Who Was Jesus? Fingerprints of the Christ Paperback – Nov 27 2007
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It is also a massage to biblical literalists and believers in Jesus: "Do not commit yourself! There is no solid evidence for what you believe! Do you want to live in a dream world passed down by your ancestors, or do you want to face the reality ?
It is a 'must' reading for those who opt for the intellectual progress of our age and generation. So if you want to move on intellectually ' read the books by Acharya S.
And how can we blame the scientists for the fact that science does break religious illusions ?
Jerzy S'dziak, Canada
Has anyone ever stopped to wonder how long "Heaven Can Wait"? Surely by now, after many, many, many centuries beyond the initial "Institutionalization" of a Jewish Jesus as a Grecian Christ back in the 4th century of the Common Era, the "Waiting List" to enter the "Kingdom" must be as long as would be the distance from the earth to the moon and back again--several times over!
While much has been said/noted much can be seen to depict the sorry "State of Affairs" into which for all-too-long the entire world has been subjected under the guise of Christianity!Read more ›
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The history of Jesus is conveyed in detail for each of the four Gospels, including issues about the dating and authorship of these books. Murdock clearly shows us where the New Testament writers are using historical information and where they are adding their own theological ideas to the text. This book helps to make it more clear for us how and why the New Testament was a progressive compilation that tended to make Jesus more God-like with each telling of the story. This volume also shows the importance of understanding that the New Testament took time to be collected, and it also took time to determine which books were included in the canon, because the finished product was completed in centuries, not decades.
Christians and skeptics alike will find Who Was Jesus? is not vindictive or condescending in the way the information is presented. Because many of the details may be new to the reader, this is a book every Bible student should have in their personal library.
I am a historian, although my bailiwick is military history, and yet I have always been interested in the history of things. Back in my prep school days, I started to delve into the history of Christianity and found a great deal that I felt I wanted no part of. I gave up my religion at about age sixteen, passing up gladly the easy allure of blind faith for the stonier path of reason. In Ms. Murdock's work I have finally been able to exorcise those last remaining doubts brought about by the early programming I received in school and church.
I would highly recommend this work, especially to those who prize their ability to think for themselves, as well as Acharya's previous volumes, particularly "The Christ Conspiracy" and "The Suns of God."
Well done and brava!
Who Was Jesus is not as offensive to Christians as some of the author's other works, because she manages to prove her thesis without relying on "secular" scholars. This is not an easy feat. As a writer myself, I appreciate the incredible patience it must have taken for this author to do this.
My brother is in seminary, studying to be a Seventh Day Adventist pastor. He's studying Church history, ancient Greek and Hebrew, philosophy of religion, etc. I was very pleased when, after reading the text, he told me, "Wow. This woman really knows her stuff. I can't say I agree with her dismissal of my faith, but I am impressed how well she understands the obscure details of the New Testament. This has made me think."
What better review could an author hope for.
In this book Acharya examines all the evidence regarding Jesus. Every scrap of historical evidence we have, every metaphorical "fingerprint" left behind. Acharya follows the evidence, letting the evidence tell it's story. When we put it all together we get the best possible picture of Jesus and where the story came from.