- The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" (or "Christianity Before Christ") is an
1875book written by Kersey Graves. It asserts that Jesuswas not an actual person, but was a creation largely based on earlier stories of deities or god-men saviours who had been crucified, and descended to and ascended from the underworld.
It has been noted that Graves derived "many of the most important facts collated in this work" from the comprehensive
1833work, the " Anacalypsis", by Sir Godfrey Higgins. These works thus present an early variant of what would come to be known as the Jesus myth hypothesis.
The book is often used as a source for many
Jesus myth hypothesiswriters, including Acharya S, Tom Harpurand John G. Jackson. Atheistactivist Madelyn Murray O'Hairwas a fan of the book.
The book's accuracy has been questioned by both Christian [ [http://www.spirithistory.com/kgraves.html Who was Kersey Graves?] , article citing various rebuttal from Christian contemporaries to Graves.] and atheist scholars, [ [http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/graves.html infidels.org] , review of "The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by atheist historian Richard Carrier.] with the general consensus being that the book is unscholarly and unreliable.
Historicity of Jesus
Jesus Christ and mythology
Jesus myth hypothesis
* [http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/cv/wscs/index.htm The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors] , complete text at sacred-texts.com.
* [http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/kersey_graves/16/ The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors] , online edition at infidels.org.
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