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The Gospel and the Zodiac: The Secret Truth about Jesus Hardcover – 14 Feb 2008
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An intriguing leap into faith --Kirkus Reviews
Darlison outlines his astrological interpretation logically and lucidly --Fortean Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
The Reverend Bill Darlison is a life-long scholar of this subject. He is the Senior Minister of Dublin Unitarian Church. He lives in Dublin. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Bill Darlison is open and honest about his personal bias as a Gnostic Christian. This makes is easier for a non-christian to identify and put to one side comments that they will not find useful.
Having recently read the various works of Ralph Ellis and Joseph Atwill's Caesar's Messiah, I found this an extremely interesting study in how the Gospel's Authors went about constructing their tale.
Ralph Ellis shows how Josephus (AKA Saul, Paul...)wrote huge chunks of the New Testament on behalf of his Roman Paymasters. Joseph Atwill identifies these and shows how the Flavian Emperors together with the Herods the Alexanders and Josephus wrote the Gospels and the works of Josephus using a well established technique of 'typology' to connect the events of the life of 'Jesus' with those of the soon to be Emperor Titus. It is Titus who fulfills all the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments! He is the 'Christ' the 'Saviour' the 'Jesus' of those of 'Good Faith' with the Gods of the Roman Empire (Vespasian - God the Father, Titus - God the Son, Domitian - God the Spirit)
This book by Bill Darlison, shows very clearly how these authors went about uniting various themes from Hebrew, Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian and even Roman sources using the 12 month Solar or Zodiac Cycle as it's framework or curtain pole. A simple idea but very well explained by Darlison.
Joseph Atwill would have you believe that the ONLY intention of the New Testament was to create a new 'Judaism' which was friendly to Rome and non Militaristic. A religion in which the Jewish Zealots who refused to worship the 'Divine Roman Emperor' could be persuaded to do so without their knowing so! He is right of course - but it was never JUST that!
Bill Darlison shows how they aimed much higher than that! They aimed to give their new recruits a worthwhile Religion. One that would inspire. And so they did give of the best that was available in that age. How else could they have made those converts? Darlison shows the inspiring and spiritual message which they offered their new recruits.
It is just such a shame that this Pro-Roman-Pacifism didn't follow through in the attitudes of this new Church to others. Sure it was friendly to Rome and the various members of the Flavian Imperial Family are frequently mentioned by name in the New Testament, however so soon they started the agro against the Jews, the 'Heretics', and the 'Pagans'.
What is amazing is that this knowledge about the structure of the Gospels being Zodiacal is not new! It has been known right from the start! Valentinus is a very early Gnostic Christian witness to this.
All in all a very interesting read, and one which all those who have been disillusioned by all the deception over the last two millenia, and just have to KNOW THE TRUTH will just have to read!
MUCH better theology than all those heavy tomes I read when I was studying theology in Seminary!
Greg - Now The 'Gnostic Agnostic'!
But in a way this is irrelevant to Bill Darlison's main thesis, which is that Mark's gospel is packed with zodiacal references, albeit coded so that only the cognoscenti of the time would pick them up. What is important is that the wise men of the first century certainly did believe in astrology.
The book's presentation of the zodiacal structure of the gospel is pretty convincing, so we are forced to conclude that one of the (many) readings of Mark is as a sort of month-by-month "self help" manual for spiritual development. As we pass through the year we should learn to use the strengths associated with each sign, while trying to avoid the weaknesses. But of course this is good advice even if you don't believe in astrology. Or even if you wouldn't call yourself a Christian. Read it whoever you are!
This same body of opinion asserts the accuracy and relevance of the nativity story, a story wherein Jesus' birth is predicted astrologically by astrologers in the form of the magi and in which Jesus family take him to Egypt (a land steeped in astrology).
The author develops the comparison between Jesus' life story as told in the gospels and the play of the astrological calendar in a magisterial work of honest scholarship.