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    Robert Graves gives this work of historical fiction an intriguing premise He presents Jesus not as the offspring of a divine being, born of a virgin birth, but as the very mortal son of Mary and Antipater, the eldest son of King Herod the Great Herod had a nasty tendency to eliminate family members who crossed him without much of a hearing Antipater fell victim to this paranoia, and was executed just before Herod s death Antipater s death left Jesus as the rightful heir to the terrestrial ki Robert Graves gives this work of historical fiction an intriguing premise He presents Jesus not as the offspring of a divine being, born of a virgin birth, but as the very mortal son of Mary and Antipater, the eldest son of King Herod the Great Herod had a nasty tendency to eliminate family members who crossed him without much of a hearing Antipater fell victim to this paranoia, and was executed just before Herod s death Antipater s death left Jesus as the rightful heir to the terrestrial kingdom of Judaea, based on his descent from Herod Mary s descent from the House of David just served to solidify Jesus s position King Herod the Great Wicked...


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    For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given O four stars of wonder, five stars of night,Stars with royal beauty bright,Westward leading, still proceeding,Guide us to thy perfect light.It was amazing Lying in bed The kids all tucked in Christmas Eve, and I m reading King Jesus I finally put this sucker to bed last night at about 1 00 am Sugar plums weren t dancing in my head rather parables and planets Ninib, Marduk, ...


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    1 Christopherus, unto the church of Goodreads peace be with you.2 I write this epistle to you on the occasion of my completion of Robert Graves scroll King Jesus, being an historical but also novelistic account of the life of Jesus of Nazareth.3 Not having read his masterpiece, I, Claudius, or any of his other works, I was a virgin to his style of combining history with imagination but having read this, I remain unimpressed.4 The problem with King Jesus lies in the way it straddles the supern 1 Christopherus, unto the church of Goodreads peace be with you.2 I write this epistle to you on the occasion of my completion of Robert Graves scroll King Jesus, being an historical but also novelistic account of the life of Jesus of Nazareth.3 Not having read his masterpiece, I, Claudius, or any of his other works, I was a virgin to his style of combining history with imagination but having read this, I remain unimpressed.4 The problem with King Jesus lies in the way it straddles the supernatural and the ordinary Mr Graves obviously does not believe that Jesus is the true Son of God and the messiah of the Jewish people, but neither does he present a Jesus that is perfectly ordinary and mundane.5 He takes many pains in describing the conception and birth of Jesus that...


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    This is by far my favorite Robert Graves novel and I like his historical novels very much generally My original copy was the one published by the Readers Digest Press in hardcover.As once a bit of a scholar of the gospel narratives and ancillary texts, I was struck by the way Graves plausibly weaved together strands of tradition to reconstruct an historical Jesus with a temporal right to the throne of Judaea and, thus, a Jesus who actually constituted enough of a threat to the Empire and templ This is by far my favorite Robert Graves novel and I like his historical novels very much generally My original copy was the one published by the ...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I didn t plan on reading this book and the thematically related Eve A Novel of the First Woman around Easter but that s how things worked out Graves always enjoys turning readers perceptions upside down in his historical novels I m afraid my recollection of the Julio Claudians will be forever colored by I Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Born 10 B.C Murdered Deified A.D 54 and its sequel And his erudition is astounding You may not accept his interpretations of Gre I didn t plan on reading this book and the thematically related Eve A Novel of the First Woman around Easter but that s how things worked out Graves always enjoys turning readers perceptions upside down in his historical novels I m afraid my recollection of the Julio Claudians will be forever colored by I Claudius From the Aut...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here King Jesus astonishing and gripping novel is not an easy read, nor is it a one time only read, but it is well worth the time put into it Jesus birth, growing up, and ministry are told through the eyes of a 1st century historian Agipus the Decapolitan who may or may not be imagined Not surprisingly, this is, after all Graves the author of The White Goddess, Agipus says that the Jews have never been able to keep their women in perfect...


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    I first read this as an early edition hard back in the mid 80 s It is Graves at his best and, at times, most weird He gives an original and fairly plausible alternative to the generally accepted religious view of Jesus I doubt the true believer will like it or get past the opening chapter a recommendation in itself Alth...


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    This is by far the best alt history of Jesus that I have read It would be great fun to reverse engineer this book I noticed several borrowings from the Christian deuterocanonical books, some of which Graves acknowledges in his very brief historical note at the end In that same note he apologizes for not writing athorough acknowledgement of his sources, with the excuse that such an acknowledgement would be longer than the book itself I do have some minor quibbles with the book It takes This is by far the best alt history of Jesus that I have read It would be great fun to reverse engineer this book I noticed several borrowings from the Christian deuterocanonical books, some of which Graves acknowledges in his very brief historical note at the end In that same note he apologizes for not writing athorough acknowledgement of his sources, with the excuse that such an acknowledgement would be longer than the book itself I do have some minor quibbles with the book It takes the form of a narration by a certain Agabus writing in the last decade of the 1st century This is fine, but one can neve...


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    The origins of St Patrick s Day remain a mystery after this one, but I enjoyed reading this quite a lot Very sympathetic to the traditional villains in the Passion tale, because of Graves apparent understanding of Jewish customs and traditions, laws and celebrations This novel is overtly hostile to Christian theol...


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King Jesus King Jesus,is One Of The Most Controversial Historical Novels Of All Time In It, Robert Graves Has Summoned His Superb Narrative Powers, His Painstaking Scholarship, His Wit And Unsurpassed Ability To Recreate The Past, To Produce A Magnificent Portrayal Of The Life Of Christ On Earth.

  • Paperback
  • 418 pages
  • King Jesus
  • Robert Graves
  • English
  • 24 April 2017
  • 0374516642

About the Author: Robert Graves

Robert Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King s College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John s College, Oxford While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G H Johnstone, a boy of fourteen Dick in Goodbye to All That When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plato, G Robert Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King s College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John s College, Oxford While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G H Johnstone, a boy of fourteen Dick in Goodbye to All That When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plato, Greek poets, Michelangelo Shakespeare, who had felt as I did At the outbreak of WWI, Graves enlisted almost immediately, taking a commission in the Royal Welch Fusiliers He published his first volume of poems, Over the Brazier, in 1916 He developed an early reputation as a war poet and was one of the first to write realistic poems about his experience of front line conflict In later years he omitted war poems from his collections, on the grounds that they were too obviously part of the war poetry boom At the Battle of the Somme he was so badly wounded by a shell fragment through the lung that he was expected to die, and indeed was officially reported as died of wounds He gradually recovered Apart from a brief spell back in France, he spent the rest of the war in England.One of Graves s closest friends at this time was the poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was also an officer in the RWF In 1917 Sassoon tried to rebel against the war by making a public anti war statement Graves, who feared Sassoon could face a court martial, intervened with the military authorities and persuaded them that he was suffering from shell shock, and to treat him accordingly Graves also suffered from shell shock, or neurasthenia as it is sometimes called, although he was never hospitalised for it.Biographers document the story well It is fictionalised in Pat Barker s novel Regeneration The intensity of their early relationship is nowhere demonstratedclearly than in Graves s collection Fairies Fusiliers 1917 , which contains a plethora of poems celebrating their friendship Through Sassoon, he also became friends with Wilfred Owen, whose talent he recognised Owen attended Graves s wedding to Nancy Nicholson in 1918, presenting him with, as Graves recalled, a set of 12 Apostle spoons.Following his marriage and the end of the war, Graves belatedly took up his place at St John s College, Oxford He later attempted to make a living by running a small shop, but the business failed In 1926 he took up a post at Cairo University, accompanied by his wife, their children and the poet Laura Riding He returned to London briefly, where he split with his wife under highly emotional circumstances before leaving to live with Riding in Dei , Majorca There they continued to publish letterpress books under the rubric of the Seizin Press, founded and edited the literary journal Epilogue, and wrote two successful academic books together A Survey of Modernist Poetry 1927 and A Pamphlet Against Anthologies 1928.In 1927, he published Lawrence and the Arabs, a commercially successful biography of T.E Lawrence Good bye to All That 1929, revised and republished in 1957 proved a success but cost him many of his friends, notably Sassoon In 1934 he published his most commercially successful work,I, Claudius Using classical sources he constructed a complexly compelling tale of the life of the Roman emperor Claudius, a tale extended in Claudius the God 1935 Another historical novel by Graves, Count Belisarius 1938 , recounts the career of the Byzantine general Belisarius.During the early 1970s Graves began to suffer from increasingly severe memory loss, and by his eightieth birthday in 1975 he had come to the end of his working life By 1975 he had publishedthan 140 works He survived for tenyears in an increasingly dependent condition until he died from heart failure