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"The scrolls which were written at the time of Jesus' life do not mention anything about him. The historians of the day who kept all the written records, mention nothing about Jesus being the son of God. Now, in those days, there were many people who claimed to be the son of God. In fact, there have been many Saviors throughout history ....In stead of using the Holy Bible as our sole source material this semester, you will also need to purchase five additional books." The class sighs collectively a some of the whispers become outright moans of displeasure.
Lazlo laughs, "I can assure you all that the purchase of this material is but a small price to pay for understanding. The list is on the board. I suggest you get the recommended reading materials a soon as possible. We all know how backed-up the Student Bookstore can become at the beginning of the semester!"
The students murmur in dissension and begin to pull pads and pens form packed briefcases . Most begin to jot down the titles listed on the board: The Five Gospels by Robert Funk The resurrection: Fact or Myth by Bishop John Spong The Dead Sea Scrolls Unearthed by Rudolph Westman The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read Editor, Tim C. Leedom The Myth of the Man by Dr. Thomas Lazlo BACK COVER: The Main Man -- fast paced, informative, engaging and -- oh, say it's not true.... -- Religious Examiner An alert -- get ready; the end may be near after all. Can it be true that Armageddon and the second coming are real? The year 2000 approaches, the religious battle lines are drawn around the world: from Jerusalem to Washington, from the Vatican to Lynchburg, the stakes get higher, because Jesus may not come back. a leading Dead Sea Scrolls Crusader, Thomas Lazlo, takes center stage in civilization's race against time. Lazlo finds that his quest to bring religious literacy to academia leads to discovery of unthinkable conspiracies and insane plans in the name of God. Jewish zealots and Christian fundamentalists plot to blow up the sacred Islamic Temple Mount -- the last act needed to fulfill biblical prophecy.
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Linda Adams is the published author of four inspirational biographies, a stunt woman in the entertainment industry, and a creative business woman who devotes her time and energy to developing mentoring programs for school age children.
Larry Cano, author, writer, executive producer, Silkwood, 5 time Academy Award nominee.
Harry W, Carpenter is a published poet an novelist. you can find his work in the "Edge of Twilight" and "Poet's Fantasy." The Main Man is Mr. Carpenter's third work of fiction. He is currently employed as a copy writer, with the Hemingway Group.
Tim C. Leedom, editor best selling book, The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read. Past editor, the Truth Seeker, world's oldest Freethought journal, former aide to Governor and Lt. Governor of Hawaii. Currently President of American Nation Film Co.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Introduction From `Jerusalem; One City -- Three faiths' By Karen Armstrong
When people have tried to speak about the sacred or about the pain of human existence, they have not been able to express their experience in logical, discursive terms but have had recourse to mythology. Even Freud and Jung, who were the first to chart the so-called scientific quest for the soul, turned to the myths of the classic world or of religion when they tried to describe these interior events, and even made up some new myths of their own. Today the word myth has been rather debased in our culture; it is generally used to mean something that is not true. Events are dismissed because they are only myths. This is certainly true in the debate about Jerusalem. Palestinians claim that there is absolutely no archaeological evidence for the Jewish kingdom founded by King David and that no trace of Soloman's Temple has been found. The Kingdom of Israel is not mentioned in any contemporary text but only in the Bible. It is quite likely, therefore, that it is merely a myth. Israelis have also discounted the story of the Prophet Muhammad's ascent to heaven from the Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem -- a myth that lies at the heart of the Muslim devotion to al-Quds -- as demonstrably absurd. But this, I have come to believe, is to miss the point. Mythology was never designed to describe historically verifiable events that actually happened. It was an attempt to express their inner significance or to draw attention to realities that were too elusive to be discussed in a logically coherent way. con'td... From Chapter One: Dead Sea Caves Cave #5 is suffocating in the heat as Professor Thomas Lazlo looks up from his work. He pauses momentarily, pulls out a handkerchief and wipes the sweat and grime from his face. He has been digging in the dusty cave most of the day. Just as he is about to give up, his Bedouin helper, Abdul, jumps up from another corner of the cave and begins to shout excitedly. "Dr. Lazlo! Dr. Lazlo! I've found them! I've found them! He runs over to where Lazlo is digging and grabs the Professor by the shirt sleeve. "Over here, Dr. Lazlo! I've found them!" Lazlo allows himself to be pulled along as the Bedouin points excitedly to a hollowed out place in the dirt. Lazlo bends down, examining the area closely. Several clay pots lay partially exposed in the soft dirt. "You're right. Abdul! Looks like you've found at least three, possibly four Scroll Jars!" Lazlo can't believe his eyes. Just as he was about....
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