How the Flavian Emperors commissioned the project of Flavius Josephus to write The Gospels
Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus
Flavian Signature Edition
Authored by Joseph Atwill
Was Jesus the invention of a Roman emperor? The author of this ground-breaking book believes he was. "Caesar's Messiah" reveals the key to a new and revolutionary understanding of the origin of Christianity, explaining what is the New Testament, who is the real Jesus, and how Christ's second coming already occurred.
The clues leading to these startling conclusions are found in the writings of the first-century historian Flavius Josephus, whose "Wars of the Jews" is one of the only historical chronicles of this period. Closely comparing the work of Josephus with the New Testament Gospels, "Caesar's Messiah" demonstrates that the Romans directed the writing of both. Their purpose: to offer a vision of a "peaceful Messiah" who would serve as an alternative to the revolutionary leaders who were rocking first-century Israel and threatening Rome.
Similarly, "Caesar's Messiah" will rock our understanding of Christian history as it reveals that Jesus was a fictional character portrayed in four Gospels written not by Christians but Romans. This Flavian Signature edition adds Atwill's latest discoveries of numerous parallel events in sequence which ultimately reveal the identity of the true authors of the Gospels.
In his book Caesar's Messiah, Atwill outlines a revolutionary discovery: the series of events in Jesus' ministry described in the Gospels are exact, sequential parallels to the the battle campaign of Titus Flavius, as recorded by Josephus in War of the Jews. From this revelation, Atwill unravels one of the best kept secrets of our modern era--that the origins and intentions of Christianity are far different than we have been led to believe.
An ICC world-ranked chess player, Atwill was classically trained from his youth in Greek, Latin and Biblical studies at St. Mary's Military Academy in Japan. Atwill went on to study computer science as an undergraduate and cofounded software companies Ferguson Tool Company and ASNA with early IBM programmer David Ferguson.
In 1995, after selling his shares and exiting the industry, Atwill returned to his studies of early Christianity through the newly discovered Dead Sea Scrolls. It seemed incredible that two diametrically opposite forms of messianic Judaism emerged from Judea at the same time. One sect was waging a religious war against the Romans, seeking a Messiah that would lead them to military victory. Simultaneously, the followers of Jesus were supposedly organizing a religion based around a Messiah that told them to “turn the other cheek” and “give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”
The key came in Josephus’ War of the Jews, which describes Titus’s destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. The military campaign exactly paralleled over 40 moments in the ministry of Jesus described in the Gospels; an inconceivable coincidence.
As Atwill presents in Caesar's Messiah, the Flavian Roman imperial family created Christianity to pacify the militaristic opposition to their rule. Even more incredibly, they placed a literary satire within the Gospels to mark their handiwork. This symbolic framework is the hidden history of Western civilization. In his follow-up book, Shakespeare's Secret Messiah, Atwill shows how this typology was understood and employed by Marlowe and Shakespeare, and what it means for the future of the Christian world.
Books by Joseph Atwill include Caesar’s Messiah, Ulysses Press 2006,the best selling work of religious history in the US in 2007. Its German translation Das Messias Ratsel, Ulstein 2008, achieved #1 Best Seller status. The German magazine Focus published a cover article of Atwill's work in Issue #52 December 25, 2008. Caesar's Messiah Flavian Signature Edition was released in 2011, followed by a documentary in 2012, also titled Caesar's Messiah. Atwill's latest book, Shakespeare's Secret Messiah, was released in 2014 with an Introduction by Jerry Russell, PhD.
"This relief from the Arch of Titus depicts Roman soldiers carrying treasures from the Temple of Jerusalem, including the Menorah. The city was besieged and destroyed by Titus in 70."
This in-depth investigative documentary traces the secret history of Christianity and the Bible like never before. Scholars shed new light on translation errors, misinterpretations, political changes, and archeological discoveries that have unraveled the many mysteries of Christianity which has evolved into over 200 religious sects, each with differing beliefs. This film does not debate the issue of faith. However, after watching this film, you may never look at the history of Christianity and the Bible in the same way again.