Everyone has a right to their opinion and the right to tell a story. It is up to us to be able to tell the difference between what we want to believe and what we dont.
This book is above the average persons head. Unless you are extremely into all the ancient texts you may have trouble making heads and tails of all the references that are given.
It was interesting to listen to and well organized but I don't believe he did a very good job at debunking the Da Vinci Theories. He really only addressed three issues from the book. Was Jesus married, did it make sense for him to be single, and what was the relationship with Mary M. He use the new Testament and words from authors that support his theory. As a result, he did not change my mind that there could be something more to Jesus and Mary's relationship. He just stated that since he could prove these statement to be what they have always been then the rest of the book is wrong as well. I feel he is very narrow minded in his approach!
Very informative. Be careful listening to this in the car, you may get so overloaded on information that you may have to pull over from exhaustion!
Having no desire to read the DaVinci Code, I hoped that this book would give me all the information I needed to intelligently discuss the "facts" presented underneath the fiction of the book. This was an excellent presentation of the history of the New Testament canon, and debunked the DaVinci code completely. I am so glad for the audio format, because I think this would have been a really difficult read in book form.
This book answers a lot of question for those of us who forgot our history or religious teachings. A great theological perspective to the fictious writings of the code
Very interesting read. The author takes a balanced approach in that he acknowledges that Brown wrote an interesting bit of fiction. He then goes on to refute the underlying premise thoroughly. In doing so, he added a great deal to my historical knowledge of the time in which New Testament books were written. Whether you believe the Bible to be fact or just a book of mythology, you will find some interesting background for the development while debunking some myths that surround it. A worthwhile read before or after Brown's book. For what it's worth, I enjoyed DaVinci as an adventure novel and this one for the historical perspective on the subject.
Your either buy into the historical and personal significance of the Bible and its teachings or you don't. The author takes the DaVinci Code apart, point by point. Put both authors in a debate and this scholar comes out on top. Very well pointed and you can follow it in your Bible.
Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Darrell L. Bock (PhD, Universidad de Aberdeen) es profesor de Nuevo Testamento en el Seminario Teologico de Dallas