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  • Loren Rosson
    Laura Miller of Salon reviews/contrasts Baigent’s “Jesus Papers” with Tabor’s “Jesus Dynasty”. I’ve been through Tabor’s book and am not too
    Message 1 of 10 , Apr 7, 2006
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      Laura Miller of Salon reviews/contrasts Baigent’s
      “Jesus Papers” with Tabor’s “Jesus Dynasty”. I’ve been
      through Tabor’s book and am not too wild about it,
      though obviously anything stands as a remedy to
      Baigent.

      http://salon.com/books/review/2006/04/07/baigent/

      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 [Tabor’s] 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
      Nashua NH
      http://lorenrosson.blogspot.com/

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    • goranson@duke.edu
      Apparently Baigent lost his court case against Da Vinci Code Brown: http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1218040,00.html Stephen Goranson
      Message 2 of 10 , Apr 7, 2006
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        Apparently Baigent lost his court case against Da Vinci Code Brown:

        http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-1218040,00.html

        Stephen Goranson
        http://www.duke.edu/~goranson
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