I enjoyed the factual basis of the book. The authors wrapped the reader in the culture and time of Jesus. Although I have known this story since a toddler, I was fully engaged and surprised by the emotional effect it had on me.
I was moved by two events in the book. The first was John the baptist portrayal and his death. Second was, of course, the crucifixion. The pace of the story was perfect with the intensity of the days leading up to his death. I was so in awe of the raw facts and how they were read (I had the audible version) that I had to pull my car over as I was unable to drive while listening to the story without being so emotionally rapt. I wept. It was a great book.
I have read all three of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's "Killing" series and enjoyed them all, but Killing Jesus was exceptional, perhaps because Jesus was exceptional. Many people have come to see him as a mythical character and this book dispels that. It reminds us all of the incredible and brave things he did. Thank you for that.
The historic information
I know well the story, so I wasn't surprise but gave some great facts at the end, which iam already familiar with
I watch his show frequently, so he's a TV friend. As such telling me the most important story in the world surrounded by a lot of great facts
Jesus death is emotional, no matter in which media you come across
The first part of the book has lots of research. The part involving Jesus' live and death is as reading the gospels which is accurate and great but left me wanting more historical facts of the quality found at the beginning
The history surrounding the life and times of one of history's most important figures. This book does not draw conclusions about the veracity of Christianity, but it does tell the story of the times, politics, nature of society, and Jesus's life, particularly his ministry and last few years. This is done in an interesting and captivating manner that kept me interested and wanting to go on....something not all that common with a biography or history text.
O'Reilly and Dugard's books "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Kennedy" are written with the same style and action. These books provide history, but in an active and interesting fashion, using a story telling style that keeps the reader involved. "Killing Jesus" is in my opinion, the best of the series.
I can't really say I had a scene that stands out. Everything in the book kept my interest for different reasons.
Obviously, the time from Jesus's entry into Jerusalem until his death and the events of that few days were of great interest, but it was all interesting. I like the fact that the book is not "preachy" and doesn't draw any conclusions about the Bible or whether Jesus was the son of God, but rather just tells the story and lets the reader's beliefs or feelings rule how the book is received.
I think everyone will learn something from this book. The life and times of the era were harsh, people often lived cruel and difficult lives, and the rulers of the day were all harsh and difficult people. It is amazing the Roman Empire lasted as long as it did given the corruption and lack of values its leaders exhibited.
I had expected, based upon Mr O'Reilly's comments on his show, that this would be the story of Jesus supported by historical evidence. IF you accept the New Testament as historical fact he has done this. If you do not, it is merely a rehash of the gospels iced with a healthy dose of Mr O'Reilly's assumptions about the details. It was a total waste of my credit and my time.
This is my first Bill O'Reilly book.
26 years in SAC with the B-52's during the Viet Nam War.
The facts of the history with supporting information.
I wish he would have read just a little bit slower. Other than that, excellent and clear.
The Roman efforts to save Jesus
Highly recommend for all, religious or not.
Yes I always listen at least twice you get more out of it
You have to read it with an open mind as to what was happening during the time not as a religious book.
I've never read the print version of this book but i cant imagine having it read any other way. The story is written in a narrative that really sets the scene for what was going on at the time of Jesus. Its super awesome that the book is narrated by the author. It makes it some how more personal that way
This was definitely a book that i wanted to read in one sitting (and tried!) Its such a fascinating subject and if you've read the gospels it makes it even more fascinating.
Read it! If you want to learn more about the history surrounding Jesus' life then you need this book. Even if you don't believe in Jesus it gives you more appreciation for what he was teaching and how radical it was for him to say what he did.
While Bill O'Reilly's reading could be much better, it's passable. He does make the classic "Calvary/Cavalry" swap a number of times, but overall it's fine. And the parts about Roman history and culture were informative for someone (like me) who doesn't know much of anything about it. But for someone (like me) who does know a thing or two about the New Testament, there is hardly anything of interest here. It follows the narrative we all know while adding only tidbits here and there. But my biggest complaint is that it is anything but academic. In an effort to tell an easy-to-follow story, the authors' style may very well be a turn-off if you are interested in history books and biographies that delve deeper into the minutiae of source materials, reference respected works on the subject, etc.
I would read the book again, but I don't think I could listen to O'Reilly destroy his own book again.
Dugard and O'Reilly do a great job of following the last weeks and days of Jesus, and telling the story in a format that is historical in nature, rather than in the context of a religious text.
The only way to improve this performance, is to let someone else do the narration. While O'Reilly earns a great living using his voice on TV, he just seem awkward reading the book.
The events of Palm Sunday were well written and moving.
O'Reilly - I loved Killing Jesus, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, but please hire a professional narrator to read these books!!!
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
It was a good overall account of the facts of Jesus life without the spirital spin or an attempt to discredit or debunk him. I would have liked if O'Reilly and Dugard would have dug deeper but still a good overview. It did allow me to put certian pieces together that I did not realize during that time peroid.
I think a follow-up book of the Roman Empire and the peroid after Jesus death would be interesting to listen to. May of the history during that time skims the peroid. There are many saints that come out of that peroid which are overshadowed by Jesus during that time.
The only reason I gave this an overall 3 stars is I wish O'Reilly would have been able to differentiate between characters in the reading. I know this is a moot point but it became a little hard to keep things straight in the middle of the book.