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The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci Paperback – June 4, 2004
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"Other publishers have already offered Da Vinci responses. Still, this more extensive, reasoned treatment may have the staying power that other instant books lack." (Publishers Weekly)
"Here's a much-needed antidote to the history-twisting misinformation that, unfortunately, has seeped into popular culture in recent years. Thanks, Ben, for setting the record straight!" (Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith)
"Ben Witherington won't stop at refuting the historical errors of The Da Vinci Code. He will not rest until he refutes the novel's spiritual error as well. Witherington names the narcissism at the heart of the Gnostic revival and offers the New Testament's God-centered good news in its place." (David Neff, Editor, Christianity Today)
"Unlike so many critiques that carefully mince words, Ben Witherington explains exactly why currently popular attempts to treat the historical Jesus in a revisionist manner are so wide of the mark. Beginning with a bang by noting 'seven deadly errors' right on through the conclusion, Witherington pulls no punches while showcasing his wonderful sense of humor. Here the reader is treated to an excellent evaluation, making points that many of us wish were made far more frequently. This book is simply a delightful read." (Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy, Liberty University)
"In these few pages, an eminent New Testament scholar not only explodes the follies of The Da Vinci Code but also dissects the claims of certain scholars to find in the Gnostic Gospels a historically authentic Jesus and an alternative Christianity. Timely and compelling!" (William Lane Craig, coauthor of Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?)
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An entire History Channel special was dedicated to proving the facts behind the Da Vinci Code. During this broadcast the only source and reference used was Browns book. Browns book gained believers just like any other top selling story with media coverage. Witherington responds to Browns novel with a scientific but dummed down examination of Brown's "truths." Witherington targets the same audience as Brown with an aggressive style. Brown alludes to Timothy 4:3-4 when he says that people are believing things when they are "beyond belief." On page 12 he clearly states the book's agenda as "a wake up call to those who have not been noticing the sign of the times." He is extremely credible and informative as he reasons his way through the fallacies in Brown's novel.Read more ›
**** While most are thin volumes that address superficial difficulties, The Gospel Code digs in deeper, exploring the root of the problem that has more branches than just Da Vinci. After reading this, you will know about the gnostic heresies, the alleged "lost books of the Bible," and have a good grounding in early church history. For that alone, even if you never read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, or DaVinci Code, etc., this is a time worthy book. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.
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My letter to Witherington:
Dear Prof. Witherington,
I enjoyed your book The Gospel Code, but with one important reservation. Read more
Dear Prof. Witherington,
I've been reading your book, The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci, and I have a few comments for your... Read more
If you enjoyed reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, getting lost in the possibility of all the possible connections Brown makes, then Ben Witherington's book The Gospel Code is... Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by Margaret Stempson
I am not going to say a lot because in all honesty, I need to finish the book. But there is an important statement here I would like to make. Read morePublished on March 15, 2007 by Gene G
As I write, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code ranks number one on the New York Times best seller list. My wife read it to our kids, liked it, and passed it on to a friend. Read morePublished on January 17, 2007 by Daniel B. Clendenin
Very enjoyable and informative book, with a lot of personality and background. This is a great overview of the issues surrounding the authenticity of the Bible and the challenges... Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by Amazon Customer
Witherington is a professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY and the author of numerous books. Read morePublished on June 12, 2006 by Dan Panetti
This book covers the differences between the New Testament documents and the Gnostic documents, between heresy and orthodox doctrines, and how we know what we know about the New... Read morePublished on May 28, 2006 by Jeffrey A. Thompson