This controversial international best-seller sheds new light on the ancient mystery of the burial place of Jesus.
Dissatisfied with the explanations of previous researchers, Richard Andrews and Paul Schellenberger applied mathematical logic to the enduring mystery of Rennes-le-Château and the "treasure" alleged to be buried there. Beginning with a healthy skepticism, they assumed the enigma would wither under scrutiny. The quest began with an investigation into the activities of a group of 19th-century priests, but as the trail was pursued, it became apparent that the mystery's scope stretched far beyond the mountains of southern France. A series of paintings, maps, and tombstones pointed to one very specific location. The authors combined their knowledge of archaeology, theology, and surveying to produce a startling account of what they believe to be the true events surrounding the burial of Jesus.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.33(d)|
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Book review of The Tomb of God The Tomb of God approaches the perennial unsolved mystery of Rennes-le-chateau from a different perspective than other books on the subject. It delves into the sacred geometry of the area; the authors attempt to analyse the famous Poussin Paintings and other miscellaneous subjects like the Paris Meridian, etc. What transpires is a complex investigation of all of these technicalities which leads the authors to identify Mount Cardou as holding the solution to the mystery. From studying all of these documents, maps, formulae of trigonometry, sacred geometry of the landscape, the authors would appear to have discovered a trail of hidden messages and coded language through the centuries. They then conclude that the priest Berenger Sauniere of Rennes-le-chateau had discovered this too: none other than the Mount called Mount Cardou (in the Occitan language) meaning heart of God contains the tomb of the remains of Jesus Christ. Initially, this might seem a bit farfetched but when one starts to take cognisance of the litany of legends of Languedoc, it then seems less so; for example, that Jesus survived the cross, fled to the Languedoc with Mary Magdalene and sired a family (which the mystical Prieure de Sion, for instance, believe!); if one then adds to the mysterious equation some place names with biblical connotations, it would make one wonder if it was just a coincidence or not. For example, the aforesaid Mount Cardou, Arques (as in Ark), the Tour Magdala which Sauniere built in his residence. But what makes the book attractive for me, is the brilliant decipherment of Poussins' parchments ¿ it is very convincing! They absolutely seem to show that Poussin was aware of a secret and he was communicating it in the profound depths of his watercolours. In addition, the tomb in the painting 'Berengers D¿arcadie' does seem to replicate the position of Mount Cardou on the landscape. I was also convinced by their theories about the angles and features in the painting, as if Poussin was working according to some secret code garnered from an esoteric school. The one fault that I would have with the book, is the title Tomb of God; if, for supposition sake, Jesus does lie there, well then the title leads to a philosophical and theological question: was Jesus a man or a God? For instance, many of the so-called heresies, some of which were prevalent in Languedoc, believed that Jesus was bereft of any divineness ¿ he was simply a man! The choice of the title is arquably hyperbolic. Also, despite their call for Mount Cardou, to be excavated, it¿s unlikely anyone would do it; even if they did and found something, it would be impossible to conclude definitively that they were the remains of Jesus Christ himself! In conclusion, whilst the Tomb of God can¿t claim to quite each the heights of the pioneering, standard and flag-bearer of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, it still is really thought-provoking and does justice to the great mystery and clamourous conundrum - that is Rennes-le-chateau - and to all the legends and mysteries of the Languedoc.