The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living and Nonviolence in EarlyChristianity
/Keith Akers (Lantern Books, New York), 2000. An examination of the"heart" of the message of Jesus with its rejection of violence and flesh-eating, as drawnfrom the records of the earliest Judaeo-Christian communities. In the forewordtheologian Walter Wink writes: "Keith Akers challenges Christians today to reconsiderwho the real 'heretics' were and who the orthodox."
The Essenes: Children of the Light
/Stuart Wilson and Joanna Prentis (Ozark Mt.Pub.), 2005. A "you are there" approach to the times of Jesus and the Essenephilosophical movement from the perspective of past life regression. Also, Jesus andthe Essenes /Dolores Cannon (Ozark Mt. Pub.), 1992.
The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus
/NeilDouglas-Klotz (Quest Books), 1999. An expanded understanding of the wisdomteachings of Jesus drawn from the Aramaic language in which they were spoken.
The Essene Odyssey: The Mystery of the True Teacher and the Essene Impact onthe Shaping of Human Destiny
/Hugh Schonfield (Element), 1984. Valuable insightsfrom one of the original Dead Sea Scroll scholars.
The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History
/Michael Baigent(Harper SanFrancisco), 2006. Review of issues concerning the "historical Jesus" withinteresting material on Egyptian mysticism and the Therapeutae ("Jesus in Egypt").
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
/Lynn Bauman (White Cloud Press),2004. A study guide including translation, notes and questions.
The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle
/Karen L. King(Polebridge Press, Santa Rosa, CA), 2003. Harvard Divinity School professor discussesinner teachings of Jesus and gender politics as revealed in this 2nd century CEdocument.
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
/Elaine Pagels (Random House, NewYork), 2003. Scholar provides a picture of the evolution of Christianity in the light ofmore than fifty early Christian texts with differing views of Jesus. [Also, The GnosticGospels (Vintage Books, New York), 1979].