Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking

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Thomas Nelson, Apr 19, 2004 - Religion - 208 pages
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Many who have read the New York Times bestseller The Da Vinci Code have questions that arise from seven codes-expressed or implied-in Dan Brown's book. In Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking, Darrell Bock, Ph.D., responds to the novelist's claims using central ancient texts and answers the following questions:

  • Who was Mary Magdalene?
  • Was Jesus Married?
  • Would Jesus Being Single be Un-Jewish?
  • Do the So-Called Secret Gnostic Gospels Help Us Understand Jesus?
  • What Is the Remaining Relevance of The Da Vinci Code?

Darrell Bock's research uncovers the origins of these codes by focusing on the 325 years immediately following the birth of Christ, for the claims of The Da Vinci Code rise or fall on the basis of things emerging from this period. Breaking the Da Vinci Code, now available in trade paper, distinguishes fictitious entertainment from historical elements of the Christian faith. For by seeing these differences, one can break the Da Vinci code.

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Now i am not a religious person, and The Da Vinci Code did have a great appeal to me. But this book, seems too one sided. Pardon me if I am wrong, but Bock says he "Breaks" the code by stating passages from books that are part of the supposed cover up form The Da Vinci Code. I am not saying that Brown nor Bock are right about this subject, but Bock's book wasn't convincing to me at all. After reading it, i wasn't sure that the church told the story as it was, if anything i was pulled more toward what The Da Vinci Code is putting off. 

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Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Known for his work in Luke-Acts, Dr. Bock is a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany), an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2000-2001). A New York Times bestselling author, Bock has written over thirty books, including Luke in the NIV Application Commentary series.

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