Creating Christianity - A Weapon Of Ancient Rome
best seller in New Testament criticism Now available in the Hellenic and Roman Library - Institute of Classical Studies
A profound and controversial investigation of a complex theme - the war that led to the fall of Jerusalem and the creation of the Christian religion.
'Nothing should be taken for granted when investigating the origins of Christianity and its history. Creating Christianity, written by Henry Davis, will go down in history as a groundbreaking work in proving exactly who the primary authors of the New Testament were. Mr. Davis' book corroborates the recent thesis of Professor Robyn Faith Walsh's The Origins of Early Christian Literature and examines the many parallels between the Roman military campaign in Judea (led by Titus Flavius Caesar) and the ministry of Jesus in the New Testament.
Davis provides evidence of the personal, religious and political motivations behind the Roman-Jewish war of 70 CE. He also deciphers the identity of the individual who wrote as Flavius Josephus, the ancient author who provides us with the principle account of the war. This book shows that the name Flavius Josephus was a pseudonym used by the primary author of the New Testament, a wealthy, educated aristocrat called Arrius Calpurnius Piso.
Piso was a member of the distinguished senatorial family known as the Calpurnii Pisones. This family is shown by Davis in chapter six - 'Flavius Josephus Never Existed' - to be related by blood to Emperor Vespasian. To my knowledge, Davis' evidence has not been refuted by any Biblical or Classical scholar and he has synthesized the curiously divorced fields of Biblical and Classical scholarship.'
- Todd Masterson, NJ State Latin Teacher Certification (Montclair State University)
'Davis presents the results of his own explorations thoughtfully, providing a plethora of supportive data. A provocative and well-reasoned work, Creating Christianity is recommended for believers and non-believers alike, as the questions Davis is posing are worth exploring and well-argued.' SPR Reviews
'I found his selection of evidence to be both interesting and compelling...'Creating Christianity: A Weapon Of Ancient Rome is a thoughtful work of historical non-fiction by author Henry Davis.' Readers' Favorite
'Davis is painstaking in his research and provides ample textual evidence. Nevertheless, his highly unusual conclusions will likely find a skeptical reception from many believers and scholars.' Kirkus
The purpose of Creating Christianity - A Weapon Of Ancient Rome is to provide factual information regarding the origins of the early Christian scriptures. The book is not written in an attacking or condescending way.
The book explains how only the elite members of society had the means to create the New Testament scripture. Parts of the content of the book are taken directly from the original researchers' publication with consent.
Using valuable feedback from professors of ancient history at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the main conclusion of the book is that the New Testament (the new law) was created by a powerful senatorial family called the Calpurnius Pisos, who had the full support of their relatives, the Herodian royal family (the family of ‘Herod the Great’), and the Flavian emperors. The Piso family hid their name within the Koine Greek scriptures. The book explains many things, including:
why the supposed Jewish Historian, Flavius Josephus, never existed.
how the Book of Revelation presents the name of the Piso family member who oversaw the creation of the Christian scripture.
why the number 666 was changed to 616.
the literary methods (as used on royal coinage) used to present the various family names within the New Testament.
how the 'rules' of the languages of the time; Hebrew, Greek, Latin, etc., were used to create names, including the use of isopsephy.
how the use of prosopography (the investigation of common characteristics of historical people by the collective study of their lives and multiple career analysis) has enabled this information to be discovered.
The investigation examines not only primary source documents in their original languages but also the work of others who have carefully researched various historical individuals.
The book is also available through the Institute of Classical Studies Hellenic and Roman Library website