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Josephus on Jesus
Using a technique that the author calls " pesher ", she purports to have uncovered evidence in the Gospels themselves that effectively contradicts the story they narrate of Jesus and his mission. She calls this story the "surface meaning" of the Gospels, which is "for 'babes'", in contrast to the hidden meaning. Using this method, Thiering believes she has discovered, among other things, that Jesus was a member of the Essene community, that he survived the crucifixion, and that he married twice. The book was a bestseller, and has been several times reprinted. Its argument has been widely rejected by the scholarly community. The central thesis of the book is that "Jesus was the leader of a radical faction of Essene priests. He was not of virgin birth.