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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Stellar House Publishing, LLC (Oct. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979963109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979963100
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
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This book is highly recommendable for people who really wish to know the REAL origins of Christianity. The story that Acharya tells you is amazing ' it must hurt religious bigots and biblical literalists, but it certainly enlightens the rationalists believing primarily in historic facts and excavations. Her 'tale' is trustworthy because it is based on a SOLID scientific research ' one of the best compared to many others I have studied in my life so far. Interestingly, she does not seem to be opposed to any religion per se, but to the religious dogmas and beliefs unsupported by historical facts.
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
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Over the more than three decades that I've been researching/studying Christianity as a determined "Anti-Theist" {a term author Christopher Higgins chooses to use when referring to one who denies [any] belief in supernaturalism) there is one aspect of this "Universalized" belief system that [cannot] be ignored; "Christianity is a "Big-Business Machine"; and, no matter what may be the denomination, its basic premise is "making money" and exerting control upon the [gullibility] of those indoctrinated into what can best be defined a "Cause Célèbre" (or rather, a case in point that despite some in-general educated public controversy and/or [appears] to bend-over backwards to arouse great interest and, thusly, becomes famous because of the issues or the people involved, today such promoters are the mostly degree-holding skilled professionals whose [job] it is to "... keep listeners interested and believing..." and, thereby, carry-on a generational fantasy in which the "Goodly" {the believers} will be redeemed and live eternally servicing the needs of the Deity, while the "Evil" (those who defy the cause) will be eternally punished!

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!
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I'll make my review brief. Very informative, I can see that ms. Murdock has done thorough research on the subject, this book made me wonder how deceptive Christianity can be.
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HASH(0x9b7159b4) out of 5 stars Excellent Book !!! Dec 12 2007
By L. Ball - Published on
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I am not aware of another book on the subject of Christianity that packs more information into 284 pages than Who Was Jesus? D. M. Murdock, also known as Acharya, has written another very fine book on New Testament studies. This volume concentrates on the person of Jesus, but also goes into great detail about how the New Testament was compiled, and how we can determine for ourselves the reliability of the writings. Many dozens of topics are covered in a way that lay people can understand, and the format is designed in such a way that material is very easy to find, because the exhaustive table of contents identifies the subject matter so well. The planning and the detail in this book show that everything is well thought out and clearly presented. It is nice to find a book for people who have serious questions about Jesus and Christianity that provides answers in a straight forward manner without meandering and rambling. This is a first class piece of work that will be referred to over and over by the readers.

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.
69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7152ac) out of 5 stars A look behind the thinly disguised myths of Christianity Dec 26 2007
By John L. Reardon - Published on
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This is the second book by this author that I have read and I am simply overwhelmed by the research, the scholarship and the use of pure reason in dismantling the thinly-veiled mythology behind Christianity. In a well-written and very readable volume, D.M. Murdock (Acharya S) uses Christianity's own words and works to lay before the reader in clear and easily understood prose how the early Christian fathers reworked ancient myths to create a fictional character named Jesus Christ who seemed to embody all the qualities of the gods and legends these simple pagans already worshiped

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!
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b715bac) out of 5 stars Terrific! March 11 2009
By P. Baumann - Published on
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This book seems to be the most universally appreciated text by D.M. Murdock, aka Acharya S. Perhaps it is because the author cites, almost exclusively, the works of Christian writers (early church founders, modern scholars, et. all). And, yet, she demonstrates, very convincingly and modestly, a thesis completely at odds with the intentions of the majority of her sources. This is one of the most fascinating examples of "turning the tables" I've experienced.

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.
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HASH(0x9b715e7c) out of 5 stars Examines all the metaphorical "fingerprints" left behind Dec 27 2007
By David Deley - Published on
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On those CSI TV shows they're always dusting for fingerprints, trying to figure out "Who was here?" and "What happened?" Their motto is, "Follow the evidence." and "The evidence will tell us." The evidence often contradicts their original assumption, pointing them in a new direction, where they eventually find the truth.

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.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b715f60) out of 5 stars Intelligent Oct. 2 2013
By John Holland - Published on
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If you're looking for a book that will lift the veil of secrecy within Christianity then you've found the right book. It's in-depth, organized, sourced, and courtroom convincing. I recommend it to everyone that wants to know the history of the historical Jesus from a secular point of view.