The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci
Dan Brown's international bestseller, The Da Vinci Code has raised many questions in the minds of readers. Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? Did he father a child with her? Did Constantine suppress the earliest Gospels and invent the...
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Dan Brown's international bestseller, The Da Vinci Code has raised many questions in the minds of readers. Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? Did he father a child with her? Did Constantine suppress the earliest Gospels and invent the doctrine of Christ's divinity? Do the Gnostic gospels represent the true Christian faith which the early church sought to supplant?
The Da Vinci Code, in blurring the lines between fact and fiction, popularises the speculations and contentions of numerous more serious books that are also attracting wide attention. How should we respond to claims that we now have documents that reveal secrets about Jesus, secrets long suppressed by the church and other religious institutions? Do these new documents successfully debunk traditional views about Jesus and early Christianity?
Ben Witherington confronts these claims with the sure-footedness of a New Testament scholar, yet in plain language that any interested reader can follow. He takes us back to the early centuries after Jesus' death and tells us what we can really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels and their Gnostic rivals.
Blurring the line between fact and fiction, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code raises a controversial question. Did the early church suppress ancient documents revealing long-buried secrets about Jesus? Witherington takes you back to the time following Christ's death to reveal what we can really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels, and their Gnostic rivals.
Ben Witherington III (Ph.D., University of Durham, England) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
He is the author of many books on the New Testament, including Women and the Genesis of Christianity (Cambridge University Press); Jesus the Sage (Fortress Press); The Jesus Quest (InterVarsity Press) and The Paul Quest (InterVarsity Press). With Hershel Shanks he is coauthor of The Brother of Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), a book on the controversial James ossuary. A frequent contributor to Beliefnet.com, Witherington has also appeared on numerous TV news programs such as Dateline, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul--The Word and the Witness.
Dr Witherington has written a commentary on every book of the New Testament in a wide variety of series.
- <strong>part 1: Veni, Vidi, Da Vinci</strong>
- 1. A Novel Idea?
- 2. No Weddings And A Funeral
- 3. Tell Me The Old, Old Story
- 4. His Story, History And The Canon's Story
- <strong>part 2: Mary Magdalene And The New Gnosticism</strong>
- 5. Something About Mary
- 6. Those In The Know
- 7. Doubting Thomas
- <strong>part 3: Did The Canon Misfire?</strong>
- 8. Consulting The Canon Professors
- 9. Reading Borg Again For The First Time
- 10. What If God Was One Of Us?
- Postscript--truth Decay In The Twenty-first Century
- A Select Bibliography
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index