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The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold Detailed Table of Contents

Preface i

Introduction 1

The Myth of Massive Martyrdom 5

The Myth of the Rapid Spread of Christianity 6

The Quest for Jesus Christ 12

History and Positions of the Debate 14

The Believers 15

The Evemerists 16

The Mythicists 20

The Holy Forgery Mill 24

J'accuse! 24

Biblical Sources 31

The Epistles 32

The Gospels 34

The Gospel of the Lord 36

The Gospel of Luke (170 CE) 36

The Gospel of Mark (175 CE) 37

The Gospel of John (178 CE) 39

The Gospel of Matthew (180 CE) 40

The Narrative 40

The Acts of the Apostles (177 CE) 46

Bible Prophecy 46

Non-Biblical Sources 49

Flavius Josephus, Jewish Historian, (37-@95 CE) 50

Pliny the Younger (@62-113 CE) 51

Tacitus (@55-120 CE) 51

Suetonius (@69-140 CE) 51

Talmudic or Jewish References 52

Further Evidence of a Fraud 55

The Gnostics 58

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch 65

Marcion of Pontus 68

The Pagans 70

The Jews 74

Physical Evidence 77

Jesus' Physical Appearance 77

Coins 80

Birth Caves, Tombs, Sundry Sites 80

The Shroud of Turin and Other "Holy Relics" 84

The Bible as History 86

The Myth of Hebrew Monotheism 88

The Biblical Writers 90

Elohim 91

Baalim and Adonai 93

Yahweh 94

The Imposition of Monotheism 98

The Characters 105

The Major Players 107

Attis of Phrygia 107

Buddha 108

Dionysus/Bacchus 111

Hercules/Heracles 113

Horus/Osiris of Egypt 114

Krishna of India 116

Mithra of Persia 118

Prometheus of Greece 120

Quetzalcoatl of Mexico 120

Serapis of Egypt 121

Zoroaster/Zarathustra 122

Other Saviors and Sons of God 124

Conclusion 125

Astrology and the Bible 128

Biblical Sun- and Moon-Worshippers 136

Ezekiel 138

Biblical Diviners and Astrologers 139

Moses and the Tabernacle 140

Jacob and His Sons and Ladder 141

Joshua/Jesus, Son of Nun 142

Daniel 143

Esther 144

The Dial of Ahaz 144

Deborah 145

Astrology in the New Testament 145

The Son of God Is the Sun of God 149

The Zodiac 151

The Sun of God 154

The Disciples are the Signs of the Zodiac 166

Peter the Rock 167

Judas the Betrayer 169

Matthew the Scribe 171

Thomas the Twin 171

Paul the Apostle 173

John the Baptist/Baptizer 177

Andrew 179

Philip 179

Bartholomew 180

James the Brother 180

James the Greater and John the Evangelist, the Sons of Thunder 180

Mark 181

Luke 181

Thaddeus/Jude and Simon the Zealot/Canaanite 181

The Gospel Story 184

Genesis 184

Adam, Eve and the Garden of Eden 184

Adam 185

Eve 185

The Serpent 186

The Original Fall/Sin 188

The Virgin Mother of the Divine Redeemer 189

Bethlehem 189

Nazareth 190

The Manger and Cave, Birthplace of Many Gods 191

Herod and the Slaughter of the Innocents 192

The Three Wise Men and the Star in the East 192

Jesus at Age 12 and 30 193

The Dove at the River Jordan 193

The Forty Days and Temptation in the Wilderness 194

The Wedding Feast at Cana/Turning Water into Wine 195

Mary Magdalene 195

The Five Loaves, Two Fishes and 12 Baskets 197

The Devils and the Swine 197

Bringing Sword instead of Peace, Prince of Peace 197

The Transfiguration on the Mount 198

The Ass 198

The Jews as Vipers and Spawn of the Devil 199

The Last Supper/Eucharist 200

The Thirty Pieces of Silver & Potter's Field 200

Peter's Denial and the Cock Crowing 201

The Sacrifice of the Sacred King 202

The Passion 204

"Let His Blood Be Upon Us and Our Children" 206

Golgotha, "Place of the Skulls" 206

The Crucifixion 207

The Three Marys at the Crucifixion 208

The Spear of Longinus 208

My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? 209

The Rending of the Curtain of the Temple 209

The Darkening of the Sun at the Crucifixion 210

The Resurrection 210

The Ascension of the Mount of Olives 211

Conclusion 212

Other Elements and Symbols of the Christian Myth 215

The Alpha and Omega 216

Angels and Devils 216

Antichrist 216

Armageddon 216

Baptism 216

Christmas 216

The Cross and Crucifix 218

Easter 219

Heaven and Hell 221

The Holy Ghost 223

The Holy Grail 223

The Holy Land 224

Ichthys, The Fish 224

The Lamb of God 224

The Logia (Sayings), Sermon on the Mount, Beatitudes and Parables 225

The Lord's Prayer 228

The Logos or Word 228

Lucifer 229

Melchizedek 229

The Nativity 230

The Sabbath 231

The Second Coming/Day of Judgment 231

The Seventy/Seventy-Two 231

Transubstantiation 232

The Trinity 233

The Patriarchs and Saints Are the Gods of Other Cultures 236

Noah and the Flood 237

Abraham and Sarah 239

Moses, the Exodus, the Ten Commandments 241

Joshua 245

David 247

Joseph, Father of Jesus 249

Mary, Mother of Jesus 250

The Saints 251

St. Josaphat 252

St. Christopher 253

Etymology Tells the Story 255

God the Father 255

Jesus Christ 255

Satan, The Devil, etc 257

Jerusalem, the Holy City 259

Bethany 259

The River Jordan 260

Solomon 260

Jonah 261

The Meaning of Revelation 265

Sacred Numerology/Gematria 267

The Four "Living Creatures" 268

The Four Horsemen 268

The Woman Clothed with the Sun 269

The Seven Seals 270

The "Sweet" Scrolls 270

The Dragon and the Beast 270

The Mark of the Beast 666 271

The Mysteries 272

The Bible, Sex and Drugs 275

Sex and the Ancient World 276

Judaism and Sex 277

The Phallic Cult 279

Hebrew Homosexuality 281

Semitic Bestiality 282

Judaism and Women 282

Christianity and Sex 283

The Sacred Prostitute/Harlot 287

Christianity and Homosexuality 290

Judaism, Christianity and Drugs 293

Essenes, Zealots and Zadokites 296

The Myth of Primitive Christianity 297

The Essenes 299

Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls 301

The Zealots 302

Galilee and Samaria 303

The Zadokites/Sadducees 306

The Maccabean Revolt 308

The Order of Melchizedek 309

Joshua 311

The Zadokites and Christianity 312

Alexandria: Crucible of Christianity 317

The Therapeuts 318

The Gospels in Egypt 319

The Alexandrian Jews 324

Why Make the Solar Myth into a Jewish Man 325

The Library and the University of Alexandria 330

Enter Rome 335

Why Carnalize and Historicize the Solar Myth 335

Enter the Romans 339

The Council of Nicea 340

The Role of Masonry 342

The Motive 349

The Making of a Myth 356

The Intertestamental Literature and Christian Apocrypha 360

The Book of Enoch 361

The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 363

The Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach, or Ecclesiasticus 364

The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles, or The Didache 366

The Gospel of the Hebrews and Syrians 366

The Gospel of the Egyptians or Diegesis 367

The Gospel of Truth, the Gospel of Thomas and the Acts of Thomas 367

The Protevangelion, or Book of James 367

The Gospel of the Infancy 368

The Gospel of Luke 368

The Life of Apollonius 369

Other Texts 369

Eusebius's Dirty Work 370

The Epistle of Barnabas 371

The Shepherd of Hermas 372

Why Place the Christian Myth at This Time 372

Where the Bodies Are Buried 374

Conclusion 375

Out of Egypt or India? 378

Egypt 379

India 380

Sumeria 383

The Abramite Migration 384

The Druids 385

The Mysteries 386

Black Buddhas and Pygmies 387

Evidence of an Ancient Global Civilization 391

Religion, Rituals and Customs 391

Astrology/Astronomy 395

Symbols 395

Language and Etymology 396

Archaeological Evidence 397

The Enigma of North America 400

Evidence of Cataclysm 402

Age of Mankind 403

The Evolution of Religion 404

Conclusion 407

The Age of Darkness 411

The Origins of Cultural Bigotry and Racism 413

The New Age 416

Bibliography 418

Index 423


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