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The Da Vinci Fraud: Why the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction Paperback – September 6, 2005

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"I recommend this book to all congregational libraries."
- Church and Synagogue Libraries
"In this accessible answer to the Gospel according to Brown, Price, a member of the Jesus Seminar, examines the facts behind (or perhaps not to be found anywhere near) The Da Vinci Code…Price's bibliography is especially helpful for settling those seemingly eternal cocktail party debates."
- Reference & Research Book News
"Robert Price writes as entertainingly as Dan Brown, covering a wide range of sources. His main purpose is to give to the nonexpert the actual information about sources that Dan Brown so often misuses. His book will act as a guide to many who are bewildered by the current rage for fiction claiming to be Christian history."
- Barbara Thiering, author of Jesus the Man

About the Author

Robert M. Price, Ph.D. (Selma, NC), professor of scriptural studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is the editor (with Jeffery Jay Lowder) of The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave and the Journal of Higher Criticism. He is also the author of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticisms; The Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind; The Reason-Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For?; The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man; and Deconstructing Jesus; among other works.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1St Edition edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591023483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591023487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,482,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I came on this book after reading the triptych review on Earl Doherty's website (The Jesus Puzzle). This fascinating review covered Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (a rather ordinary by-the-numbers thriller--but with a world class "hook"), Ki Longfellow's extraordinary and exquisite The Secret Magdalene, and Price's The Da Vinci Fraud. After reading Doherty, whom I greatly admire, I bought the Price and the Longfellow books. (Dan Brown doesn't need my money, or my time.) The book by Longfellow belongs in any truth seeker's library, or for that matter in the library of any lover of fine literature...but I do wish all those who now salivate over the bloodline of Jesus and the Magdalene would stop long enough to read Mr. Price's book. The endless debate over this possiblity or that, the titillation over mysteries that are not so mysterious if all involved would stop for a moment and look at some "hard facts." Price presents his hard facts in a straight forward fashion, and after a while these facts, building one on the other, are hard to refute. Just as Earl Doherty tears away the walls of accepted dogma, brick by brick, so too does Price. Doherty is the more accessible, the more sympathetic in the reading. But Price has a lot to say about the historicity of Jesus, about the true basis for the legend of the Grail, about the Christian Church's absorbtion of other people's myths which they then call their "truths", and a great deal of it of much value. My god, how the world would change if only people had eyes to see and ears to hear.

This book takes a bit of patience in the reading, but it's well worth the time and effort. In fact, clearing away the centuries of lies and obfuscations and tyranny over our own inner worlds is worth any effort.

Highly recommended.
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A fun ride with Price in which he sets up a powerful conclusion including: "Since historical judgments are based on ever-new discoveries and reevaluations, opinions about the past must remain tentative and provisional".

A few months ago a housing development issue in my city caught my attention. After meetings at city hall, with a neighborhood group, speaking with many individuals, searching records on the Web I still don't understand what happened. People who'd been at the same meeting described it differently to me. How then can I hope to be clear about many events at different times in history going back thousands of years?

It took me 100 pages to become absorbed in "The Da Vinci Fraud" but by then I was largely hooked. However, a later chapter about Gospels that were excluded from the canonical Bible seems fragmented. Footnoting seemed sparser than it should be for a book refuting another based on history. But trying to establish history may not have been the point of a book that, after all, demonstrates the danger of relying on historical claims. All in all, a tour de force packed with eye-openers and a killer conclusion.

Even the best we can do with history can't remove the uncertainties we face in the present.
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THE DA VINCI FRAUD is an interesting book which not only refutes many of the misleading claims found in Dan Brown's DA VINCI CODE but also gives a broad overview of the origins of Christianity as well as the events leading up to the formation of the New Testament Canon.

Price has an informal style which belies a wide knowledge of the history of early Christianity. He has a knack for mixing speculation with facts to increase the reader's interest.

In disputing Brown's work, Price gives his own version of the truth about the Templar Knights, Constantine, the Holy Grail, Mary Magdalene and the Resurrection of Jesus. The most absorbing part of the book, however, is the author's discussion of Gnosticism and also the Gospels which were not included in the Bible.

I enjoyed THE DA VINCI FRAUD particularly for its extensive treatment of the politics of forming the New Testament. I found it helpful to have already read Elaine Pagels' THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS and Karen L. King's THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALA.
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Not five because of the sometimes close sailing to pedantry here, but nothing like the amount found in a great many other works of scholarship I could mention. Mr. Price is a pioneer. He's not exactly out there alone in his hewing away of dead decayed wood, but his voice is one those of us seeking a way out of a forest of damaging soul destroying ideology, long in the making and long in need of severe pruning, hear loud and clear. Hew away, woodsman.
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I'm not interested in an expose of Dan Brown's "The Davinci Code", I consider it a fictional story and a great read.

What I wanted to learn in this book is are there any solid facts to be found in any of the stories and/or Scriptures for Christianity. I figured that Mr Price would be able to lay it all down there in a way that allows a person to decide for themselves if the whole Christian structure is just another saviour faith
among many.

But what I feel now after reading the book, is that there are no bedrock documents, no pure thread of story or tradition. Like a mathematics without the basic theroms, there is nothing solid to come forward from.

After saying that, I still like the book for showing me that is the reality of the case. If somewhere among all of the maze of gospels and scriptures, folktales and legends that make up the corps of Christianity such accurate accounts exist - we can't detect them after the copyists, redactors, revisors, and just plain spin-meisters have done theire work.

Maybe somewhere in Egypt there is another cache of scrolls to help us figure it all out.
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