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Killing Jesus Audiobook

Killing Jesus: A History [Audiobook]

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Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take listeners inside Jesus' life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever.

© Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    joe NASHVILLE, TN, United States 09-25-13
    joe NASHVILLE, TN, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fact and Fiction"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only someone who is interested in 1st century life... not the life of Jesus from a religious perspective.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    O'Reilly makes a lot of assumptions theologically that ultimately negate the possibility (as outlined in his own faith's canon) for salvation and clearly views Jesus as a man who discovers he is God's son rather than Gods soul assuming the flesh of a mortal and subject to its pains. That aint too Catholic Billy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I do very much like the historical background of the time period. The politics, historical heroes forgotten in Jewish culture. He lays a great ground work for an understanding of the politics and time of Jesus. BUT, then again is not all that original either because all he is doing is rehashing Josephus in a more modern tone. Actually, the Jewish War is pretty compelling. and this book (in parts) is the abridged form of that book.


    Was Killing Jesus worth the listening time?

    sure...for background history. There is another book on audible that does a great job too...Life in 1st century Jerusalem...or some similar title. It did a better job for giving me a visual feel for the place. Again though, just pay attention to the history and cultural aspects. The religious stuff is all fodder for anyone who has spent a great measure of time studying with scholars and archeologists. For example, Asserting Mary Magdalene was a poor woman and was a prostitute cannot be backed up. We only know that she was cleansed of 'several demons'... that could have been insanity. Assuming history is not writing history. This is were Bill falls short. When he does not have Josephus or or a Roman scholar like Tacitus to fall back on to prove his outlooks... he is writing fiction. Shallow fiction. He treats Mary and Joseph, when Jesus is lost in the temple, as though they, at that point, do fully understand the magnitude of who their child is. This again is a far jump from what any real scholar of the bible would call legit. Its the worst part of the book... and its what the book strives to be about.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to the facts you can back up Bill. You do a great job with documented history, and culture. Theologically... I am sorry man... you're a 'pin head.' Just my 2 cents and I am welcome to them.

    34 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-21-13
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    If you could sum up Killing Jesus in three words, what would they be?

    a must read


    What did you like best about this story?

    history of the Jews and the roman empire


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    his expression and how he read the book . i get a lot more out of it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    kind of sad really. Hard to believe the cruelty then. Just awful. Makes me realize how lucky we really are.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an all around great history book.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tad Davis 10-15-13
    Tad Davis 10-15-13
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    "Superficial"

    Bill O'Reilly claims to be writing history here, but he really isn't. What he presents is an awkwardly harmonized (and often lightly fictionalized) retelling of the Gospel story, decked out with tidbits gleaned from history and archaeology (for example, the kind of sandals that would have been worn by the Syrian mercenaries who carried out Herod's slaughter of the innocents).

    The scholarship on display here is shallow at best. One key example is O'Reilly's discussion of the authorship of the Gospels. Matthew was written by the tax collector, he says; Mark by John Mark, Luke by the physician Luke, and John by the "beloved disciple," the brother of James son of Zebedee. O'Reilly claims that there is "growing agreement" among scholars as to these attributions. But he couldn't be more wrong, and you needn't go any further than the discussion of the same subject in the notes to the recent revision of the (Catholic) New American Bible to see how wrong he is.

    As a harmonizer of the Gospels, O'Reilly leaves something to be desired. A prime example here is the cleansing of the Temple. In three Gospels, it appears at the end of Jesus' ministry, and helps precipitate the final crisis; in John, the last to be written, it appears at the beginning, and seems to be Jesus' way of launching his challenge. The solution, for O'Reilly? Jesus cleanses the Temple twice. This unlikely version of events is a direct result of his insistence on taking John not as a spiritual meditation on the meaning of Jesus, but as a literally true account by an eyewitness who, in O'Reilly's view, should be given "the last word" about chronology. This flies in the face of virtually every scholar who has written on the historicity of the Gospel of John in the last hundred years.

    Some of his historical digressions are baffling. One of the longer sections in the book is an account of the reigns of Julius, Augustus, and Tiberius Caesar. O'Reilly is clearly in his element here, and relishes the stories of the financial, political, and sexual corruption of Rome. As fascinating as this material is, it feels like padding: really, in a book about Jesus, the point could have been made in a couple of paragraphs.

    As a narrator, O'Reilly is brisk and engaging. He uses his years of experience hectoring people on TV to good purpose. But does he deliver what he claims to deliver in this book? Not by a long shot. He seems blissfully unaware of the massive amounts of scholarship that have focused on how to use the Gospels as historical sources - some of it by eminent Catholic scholars like the Jesuit priest John Meier - and chooses instead to take the Gospels at face value as historical accounts.

    (I know that many people of faith will take issue with my opinion on this. But I think what I've said fairly characterizes recent scholarship on the Gospels. For an authoritative account, check out Bart Ehrman's lectures on "The Historical Jesus" in the Great Courses lecture series.)

    If O'Reilly admitted that he was writing a faith-based account, I wouldn't argue with his approach. But he doesn't; he claims to be following the scholarship, and he isn't.

    Someone once said to Alexander Pope, regarding his translation of The Iliad: "It is very pretty, Mr Pope, but you must not call it Homer." This is very pretty, Mr O'Reilly, but you must not call it history.

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    seth 08-25-16
    seth 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Killing Jesus review."

    does an OK job in telling the story....but bill seams to think Jesus turned the money changers tables over twice, and I for one would like to see the research that supports this statement. other than that the book was good.

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    Jana 08-22-16
    Jana 08-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great recap ofThe lifeOf Jesus the Christ."

    Although there are many differences in the exact details of the life and
    Times of Jesus, this book gives a good overview of what happened. I liked the references to historians of the times and the scriptural references used. Highly recommended for anyone seeking more knowledge about Jesus of Nazareth.

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    Arne Johannessen Mandal, Norway 08-02-16
    Arne Johannessen Mandal, Norway 08-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, but lacks integrity"

    The book is written and structured well. It paints vivid and colorful portraits of the various characters in the story. What bugs me about the book is that it lasts true historical or theological understanding of what The message of Jesus was all about, and why it upset some representatives of the temple enough to want to kill him. Especially if you compare this book to a serious theologian like NT Wright's work , it falls completely flat when it comes to deepening the readers understanding of why Jesus was killed.

    I would recommend it if you are interested in colorful anecdotes from the times of Jesus, but if you are interested in trying to understand the conflict between Jesus and the temple I recommend checking out NT Wright.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Dixon 07-21-16
    Dave Dixon 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I thoroughly enjoyed this book."

    Bill O'Reilly narration of this book was outstanding. The story was compelling in it's blending of scripture & history. I highly recommend this book.

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    Alex R Frisco, TX United States 07-12-16
    Alex R Frisco, TX United States 07-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good"

    I liked it. I'm new to the Bible so I can't give an opinion on accuracy. I will say that all the main points are things I have read in the bible. This book seems to fill in some gaps with colorful, descriptive, and accurate scenes. The Roman details running parallel to Jesus life was exceptionally interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul U. Illinois 06-20-16
    Paul U. Illinois 06-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A well-detailed documnt"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Jesus to be better than the print version?

    Equal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Jesus?

    The background on Pontius Pilate , Caesar,, and Herod


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emphasis of certain words of the text


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of the guards at Jesus' tomb


    Any additional comments?

    Well-written and well-told with attention to detail

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    Amazon Customer 06-13-16
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    "Stirring book"

    Great and stirring book.

    Sometimes the narrator read too fast and his words were hard to decipher.

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