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The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God? Paperback – 25 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA) (25 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609807986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807989
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderful blend of detective story, historical research, and clear thinking, The Jesus Mysteries explains in accessible form what has been known to scholars for centuries. The time for the inner mysteries of Christianity to be brought out of the closet is long overdue, and this book is a powerful and courageous voice for the cause."
-- Roger Housden, author of Sacred America and Sacred Journeys in a Modern World
"The Jesus Mysteries -- 'Book of the year.' " "Daily Telegraph"

A wonderful blend of detective story, historical research, and clear thinking, The Jesus Mysteries explains in accessible form what has been known to scholars for centuries. The time for the inner mysteries of Christianity to be brought out of the closet is long overdue, and this book is a powerful and courageous voice for the cause.
-- Roger Housden, author of Sacred America and Sacred Journeys in a Modern World
The Jesus Mysteries -- Book of the year. "Daily Telegraph""

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""Whether you conclude that this book is the most alarming heresy of the millennium or the mother of all revelations, The Jesus Mysteries deserves to be read."
-- Fort Worth Star -Telegram
What if . . .
* there were absolutely no evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus?
* for thousands of years Pagans had also followed a Son of God?
* this Pagan savior was also born of a virgin on the twenty-fifth of December before three shepherds, turned water into wine at a wedding, died and was resurrected, and offered his body and blood as a Holy Communion?
* these Pagan myths had been rewritten as the gospel of Jesus Christ?
* the earliest Gnostic Christians knew that the Jesus story was a myth?
* Christianity turned out to be a continuation of Paganism by another name?

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An excellent book, which is clear and concise: trying to pick out the salient points of a vast subject. If anything it is a little lightweight. Anyone interested in the roots of Christianity and Christ's true message before it was corrupted by a political organisation should pick it up. As should anyone who is interested in historical facts which the church has tried to obliterate over the last 2000 years in an attempt to stamp its authority over humanity. Not content with raping, torturing and murdering every culture and civilisation they have come into contact with, the Christian Organisations are shown to be deceitfully peddling man's inheritance and salvation as their own invention.
To suggest that it only portrays one side of the argument is stating the obvious and it is a side of the argument, which is sorely needed. And to suggest that it use out dated reference material, can by a quick look at the notes section (which are extremely wide ranging and meticulous) shown to be incorrect. The breadth of material used to support their arguments adds strength to their whole standpoint.
It gives a glimpse of pre-Christian religions and shows them to be enlightening and bringing to humanity everything that Christianity claims to do yet blatantly has not. At last people are starting to break free of the Church's suffocating grip and quest to keep us all in the dark ages it enforced on us in the first place. It contains enough inspiration and promise to keep you reading further on the subject. Well worth a purchase.
Anyone who finds agreement in what they read might try "The Dark Side of God" which reaches a similar conclusion but by a different path. It's a weightier read but again concludes that the Chruch in Rome bears little resemblence to the orginal Nazarenes, Desposyni and Gnostics.
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Of the 2 authors of this book, one has a degree in philosophy and is an authority on world mysticism with more than 20 books published internationally; the other has an MA in classical civilizations, specialising in the ancient Pagan Mystery religions.
Together they have turned detective and with their extremely detailed and very careful research (all listed in Notes) and logical, clear thinking have come up with this book and explained in layman's terms what has actually been known to scholars for centuries:
- there is no evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus;
- for thousands of years Pagans also followed a Son of God;
- this Pagan saviour was also born of a virgin on the 25th December before 3 shepherds, turned water into wine at a wedding, died and was resurrected, and offered his body and blood as a Holy Communion;
- these Pagan myths have been rewritten as the gospel of Jesus Christ
- the earliest Gnostic Christians knew that the Jesus story was a myth;
- Christianity has turned out to be a continuation of Paganism by another name.
I was brought up as a Christian and have great respect for Christians and their belief in the Christian faith. I am certainly no theologian but I am interested in world religions and have a belief in God/higher power. I have attended Christian services in different churches from Roman Catholic to Church of England to URC and also attended services in a Hindu temple and a Buddhist temple.
However, although I respect Christians I can see that Christianity does seem to have lost its way somewhat. When the authors reviewed the very substancial evidence they concluded that the traditional "history" of Christianity was nothing less than the greatest cover-up of all time.
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I give this a one star rating on the basis that the authors don't know what they are talking about. Their interpretation of the evidence they use is wrong on the basis that they lack knowledge and therefore come up with the wrong conclusion. Most of it is there opinion. & self promotion.
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Before I go on, I should say that I have no particular axe to grind about Jesus. I don't believe he was God, I have nothing against mysticism, and certainly nothing against pagan myths. The reason I give this book 1 star is that it is a confused mish-mash that shows very little understanding of its sources.

There is nothing new in the claim that Christianity was influenced by the mystery religions, and there are indeed some similarities. But they are general similiarities, not exact parallels. The authors have taken several pagan gods here, and combined various aspects of their stories to create a figure who is more like Christ than any of them were individually. They call this figure Osiris-Dionysos. The similarities between these two gods was noted in antiquity (e.g by the Greek historian Herodotus). But the parallels with Christ are not exact. For example, they claim that this figure was the "Son of God", born of a mortal virgin. How does this claim stand up? Dionysos was the son of Zeus and the mortal woman Semele, but it was not a virgin birth - I don't think any of the stories about mortals having children by gods were. Osiris was the son of the Egyptian sky goddess Nut and the earth god Geb. Adonis was born from a tree, and Mithras from the rock of a cave! Other claims are equally weak. Dionysos was not born in a cave, but when Semele saw Zeus in his divine form, and the light was so brilliant that she was burnt to ashes, except for her child. It is true that the birthday of Mithras was 25th December, but the only birth date for Dionysos I can find is 5th January. Osiris was born sometime in July - that's when the Egyptian new year was. The notion that "Osiris-Dionysos" died for the sins of mankind is a purely Christian idea, with no precedents in antiquity.
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