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Killing Jesus Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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About the Author
Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of many number-one bestselling books, including Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
I was not disappointed. This work was filled with the historical accounts of the geographical, political and human events that were going on at the time.
You must understand that the author clearly stated this was not a 'religious' book, rather an 'historical' work. I was never offended by the way Christ and his followers were portrayed. In fact, I believe this book can actually draw Christians back to the Bible as they consider certain aspects and statements found within.
As with any study of history one must rely upon the research and intellect of the writer. It seems to me the 'homework' was done.
This book must be approached with an open mind as any historical reading should be. We must be careful not to isolate ourselves from reading books such as these. My 'Heart for Christ' was in no way compromised, nor was my belief in the Bible.
Of course, the main, and possibly only, source for the life of the Nazarene (as the authors term him) are the four gospels with which most readers are familiar. Interspersed with these writings you will find chapters devoted to Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Tiberius, and other historical characters. There is a brief, but concise, history of Rome, and short biographies of some of the figures, including Pontius Pilate and the several Herods. It appears that the authors accept the gospel account of the birth in Bethlehem and the visit of the Magi, which led to the slaughter of the infants in Bethlehem at the insistence of Herod. There appears to be no historical record for these events except for the gospels, so the reader either takes it at face value or not, depending on his or her beliefs. Also, the sticky question concerning Jesus' siblings is handled somewhat offhandedly, with a note concerning the various theories about who these people were, depending on your particular religion. I do take exception to the mention of Herod's "castle", a term I don't believe existed at that time, but it's a minor quibble.
All things (particularly religious beliefs) considered, the author have done a well thought out job.Read more ›
From the outset, the authors make it clear that though they are Roman Catholics, they are not writing a religious book. Rather, they are writing a historical account of a historical figure "and are interested primarily in telling the truth about important people, not converting anyone to a spiritual cause." They necessarily rely on the four gospels for their source material and often tell their story by directly quoting the Bible.
They begin, though, by setting Jesus firmly in his historical context and skillfully telling about the rise and fall of Julius Caesar and the subsequent ascension of Caesar Augustus. They introduce a cast characters who each make an appearance in the pages of the Bible: King Herod who would hear of a potential challenger to his throne and order the slaughter of innocent children, Herod Antipas who would behead John the Baptist and later refuse to deal fairly with Jesus, and Pontius Pilate, who would cave to pressure and order the execution of an innocent man. Each of these men becomes a living and breathing character in the narrative.
As the authors begin to tell about the life of Jesus, they follow the biblical accounts quite closely. They tell his life skillfully and with all the narrative tension and interest they used to tell their compelling accounts of Lincoln and Kennedy.Read more ›
Also full disclosure: I’m probably in agreement with many/most of O’Reilly’s political and life philosophies, but, after having watched his show for several years, finally got tired of the arrogance and self-aggrandizement (i.e., spin). I watch his show no more.
Bottom line, my first impression was correct. So many problems with parsed scriptural interpretations that much of the narrative borders on the ridiculous (e.g., O’Reilly doesn’t seem to understand the Bible clearly states Jesus came for the purpose of dying sacrificially for mankind). And his effort at exposing/uncovering the ‘mystery’ of how Jesus met His demise simply denies/hides that premise.
In the words of C.S. Lewis (whose words the book conveniently truncate), Jesus is “either a liar and a lunatic, or He is Lord.” There’s no middle ground. Proclaiming yourself to be God is either a tragic psychosis or an awesome truth. O’Reilly seems to want to find middle ground – and sell a tale with his personalized version of the truth. If one wants to learn about God – by definition the Author and Creator of all – does it really make sense to look to … Bill O’Reilly?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book but disliked the medium. I don't like the kindle.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
My husband loved this book. He said he learned so much and it was written in a way he could understand.Published 2 days ago by Ginger
I make long drives and there is nothing like an audiobook to take up the time. Having a fairly extensive religious background I still found several things in this book that I was... Read morePublished 4 days ago by NHCollegeKid
Not a bad read...but really just an embellishment of the information found in the Biblical account and some ancient historcal facts included to better set the stage for what is... Read morePublished 4 days ago by MrPhil