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Killing Jesus: A History | [Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard]

Killing Jesus: A History

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.
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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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    Luke 11-08-13
    Luke 11-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Yin and Yang"
    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    Maybe


    What could Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Bill focuses A LOT on the weird sexual perversions of the Romans from Julius to Tiberius. Then makes a big deal about Mary Magdalene being a prostitute -- so he should read his Bible or go back to Catholic School and stop reading Dan Brown. It made me think that he's still kind of a perv.

    But I'll give this to him. I was always confused as to why the Jews had cheered Jesus on entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and yelled Crucify Him six days later. Bill puts forth an interesting and plausible explanation....


    What aspect of Bill O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?

    He isn't a superb narrator, but I did like that he read his own book. Most don't.


    Could you see Killing Jesus being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 10-21-13
    Kathy 10-21-13
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    "Bill, slow down!!"

    Great piece of history. But, Bill really needs to slow down in his narration.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 09-27-13
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The no spin zone goes biblical"

    Close your eyes .....
    Now imagine that you are listening to Bill O'Reilly's talking points on his fox news show the O'Reilly Factor and the topic is Jesus ....also
    Wait ....
    You dont have to imagine ...
    You can buy Killing Jesus

    I am an O'Reilly viewer and have been for close to 5 years now. I am not an O:Reilly hater by any means. ( Full disclosure, I also loyally watch Jon Stewart ). But this book by O;Reilly is nothing more the the "fast food" style of books written by political pundents these days. This is not a serious book about life and times in ancient Judea. Nothing new is presented here. As like his Killing Kennedy book, Killing Jesus appears to have been solely researched via the internet.

    The book is written in the style of Bill's prior two books which adds to the fast food flavor of this book

    Will I buy another OReilly historical work? Probably not

    Will I buy another O'Reilly political work? Probably yes

    11 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This is not history it's legend"
    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    I enjoyed Killing Lincoln & Killing Kennedy but this book is so far from historically accurate that I doubt that I'd ever by another one


    What could Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have gotten their facts straight. Some glaring errors: 1) The woman who anoints Jesus' feet was in al probability not Mary Magdalene nor was the Magdalene a prostitute. Both of those statement were errors attributed to an early Pope but have more recently been rejected even by the Catholic Church 2) 3 of the 4 gospels have the overturning of the moneychangers in the temple during the last week of Jesus's life (in fact it was probably the last straw and directly led to his arrest). Only John has the temple event 3 years prior to his execution and most biblical scholars reject that version as a theological tool to present a specific point of view 3) The Isaiah prediction used the word "Almah" = Young Woman not Betulah = Virgin to describe the woman who will give birth to a savior. 4) When he describes the contents of the phylacteries he says the scrolls describe the exodus, that's wrong, they have nothing to do with the Exodus but rather describe how you are to inscribe these words on your doorposts and as a 'frontlet between your eyes'


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bill O'Reilly?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 09-27-13
    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 09-27-13
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    "Much more than I expected"
    If you could sum up Killing Jesus in three words, what would they be?

    Factual,moving, thorough


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    I would compare Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy to Killing Jesus. Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard put together factual well written historical non fiction in a manner that answers a lot of questions backed up by data. These books almost read like a .novel and I had to stop listening in all three to absorb the horror of what was occurring and remind myself this was non-fiction.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Killing Jesus, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. Mr. O'Reilly's narration was excellent in all three.


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

    The part about the flogging and its effects was particularly gruesome. Although all of the crucifixion sequence was very moving


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to this book. You will never forget it.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Brunswick, ME, United States 09-27-13
    Chris Brunswick, ME, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very well done"

    This book was put together very well. It's an insightful and intriguing chronology of events that lead to Jesus' crucifixion.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 09-30-13
    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2009

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    Where does Killing Jesus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jesus


    Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?

    Doesn't really apply


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

    The entire account of Killing Jesus. Brutal and horrible death.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill O'Reilly's narration is excellent just as it was in Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. He says at the beginning he is not trying to convert anyone to Christianity, but is honest about his own faith.
    The beginning of the book which states:"To say that Jesus of Nazareth was the most influential man who ever lived is almost trite. Nearly two thousand years after he was brutally executed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. That includes 77 percent of the U.S. population, according to a Gallup Poll. The teachings of Jesus have shaped the entire world and continue to do so."Whether one is an atheist or simply a non-Christian, that statement is just simply true.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    L. Neumar LI, NY 09-25-13
    L. Neumar LI, NY 09-25-13 Member Since 2006

    craft lover

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    Would you listen to Killing Jesus again? Why?

    Although the story is centuries old and never changes, still there is always room for me to learn new things, and so it was with this book. The narrative was credible, based upon footnoted sources. It was an historic account of some of the events and people leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and its aftermath - and it did justice to descriptions and details of the times, the people, and His followers. If I had a criticism, it would be that it was too short!


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    I have read both Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy and they were likewise well researched and presented in an organized, smooth flowing account of historical people and events by these authors.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This was a horrific event and I didn't find any scene favorable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The title of the book would be a perfect name for a film that followed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Bill O'Reilly continues to produce and narrate books that are rooted in fact and based on excellent research of prominent individuals and historic events. They don't necessarily have to have a "murder" theme, but I would look forward to the honesty and integrity with which the event was presented - and that I would not challenge coming from this author.

    10 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    RDB 10-11-13
    RDB 10-11-13

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    What disappointed you about Killing Jesus?

    I was expecting a historically accurate depiction of Jesus' life however the "story line" was contrived in ways that are simply not creditable and historically incorrect. As an example, the "conversation" between Pilot and the crowd and the ridiculous "tradition" of releasing a prisoner on Passover has been clearly discredited by historians. I am a major O'Reilly fan and have read Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy previously but the historical flaws in this story now cause me to question Lincoln and Kennedy.

    Enjoy Killing Jesus for what it is, a well written an performed religious history, not a historical view of the life of Jesus.


    What three words best describe Bill O'Reilly’s performance?

    Strong Passionate Crisp


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Killing Jesus?

    The Pilot scene is not credible.


    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gene Jones Houston, Texas, United States 10-14-13
    Gene Jones Houston, Texas, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Outstanding Job by Martin and Billy"
    If you could sum up Killing Jesus in three words, what would they be?

    Well researched and prepared history of the life of Jesus Christ.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail provided with each scene.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The crucifixion - it almost made me sick. The descriptions were outstanding.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a religious book, but rather the history of a man who lived 2,000 years ago, and is undoubtedly the most famous person in the history of the world.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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