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The Jesus Dynasty

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Are you a fan of Kathy Reichâs thrillers? If so, then why not choose this Da Vinci Codesque reinterpretation of the real life of Jesus. The authorâs hands-on archaeological experience and academic research is clearly impeccable and the truth, written here, if thatâs what it is, is revelatory.


The Jesus Dynasty by James D Tabor

Based on hand-on archaeological experience and ground-breaking academic research, real-life Indiana Jones, James Tabor, has produced a compelling and bold new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity. So impressive is his work that Kathy Reichs, bestselling mystery writer of the Tempe Brennan series, was inspired by his findings to write her latest novel, Cross Bones. The truth, however, is far more gripping than fiction - either hers or Dan Brown's.

Tabor's revelations are startling and substantiated, beginning with his accidental discovery on a dig in Israel of what many now think was Jesus' family tomb. Piecing together new archaeological evidence, combined with the earliest surviving Christian documents, Tabor reconstructs Jesus' real family history. What emerges is Jesus as head of a persecuted royal dynasty in exile. Jesus was leader of a messianic movement - one far different to the revelations of his maverick follower Paul who was responsible for what we know as Christianity today.

Was Jesus far more human than the Church has led us to believe? Did Jesus entrust his teachings to someone much closer to him? Was his royal bloodline meant to free mankind or just a chosen few? And why did dissident follower Paul have a more lasting effect on Christianity than Jesus himself?


'If you thought Tempe Brennan's adventures in Cross Bones were gripping, try reading the facts behind my story in The Jesus Dynasty.' KATHY REICHS

About the Author

James D Tabor
Prof. James D. Tabor is a distinguished scholar and chair of the department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, USA, where he specializes in Christian origins, ancient Judaism and attitudes towards religious suicide and martyrdom.

Prof. Tabor is also a high-profile archaeologist, focusing on biblical archaeology in Israel, Jordan and Palestine, and has been involved in numerous exciting discoveries, such as the only first-century Jewish burial shroud ever found in Jerusalem.

Professor Tabor is highly respected by governments, academics and the media alike and is widely consulted by all three, and his discoveries and research have been the subject of documentaries on The Learning Channel and The History Channel. Prof. Tabor was also chief historical consultant to novelist Kathy Reichs for her latest bestselling book, Cross Bones.

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3rd April 2006


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