Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary…

Paperback | May 15, 2006

byBart D. Ehrman

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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 numeroushistorical 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 Churchsuppress 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 earlyChristianity. He describes, for instance, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls ; outlines in simple terms how scholars of early Christianity determine which sources are most reliable; and explores the many other Gospels that have been found in the last half century. In his engaging book, Ehrmanseparates fact from fiction, the historical realities from the flights of literary fancy. Anyone who would like to know the truth about the beginnings of Christianity and the real truth behind The Da Vinci Code will find this 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 numeroushistorical mistakes. Did the ancient church en...

Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. One of the major public experts on early Christianity, Jesus, and the New Testament, he is very well known in his field and to a general audience through his books Lost Christianities, Lost Scriptures, and the forthcoming Pete...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.59 inPublished:May 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear and Very Informative This book attempts to set the record straight regarding what is historical fact and what is literary fiction in Dan Brown's best selling novel "The Da Vinci Code". Dr. Ehrman, a historian and an authority on the early Church and the life of Jesus, very clearly and objectively explains what we do know or can reasonably surmise and what we do not know about the birth and early history of Christianity and the life of Jesus. The book is very well written in very clear and engaging prose. One does not need to have read the novel "The Da Vinci Code" (I didn't) to benefit from the wealth of information provided in this book. Naturally, I recommend this book to anyone who has read the novel and wants to get the facts straight. But, I also recommend it to history buffs - of whatever religious conviction (if any) - as well as those interested in the methods used by professional historians to reconstruct events of the past.
Date published: 2006-07-21

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"No less interesting than the book it is responding to.... An enjoyable and very accessible tour of a complex subject, Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code is a book that fans of Brown's novel will no doubt find just as engaging."--St Petersburg Times