'Caesar's Messiah': Rome Invented Jesus

Joseph Atwill's new doc claims the legends accumulated around the prophet were created as a way of pacifying the Jews

What motivated them? "They were the vainest people who ever lived," Atwill says. "They wanted to make sure that posterity knew they had subdued the Jews through a fake religion."

Some of this has been explored by other scholars. Robert Eisenman, professor of religion at Cal State Long Beach, one of the participants in the movie, says he was long familiar with the practice of "overwriting" texts, "people taking texts and writing over them." He suggested in his 1997 book, James the Brother of Jesus, that the Gospels had been written over to give them a "pro-Roman slant."

In uncovering the Titus connection, "Atwill may have carried it a step farther," Eisenman says.

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Laemmle's Music Hall 3

9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Beverly Hills

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Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus was directed by Fritz Heede and Nijole Sparkis; and written by Sparkis, based on the book by Joseph Atwill. Not rated. Premieres at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Fri., 7 p.m. A Q&A with Joseph Atwill, Robert Eisenman, and filmmakers Fritz Heede and Nijole Sparkis follows.

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