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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (575 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Baigent Narrator: Michael Baigent Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780061134890
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What if everything you think you know about Jesus is wrong? In The Jesus Papers, Michael Baigent probes into the truth about Jesus's life and crucifixion.

As a religious historian, Baigent explores the religious and political climate in which Jesus was born and raised, and the strife within the different factions of the Jewish Zealot movement. He chronicles the migrations of Jesus's family, his subsequent exposure to other cultures and the events, teachings, and influences that were most likely to have shaped Jesus's early years. Baigent also uncovers the inconsistencies and biases in the accounts of the major historians of Jesus's time, revealing their enduring influence in forming our most common conceptions of Jesus.

Baigent provides a detailed account of his groundbreaking discoveries. The evidence he uncovers leads him to make shocking new assertions that threaten the conventional account of Jesus's life and death and shake the very foundation of Western thought. Ultimately, his investigation raises the hope that we may gain a new understanding of Jesus.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An explosive book.”

    Today show

  • “Fascinating.”

    CNN

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gauri Taylor-nayar | 2/10/2014

    " interesting thoughts, not all clearly defined but nevertheless interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Harris | 2/9/2014

    " This book is more accessible and more immediate that Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I would suggest reading The DaVinci Code first, then this book, and finally Holy Blood, Holy Grail if you're really into this kind of thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this author's prior work, but this book jumps all around and never seems to make a point. He uses the same sources and quotes both for and against an argument. jumping to conclusions is putting it mildly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reiden | 1/26/2014

    " Despite whether any of the book is historically accurate or not, I thought the story was amazingly intriguing and ended up listening to the audio book twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/13/2014

    " This book is typical of those in this category in that it's packed full of interesting history and speculation moderately based on those facts. Typically the end is a bit hard to swallow but this is a very interesting book by one of the co-authors of Holy blood, holy grail. I'd read again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasia | 1/7/2014

    " so far so good :) looking forward to the rest of it :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 1/6/2014

    " Some of the ideas put forward in this book are a tad fantastic and certainly vague conjecture at best. Nonetheless, the majority of this study certainly forces a reader to question traditional Christian history. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Kilgore | 12/18/2013

    " Most Catholics will not like this book!!!! Wish the author had all the scrolls to prove his theory..Enjoyable read if your into history and religion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tristen | 11/29/2013

    " I was sooo bored. Maybe I'll try it another time, but when I tried to read this, I was just bored and it didn't hold my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle Peterson | 10/8/2013

    " This was great knowledge...helped me to appreciate the man even more for he lived a life I could relate to...like that of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, MalcolmX, Osho...to name a few. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Jayme | 4/24/2013

    " I was ok. read it cause my coworker told me I should. He found out I read the Da Vinci code and Angels and Demons. He thought I should read this too cause this was one of the books that Dan Brown based his books on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 7/25/2012

    " The evidence presented for the non-divinity of the historical Jesus is compelling though the author could have done this in a briefer book. I think this book is worth reading for those who are not tied to their faith in Jesus being the son of God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/12/2012

    " Surprisingly good research. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N8tivecaligirl | 2/24/2012

    " Interesting information... would like to finish sometime "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 2/10/2012

    " Baigent makes a good argument based on multiple historical texts while at the same time going out on a limb with his inference. I'm sure the RC Church wasn't happy with many of his claims. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Okamoto | 1/19/2012

    " Some reporting on a range of scholarship, but also some pretty far out conclusions. Overall, a compelling and thought-provoking look at early church scriptures and cultures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger Watkins | 6/8/2011

    " I read this shortly after reading "Da Vinci Code," due to my new found interest in Jesus' life. I don't remember much from this and I can't even say that I finished it. Does that help? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 4/11/2011

    " This was great knowledge...helped me to appreciate the man even more for he lived a life I could relate to...like that of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, MalcolmX, Osho...to name a few. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/5/2010

    " Fascinating stuff and in parallel with another book that I just read on a similar subject (The Jesus Dynasty, by James D. Tabor) --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ramakrishnan | 5/3/2010

    " Very average book. The theory that Jesus may have survived the crucifixion has been covered better in other books (Like "Jesus Lived in India"). There is not too much controversy or evidence here. Plus there is too much drifting into Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 4/10/2010

    " Most Catholics will not like this book!!!! Wish the author had all the scrolls to prove his theory..Enjoyable read if your into history and religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Demetrius | 2/11/2010

    " There is a stark difference between the faith-based Jesus and the historic Jesus. I strongly recommend this work to help with the expansion of perspective. Bravo Michael Baigent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/30/2009

    " scary! I'm still digesting it. back when I'm done w/ book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wolf | 11/30/2009

    " Bwa ha ha!

    Yeah, this book is nothing but conjecture and bullshit. Don't read Baigent unless you want to laugh at his concepts of archaeology. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 11/21/2009

    " The evidence presented for the non-divinity of the historical Jesus is compelling though the author could have done this in a briefer book. I think this book is worth reading for those who are not tied to their faith in Jesus being the son of God. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Baigent

Michael Baigent is the author of From the Omens of Babylon, Ancient Traces, and the New York Times bestseller The Jesus Papers. He is also the coauthor of the international bestsellers Holy Blood, Holy Grail and The Messianic Legacy (with Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh). He lives in England.