The Masks of Christ: Behind the Lies and Cover-Ups About the Life of Jesus

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From the gnostic gospels to the Nativity, religious mythology immortalized Jesus — his personality, his actions, his words — but what if they didn't tell the truth?

Although an entire religion is based on his teachings, Jesus himself did not record any written accounts of his life or faith. He taught his followers orally, and our only sources about what Jesus actually said and believed, the Gospels, were written long after his lifetime. But the Gospel authors had their own ...

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Overview

From the gnostic gospels to the Nativity, religious mythology immortalized Jesus — his personality, his actions, his words — but what if they didn't tell the truth?

Although an entire religion is based on his teachings, Jesus himself did not record any written accounts of his life or faith. He taught his followers orally, and our only sources about what Jesus actually said and believed, the Gospels, were written long after his lifetime. But the Gospel authors had their own agendas to promote and most certainly altered — even distorted — their leader's message.

In The Masks of Christ, bestselling authors Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince peel away layers of mythology, canonical revisions, Church propaganda, and censorship in order to reveal who Christ really was — and discover his true message to the followers of Christianity. Stripping away centuries of misinformation, Picknett and Prince dispel religious myths, unearth historical truths, and uncover the real stories behind some of the Bible's most famous tales — including how Christ's long-hidden relationships with John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene shaped his beliefs and religious mission.

Drawing on objective research, Picknett and Prince present the living, breathing Jesus and provide a context for Jesus' teachings in the time and society in which he lived — and, most important, guidance on what the life and lessons of Jesus Christ mean to everyone today.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Picknett and Prince are the authors of controversial and provocative works, including The Templar Revelation and The Turin Shroud, that challenge popular assumptions and bring into question much of what many consider truth. In their newest volume, the authors strike boldly and unreservedly against what they see as the mythos that transformed the historical Jesus into a God, namely, the Christ. Studying the traditions and tensions that surrounded the early Christians and filtering these through the lens of skepticism, they create a picture that is both challenging and disturbing. If they are correct, then the Christ of today's Christianity is a corruption of the mission of the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth. In the end, they conclude that "it seems that even Jesus himself would once have agreed that Christians have been worshipping the wrong Christ for two millenia." Tough words. Readers will decide for themselves whether the authors prove their case. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

Picknett and Prince are historical detectives with a passion for investigating religious mysteries, and their new book is destined to be a thought-provoking and unsettling best seller. Situated in the era of The Da Vinci Code, it seeks to examine the real truths underlying currently held beliefs and dogmas about Jesus. A fundamental premise of this text is that the past two millennia of Christianity have designed and interpreted a Christian theology from the divergent and contradictory statements within the four Gospels. Using the tools of the academy, Picknett and Prince try to differentiate between myth and reality, fiction and fact, and belief and reason. The result is well argued and clearly written; the long-held truths familiar to most readers are here challenged with seemingly irrefutable logic and historical evidence. Readers familiar with the authors' The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ and its conclusions will soon realize that their new book continues and intensifies this provocative discussion. The text is completed by 25 pages of notes, a lengthy select bibliography, and an index. Recommended for select libraries. For larger public libraries as demand dictates.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416531661
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 999,320
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Picknett is a writer, researcher, and lecturer on historical and religious mysteries. Her seminal book, written with Clive Prince, The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ, inspired the New York Times bestsellers The Da Vinci Code and The Secret Supper. They are also the authors of The Sion Revelation: The Truth About the Guardians of Christ's Sacred Bloodline. She lives in London, England.

Clive Prince is a writer, researcher, and lecturer on the paranormal, the occult, and historical and religious mysteries. With Lynn Picknett, he is the author of The Templar Revelation: Secret Guardians of the True Identity of Christ and Turin Shroud: In Whose Image? He lives in London, England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction

1 Between the Lines
2 The Man Who Never Was and the Christ Who Shouldn't Have Been
3 Born of a Virgin?
4 "Excited to the Utmost"
5 The Man Behind the Mission
6 Signs and Wonders
7 The Rival Christs
8 Road to the Cross
9 From Jesus to Christ
10 The Final Revelation

Notes and References Select Bibliography Index

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