The Jesus Papers

  • by Michael Baigent
  • Narrated by Michael Baigent
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In The Jesus Papers, Michael Baigent reveals the truth about Jesus's life and crucifixion. Despite, or rather because of, all the celebration and veneration that have surrounded the figure of Jesus for centuries, Baigent asserts that Jesus and the circumstances leading to his death have been heavily mythologized.As a religious historian and a leading expert in the field of arcane knowledge, Baigent has unequaled access to hidden archives, secret societies, Masonic records, and the private collections of antiquities traders and their moneyed clients. Using that access to full advantage, Baigent explores the religious and political climate in which Jesus was born and raised, examining not only the conflicts between the Romans and the Jews, but the strife within the different factions of the Jewish Zealot movement. He chronicles the migrations of Jesus' family, his subsequent exposure to other cultures, and the events, teachings, and influences that were most likely to have shaped his early years. Baigent also uncovers the inconsistencies and biases in the accounts of the major historians of Jesus' time, including Josephus, Pliny, and Tacitus. The enduring influence of these accounts in forming our most common conceptions of Jesus reveals that spin is not a new phenomenon.Taking us back to sites that over the last 20 years he has meticulously explored, studied, and in some instances excavated for the first time, Baigent provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking discoveries. The evidence he has uncovered has lead him to make shocking new assertions that threaten the conventional account of Jesus' life and death and shake the very foundation of Western thought, based as it is upon the assumption of Jesus's divinity. Ultimately, his investigation raises the hope that we may gain a new understanding of Jesus.

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Audible Editor Reviews

With The Jesus Papers, religious historian and author, Michael Baigent, sets out to upend everything we know about Jesus Christ. Armed with over 20 years of dedicated study and unparalleled access to archives of information and artifacts, Baigent details a history of Jesus' life that most have never heard of. Baigent takes on the task of performing the book himself, and his passion for the subject makes for an engaging listen. Through the course of this audiobook, listeners will learn not just the real story of Jesus' life, but also why certain false accounts have managed to survive.

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Not much evidence or facts

Of course, the difficulty of this type of book is in finding the evidence to support the theory. But I would have expected a bit more evidence to back up the claims in this book:

The first is that Jesus did survive the crucifixion, either by being removed from the cross early; or sending someone else to the cross in his place. The problem here is that the author offers no evidence at all for this theory. He can't even make up his mind as to how Jesus survived. The only evidence is third-hand hearsay from a retired priest.

The second is that Jesus sent two letters to the Jewish authorities defending his claim to be the 'Son of God'. He claims that he is not actually divine. But there is little or no tangible evidence for this either. There is just a document, seen once by the author, which he could not translate or read.

In case you think I read this book as an advocate of the Church, I should point out that this is not the case. I don't believe that the biblical Jesus represents the real man or times he lived in. However, this book is yet another conspiracy theory, except it has even less to back it up than others.
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- Martin

A great take on the life of Jesus

I have read this as well as listened to it. The audio version allowed me to pick up a whole lot more from the book despite being shorter.

Baigent's thesis, while not revonlutionary, is certainly plausible and well presented. I am inclined to believe with much of what he postulates about Jesus and his life and how the truth was covered up by the early Catholic church.

Without spoiling too much, Jesus was not a god but more of a prophet and rightful heir to the Jewish throne, who faked his crucifiction and lived on until after 45 AD. Just as interesting is Baigent's take on Jesus' life before the Gospels. Where did he grow up? In Judea or in Egypt as Baigent believes. And what was he taught and therefore preach...to find out listen to this...
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- Sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio