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Dynasty of the Holy Grail: Mormonism's Sacred Bloodline

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Dr. Vern G. Swanson takes on the Holy Grail and the Bloodline of Jesus in this exhaustively researched and insightful book. Comprising of more than 28 years of research and including insights Dr. Swanson gained from the study of nearly 400 books on the subject, this book is an invaluable resource for those looking to know more about the Holy Grail from a scholarly viewpoin ...more
Hardcover, Revised & Expanded, 576 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Cedar Fort (first published June 30th 2006)
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James Davenport
Nov 15, 2009 James Davenport rated it really liked it
When I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail in the 80's I felt that more reasearch could/should be done about the idea of descendants of Jesus from an LDS perspective. This book has done exactly that. There are a couple of references and quotes that are in error, but I met the author and he said he expects to publish a second edition with corrections made.
Sirpa Grierson
May 29, 2011 Sirpa Grierson rated it it was amazing
Vern Swanson has a Ph.D. and is the curator of the Springville Museum of Art. He presented some of this material at a BYU symposium several years ago but this book is the result of decades of pondering about the revelations, histories, and legends, that surround the birth and lineage of Jesus and Christ. As Swanson states at the end of the book, this is a hefty "tome" with a great deal of piecing together of what "could have happened." Many of the thoughts that he proposes debunk more popular ap ...more
Barb
Jun 21, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book on the Holy Grail or bloodline of Christ by an LDS author, Vern Swanson. I came across this title while doing research for an arguementive essay for school on the topic of the Holy Grail. The author does a fantastic job on presenting both sides of the theories circulating regarding the Grail Dynasty including statements made by early leaders of the church such as Orson Hyde, Brigham Young, and Joseph Smith! He includes many scriptural references. His research has been very exten ...more
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Sep 12, 2012 Angela marked it as to-read
I am VERY skeptical about this book, especially since it covers a topic we are not supposed to speculate on. However, I work for the company that publishes it and I'd like to get an idea of what this is about and why we publish it. We also publish a book called "Food Porn Daily," which is a completely inappropriate title because pornography is such a vile thing; it's so harmful to joke about it or make light of it in this way. *sigh* I will admit that I'm secretly intrigued. I think the DaVinci ...more
Yvonne
May 23, 2008 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a huge contrast to The Hiram Key! This book actually had many references and he really documents how he came to his conclusion/opinion on the subject matter. I agreed with most of the book because it not only 'made sense' but more importantly it 'felt right' and rang truth. Do realize that he does not claim to be teaching LDS doctrine, it just is his opinion based on his 20+ years of research.
I'm actually friends with his nephew (didn't realize it until last week) and his nephew said
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Jesse
May 02, 2008 Jesse rated it it was ok
Joseph Smith was a descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob via a surprisingly direct and pure line, which included the Virgin Mary and Jesus. The Holy Grail serves as a metaphor for the lineage, perhaps only to explain how the line was preserved and made it to Western Europe and on to America. Lots of footnotes make this look like a scholarly book, but it reads more like fiction (while Dan Brown's book looks like a novel but convinced a lot of people).
James Miller
Aug 09, 2010 James Miller rated it really liked it
Very interesting book speculating and theorizing about Jesus Christ's marriages and children and Joseph Smith's direct bloodline link to Jesus Christ. Has several gem quotes from General Conference in the late 19th Century about Jesus Christ's marriages as well. Worth a read.

(Note, 1st edition had many typos and errors - I counted 17)
Don
Jan 28, 2008 Don rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Don by: Scott Abbott (not recommended, just gave me)
I don't think I'll read it per se, but it's a big wacky book. Given to me by a friend who was mis-quoted in it but who was donating it to the library. I took it instead.
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Not milk, not meat......just candy! wow---if this is true, it's a big deal.
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