Yule: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Winter Solstice, by Susan Pesznecker Llewellyn Worldwide,
Jesus the Magician is an excellent, well-researched, and thought-provoking text.
Donald Traxler's work in bringing Maria de Naglowska's work out of obscurity is admirable,
Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity, by Jean-Yves Leloup Inner
Jesus fits the first role, his message of universal love being at polar opposites