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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