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Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code

Bart D Ehrman
Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code

Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code

Bart D Ehrman

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A staggeringly popular work of fiction, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code hasstood atop The New York Times Bestseller List for well over a year, withmillions of copies in print. But this fast-paced mystery is unusual in that theauthor states up front that the historical information in the book is allfactually accurate. But is this claim true?As historian Bart D. Ehrman shows in this informative and witty book, TheDa Vinci Code is filled with numerous historical mistakes. Did the ancientchurch engage in a cover-up to make the man Jesus into a divine figure? DidEmperor Constantine select for the New Testament--from some 80 contendingGospels--the only four Gospels that stressed that Jesus was divine? Was JesusChrist married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Church suppress Gospels that told thesecret of their marriage? Bart Ehrman thoroughly debunks all of these claims.But the book is not merely a laundry list of Brown's misreading of history.Throughout, Ehrman offers a wealth of fascinating background information--allhistorically accurate--on early Christianity. He describes, for instance, thediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (which are not Christian in content, contraryto The Da Vinci Code); outlines in simple terms how scholars of earlyChristianity determine which sources are most reliable; and explores the manyother Gospels that have been found in the last half century.Ehrman separates fact from fiction, the historical realities from theflights of literary fancy. Readers of The Da Vinci Code who would like to knowthe truth about the beginnings of Christianity and the life of Jesus will findthis book riveting.

- Publisher In his staggeringly popular work of fiction, Dan Brown states up front that the historical information in the The Da Vinci Code is all factually accurate. But is this claim true? As historian Bart D. Ehrman shows in this informative and witty book, The Da Vinci Code is filled with numerous historical mistakes.^Did the ancient church engage in a cover-up to make the man Jesus into a divine figure? Did Emperor Constantine select for the New Testament--from some 80 contending Gospels--the only four Gospels that stressed that Jesus was divine? Was Jesus Christ married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Church suppress Gospels that told the secret of their marriage? Bart Ehrman thoroughly debunks all of these claims. But the book is not merely a laundry list of Brown's misreading of history. Throughout, Ehrman offers a wealth of fascinating background information--all historically accurate--on early Christianity. He describes, for instance, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls; outlines in sim

- Publisher

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About "Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code"

A staggeringly popular work of fiction, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code hasstood atop The New York Times Bestseller List for well over a year, withmillions of copies in print. But this fast-paced mystery is unusual in that theauthor states up front that the historical information in the book is allfactually accurate. But is this claim true?As historian Bart D. Ehrman shows in this informative and witty book, TheDa Vinci Code is filled with numerous historical mistakes. Did the ancientchurch engage in a cover-up to make the man Jesus into a divine figure? DidEmperor Constantine select for the New Testament--from some 80 contendingGospels--the only four Gospels that stressed that Jesus was divine? Was JesusChrist married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Church suppress Gospels that told thesecret of their marriage? Bart Ehrman thoroughly debunks all of these claims.But the book is not merely a laundry list of Brown's misreading of history.Throughout, Ehrman offers a wealth of fascinating background information--allhistorically accurate--on early Christianity. He describes, for instance, thediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (which are not Christian in content, contraryto The Da Vinci Code); outlines in simple terms how scholars of earlyChristianity determine which sources are most reliable; and explores the manyother Gospels that have been found in the last half century.Ehrman separates fact from fiction, the historical realities from theflights of literary fancy. Readers of The Da Vinci Code who would like to knowthe truth about the beginnings of Christianity and the life of Jesus will findthis book riveting.
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In his staggeringly popular work of fiction, Dan Brown states up front that the historical information in the The Da Vinci Code is all factually accurate. But is this claim true? As historian Bart D. Ehrman shows in this informative and witty book, The Da Vinci Code is filled with numerous historical mistakes.^Did the ancient church engage in a cover-up to make the man Jesus into a divine figure? Did Emperor Constantine select for the New Testament--from some 80 contending Gospels--the only four Gospels that stressed that Jesus was divine? Was Jesus Christ married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Church suppress Gospels that told the secret of their marriage? Bart Ehrman thoroughly debunks all of these claims. But the book is not merely a laundry list of Brown's misreading of history. Throughout, Ehrman offers a wealth of fascinating background information--all historically accurate--on early Christianity. He describes, for instance, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls; outlines in sim
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Bart D Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus; Jesus, Interrupted:Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them); God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer and God's Problem. Ehrman and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time and has appeared on Dateline NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, major NPR shows, and other top media outlets. He lives in Durham, N.C.

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  • Catalogue Code 245480
  • Product Code 0195307135
  • EAN 9780195307139
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date Jun 2006
  • Dimensions 204 x 136 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.190kg

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