That’s right. The Jews did not kill Jesus because he apparently survived the crucifixion, faked his death and then took off to the South of France with Mary Magdalene. Once there they no doubt spent many a lazy morning spooning in bed, drinking fine French wine and eating baguettes and croissants. They also allegedly founded the Merovingian Dynasty of Frankish kings.
This startling “discovery” was reported in an article in Salon. The author of this discovery? None other than Michael Baigent in his new book The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History. Baignet you might recall is the author of an earlier work of paranoid pseudohistory – “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” – which Dan Brown’s The Davinci Code is based on.
Salon’s review is kinda harsh, but what do you expect when they’re reviewing a book by an author who may very well be completely insane. Insanity aside though, you never really know what those defenders of the faith at the Vatican have suppressed throughout the ages. I guess we can add this to other wacky Christian things like the Gospel of Judas (Judas was actually a good guy helping Jesus fulfill his mission!), or the theory that Jesus, prior to his death at the hands of whoever, transferred leadership over his nascent movement not to Peter but to Mary Magdalene. Or to his brother James. Or to Haile Selassie.
Despite the pan, the review is a fun read and I am certain that people are gonna lap this one up just like they lapped up the stupid Da Vinci Code. Jah Rastafari!