ISBN 9789350021613,The Garden and the Cross: A Materialist Interpretation of the Bible

The Garden and the Cross: A Materialist Interpretation of the Bible


V M Mohanraj


Aakar Books



Aakar Books

Publication Year 2012

ISBN 9789350021613

ISBN-10 9350021617


Number of Pages 462 Pages
Language (English)

Economic theory & philosophy

In this book, Mohanraj looks at the Bible not as the word of god that a scripture is believed to be but as an allegorical human document. He exposes the fallacy inherent in the biblical myth of creation and scientifically expounds the origin of the universe. Adam and other characters in the Book of Genesis are described as personifications of mankind in the stages of savagery and barbarism. Abraham and Moses, the author explains, mark the beginning and consolidation of slavery respectively, among the Hebrews. The historical books in the Bible are stripped of supernatural elements, treating god as a symbol of different natural phenomena or social forces depending on the context. Judas, the author convincingly argues, is not a betrayer but a nave militant who was a trusted comrade of Jesus. The author presents ample evidence to establish the historicity of Jesus who is portrayed as a revolutionary and unravels the mystery behind Marys pregnancy, thus identifying Jesus biological father. The reader may disagree with the author but this book will help him see the Bible in a new light, provoking him to take a second look at his faith and even to change his world outlook. V.M Mohanraj completed his education at Annamalai University where he has awarded the Maharaja of Travancore Gold Medal for proficiency in Malayalam. After a short stint of teaching biology in the Arts college, Madras (Chennai), Mohanraj qualified himself in Library Science from Madras University and worked as an academic librarian for thirty-eight years when he had presented papers on library services at regional and national seminars. A freelance Writer, he has twelve books and many articles, both in Malayalam and English, to his credit. His book on the materialist interpretation of the Bhagavadgita has been translated into Malayalam and Tamil.