April 23, 2008 / 7:13 AM / 9 years ago

Dutch filmmaker claims Jesus a child of rape

<p>Dutch director Paul Verhoeven seen in this file photo in Los Angeles. Verhoeven will publish a revisionist biography of Jesus in September, following more than 20 years of research. Reuters/File/FSP</p>

AMSTERDAM (Hollywood Reporter) - "Basic Instinct" director Paul Verhoeven will publish a revisionist biography of Jesus in September, following more than 20 years of research.

The Dutch filmmaker, who has had a lifelong ambition to make a film about Jesus based on scientific research, claims that Jesus' father was probably a Roman soldier who raped Mary during the Jewish uprising in Galilee. He also claims that Christ was not betrayed by Judas Iscariot.

Verhoeven decided to write the book to raise interest in his film project. His publisher, Amsterdam-based Meulenhoff, is in negotiations for an English-language translation.

Verhoeven, who turns 70 in July, has been a regular attendee of U.S. scholar Robert W. Funk's Jesus seminars, which question miracles and statements attributed to Jesus.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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