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Exploring "The Da Vinci Code": Investigating the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie Paperback – 1 Apr 2006


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273721
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,332,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Exploring the "Da Vinci Code"" takes you on a fascinating journey to London, Paris, and California with Lee Strobel and Garry Poole as they investigate the claims made by Dan Brown in his novel, "The Da Vinci Code". It provides quick, straightforward answers to the most troubling aspects of the popular novel and major motion picture, which is scheduled to release in theatres May 19, 2006. This outreach book is designed so readers can give multiple copies to friends, family, coworkers-anyone who may be struggling with the misconceptions fostered by "The Da Vinci Code". "Exploring the "Da Vinci Code"" is not to be confused with Zondervan's DVD Group discussion resource, "Discussing the "Da Vinci Code"". The latter links a DVD to a group discussion guide and equips group members to personally combat the misunderstandings that many readers of "The Da Vinci Code" have.

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There has been a lot of talk about the Da Vinci Code since the film and decided to buy this book. Unfortunately I think too much is being made of the film as it was total fiction which people seem to have lost sight of
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The Case Against the Da Vinci Code 8 May 2006
By Roger N. Overton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Similar to Lee Strobel's "Case for..." books, Exploring the Da Vinci Code takes an investigative approach interviewing Christian scholars about controversial issues. The book is an adapted form of the interviews Strobel conducted for the DVD of his Discussing the Da Vinci Code Curriculum Kit. It is essentially the same material with added commentary throughout.

Authors Lee Strobel and Gary Poole boiled the issues down to four categories and interviewed a scholar to deal with each of them. In chapter one, the topic of historical analysis is discussed with historian Paul Maier. The second chapter poses the question "Can we trust the four Gospels?" to New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. Strobel interviews Kathy McReynolds in chapter three about the role of women in Christianity and Jesus' relationship with Mary Magdalene. The final chapter deals with the divinity of Jesus with scholar Mark Strauss.

Just like the discussion guide for the curriculum, the book has questions for reflection interspersed throughout its pages. In the back of the book, again just like the guide, are several appendices that recommend further resources, state the facts, and give arguments for the true identity of Jesus that is affirmed by historic Christianity.

Strobel is known for his investigative journalist approach, which he applied well in these interviews. He asks good questions that provoke good responses form the reputable scholars. Those who enjoyed his "Case for..." books will also enjoy this light read. Though it somewhat deals with "the sacred feminine," it does not really deal with the underlying pagan worldview of Dan Brown's novel. For the most part though, Exploring the Da Vinci Code is a useful little book that shows many of the problems with The Da Vinci Code.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Here's the TRUTH about the Da Vinci code 5 May 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yale Law school trained author Strobel provides a refreshing review of issues raised in the popular Da Vinci Code novel. He uses his skill as a former investigative reporter to interview 4 experts about claims made in the Da Vinci Code. Together, the authors provide a clear, concise, articulate summary of major themes in the Da Vinci Code and investigate whether the issues are based on fact or fiction. If you have read the Da Vinci code and wonder whether the Priory of Sion and the Gnostic Gospels are fact or fiction, or whether Constantine really suppressed truth about Christ, or whether Jesus promoted the "sacred feminine", here is your answer. Enjoy!
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Exposing the Lies 18 April 2006
By E. Ore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Exploring the Da Vinci Code with the dvd is absolutely great for exposing the lies of the book by Dan Brown.

Lee even includes the FAQ and Evidence for the identity of Jesus based on discussions with real historians in this area of history.

I recommend everyone get this and use it to share the truth with followers of Dan Brown of those duped by him.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A little disappointed... 31 Aug. 2006
By Chad Pryor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading the Da Vinci Code, I wanted a book that could debunk the falsehoods presented in Dan Brown's book. I turned to this book only to find a cursory overview of some of the fallacies presented in the Da Vinci Code. This book was really similar, only on a much more concise basis, to Stobel's The Case for Christ. I would keep looking if you're looking for an in-depth analysis of the Da Vinci Code.
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Strobel digs too much on one side 28 Mar. 2013
By Cornell - Published on Amazon.com
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The arguments frmo the Da Vinci code are not really taken seriously in academia, but the average `layman' will still use these arguments against Christianity as if they are critical defeaters to those who follow the divine Jesus Christ, however I still expected more substance from Lee Strobel.

I don't know who the other editor (Poole) of this book is, but it does appear that he didn't contribute much, as Strobel's style of writing is clear from the beginning to the end. This style includes what one would expect from a journalist in regards to asking questions and taking notes.

At first Strobel interviews one of my favorite historians in Paul Maier, and I believe this is the strongest point in the book that argues for Strobel's (and my) position. Maier knocks down the ignorant fantasy of the priory of scion pretty quickly and goes on to give Dan Brown a proverbial beating on what `history' truly entailed.

Strobel goes over other claims that Dan Brown made in regards to Jesus being married, women in the early church, the Gnostic gospels etc, and retaliates to this claims with quotes from prominent scholars such as Ben Witherington III, Darrell Bock etc as well as a few historians in Amy Welborn which is fine, but I believe he should have went more into detail with arguments from liberal scholars such as advocates of the Jesus Seminar. While most of Dan browns claims can be easily dismissed as ignorant garbage there are arguments against the claims of Jesus' Divinity and use of the Gnostic scriptures that should have mentioned a bit more as we still see a BIG DEBATE going on in academic circles regarding these issues. Strobel continues to be a bit one-sided in his books and I can see a reader who isn't too knowledgeable of what's being discussed in academia come out thinking after reading this book that the debate is over, Christianity is most certainly true. I guess a part of me would say, I wish it were that easy, but then again I do enjoy critiquing claims that go against my Lord and savior.

Anyways, this is most certainly a beginner's book so you can use the references in the back of the book for further exploration on this issue.
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