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Killing Jesus: A History by [O'Reilly, Bill]
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A searingly readable history of the last days of Jesus, from the 6-million-copy-selling authors of Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy

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The story of Jesus’s crucifixion as it’s never been told before Millions of readers have been thrilled by author Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard’s Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, page-turning works of non-fiction that have changed the way we read history. Now the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor details the shocking events leading up to the execution of the most influential man who ever lived: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion people attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. In this riveting and fact-based account of Jesus’s life and times, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Caesar Augustus, Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate, and John the Baptist are among the many legendary figures who rise up off the page. Killing Jesus not only takes readers inside this most volatile epoch, it also recounts the seismic political and historical events that made Jesus’s death inevitable – and changed the world for ever.

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  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (26 Sept. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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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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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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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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“We had to separate fact from myth "
Really ??
A pity more research was not done into Mary Magdalene , the authors continue to foster the belief that the 3 different women called Mary are the same person - Mary Magdalene , Mary the prostitute and Mary the servant ,a myth that has been encouraged by the church as a means of demeaning women and diminishing their roles in the early church ,wake up gentlemen ,Mary Magdalene was one of the most important people in the early church ,this myth ( of her been a prostitute ) has been used to suppress women and confine their roles to that of mere helpers
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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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I think if you have time then it is interesting to read through the whole spectrum of views about the Bible. Each person cherry picks a certain rendition of the Bible stories to focus on, this is just one menu option.

The cover of "Killing Jesus " says " The story of Jesus crucifixion as its never been told before " but Thomas Jefferson wrote a similar summary of the life of Jesus with most of the miracles stripped out, it is known as " The Jefferson Bible ". Read about it on Wikipedia.

The most surprising idea in this book is at location 2683 were O'Reilly suggests that it was a Jewish custom to examine the body after 3 days after apparent death to check if the body really was dead. Can this really be correct ? I will need to do some research. Perhaps resurrection was so common back in those days that it was important to check, after all Matt 27v52 says, " that the moment after Jesus breathed his last the tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people ", though no one wrote it in their diary. Maybe just so common that they never raised an eye brow ?

In Sources,location 2928, O'Reilly mentions the book, " Will the real Jesus please stand up " which is a debate between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan of the Jesus Seminar.
I'm looking forward to " Killing History, Jesus in the no-spin zone " by Bible Geek, Robert M. Price which is his reply to " Killing Jesus ". It is due September 2014. Price was one of The Jesus seminar team.
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