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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427233322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427233325
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8,309 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“O’Reilly is the natural choice to narrate this work… he carries the work along and the audiobook is a good introduction to the Synoptic Gospels.” – AudioFile Magazine

About the Author

Bill O'Reilly is the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He also writes a syndicated newspaper column and is the author of several number-one bestselling books.


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Very well written book, informative and interesting.
D Meadows
I've read Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Lincoln' and 'Killing Kennedy' both were outstanding reads.
susan mallory
Excellent historical account of Jesus's life up to the time of his death.
Richard L Hodish

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1,055 of 1,243 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Konopka VINE VOICE on September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a very difficult book to review, as you can imagine whenever you read and try to write a review concerning a book about a religious figure. I know that the authors say that this is not a religious book, but instead one that focuses on the humanity of Jesus Christ. They have done a good job treading the fine line between straight biography and religious writing.

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.
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409 of 483 people found the following review helpful By Raymond H. Mullen VINE VOICE on October 9, 2013
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As a Christian, I struggled with whether I should read this book or just stay away from it. Because of a deep interest of history in general I decided to 'give it a shot.'
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.
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1,443 of 1,746 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2013
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This book is going to be big, a near-lock for the bestseller lists. First Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard teamed up to write a book about Killing Lincoln and it sold more than a million copies. They followed it up with Killing Kennedy and it sold briskly as well. And now they turn their attention to their greatest subject: Jesus of Nazareth. Killing Jesus: A History is a short biography of Jesus, focusing on the events leading to his death.

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.
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68 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Annmarie Timmins on December 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My fear with this book is that folks who come to it with no independent knowledge of Roman history or Biblical history will take this as truth. It's heavy on imagination and impossible-to-know tidbits (what people were wearing, thinking) and, worst of all, presents these things as fact. This book is not a study in Roman history. There is not even a reliable source list or credible footnotes (where there are footnotes at all.)

Unfortunately, it's also a lousy read. The authors jump between past and present tense without warning and are quite boring writers. I don't think they ever learned the basic writing lesson that it's better to show than to tell. Yet more than 2,000 people gave this book 5 stars. That's inexplicable to me.

It's too bad that O'Reilly can use his name to publish a poor excuse for a book and talented writers can't get publishers' attention. And before O'Reilly fans jump to any conclusions, yes, I'm a writer, but not one looking to get published.
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