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Christ's Ventriloquists: The Event that Created Christianity

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CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS is a work of investigative history. It documents and describes
Christianity’s creation-event, in the year 49 or 50, in Antioch (present-day Antakya, Turkey), 20 years after
Jesus had been crucified in Jerusalem for sedition against Roman rule. On this occasion, Paul broke away from
the Jewish sect that Jesus had begun, and he took with him the majority
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Paperback, 377 pages
Published April 30th 2012 by Hyacinth Editions (first published March 29th 2012)
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Katy
Feb 22, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who aren't afraid to shake up their belief systems
Recommended to Katy by: Eric Zuesse
My Thoughts: Zuesse first contacted me about 2 years ago to ask me to beta-read this book; unfortunately, I had a health crisis and forgot about it until recently, when I heard from him again that this book is due to be released soon. After apologizing for my oversight, I set out to read this book. In many ways, this book reminded me of The Mythmaker: Paul and the Invention of Christianity by Hyam Maccoby, a book where the author sets out to show that it was Paul who invented Christianity, not ...more
Michael
Feb 24, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
I read this as a followup to Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity. Both books tell essentially the same story, though the authors come from different perspectives and educational backgrounds and seem to be aiming at different purposes.

Both authors use the seven letters in the New Testament that are evidently accepted fairly generally as being actually written by Paul. The fact that both could read these same letters and come to the same conclusion certainly adds credibility a
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Jean-Paul Adriaansen
Mar 09, 2012 Jean-Paul Adriaansen rated it it was ok
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If you know even a little bit of Christianity, you have to acknowledge the value of St. Paul, the "Apostle to the Gentiles."
Based on what he calls "a legal/forensic investigation" (dissecting and analyzing Paul's writings), Eric Zuesse proves that St. Paul deflected from Christ's original Jewish teachings, mostly out of fear that he would loose the Gentiles when they had to obey to the strict Jewish circumcision rule.
This amazing investigation (the many footnotes proof this statement), does not
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Bob Finch
Apr 08, 2016 Bob Finch rated it did not like it
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What a waste of time. Get this man an editor! He manages to squeeze into 500 pages, what could be said in 100 or less. The author can't stop telling you (over and over and over again) that his is a FORENSIC ANALYSIS. Trouble is, he hasn't exposed anything that isn't known by most anyone who pays attention to history of religion. So … Paul invented Christianity. That's news? I guess this author thought we needed to be reminded, again … and yet again. and in case you might have forgotten any detai ...more
Bradley Jarvis
Dec 01, 2014 Bradley Jarvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: SPOILERS

"Christ's Ventriloquists" treats the Bible's New Testament as forensic evidence, analyzing it to determine the facts that underpin Christianity, and concludes that the divinity of Jesus is a lie, perpetrated by a power-hungry Roman (Paul) whose job as evangelist for the Jewish sect bearing his name was threatened by the insistence of its leaders that adult followers risk their lives to be circumcised so they would become pure Jews. Investigative historian Eric Zuesse plows throu
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Michelle☆Elizabeth
I'm not usually close-minded to different ideas regarding religion, I'm a hippie (can't we all just get along?), but this just sounds like it's just going to make me mad. I read for joy, not to get angry.
Peter
Oct 26, 2015 Peter rated it it was ok
Very interesting but could have been about 75% sorter
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The best thing I can say about this book is that it didn't take me three years to finish it.
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