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It was this school of Christianity that was adopted by the Roman empire in the 4th century CE, becoming Roman Catholicism and all the subsequent offshoots from it. These forgotten Christians were later persecuted out of existence by the Literalist Roman Church with such thoroughness that until recently we knew little about the Gnostics except through the writings of their detractors. Only a handful of original Gnostic texts survived, none of which were published before the nineteenth century.

This situation changed dramatically however, with a remarkable discovery in when an Arab peasant stumbled upon a whole library of Gnostic gospels hidden in a cave near Nag Hammadi in Egypt. This gave scholars access to many texts which were in wide circulation amongst early Christians, but which were deliberately excluded from the canon of the New Testament when it was created — gospels attributed to Thomas and Philip, texts recording the Acts of Peter and the Twelve Disciples, Apocalypses written by Paul and James, and so on. To Literalists, the Gnostics were dangerous heretics. They wrote volumes of anti-Gnostic works, which is an unintentional testimony to the power and influence of Gnosticism within early Christianity.

They had become contaminated by the Paganism that surrounded them and abandoned the purity of the true faith. They claimed to know the secret Inner Mysteries of Christianity which the Literalists did not possess. As we explored the beliefs and practises of the Gnostics we became convinced that the Literalists had at least been right about one thing. The Gnostics were little different from Pagans.

Like the philosophers of the Pagan Mysteries, the Gnostics believed in reincarnation, honoured the goddess Sophia, and were immersed in the mystical Greek philosophy of Plato. Just as the goal of a Pagan initiate was to become a god, so for the Gnostics the goal of the Christian initiate was to become a Christ. What particularly struck us was that the Gnostics were not concerned with the historical Jesus.

They viewed the Jesus story in the same way that the Pagan philosophers viewed the myths of Osiris-Dionysus — as an allegory which encoded secret mystical teachings. This insight crystallised for us a remarkable possibility.

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Perhaps the explanation for the similarities between Pagan myths and the biography of Jesus had been staring us in the face the whole time, but we had been so caught up with traditional ways of thinking that we had been unable to see it. The traditional version of history bequeathed to us by the authorities of the Roman Church is that Christianity developed from the teachings of a Jewish Messiah and that Gnosticism was a later deviation. What would happen, we wondered, if the picture was reversed and Gnosticism viewed as the authentic Christianity, just as the Gnostics themselves claimed? Could it be that orthodox Christianity was a later deviation from Gnosticism, and that Gnosticism was a synthesis of Judaism and the Pagan Mystery religion?

This was the beginning of the Jesus Mysteries Thesis. Boldly stated, the picture that emerged for us was as follows. We knew that most ancient Mediterranean cultures had adopted the ancient Mysteries, adapting them to their own national tastes and creating their own version of the myth of the dying and resurrecting godman. Perhaps some of the Jews had, likewise, adopted the Pagan Mysteries and created their own Jewish version of the Mysteries which we now know of as Gnosticism? Perhaps initiates of the Jewish Mysteries adapted the potent symbolism of the Osiris-Dionysus myths into a myth of their own, the hero of which was the Jewish dying and resurrecting godman Jesus?

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If this was so, then the Jesus story was not a biography at all but a consciously crafted vehicle for encoded spiritual teachings created by Jewish Gnostics. Perhaps those uninitiated into the Inner Mysteries had mistakenly come to regard the Jesus myth as historical fact and Literalist Christianity had been created?

The Inner Mysteries of Christianity which the Gnostics taught but which the Literalists denied existed, revealed that the Jesus story was actually a mystical teaching story designed to help each one of us become a Christ. The Jesus story has all the hallmarks of a myth, so perhaps that is exactly what it is? After all, no one has read the newly discovered Gnostic gospels and taken their fantastic stories as literally true.

They are readily seen as myths. It is only familiarity and cultural prejudice which prevents us seeing the New Testament gospels in the same light. If these gospels had also been lost to us and only recently discovered, who would read these tales for the first time and believe they were historical accounts of a man born of a virgin, who had walked on water and returned from the dead?

Why should we consider the stories of Osiris, Dionysus, Adonis, Attis, Mithras and the other Pagan Mystery saviours as fables, yet come across essentially the same story told in a Jewish context and believe it to be the biography of a carpenter from Bethlehem? The Jesus Mysteries Thesis answered many puzzling questions, yet it also opened up new dilemmas.

And how could Gnosticism be the original Christianity when St.

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Paul, the earliest Christian we know about, is so vociferously anti-Gnostic? And is it really credible to believe that such an insular and anti-Pagan nation as the Jews could have adopted the Pagan Mysteries? And how could it have happened that a consciously created myth came to be believed as history?

And if Gnosticism represents genuine Christianity why was it Literalist Christianity that came to dominate the world as the most influential religion of all time? In historical sources written at the same time as the New Testament, she points to a number of seemingly analogous, but chronologically shifted, parallels to the story of Jesus and his disciples. Blekingegatan 32 A novel about the woman who was to become Greta Garbo. But what did she leave behind? Siri This is a novel about the life of the Baroness Siri von Essen, before, during and after her marriage to author August Strindberg.

Siri is a strong woman with an appetite for life, a woman who dares to break with the social rules of her time, and especially those of her own class. Om Strindberg On Strindberg; Lena Einhorn is editor of this richly illustrated anthology on Swedish author August Strindberg. The book contains a collection of stories about Strindberg, written by a prominent collection of writers: authors of fiction, Strindberg experts, gender researchers and journalists.

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Add to Cart. About The Jesus Mysteries Drawing on the cutting edge of modern scholarship, this astonishing book completely undermines the traditional history of Christianity that has been perpetuated for centuries by the Church and presents overwhelming evidence that the Jesus of the New Testament is a mythical figure. Also by Timothy Freke , Peter Gandy. See all books by Timothy Freke , Peter Gandy. About Timothy Freke Timothy Freke left has an honors degree in philosophy and is the author of more than twenty books on world… More about Timothy Freke.

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