So, I have been an atheist for some time now and have followed the debates on the historicity of Jesus and the Israelites in general.  I read a book recently called "On the Origin of Religion" that basically laid out a theory that Jesus of Nazareth was actually working in the service of European hunters and gatherers.  The central claim of the book is that there were millions of hunters and gatherers living in Europe and Asia throughout the transition to civilization who had perfected the art of manipulating settled communities using religion.  The book demonstrates using the Gnostics that Jesus was actually a central character in a very sophisticated plan that was created by nomadic tribal nations of Europe!!  Has anyone else heard of this theory other than the book I can't find a thing on it or on the author??  

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