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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"