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Despite some inaccuracies a fascinating historical account of the life of Jesus Christ.
on 11 February 2014
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. News and World Report: "Few characters in the New Testament have been so sorely miscast as Mary Magdalene, whose reputation as a fallen woman originated not in the Bible but in a sixth-century sermon by Pope Gregory the Great. Not only is she misidentified as the repentant fallen prostitute of legend, meditating and levitating in a cave, but she was not necessarily even a notable sinner. Being possessed by "seven demons" that were exorcised by Jesus, she was arguably more victim than sinner." There is NO evidence of her EVER having been a prostitute in any of the four gospels of the New Testament. Nevertheless the misidentification of St. Mary Magdalene as a repentant prostitute has continued on by many writers and artists including Bill O'Reilley and his co-author, Martin Dugard. This was truly disappointing.
Otherwise I really liked this book and would recommend it as good historical reading.