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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Unabridged edition (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447252349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447252344
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.7 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill O’Reilly is the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor, the highest-rated news show in America. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books. He is, perhaps, the most talked about political commentator in America.

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history. He and his wife live in southern California with their three sons.


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Overall I would describe this as the best book about the life of Jesus since Jim Bishop's THE DAY CHRIST DIED . Like Bishop's book, it vividly describes the world into which Jesus was born, grew up, taught his important lessons, was exalted then betrayed, unjustly convicted and executed, dying a horrible death on a cross. It does not hold back describing in graphic detail the extreme punishments the Romans used to keep their conquered people under absolute and total control. Sometimes the lengths the Romans took to exert their power on an oppressed people were truly shocking reminding me about the horrific way the Soviet Russians treated occupied Eastern European people following World War II.

Similary to Bishop's book, the chapters in KILLING JEUS are titled according to time and place i.e. the first chapter is captioned "Bethlehem, Judea March, 5 B.C. Morning" and the final chapter (before the Afterward) is "Jesus' Tomb, Sunday, April 9, A.D. 30, Dawn). There are three books within KILLING JESUS entitled Book I The World of Jesus; Book II Behold the Man; and Book III If You Are the Son of God, Take Yourself off This Cross. There are also a few black-and-white drawings, maps and pictures of famous portraits as well as an Index. It is obvious quite a bit of research was done to write this book and, as a Catholic, I appreciate the fact that Bill O'Reilley, also a Catholic, was the principal author.

If I have any heartburn at all about this book is that Mary Magdalene is again erroneously identified as a prostitute (as she was in Joyce Meyer's book APPROVAL ADDICTION:OVERCOMING YOUR NEED TO PLEASE EVERYONE). In fact, as noted in an issue of U.S.
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By ralphy on 26 Mar. 2015
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O'Really has picked out a number of interesting sources for his book, including 'Cleopatra to Christ', and used these sources to great effect. It is nice to see someone giving the Romo-Egyptian background to the biblical story, instead of pretending that this was purely a local Judaean affair.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe on 3 Feb. 2014
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Another excellent Bill O'Reilly book giving an insight into the historical facts about the life of Jesus. Couldnt put it down.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jack Harrison on 12 Jan. 2014
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This author is confused concerning the biblical vs. the historical record of the gospels. The most fundamental error is that O'Reilly assumes the Gospel of Matthew was the first written. He is misled because modern bibles begin with Matthew because the Gospel of Matthew begins with the Virgin Birth. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Every history book in the world is consistent as to when the gospels were written: Mark = no earlier than 70AD; Matthew = no earlier than 85AD; Luke = no earlier than 85AD; John = no earlier than 95AD.

Though we don't know when the gospels were written, we know they could not have been written before these times as each of the gospels mentions historical events which had not happened until these dates. For example, the Gospel of Mark could not possibly--barring the paranormal--been written before 70AD because it speaks of the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem in past tense, an event which occurred in 70AD.

That O'Reilly claims to be an authority on the history of the gospels and does not know the order in which they were written tells one he has only read the gospels. He has never read the history books.

There are scores of this kind of historical vs. biblical inaccuracies in `Killing Jesus'. O'Reilly claims the Gospel of John was written by the disciple John who walked by Christ's side. According to the gospel he is correct. John describes himself in the first line of his gospel as `the disciple who Jesus loved.' Yet, as a matter of fact, O'Reilly is wrong.

The gospels place Jesus' death prox 30AD (his ministry beginning in the 14th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar or 28AD).
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Inbj on 13 Dec. 2013
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I doubt I can finish this book, the book was okay up to the point I read the sentence that calls Marc Antony a Pedophile without substantiating it all. It just felt like such a bizarre and out of context description of him that I couldn't get much further after that chapter. This gave me the feeling that the book was written by a sensationalist daily tabloid. It's a pity as the first two chapters were not too bad, though I felt it lacked sources.
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By peter hall on 3 Mar. 2015
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one of the best books I have read,highly recommended
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By JG on 2 Dec. 2014
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Fascinating read.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Agents on 11 Feb. 2014
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So good I don't want to finish it. I wish the book was bigger. The historical research in this book is very impressive
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