Religious belief in the West is atrophying – except in the USA where it has retreated into Christian fundamentalism.
This iconoclastic book provides historical reinforcement to the former and a clear challenge to the latter. It offers a completely new and comprehensive answer to the question ‘Who exactly was Jesus and how does that relate to what Christians came to believe after his death?’
This new paradigm provides a revised chronology for events in the first half of the 1st century AD; identifies who all the key players really were at the time, including the historical figure of Jesus himself; and shows how the religion we call Christianity evolved from Roman misunderstanding of Jewish messianic belief. Most important of all, it provides an account of people and events that is not just intellectually plausible, but
"This book does not require the reader to become an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, or indeed, on the Bible as a whole. It does not rely on arcane formulae, numerological calculations, celestial observations, parallels with other religions, or esoteric associations with other cults. It is simply based on detailed, and in some cases, radical critical re-examination of a few key texts that puts aside two millennia of interpretation." Paul McGrane