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A startling new book says the biblical Jesus was no spiritual hippie, but a ruthless monarch-in-training who only had his eyes on defeating Imperial Rome and ruling Israel with an iron fist.
The reputation of the famous renegade rabbi has taken hit after hit in recent years, with the wild success of The Da Vinci Code proving that tens of millions are happy to see holier-than-thou Jesus taken down a notch.
In that best-seller, Jesus is married to the wealthy Mary Magdalene, who heads off to France to raise the children Jesus abandoned for his political crusade and resulting execution.
The Jesus Dynasty, by biblical archeologist James Tabor, claims the Jewish rabble-rouser had no intention of starting a new religion.
Instead, writes Tabor, Jesus was hellbent on seizing the throne in Jerusalem and creating an Egyptian-style dynasty.
Although he had no father, Jesus repeatedly claimed he was the descendent of Israel's famous King David.
Indeed, Jesus the Nazarene never did start a religion for gentiles. If the Christian Bible is right, he was killed by the Romans before he had more than a handful of followers.
The task of launching a popular religion fell to Saul of Tarsus, a fanatic who never met Jesus and didn't even know any details of the holy man's life.
According to the Bible, Saul would change his Hebrew name to the generic "Paul" and simultaneously spread his self-hating "Pauline Christianity" around the Mediterranean while brutally oppressing the real Jesus movement led by the Lord's brother, James.