The Messianic Legacy

The Messianic Legacy

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by Michael Baigent
     
 

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Hailed as "one of the more controversial books of the 20th century," (UPI) Holy Blood, Holy Grail rocked the very foundation of Christianity. Now four more years of research have uncovered shocking material -- and its earthshaking consequences... Here is the book that reveals the answers to these intriguing, potentially explosive questions. Utilizing the same… See more details below

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Hailed as "one of the more controversial books of the 20th century," (UPI) Holy Blood, Holy Grail rocked the very foundation of Christianity. Now four more years of research have uncovered shocking material -- and its earthshaking consequences... 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 bestseller lists, the authors again bring an enlightening message of truth -- and urgent importance -- to Christians and non-Christians the world over.

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contexts for the Jesus of history, rather than the Christ of faith, and begin by discounting the Gospels as reliable historical documents.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440203193
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1989
Edition description:
Reprinted Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
339,093
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.22(d)

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