Thursday, April 27, 2006
the world's sixteen crucified saviors
The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors by Kersey Graves is a book I've occasionally seen in Afrocentric bookstores but I recently found a free online version so I'm sharing the link. The book certainly has its flaws, but its basic message is to point out how the Christian version of the Jesus story has many uncanny similarities with myths and legends surrounding other religious figures. So it supports the idea that elements of the Christ story have been overlain with older pagan elements (including Egyptian, which will make Sondjata happy). Also, since Muslims would want to affirm the "historical Jesus" the book also suggests ways of seperating the wheat (the real Jesus) from the chaff (the myth which was created around him).