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Breaking the Da Vinci Code | [Darrell L. Bock]

Breaking the Da Vinci Code

Many who have read the New York Times best seller 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, Darrell Bock, Ph.D., responds to the novelist's claims using central ancient texts.
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Many who have read the New York Times best seller 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, 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?
  • How were the New Testament gospels assembled?
  • Does Mary's honored role as apostle match the claims of the New School?
  • 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 distinguishes fictitious entertainment from historical elements of the Christian faith. For by seeing these differences, one can break the da Vinci code. Ultimately, though, there is another code lurking behind the pages of this novel. Most readers of the novel have no idea that this other code is there. In fact, Bock didn't notice it at first himself. Breaking the Da Vinci Code, though, will lead readers to discover why this novel has become something of a public phenomenon and why the issues it raises are worthy of careful study and reflection.

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©2004 Dr. Darrell Bock; (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC

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    Harry Belton, MO, USA 06-30-04
    Harry Belton, MO, USA 06-30-04
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    If you are looking for comfort and need to be reminded that all is well...read this book. If you are looking for answers that are not in the bible, then dont read this book. It all depends on ones belief on the credibility of the Bible. Was it edited? If it was, why? If you are looking for scientific or non-biased facts, understand this book is brought to you by the Catholic Church in a nutshell.

    80 of 97 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Orland Park, IL, USA 05-03-05
    Kathryn Orland Park, IL, USA 05-03-05
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    "Interesting but not simple."

    After finishing the Da Vinci Code, I was filled with curiosity about the many issues raised regarding the Catholic church, Jesus, etc. This is obviously in defense of what is written in the bible not a critical look at other theories surrounding the existing or, supposed missing gospels. It is interesting but having poor working knowledge of the Bible, I had to listen very closely.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Mesa, AZ, United States 07-26-04
    Mary Mesa, AZ, United States 07-26-04
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    "Short on information"

    Unfortunately, if you are going to postulate a debate on a subject you should do your homework. Brown did his homework but this Ph.D. didn't. There is a lot of other information that supports Brown's thesis and I was hoping to read/hear good contrary evidence in this book. The only arguments against The DaVinci Code seem to be faith-based so far. Brown's book only claimed to be a novel (with a single statement about fact in the introduction) but this rebuttal claims much more than it delivers. Disappointing.

    37 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Woody 05-16-06
    Woody 05-16-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Needed"

    Many books are out but Dr. Bock is one of the best writers I've read.

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    Christopher S. Butera Fort Rucker, Alabama 01-20-06
    Christopher S. Butera Fort Rucker, Alabama 01-20-06 Member Since 2006
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    "The code has been successfully broke."

    Dr. Bock has done a terrific job in debunking the proposed factual claims of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" using actual and verifiable historical proof and sources.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A SingaporeSingapore 06-13-05
    A SingaporeSingapore 06-13-05
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    "FANTASTIC! VERY LEVEL HEADED! VERY FACTUAL!"

    Wonderful. This writer is really knowledgeable and is truly inspired by the Divine.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Forney, TX, USA 12-08-04
    James Forney, TX, USA 12-08-04
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    "Breaking the Da Vinci Code"

    An Extremely informative book,yet easy to follow and understand.
    I personaly know Dr. Bock from attending the church where he taught about 15 years ago,and have always been impressed by his ability to explain deep subject matter in a way easy to comprehend.
    I very much enjoyed this book and recomend it highly.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paul STATEN ISLAND, NY, USA 11-06-04
    Paul STATEN ISLAND, NY, USA 11-06-04
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    "This book is great!!!"

    While listening to this audio book, I found that it had a strange effect on my mind and came to the conclusion that one of the best uses of listening to this book was to cure insomnia. This book is guaranteed to put you into a deep sleep within a chapter. If sleeping is not an issue, another great use is to fix a table that has one leg shorter than the others. This book is also great to keep in the bathroom-it comes in handy if you run out of toilet paper.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Antony Austin, TX, USA 01-04-06
    Antony Austin, TX, USA 01-04-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Blah"

    This book was very interesting yet extremely one sided. It did more running around in circles than inform. I found after reading and listening to the book that it had not proven The Da Vinci Code wrong but had skirted around what the codes meant.

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    Daniel Blair 09-04-04 Member Since 2002
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    "A must listen after reading the Da Vinci Code"

    This is a must read, and not just once. It is a systematic theology of Christ: His person, purpose, and work. It is based on historical evidence and provides a compelling apologetic to the Da Vinci Code propositions.

    13 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    "A poor attempt to disprove the Da Vinci Code"

    The Da Vinci Code is a good work of fiction. Like most works of fiction it is based on some part truths and the rest is made up.This author seems to think that it is all part of a great plot to take people away from Christianity (not that the church needs much help in that today). And he takes much of the book to build up to that - it is fairly easy to see the way the book is heading from early on. The last chapter is the advertisment for Christianity and has nothing whatsoever to do with the Da Vinci Code.
    The arguments deployed are weak and could just as easily be argued the other way to prove the theory. If this is the best that the church can come up with to disprove the Da Vinci Code there must be more to the Code that I thought. I started listening to the book with an open mind, suspecting that there would be some elements of truth in Brown's book and much made up. I am now left thinking that I want to read more to learn more about the Code; but not by this author.
    Not a book I would recommend!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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