JESUS KING OF EDESSA
Ellis brings us his new book, which he asserts is the book that the Catholic Church has been dreading for the last 1700 years. His latest research, he says, reveals who Jesus was, where he lived, and who his family was. Visit his city, see the ruins of his citadel, gaze upon his statue, handle his coins. In reality, Jesus was a son of King Abgarus of Edessa, a princeling with a small realm, a large treasury, and even bigger ambitions. But the wise prince of northern Syria came up against an intractable Rome and his many plans crumbled to dust. As readers will discover, the true history of this region undermines much of the biblical fairy-story that the gospel authors crafted, and so Christianity will never be the same. The jacket image shows Jesus wearing his Crown of Thorns, the ceremonial crown of the Edessan monarchy. This book is the last in the Trilogy begun with Cleopatra to Christ and King Jesus. 6X9 P/B, 561 pp.