The Judas Goat: The Substitution Theory of the Crucifixion
By Tracy R. Twyman
A fresh and shocking look at the Crucifixion story!
It has been suggested by some authors (such as Hugh Schonfield in The Passover Plot and Baigent, et. al in Holy Blood, Holy Grail) that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but allowed another to die in his place. What is the origin of this curious notion, and what are its implications? In The Judas Goat, author Tracy R. Twyman (Dagobert’s Revenge, The Merovingian Mythos, etc) explores the Islamic and heretical Christian legends pertaining to the Crucifixion, which indicate that the Christ who died at Calvary may have been a substitute sacrifice for his own twin brother. Furthermore, the identity of the victim is the same figure who plays the role of the Scapegoat in Christianity, blamed for the death of Jesus: Judas Iscariot.
In the process, author Tracy R. Twyman examines the symbolism of twin Christs, sacrificial substitutes, and sibling rivalry. She explores the stories of Cain and Abel, the Egyptian Osiris and Set, the Babylonian god Tammuz, the Hebrew goat demon Azazel, the Templar goat idol Baphomet, and the Christian apostle Judas Thomas Didymus (also known as “Doubting Thomas,” and “Thomas Didymus,” or “Thomas the Twin”). She also exposes the possible connection between these heretical concepts and the decorations found in the Church of Mary Magdalene in Rennes-le-Chateau, France.