Baigent and Tabor
- Laura Miller of Salon reviews/contrasts Baigents
Jesus Papers with Tabors Jesus Dynasty. Ive been
through Tabors book and am not too wild about it,
though obviously anything stands as a remedy to
From the review (you have to read an add before
reading the full thing):
The most intriguing discovery to be found in The
Jesus Papers will probably only interest those of us
who pursue the odd and somewhat pitiful hobby of
crank-watching; it's finally clear from reading this
book that it was Baigent -- rather than co-authors
Leigh and Henry Lincoln -- who actually wrote Holy
Blood, Holy Grail. . . . The style of The Jesus
Papers, a masterly counterpoint of bluster, false
humility and self-righteousness, matches that of Holy
Blood, Holy Grail like a fingerprint. . .
Readers who have only recently learned, via The Da
Vinci Code, of the complicated history of the New
Testament, are much better served by books like
Tabor's [Jesus Dynasty] than by conspiracy-mongering
like The Jesus Papers. . . . Like Baigent, [Tabor]
doesn't believe in the literal truth of the
resurrection, but unlike Baigent, he keeps his
religious beliefs to himself. . .
Like all efforts to re-create historical events from
the New Testament, The Jesus Dynasty is by necessity
highly interpretive and contestable, but it's
certainly more grounded than the fantasies of The
Jesus Papers. Tabor is primarily interested in
recovering the history of Jesus' immediate family --
his mother, four brothers and two sisters -- who, he
maintains, played a far more important role in the
young religious movement than is generally known. . .
If [Tabors] book can't win at least a few readers
away from The Jesus Papers this Easter, then, well,
there is no God.
Loren Rosson III
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- Apparently Baigent lost his court case against Da Vinci Code Brown: