The Messianic Legacy

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Holy Blood, Holy Grail rocked the very foundations of Christianity. Now four more years of research have uncovered shocking material — and its earthshaking consequences.

• What extraordinary meaning lies behind Jesus' title — "King of the Jews"?
• Was there more than one Christ?
• Who really constituted Jesus' following — and what were the ...

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Holy Blood, Holy Grail rocked the very foundations of Christianity. Now four more years of research have uncovered shocking material — and its earthshaking consequences.

• What extraordinary meaning lies behind Jesus' title — "King of the Jews"?
• Was there more than one Christ?
• Who really constituted Jesus' following — and what were the real identities of Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot?
• Who now has the ancient treasure of the Temple of Jerusalem?
• What is the true source of today's Christian "Fundamentalism"?
• What links the Vatican, the CIA, the KGB, the Mafia, Freemasonry, and the Knights Templar?
• What is the stunning goal of the European secret society that traces its lineage back to Christ and the House of David?

The Messianic Legacy. Here is the book that reveals the answers to these intriguing, potentially explosive questions. Utilizing the same meticulous research that catapulted their first book onto the best seller lists, the authors again bring an enlighteneing message of truth — and urgent importance — to Christians and non-Christians the world over.

From the Paperback edition.

The authors of the bestselling Holy Blood, Holy Grail continue their controversial exploration of the Messiah in this fascinating and enlightening book for anyone interested in religion, history, and the complex problems of today's world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The trio of authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (1982), which traced a Merovingian bloodline for Jesus, continue their inquiry into the origins of Christianity in this sequel. With zeal they search many contexts for the Jesus of history, rather than the Christ of faith, and begin by discounting the Gospels as reliable historical documents. From material culled from many disciplines, they arrive at a speculative, controversial image of Jesus greatly at variance with received Christian tradition. As in the earlier book, the authors rely heavily on the mysterious Prieure de Sion, alleged custodian of the Holy Grail. The inquiry presented here is an interesting melange of the factual and the imagined, of centuries-connected clues and serendipitous happenings involving such disparate offices as the CIA, the Vatican and the Mafia, among many. Those who believe in global conspiracies will enjoy the intrigue; others may be rightfully bemused. Photos. (October)
Library Journal
This sequel to Holy Blood, Holy Grail ( LJ 1/15/82) continues the authors' investigation of the French Cabal, the Prieure de Sion. It is divided into three sections: (1) the concept of Messiahship in the thought of Jesus and his contemporaries, (2) the relevance of the concept today, and (3) the current activities of the Prieure. The three sections are related briefly in the epilogue: the Prierue, it is claimed, can provide a leader (Messiah) of the kind the world wants and needs. As with the previous volume, this one suffers from unsound generalizations, unfounded assumptions, and questionable handling of scholarly research. However, since some who read Holy Blood will be interested in the sequel, it is recommended, with reservations, for larger public libraries. Craig W. Beard, Harding Univ. Lib., Searcy, Ark.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385338462
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 974,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948 and obtained a degree in psychology from Canterbury University. At one point he gave up a successful career in photojournalism to devote his time to researching the Templars for a film project. He lives in England and is the author of numerous books on ancient Christianity and conspiracy.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x
Introduction xi
Part 1 The Messiah
1 Scholarship and Public Understanding 1
2 Jesus as King of Israel 24
3 Constantine as Messiah 36
4 Jesus as Freedom-fighter 48
5 The Zadokite Movement of Qumran 57
6 The Formation of Christianity 69
7 The Brothers of Jesus 91
8 The Survival of Nazarean Teaching 102
9 The Last Days 125
Part 2 The Quest for Meaning
10 The Activation of Symbol 133
11 The Loss of Faith 137
12 Substitute Faiths: Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany 145
13 The Post-War Crisis and Social Desperation 163
14 Trust and Power 169
15 The Artist as Priest, the King as Symbol 187
16 Towards an Embrace of Armageddon 202
Part 3 The Cabal
17 Fragments in the Post 227
18 The British Connection 242
19 The Anonymous Tracts 270
20 The Elusive 'American Contingent' 285
21 The Vista Widens 302
22 Resistance, Chivalry and the United States of Europe 312
23 The Return of De Gaulle 327
24 Secret Powers behind Covert Groups 343
Epilogue 365
Bibliography 376
Notes and References 386
Index 411
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    What a Great book:

    I see that the two previous people to respond did not like this book or the first one. Yes it is hard to follow if you do not research what you don't know. For me it was a lot, however it opened many doors for me to research other topics, I do highly recomend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2005

    Not Worth Reading

    This book is a very poor follow-up of the book 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' by the same authors. 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' presents substanial amounts of opinion and speculation as fact. 'Messianic Legacy' does nothing to correct that failure while adding virtually nothing of substance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    Utterly pointless and incomprehensible

    After reading 'The Da Vinci Code', I read the book 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail', which Dan Brown mentioned in 'Code'. 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail', which is essentially a documentation on the development of a theory, was difficult to read and nearly incomprehensible at times. 'The Messianic Legacy' is even worse. It is pointless and was probably written to cash in on 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail'. People always say a sequel rarely lives up to the original. In this case, the original wasn't good to begin with--in 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail', the authors never provide concrete evidence for their conclusions, just an endless link of coincidences--but 'The Messianic Legacy' is a mess of half-baked and unrelated hypotheses. While the book has its moments, overall, it's completely pointless and even irrational at times. One is never sure what the authors are talking about or how one idea connects to another. This book is like reading leftovers from the brainstorming sessions of 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail'. More like the lunatic ravings of a right-wing conspiracy theorist, 'The Messianic Legacy' is 'National Enquirer' disguised as serious nonfiction.

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