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The Secret Legacy of Jesus


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Foreword by James D. Tabor


Introduction: The Quest for the Grail

The Roots of Jewish Christianity

1. An Unheralded Family: The Bloodline of Jesus

2. "Who Do You Say That I Am?": The Quest for the Historical Jesus

3. In the Beginning: The Nazarenes and the Jewish Origins of Christianity


The History of Jewish Christianity

4. The Caliphate Begins: James and the Jerusalem Church

5. James versus Paul: A Parting of the Ways

6. Storm Signals: The Nazarenes and the War with Rome

7. Aftermath: From Nazarenes to Ebionites

8. The Ebionite Evangel: The Mission of Jewish Christianity

9. Ebionite Theology: A Third Religion between Church and Synagogue

The Legacy of Jewish Christianity

10. From Ebionites to Elkesaites: The Evolution of Jewish Christianity

11. Jewish Christianity in Arabia: Muhammad and the Rise of Islam

12. From Elkesaites to Cathars: The Heresy Moves West

13. Heresy in High Places: The Rise and Fall of the Knights Templar

14. From Jesus to Freemasonry: The Founding Fathers and the Building of a New Jerusalem




About the Author

Jeffrey J. Butz is an ordained Lutheran minister and an adjunct professor of world religions at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity.


"Butz . . . is eminently readable and accessible to nonscholars while being thorough in [his] research. [He] raises the specter of a revisioned Christianity and challenges readers to rethink the nature of both orthodoxy and heresy." * Publishers Weekly *
"The Secret Legacy of Jesus is masterful, nothing less than the new definitive work on Jewish Christianity. It's the whole story of what happened to the religion of Jesus, in one place. Immensely readable, this insightful book will challenge those who continue to believe that Paul's Gentile Christ Movement was the only form of early Christianity." * Barrie Wilson, professor of Religious Studies, York University, Toronto, and author of How Jesus Bec *
"Many books are informative; this remarkable book is also important. Rev. Butz traces an 'underground stream' of Jewish-Christian (Ebionite) affirmation of the humanity of Jesus--from his family and original apostles through nearly two millennia, culminating in Freemasonic traditions of the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution of the United States." * Margaret Starbird, author of Magdalene's Lost Legacy and Woman with the Alabaster Jar *
"I just read Jeffrey Butz's latest brilliant work and am more convinced than ever that America is the New Jerusalem. Butz lays out clearly and convincingly that the original teachings of Christ, as handed down by Jesus's brother James, impacted Freemasonry. When the Freemasons threw their support behind Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others, they were able to manifest the greatest expression of a democratic republic this planet has ever seen: the U.S. Constitution. This book is superb!" * Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., author of Founding Fathers, Secret Societies and United Symbolism of Am *
"The Secret Legacy of Jesus is a major contribution to the study of the historical Jesus. Butz manages to deal with extremely complex phenomena yet retain an easy reading style. Such an accomplishment is made even more challenging by the scarcity of facts surrounding the Desposyni, which makes this book as much a mystery solver as a historical document. One of the great joys of reading this book is that Butz gives us a sweeping panorama stretching across two millennia. This is a must read for anyone interested in Christianity." * Dr. James Gardner, author of Jesus Who? Myth vs. Reality in the Search for the Historical Jesus and *
"What a pleasure it was to read The Secret Legacy of Jesus! It is well written, unconventional, conversational, and engaging. His tone and relaxed writing style convey the very tolerance and universalism that he sees in early Christianity. This is an important addition to the growing body of literature on early Jewish Christianity, a subject that has been heretofore largely ignored." * Keith Akers, author of The Lost Religion of Jesus *
"While evidence for an unbroken tradition is tenuous at best, Butz's book provocatively reminds readers of the persistence of non- and even anti-Pauline types of Christianity; for spiritual seekers, scholars, and open-minded Christians." * Library Journal, Jan 2010 *
" . . . a pick for any spirituality collection including secret societies and Christian history." * The Midwest Book Review, Apr 2010 *
"Butz has uncovered details that other authors have missed . . . * Nexus New Times Magazine, Vol. 17, No. 4, June/July 2010 *

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