeper speculation, which though not impossible, stretches the scant evidence to absolute breaking point. The primary theories relating to Paul/Josephus are extremely interesting and do have a degree of credibility - though, again, this is still highly speculative and should be regarded with a liberal dose of salt.
Ellis is an excellent communicator, competent writer and a noteworthy scholar, so his opinions deserve attention, while his books are commendably readable. In short, Ellis makes some fascinating observations relating to the historical record of 1st & 2nd century Judaea, which certainly make food for thought. However, his theories relating to Jesus are a little fanciful, given the singular lack of any hard evidence; there is a danger of forcing 2 and 2 to equal 5. My principle argument against those theories relate to Tacitus - and there are two ways of looking at this: if the 11th century copies of Tacitus' Annals are regarded as authentic, and specifically in relation to Jesus, then it would seem inconceivable that Tacitus would not be fully aware of his true identity and therefore refer to him in rather different terms than he does. Of course, then there is the other view of Tacitus' Annals that some or all of it is forgery, or has at least been doctored by Christian scribes - which is certainly possible. In this case, can we rely on any of the historical records pertinent to Ellis' thesis, much of which was written long after the events (and, in many instances, regarded as pure folklore by all other credible scholars), just because they were written by "anti-Christians" - who therefore had their own agenda and were probably more interested in disseminating that rather than any known facts, assuming that they were in possession of any to begin with? Ellis' assertion that Paul could have accomplished the greatest historical perversion and cover-up ever perpetrated does seem rather far-fetched, (albeit, not impossible), while his reliance on his interpretation of the Talmud (which also has an anti-Christian agenda) may be somewhat foolhardy. Ultimately, the "historical" material (currently) available can be manipulated by just about anyone with an axe to grind and made to fit whatever hypothesis they happen to champion. It is all just supposition to the power of supposition.
By all means read this book and Ellis' other work, just treat it with due caution. That said, I do empathize with Ellis' overall attitude toward the Biblical historical record, in that there is undoubtedly something fishy going on! However, what that is, is far from clear.
Where Ellis does score highly, though, is in his analysis of the potential theological roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; here he makes a great many significant observations within a narrative that runs through the entire book; he also makes some intriguing observations about John the Baptist and the Mandaeans. It is a shame then that commercialism is the likely driving force behind the voluminous and largely frivolous claims being posited by Ellis... [Incidentally, I am an atheist, in case anyone thinks I have bias towards Christianity.]


Fruit Of The Loom Childrens Unisex Set in Sleeve Sweatshirt (3-4) (Bottle Green)
Fruit Of The Loom Childrens Unisex Set in Sleeve Sweatshirt (3-4) (Bottle Green)
Offered by Universal Textiles & Footwear
Price: £5.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful, 10 April 2015
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Cheap and cheerful, these will keep you child warm and comfortable. Bit plain, but great value. Seem to wash okay.


The Old Bailey
The Old Bailey
by Stanley Jackson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and insightful, 10 April 2015
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This review is from: The Old Bailey (Hardcover)
This book was written in 1978 and probably not reprinted, which is a shame because it is extremely good. If you want a well-written insightful history of the Old Bailey (or the British legal system in general), this may be one of the best books available on the subject. Highly recommended.


Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Price: £119.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Tablet, 10 April 2015
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Quality is hard to beat and this has that in abundance. Worth the money, especially at half-price! There really isn't anything negative to say about this. One warning, though, if you want to add a keyboard, make sure it's a bluetooth device (suitable for Linux OS), otherwise it may not be compatible.


10 x 380 12v 21/5W BAY15D Bulbs - Twin
10 x 380 12v 21/5W BAY15D Bulbs - Twin
Offered by Motionperformance - Waxacar
Price: £1.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, 10 April 2015
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Certainly work well enough and at the price, can't really go wrong.


500mm x 50M Heavy Duty Brown Kraft Wrapping Paper Roll 90gsm - 50 METRES
500mm x 50M Heavy Duty Brown Kraft Wrapping Paper Roll 90gsm - 50 METRES
Offered by PolyPostalBags
Price: £8.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Crafty, 10 April 2015
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Reasonable quality and good value for the money.


Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Price: £38.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent for the money., 10 April 2015
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Decent sound reproduction and reasonable power. Bit harsh at the top end. Tone control allows for personal taste, though I found leaving it in the middle was best. Compact with easy connections and headphone socket & Aux socket; also has volume control. If looking for budget speakers for your PC, these will serve you well.


Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Professional Headphones - Black
Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Professional Headphones - Black
Price: £35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 10 April 2015
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These are as good a set of headphones as I have ever had. Quality is high and clean. Fitting is comfortable (even for prolonged use), but not loose - people with large ears might want to find some with bigger cups, though. Not sure what the 1 - 3 star views are about. It does have a long cable, but that's a plus, not a negative - it can always be tided with a wire tie (or similar). Has a single cable, which is nice and thick. Optional plugs are gold coated. As good as they look and good value.


HAVIT HV-MS958GT 2.4G Wireless Mouse with 10m Range, Grey
HAVIT HV-MS958GT 2.4G Wireless Mouse with 10m Range, Grey

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 April 2015
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Excellent - does what it says on the tin. The mouse has no on off switch because it automatically turns itself off when at rest for a short time or when there is no signal from the wifi device (which can be stored in its own slot inside the battery compartment - should you wish). A robust and reliable mouse.


Eat Dog Eat
Eat Dog Eat
Price: £10.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic hard rock, 23 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Eat Dog Eat (Audio CD)
Just wanted to add my vote of approval. If you like hard rock'n'roll in the AC/DC tradition and you loved the original Motorhead, you will definitely like this. As another reviewer said: such a shame Eddie left Motorhead... The best thing he's done in 30 years; sadly a bit too late.


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