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The Marian Conspiracy: The Hidden Truth About the Holy Grail, the Real Father of Christ and the Tomb of the Virgin Mary Hardcover – 24 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd (24 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283063416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283063411
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Phillip's reasoning sounds positively sane' The Independent 'Phillips is a seeker of the truth, a questor...an extraordinary exploration into ancient history' The Universe" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Graham Phillips is the author of the five acclaimed books in this genre. His most recent book was Act of God: Moses, Tutankhamun and the Myth of Atlantis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
As an historian, when I first began reading this controversial book, I expected to find myself faced with a highly speculative piece of armchair detective work. However, I was immediatelyi mpressed by the author's enthusiastic hands-on approach to a difficult subject. Rather than speculate on what may or may not be hidden by the Catholic Church, the author gains access to the Vatican's Secret Archives. Rather than ruminate over what archaeological discoveries may or may not be being covered up in the Judean Wilderness, he seeks out the authorities at the forefront of the work. Step by logical step, and assembling a team of relevant experts as he proceeds, Phillips takes us out into the field on his personal search to discover the origins of the Christian Church. This is in no way an academic book - but it does not claim to be. However, it is for the most part soundly researched and written in an informative and easy style - which in itself is something of an achievement, given the complex nature of the subject matter. Although I cannot find myself concurring with Phillips' conclusions, I found it to be an absorbing read. A must for anyone who seeks straightforward answers to questions that few others have been brave enough to ask.
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Format: Paperback
I have never been interested in Bible mysteries and only read this book because a friend had it. However, this book is a really exciting adventure story about solving a series of historical codes to lead to the secret burial site of the Virgin Mary. In many ways it is a real-life "National Treasure" type story, set against a backdrop of a conspiracy of silence by the established church. The pace gathers throughout the book and left me breathless at the end. This is a marvellous read for anyone - regardless of whether or not they are interested in the Bible.
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Was King Herod Jesus' grandad? Could Joseph of Arimathea have been Jesus' yuppie kid brother? Was the Virgin Mary the Holy Grail, and is she/it buried somewhere in Britain? Were the Druids Christians? Why did the Church conceal the truth for two millenia and why did it fall to Graham Phillips to uncover it? Why does he always answer a question with another question? Why shouldn't he? Am I the Emperor Napoleon? My name has almost the same number of letters, I'm the same height give or take a foot, plus I've been to Corsica and Paris, so why not?
As an example of the modern genre of pseudo-scholarship this book is rather well done. It contains some outright howlers when it strays into areas of actual historical knowledge, such as an idiosyncratic account of the early Church and some bizarre reflections on the Goths. Wisely, though, the author sticks mostly to grey areas where speculation is free. He's had plenty of practice and this is one of his best tales. Personally I wouldn't buy it - I prefer my fiction straight - but there are many who will.
P.S. Who's Marian?
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As fiction it would earn a five, as a work of fact it earns 1 - so I'll compromise on 3.

Some of his speculations are interesting. If as Phillips states that Herod's son Antipater wife was Mary then couldn't she be the Mary the mother of Jesus. What more logical then, having executed Antipater for treason (as Herod did), that he should also wish to hunt down Jesus who was the heir to the throne and so a threat. But evidence? Pilate asked Jesus if he claimed to be king. Jesus admits to this and this would be treason. Yet Herod finds no fault in Jesus. Could this be because Jesus had a claim as Antipater's son that the Romans would regard as legal? Or is it simply that the Gospel writers were trying to whitewash Pilate and to put the blame on the Jews and so portray Christianity as distinct from Judaism in the post Jewish revolt era as more academic authors usually assume.

Taking a skeptical view of the Bible has been possible for some 250 years and it is not likely that someone like Phillips is going come up with anything very new. Hence it you want to write a hidden-truth-detective story about the Bible then the wild speculation route that Phillips has chosen is the only one possible.
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Having read many books on this subject I was hoping for something new. I am sceptical of Graham's thoughts on Mary's lineage. Both Luke and Matthew take the trouble to give Joseph's lineage. Joseph's father was Jacob-Heli. As Graham points out many people had two names back then and Jacob was Heli's patriachal name. Without any later 'church' influence one could only gather from this that Joseph was the father of Jesus. I would recommend a very enlightening book by Barbara Thiering called 'The Book that Jesus wrote - John's Gospel'. She goes into great detail regarding Mary, Mary Magdelene and the circumstances surrounding the cruxifiction. (Q) Why would anyone take aloes (a strong purgative) into the tomb of Jesus if he was dead?) She also tells us that Jesus' brother James (Joseph of Arimathea) was stoned to death in AD62 by order of Ananus the Younger. She explains that the Beloved Disciple mentioned in Graham's book is John Mark, otherwise known as Eutychus a Therapeut and mentioned by Josephus. This may throw a few 'spanners' in the works but that's what exploring history is about.
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