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.
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The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
I am not among those who reflexively dislike any book bearing Bill O'Reilly's name. I understand those who do, as well as those who will defend him without question. But both his knee-jerk critics and defenders speak more to the political polarization of our times than to the quality of Mr. O'Reilly's work.
That said, Killing Jesus is very poor work, especially for a putative historian. For the most part, this is merely a retelling of a history already well known by almost anyone with any interest. Despite O'Reilly's grandiose claims, there is nothing new here.
Worse, there are errors. One example: early in the text, O'Reilly describes the process of crucifixion and remarks that Romans sought to increase the suffering of many victims by breaking the legs of the already crucified person. This, he averred, was a sign of Roman sadism.
But that's just not true. Yes, the Romans would break the legs of the crucified after many hours of suffering on the cross, but this was an act of mercy, not of sadism. Crucifixion kills (usually) by suffocation. Once up on the cross, the victim's entire body weight is suspended by their arms. In this position, it is difficult to completely exhale. The victim could take shallow breaths for a while, but eventually would be forced to push himself up to take a full breath.
At that point, the victim can breath a bit more successfully but his weight is now supported by his legs and nailed feet, an excruciating position. Quickly, he becomes unable to hold this new position and collapses back to hang from his arms and hands, only to repeat the effort when he begins to suffocate again. This process could go on for a long time.
As an act of mercy, the Roman executioners would sometimes break the legs of crucified victims to stop this on-going process of self-torture. Unable to support themselves on now broken legs, the crucified victim would suffocate within minutes.
Errors like this are just sloppy and they should undermine our confidence in O'Reilly's work generally. Even more distracting, though, is O'Reilly's unseemly fascination with the sexual practices and proclivities of various historical figures. This fixation recurs throughout O'Reilly's "Killing" series and in no case does it illuminate the history he claims to recount. At best, it is a distraction and an insight into the author's peculiar obsessions. At worst, it is mere pandering.
Readers who are interested in the life and death of Jesus have many better options; Reza Aslan's "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" comes immediately to mind. Better to start there than to spend time sorting through the errors and fetishes of a wanna-be historian.
killing Jesus deals with subject matter that usually causes great emotion and great division. The authors are able to deal with facts objectively. They paint a portrait that is human and touchable. and sad. They approach the topic respectfully but not piously. Great job!
Top 15 of books I've read.
Several things moved me about the book
I downloaded this book not knowing what to expect. I really enjoyed this. The insights that it provides were very interesting to me. It is by no means a religious book. It tells the historical story of the life of Jesus. I would highly recommend this book.
Haven't purchased the print version
Killing Lincoln; Killing Kennedy.....obvious reasons.
The crucifixion, due to it's details about the Roman form of execution which I knew only generally.
Yes. I took numerous notes along the way, which isn't typical of a normal read.
Very educational experience for me. I have read most of the gospels in their entirety and cautiously approaching this from a Christian standpoint was excited to learn details from other historic sources which set in concrete many of the new testament teachings..VERY GOOD LISTEN!!
Narration was very good - keep my interest during entire time of book. Loved it!
incredible historical facts of our Lord and Savior last days. remarkable, verifiable facts!
thank you, for doing incredible research
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