Here are two reviews for my new book, “Judas of Nazareth”. For more information on the book, go to http://www.danielunterbrink.com
Also, listen to an interview concerning my new book, Judas of Nazareth. http://www.alchemyradio.podomatic.com/entry/2014-04-25T04_39_57-07_00
Combining some of my ideas – such as Paul as Herodian and Josephus’ “Sadduk” as John the Baptist — with his own theory, Dan Unterbrink suggests a new and much earlier timeframe for Christian origins, claiming that “the Historical Jesus” was actually Judas the Galilean, a rebel Leader who came on the scene in 4 BC with the beginning of “the Zealot Movement”.
Not only does he claim that Jesus was a literary stand-in for Judas the Galilean, but that Paul may have been an active participant in the composition of the Gospel of Mark. Detailing the similarities between the Gospel “Jesus” and Paul’s own life and teachings, he claims the former to have simply been a clever blend of Judas the Galilean and Paul.
As he sees it, Christian scholarship as a whole has been searching for characters such as “Jesus” and Paul in the wrong places. In so doing, he gives his readers much to consider, while at the same time challenging what they have always taken to be “the Gospel Truth” and the traditional view.
Robert Eisenman, author of James the Brother of Jesus and The New Testament Code,
Professor Emeritus, California State University Long Beach.
I love Daniel Unterbrink’s analytical style in Judas of Nazareth! His experience as a forensic auditor really shows through. Having been a record keeper and auditor myself for some of the world’s largest corporate retirement plans, I can appreciate that level of detail as I watch him weave through a maze of deception while excavating a mountain of covered-over facts. Ultimately he digs up several kernels of truth hidden deep beneath the surface, but those kernels are huge in terms of their significance.
As a lifetime Evangelical Christian and passionate lover of Christ who has read the Bible from cover to cover many times, I decided to start researching early church history over five years ago in an attempt to figure out where and when the church had gone wrong. Last year when my focus turned toward finding the historical Jesus, like Unterbrink I used hints from the pages of the New Testament in order to find him and the apostles. It was the hints about the “zealot” nature of the apostles that led me on a scavenger hunt through the Jewish Encyclopedia to find their true identities and then ultimately to Unterbrink’s previous works, Judas the Galilean and The Three Messiahs. It was in those books that I finally found one of the largest pieces to the Jesus puzzle: how the historical Judas the Galilean was blended into the mythological character of Jesus.
Here are some of my favorite highlights from this great book:
• How the Testimonium Flavianum was interpolated into Josephus’ Antiquities in the very spot where the crucifixion of Judas the Galilean should have been reported. (The comments about Jesus make absolutely no sense there and throw off the sequence of events. However, the report of Judas’ death would have fit in perfectly. )
• How a carefully reading of Josephus shows that it is the Sicarii who avenge the death of James, not the so-called Christians.
• How Paul’s theology was woven into the later-written gospels, especially using the Mithras and Dionysus myths. (In his next book I’d like to see Unterbrink address Matthew’s use of the Osiris/Horus myth and more of the astrological myths, such as the four gospels representing the four seasons [two solstices and two equinoxes] possibly based upon epistles of Apollonius of Tyana.)
• How two separate religious movements co-existed side by side and then split off with one later morphing into the other.
• The 42 similarities between Jesus of Nazareth and Judas the Galilean! Brilliant!
As I continue to put my Jesus puzzle together with other historical characters, I feel certain that my Judas the Galilean piece has been solidly inserted into place thanks to Dan Unterbrink!
Amateur scholar and avid researcher of early Christianity
(Summa Cum Laude graduate of a Jesuit university)