It's not all history. O'Reilly makes several of his interpretations on the meaning written in the Bible in this book. One in particular that I didn't like was on Jesus's conversation in John 3. I think it's an entertaining, well written book, just with some of Bill's interpretations of meaning within the Bible. I'd still recommend listing to it if you're interested in Jesus.
I would recommend this book very highly because it has been well-researched and compiled to be very easily understood.
O'Reilly's ability to put Roman history in total perspective in relation to the time period. It all makes sense.
I liked the story about Jesus preaching in Nazareth, being almost run over the cliff by the church leaders, but then just... walking away. Goosebump stuff.
I laughed and cried. Jesus' brutal beatings and death are very hard to imagine and listen to. But in the end... =)
It was short. It was more of a history of Roman rulers than a story of Jesus
The same in that I wish he had someone other than Bill narrate. Like a pro narrator
It was more of a history of Roman rulers than a story of Jesus
More in-depth study. Although there were quite a bit of References that were great about the Romans, There was NOT enough studies on the Israelis. Even though he talks about the Tanakh at the beginning of the book, he clearly only refers to the Torah, and completely disregards both the Nevi'im, and the Kethuvim. Also, he completely disregards the Talmud (a/k/a: the Babylonian Talmud) which is primarily what the Pharisees were following at that time. It's clear to see that O'Reilly, and Dugard spent less than a year in research for this book. The only reason that I give it two stars is because people will be introduced to Jesus, and (hopefully) be given the incentive to dig deeper. Considering that I was brought to Jesus through "Jesus Christ, Superstar", that's not saying much.
Let's just say that I'm debating about getting his WWII book when it comes out. He's reduced the entire time of Jesus into the O'Reilly Factor.
The author was the narrator, thus making it sound more like the O'Reilly Factor.
I learned a little about Roman history, but I'm sure I could have gotten it better from Gibon, and / or Josephus.
This is 6 hours that I'll never get back.
Over all I did learn a few things. The majority of what I learned came at the last half of the book. Mostly I am amazed at the extent and continuous persecution of the Jews from well before Christ until even now. I enjoyed killing Lincoln more. killing Lincoln took me right to the Times, this book did not.I found this book a mere lesson in history and.try as I might I couldn't imagine being there.
I am a retired Computer Tech who likes to read political and historical books about people, places and historical events.
Yes ... it was an honest ... straight up account of the life and death of Jesus according the facts as laid out by history's findings. No bias one way or the other. Bill O'Reilly has done an excellent job narrating and researching the facts for this book.
Jesus ... he shows the great love and sacrifice he made to breath everlasting life into what was and is still Christianity.
It is very descriptive as to just what Jesus went through in his live and his crusifiction. May be hard for some to read exactly how Jesus suffered for mankind that he might be saved.
This was not targeted to convert or sway anyone to Christianity ... just to give a historical account based on history not on faith. Well done .. an excellent read
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.
I work a lot. I can listen to books while I work. My new hobby. Thank God I can multi-task!
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.