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on 29 July 2008
This is an alternative, but highly plausible, take on the history of the Israelite's and the lives of Jesus and St Paul (Saul). The author makes a very strong case for the real identity of the Israelite's and their subsequent exodus. Ellis uncovers evidence to show that this exodus was the none other than the plight of the Hyksos, who were the Shepherd King's of the ancient Lower Egypt kingdom. Biblical fathers such as Abraham were in fact these King's or Pharaohs.

Fast forward 1,600 years to New Testament times and Ellis uncovers evidence that Jesus was none other than a royal descendant of these Hyksos kings. His actual mission was to regain the royal throne that his ancestors once held. The subsequent religion of Christianity that sprang shortly after this period was not what Jesus taught or preached at all.

Ellis argues that our Pauline version of Christianity was created by Paul (Saul) for profit only. Paul was Jew who constantly switched sides between the Roman's and the Jew's and ultimately saw out his life in luxury in Rome under the guise of Josephus where he wrote several New Testament texts in an effort to create his fledgling church. He also wrote several major historical works covering Jewish history and the Roman-Judeo wars of the 1st century A.D.

Ellis does make some bold assertions in this book with the most notable being that the ancient homeland of the Jew's is none other than Northern Egypt and not modern day Israel. This obviously would have all sorts of political implications if further irrefutable proof was ever uncovered. Whether you take this theory seriously or not, this book is a highly interesting read.
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on 6 December 2001
Have you ever wondered why the characters named in the Bible do not seem to be mentioned in our Ancient History records? This book sets out to find out the truth about these people and their actual historic existence. A really memorable read that starts to make sense of the Bible and what was going on around the time of the Exodus. See how the Biblical characters become actual historical figures and you'll see that it all starts to come together in a logical way.
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on 5 February 2002
Ralph Ellis has a tendency to get so passionate about what he feels he is revealing as to get in the way of his thesis. There are a few times where the conflux and competition of theories that have been competing with each other for decades (from Hancock and the ancient extra-terrestrials theory to the Masonic/Knights Templar hypotheses regarding Egypt and the like) splash into each other like waves on a beach in his work and writing style, crashing over you while you're trying to reach the surface on your last breath. And yet he stays committed to a central thesis well enough to have his point of view unfold with such lucidity and believeability that a new perspectiveon Biblical history takes hold in your mind. Any and all people who love this kind of innovative and contraversial scholarhip on the Bible and Western religion will forgive the mistakes and strange turns in this book, and focus on the impressive research he has done almost uncontrollably. He actually does succeed, in his own way, in creating a missing link between many nearly conflicting theories, if not a unified-field lexicon with which to actually guage their validity. And of course, if you are new to the idea of Jesus being linked with ancient Egypt, prepare for one hell of a ride.
I recommend the works of Gerald Massey--particularly ANCIENT EGYPT, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, after reading this.
It's a great read.
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on 2 June 1999
The most thought provoking book on religion that I have read. If only half of this is true, we will have to think seriously about reavaluating all of Western theology.
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on 15 August 2008
This is a brilliant book full of many valid points, but what makes him different from other authors is Ralph has the evidence to back it up.
After reading this you will have gained the ability to read biblical texts, and other texts, with a true understanding of there meanings; most of this being related to celestial mechanics.
He really demonstrates how the fanciful and obscure events in the bible are actually quite down to Earth, yet surprising happeneings in our history.
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on 6 November 2013
Too much speculation for my liking! Ralph ellis has not enough evidence to back up his "theories" even though he tries to convince the reader that his supposition & speculation is fact by the way he gradualy shifts his theories from one to the other...I must admit i am only half way through this book, i feel i have to complete it to find out where he his going with it.
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on 22 May 2011
Ralph Ellis continues to be one of the most successful and detailed researchers of this era. His work is stunningly gathered, laid out and explained.
Please keep it up!
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on 26 January 2015
arrived in record and bought for my husband who once open the first page kept on reading to the end he was very impressed but does like Ralph Ellis bookes.
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on 18 January 2015
intresting book , Its an eye opener
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on 29 September 2010
This is one of the most interesting books of its kind and more readable than most. It also begins a series of studies that number 6 books so far - all of which make the reader re-evaluate the foundations of the traditional christian faith. And this can only be a good thing, because believers ought not to have 'blind faith' but rather a real idea of the origins and reasons for their faith.

The reason that I am puzzled is this: exactly why is the Kindle edition the most expensive way to get this book? After all it is the cheapest method of distribution: no paper or card or ink. No printiing or print workers. No lorries or vans and the drivers and diesel fuel. C'mon! This price is a nonsense!!
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