The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History

Version: Abridged
Author: Michael Baigent
Narrator: Michael Baigent
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christianity, Bibles
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: April 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In "The Jesus Papers," Michael Baigent probes into the truth about Jesus's life and crucifixion.

As a religious historian, Baigent explores the religious and political climate in which Jesus was born and raised, and the strife within the different factions of the Jewish Zealot movement. He chronicles the migrations of Jesus's family, his subsequent exposure to other cultures and the events, teachings, and influences that were most likely to have shaped Jesus's early years. Baigent also uncovers the inconsistencies and biases in the accounts of the major historians of Jesus's time, revealing their enduring influence in forming our most common conceptions of Jesus.

Baigent provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking discoveries. The evidence he uncovers leads him to make shocking new assertions that threaten the conventional account of Jesus's life and death and shake the very foundation of Western thought. Ultimately, his investigation raises the hope that we may gain a new understanding of Jesus.

Reviews (5)

Required reading!!

Written by rv9av8tr on January 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What a fascinating look at the life of Jesus from strictly a historical perspective, using scriptures and the Dead Sea Scrolls as a framework. The reality is, the history of all religions is one of twisted truths and this book does a great job in unraveling the past.

The Jesus Papers

Written by Carole Zoellner on August 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I found this audio book to be very thought provoking. However, at the end I was waiting for the proof of these Jesus Papers. Sadly, I was disappointed.

The Greatest Conspiracy Story on Earth

Written by Mandi Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on July 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a history-based "who done it" story. But the real question seems to be, "was it really done?" Michael Baigent is just as entertaining without his "Holy Blood Holy Grail" side-kicks, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. His historical descriptions of the life and times in Israel at the being of the Common Era are spellbinding. No doubt about it, when it comes to unearthing a great conspiracy tale, Baigent is a master story teller.


Written by Dan Redfern on June 7th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Entertaining, but this was more about creating a sensation than uncovering any hidden truth. The author tantalizes the listener by making them believe that he has evidence to backup his proposals, but at the end he fails to deliver. This would have worked much better as a fictional piece, infact I think it could have been very well done in that framework.

Show Me the Papers!

Written by Anonymous from Irvine, CA on January 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this book. It sets the political as well as the religious climate of the times and the hypotheses about Jesus, as far-fetched as I believe them to be, were interesting to contemplate. Ultimately, the one piece of evidence that would prove something conclusively is missing, however, I found the book to be thought provoking and well worth the listen.

Author Details

Author Details

Baigent, Michael

Michael Baigent is the author of "Omens of Babylon", "Ancient Traces", the "New York Times" bestseller "The Jesus Papers", and the co-author of the international bestsellers "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and the "Messianic Legacy" (with Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh), "The Temples and the Lodge", "The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception", "Secret Germany", "The Elixir and the Stone", and "The Inquisition"