Ralph spent his life working out who the characters in the bible truly were by finding them in the historical record. His work is absolutely fascinating. He just follows the evidence and ignores the doctrine which is usually heavily tampered with, using false names, wrong locations and doctored dates.
Yet despite studying the history of the real Jesus, he says he has no belief in the spiritual dimension of life. (around one hour and 7 minutes)
Clearly savvy about politics and military realities, and the role of secret organisations such as the Templars, and of religious sects like the Essenes, he still finds he can explain it all without reference to any spiritual dimension. His own determination not to be swayed by anything other than the truth is a spiritual statement. He sets no store by monetary gain, or a need to be better or higher than anyone else. He just refuses to be deceived, or to hide his conclusions which are clearly inconvenient to organisations such as The Catholic Church.
Yet surely in all his years he has seen or heard something which would suggest there is a spiritual part to life. He says you can still look to Jesus as a spiritual leader if you want. Just be realistic that he was a very wealthy Royal military commander, who fought a war with Rome trying to make himself Emperor after Nero, not a pauper as the bible would suggest.
Yet Jesus was also the High Priest of Jerusalem, the leader of the Essenes, who were the writers of The Dead Sea Scrolls. Jesus clearly believed in a spiritual dimension. Ellis’ work is brilliant. It would be great if after defending his work for years against critics and publishing his new book featuring his defences, he could open up on Jesus’ spiritual values – in the real historical context, handing nothing to his critics, and completing his quite extraordinary life’s work.