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4.0 out of 5 stars Despite some inaccuracies a fascinating historical account of the life of Jesus Christ., 11 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Killing Jesus: A History (Hardcover)
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.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2014 23:04:21 BDT
I realise it isn't the RC thing to do, but you might read the Book. You don't have to read more than Galatians. Paul is quite clear he got his teaching from hallucination and the Old Testament. He is also quite clear Cephas, James, John and Peter (Paul seems to think Cephas and Peter are not the same person) are getting ther teaching the same way. Paul is in clear disagreement with the others. If they had known an actual Jesus it would have been easy to dismiss Paul's departure from the script. Instead the opposite occurred and it was Paul's gentile oriented teaching that shaped Christianity. Paul is writing some twenty years before the anonymous gospel attributed to "Mark" appears.
On any honest critical reading Christianity falsifies its own origins from its own documents.
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