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ECCE HOMO!

OR,

A CRITICAL INQUIRY

INTO

THE HISTORY

OF

JESUS OF NAZARETH;

BEING

A RATIONAL ANALYSIS

OF

THE GOSPELS

by BARON d'HOLBACH

(Paul Henri Thiry Holbach)

The Cross was the banner, under which madmen assembled to glut the earth with blood.
— Vide, Chap. 18


 

GORDON PRESS

NEW YORK
1977




CONTENTS


INTRODUCTION   

  
3





CHAPTER I.
ACCOUNT OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND THEIR PROPHETS.—INQUIRY INTO THE PROPHECIES RELATING TO JESUS.
19





CHAPTER II.
THE BIRTH OF JESUS.
30





CHAPTER III.
ADORATION OF THE MAGI AND SHEPHERDS.—MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS;—AND OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES, WHICH FOLLOWED THE BIRTH OF JESUS.
39





CHAPTER IV.
BAPTISM OF JESUS.— HIS ABODE IN THE DESERT.—COMMENCEMENT OF HIS PREACHING AND MIRACLE.— MARRIAGE AT CANA.
52





CHAPTER V.
JOURNEY OF JESUS TO JERUSALEM.—THE SELLERS DRIVEN OUT OF THE TEMPLE.—CONFERENCE WITH NICODEMUS.
61





CHAPTER VI.
ADVENTURE OF JESUS WITH THE FEMALE SAMARITAN.—HIS JOURNEY AND MIRACLES IN THE COUNTRY OF THE GERASENES.
67





CHAPTER VII.
JESUS CURES TWO PERSONS POSSESSED WITH DEVILS.—MIRACLE OF THE SWINE.—WONDERS PERFORMED BY JESUS TILL THE END OF THE FIRST YEAR OF HIS MISSION.
78






CHAPTER VIII.
OF WHAT JESUS DID AT JERUSALEM DURING THE SECOND PASSOVER IN HIS MISSION.
89



CHAPTER IX.
JESUS WORKS NEW MIRACLES.—ELECTION OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES.
96





CHAPTER X.
SERMON ON THE MOUNT.—SUMMARY OF THE MORALITY OF JESUS.—OBSERVATIONS ON THAT MORALITY.
100





CHAPTER XI.
ACTIONS AND PARABLES OF JESUS.—ENTERPRIZE OF HIS RELATIONS AGAINST HIM.—JOURNEY TO NAZARETH, AND THE SUCCESS JESUS HAD THERE.
113





CHAPTER XII.
MISSION OF THE APOSTLES.—THE INSTRUCTIONS JESUS GAVE THEM.—MIRACLES WROUGHT UNTIL THE END OF THE SECOND YEAR OF HIS OWN MISSION.
123





CHAPTER XIII.
JESUS REPASSES INTO GALLILEE ABOUT THE TIME OF THE THIRD PASSOVER IN HIS MISSION.—WHAT HE DID UNTIL THE TIME HE LEFT IT.
133





CHAPTER XIV.
JESUS SHOWS HIMSELF AT JERUSALEM.—HE IS FORCED TO LEAVE IT.—RESURRECTION OF LAZARUS.—TRIUMPHANT ENTRY OF JESUS.—HIS RETREAT TO THE GARDEN OF OLIVES.—THE LORD'S SUPPER.—HE IS ARRESTED.
144





CHAPTER XV.
TRIAL AND CONDEMNATION OF JESUS.—HIS PUNISHMENT AND DEATH.
158





CHAPTER XVI.
RESURRECTION OF JESUS.—HIS CONDUCT UNTIL HIS ASCENSION.—EXAMINATION OF THE PROOFS OF THE RESURRECTION.
168





CHAPTER XVII.
GENERAL REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE OF JESUS.—PREACHING OF THE APOSTLES.—CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL.— ESTABLISHMENT OF CHRISTIANITY.—PERSECUTION IT SUFFERS.—CAUSES OF ITS PROGRESS.
183





CHAPTER XVIII.
ACCOUNT OF CHRISTIANITY FROM CONSTANTINE TO THE PRESENT TIME.
201


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