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The Life of Jesus from a Pagan Perspective|
The Gospel of the Phoenix
Author: Stifyn Emrys
Publisher: The Provocation Press
Category: Religion Level: All
The Gospel of the Phoenix tells the story of Jesus' life, in biblical style, as never before. Fans of Kahlil Gibran and students of history alike will enjoy this the story of a Jewish teacher trained in Egyptian healing and mysticism who set about spreading a gospel of humility, servanthood and renewal. His mission? To reveal the hidden kingdom of heaven that is both within and all around us. His method? Retracing the footsteps of his heavenly father, the Egyptian god Osiris, and honoring his divine mother while immersing his followers in the way of forgiveness, humility and wisdom.
The themes in this work will be familiar to Christians and non-Christians alike, but are presented from a perspective that readers from all backgrounds will find fresh and provocative. The intent mirrors that of the author of Luke: to create what he described as an orderly account based on numerous sources. A similar task has been taken up by numerous authors over the centuries, ranging from the Tatian, who produced a second-century harmony of the gospels known as the Diatesseron, to Thomas Jefferson, who created the so-called Jefferson Bible.
The Gospel of the Phoenix follows in this tradition, and is written to both inspire and challenge the reader. It acknowledges the profound influence of ancient mystery religions on Jesus' life and mission and emphasizes his role as a teacher, sage and healer. It also sheds light on several elements of what has come to be a familiar story. Who betrayed him? Was he married? Which of his companions did he trust with his most valued secrets, and whose motives did he doubt? The Gospel of the Phoenix provides surprising and sometimes challenging answers to these and other questions.
Author's Notes: Stifyn Emrys is the pen name of a veteran journalist and educator who has written on subjects as diverse as history, religion, politics and language. He has served as an editor for fiction and non-fiction projects, and his first book, "The Gospel of the Phoenix, " was published in the summer of 2012. This work, based on years of research into the political and pagan origins of Judeo-Christian thought, follows in the tradition of such writers as Kahlil Gibran, Thomas Jefferson ("The Jefferson Bible") and Robert Graves ("King Jesus") . It examines the life of Jesus in biblical style through the lens of sources including the canonical gospels, the Jesus sutras, the Gnostic gospels and the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
The author has lectured occasionally on the pagan origins of Christianity and continues to research the development of religious traditions. He has worked as an editor, columnist, educator and reporter and serves as editor of the soon-to-be-published young adult novel "Epidemic, " the first installment of the upcoming "Mad World" series. He lives in California with his wife, stepson, one cat and one dog.
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