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Jesus Of The Apocalypse: The Life of Jesus After the Crucifixion Paperback – 1 Mar 1997
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The sequel to the controversial Jesus the Man.
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In her controversial 1992 bestseller Jesus the Man, Barbara Thiering first showed how the pesher method of 'decoding' two separate levels of meaning found in the Dead Sea Scrolls could be used by applying it to the Gospels, and presented a completely new historical interpretation of the life of Jesus Christ. Now, in a new work of remarkable research and scholarship, she sets out to unravel the mysteries that have long surrounded the elusive complexities of the Book of Revelation. 'It was not,' she writes, 'about vision and apocalypse, but about the profoundly important history of the Christian movement from AD 1 to AD 114.'
In Jesus of the Apocalypse, Barbara Thiering presents a new and significant view of the development of Christianity from the time of the crucifixion until the second century AD. She argues that Jesus was no solitary preacher appearing suddenly on the shores of Lake Galilee: he was a central figure in a major political movement to overthrow the pagan Roman empire. Although crucified, he did not die on the cross, and he, and subsequently his sons, took an important role in the evolution of the new underground religion which was developing out of Judaism.
With detective-like perseverance Theiring unfolds the mystery of words, meanings and places that have been allowed to pass unchallenged, including a radical new interpretation of such mystical themes as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the seven seals. the Beast whose number is 666, the Great Harlot clothed in scarlet and purple. In so doing, she provides an absorbing and enlightening background to a period that has so often been seen more through the implications of scripture than the facts of history.
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Barbara Thiering, are logical and worthy of serious consideration. Mainstream believers (those who are 'seekers after
smooth things') may have trouble accepting an alternative explanation of New Testament information, but the
interpretative lens that Thiering uses is well known and totally understandable considering its use to describe
and interpret events of 2000 + years ago when the political and religious climate was VERY different from today.
Interpreting events in those ancient times with a technique that is not widely understood might give those who
are wedded to the interpretations widely in circulation, but the TRUTH is uncovered for 'those who have ears to hear.'
The Dead Sea Scrolls help us to understand the 'almost hidden' truth. Thiering unlocks them for modern readers.
but Thiering has found the code for 'those who can hear' that works on the earliest texts. it is hard work to really get deep into this but if you do it the truth is clear and adds a lot of details to the well known bible reports that are real history.
rather than changing the bible we know, this adds details that make sense of everything we always wondered about. people who have been born again and limit the truth to the words of one particular bible translation probably should pass on this one.
One may view this work as heresy, yet one cannot deny that it is neither stale or a rehash of modern thought.One can assume it is firmly grounded on ancient beliefs on how they view there ancient texts and why they wrote them in a strange fashion.