Crucifixion's A Doddle
Crucifixion's A Doddle: The Passion of Monty Python
by Julian Doyle
‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’. So sang the Pythons at the end of their film Monty Python’s Life of Brian. But when the group crucified themselves in the desert of Tunisia to sing their famous song, they exposed glaring errors in the Gospels that this book analyses and then comes to some extraordinary conclusions that nobody could expect – especially the Spanish Inquisition. No Spam, Spam, Spam Spam; just hard facts.
As Julian Doyle, the editor of Monty Python’s Life of Brian, watched the comedy team’s attempt to be crucified, for the end of their film, he began to notice something was seriously wrong. Checking for images of the crucified Jesus, he found none – the first appearing nearly 400 years after the event. But, not only were there no images of Jesus but not one of anyone else being crucified. And it was not until the first image appeared in 420 AD that the vertical cross replaced the original symbol for Christianity, which was the X-shaped Chi-Rho. Our well-known image was clearly an invention by commissioned artists well after the actual event. And that is what Doyle had spotted on the set of Life of Brian, that crucifixion could not, and does not, work, and in this book he describes why.
With further research, he began to notice contradictions within the biblical text about the death of Jesus, leading him to the shocking possibility that maybe Pontius Pilate did not crucify Jesus after all as all the evidence seemed to suggest that Jesus lived for a decade after Pilate left Judea. Now in this true-life detective story, Doyle astonishingly uncovers who was the real killer of Jesus Christ.
Behind his jovial and playful style, Julian Doyle conceals a rapier wit with which he cuts and slashes his way through the whole of the crucifixion story with expert analysis, bringing clarity to the Gospel and revealing for the first time a way of understanding what may be the true story of Jesus.
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Described by Python Terry Jones as “an original polymath”, Julian is a leading expert on Christian history and mythology. His books include The Monumental Secret of the Crucifixion, The Assassination of Mary Magdalene, Heretics: The True Christians, The Gospel According to Monty Python, and his latest work, historical mystery thriller The Jericho Manuscript.