Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus: Flavian Signature Edition [NOOK Book]

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Was Jesus the invention of a Roman emperor? The author of this ground-breaking book believes he was. "Caesar’s Messiah" reveals the key to a new and revolutionary understanding of Christian origins.
The clues leading to its startling conclusions are found in the writings of the first-century historian Flavius Josephus,
whose "Wars of the Jews" is one of the only historical chronicles of this period. Closely comparing the work of Josephus with ...
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Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus: Flavian Signature Edition

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Overview

Was Jesus the invention of a Roman emperor? The author of this ground-breaking book believes he was. "Caesar’s Messiah" reveals the key to a new and revolutionary understanding of Christian origins.
The clues leading to its startling conclusions are found in the writings of the first-century historian Flavius Josephus,
whose "Wars of the Jews" is one of the only historical chronicles of this period. Closely comparing the work of Josephus with the New Testament Gospels, "Caesar’s Messiah" demonstrates that the Romans directed the writing of both. Their purpose: to offer a vision of a “peaceful Messiah” who would serve as an alternative to the revolutionary leaders who were rocking first-century Israel and threatening Rome.
Similarly, "Caesar’s Messiah" will rock our understanding of Christian history as it reveals that Jesus was a fictional character portrayed in four Gospels written not by Christians but Romans. This Flavian Signature edition adds Atwill’s latest discoveries of numerous parallel events in sequence which ultimately reveal the identity of the true authors of the Gospels.
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Atwill (founder, Roman Origins Inst., New York City) here argues that Jesus of Nazareth did not exist; the New Testament Gospels that celebrate his coming are literary inventions devised by the Roman intellectual elite following the Roman-Jewish War of 66-70 C.E. Their purpose was to defend Rome, replace Messianic Judaism with a pacifistic sect, and encourage the worship of the Roman emperor by modeling the character of Christ on Emperor Titus himself. As proof, Atwill offers only assumptions. He does not believe the existence of two diametrically opposed first-century Messianic Jewish sects (the militant Sicarii and the pacifistic Christians) was plausible, even though dozens of Messianic groups roamed first-century Palestine with conflicting ideas. The similarities he sees between Flavius Josephus's Jewish Wars and the Gospels are forced and unconvincing (e.g., the Battle of Gadara and the man possessed by Legion in Mark 5). He argues that if these passages were meant to be easily spotted, they would not have remained hidden for 2000 years. In fact, the author is simply reviving an old theory of biblical origins and reading his preconceptions into the text. Not recommended.-Christopher Brennan, SUNY at Brockport Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983382300
  • Publisher: NLightning WorkZ
  • Publication date: 5/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 414
  • Sales rank: 185,191
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Good read

    More plausible then the sunday school version

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