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In April, 2006 I published a trade book called The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity. Now in paperback it has continued to sell moderately but steadily. I wrote it as a popular summary of my own personal lifelong “quest” for the historical Jesus. It is written in a style accessible to the non-specialist. Many readers find that it pulls them into the story in an engaging fashion. Some have even called it a “page-turner.” It also has extensive references and notes. It received an enormous amount of media attention when it was released, including ABC’s Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, and a cover storie on USNews&World Report. It has also been translated into more than a twenty foreign languages. It is available in all major e-book formats (Kindle, iBooks, Nook) as well as an CD Audio version ready by yours truly, see links here.
A comprehensive review by Professor Dennis Groh is here, along with a three-part review by Prof. Jim Strange with my responses here. The central issue, as Strange rather provocatively put things, is “Was Christianity all a mistake?”
Following - Summary - Points - Book - Understanding
The following is a summary of some of the main substantive points made in the book that advance our understanding of Jesus and early Christianity. If you have not read it it maybe well be that these themes will grab your attention. I know of no other book on the historical Jesus that includes these wider parameters in trying to understand Jesus as a human being in his own time and place.
One of the unique features of The Jesus Dynastyis the way in which archaeological discoveries inform and offer a new interpretive context to the unfolding Jesus story. Whether one is considering the location of the family tomb of Jesus, the...
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