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Killing Jesus Audiobook

Killing Jesus: A History [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

    46 of 85 people found this review helpful
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    JustBill 06-14-14
    JustBill 06-14-14
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    "Why Didn't I Think Of This Ruse ?"
    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    I am the fool in this tale, as I have bought all of Bill's books, but have finally figured this out. I believe Bill gos on Wikipedia and looks up subject matter for his books, and merely copies and pastes the information, and calls it a book.


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

    The New Testament gives you all the facts, and I ask myself once again, " Why did I purchase this book"


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Bill has a pleasing voice, so he gets five stars for that alone.


    Did Killing Jesus inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Bills books come out now, as soon as he thinks about an interesting subject matter, but you will NOT learn anything new in any of his books. Do not fall for this folks.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-06-13 Member Since 2017
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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


    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Russell 09-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I hate reading but this was great"

    I really enjoyed this book. they kept it exciting and made me want to keep reading

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    Chris Roelke 09-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well done."

    a well-done concise and well-presented brief narrative history of the life of Jesus. I know that there are a multitude of ancient sources and I would have liked to have heard more citations during the story rather than grouping them together at the end in the afterword

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    Helpful Reviewer Meridian, ID, United States 08-21-17
    Helpful Reviewer Meridian, ID, United States 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lots of suspect details included, but worth a listen"

    They tended to fill in a lot between the lines with details that in no way are supported by research, but decent educated guesses. Worth a listen.

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    Eric J. Schacht Columbus, OH 08-12-17
    Eric J. Schacht Columbus, OH 08-12-17 Member Since 2017

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    "very well done and presented!"

    O'Reilly does a good job separating fact from fiction and presenting a complete history of the times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Duke FL 08-06-17
    Mrs. Duke FL 08-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Informative"

    I know the story of Jesus, but found this to be extremely interesting which establishes Jesus as a Real person and not a myth. Thank you both Bill and Martin for taking the time to research and write this book. Much appreciated.

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    Arthur Simi Valley, CA, United States 07-25-17
    Arthur Simi Valley, CA, United States 07-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Expected more"

    Have enjoyed the O'Reilly "Killing" books but felt I learned more unknown (to me) information from the Lincoln and Kennedy books. Other than the historical setup on the front end of the book, not much new for me in this book (plus a few debatable points encountered - but that's ok). Accessible and entertaining.

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    HMM 07-20-17
    HMM 07-20-17
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    "amazing history and detail"

    I listened to it twice, back to back. there was so much history and detail. It was fabulous

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Read Killing History too"

    Didn't seem that historical, so I read Killing History too. Shows how unhistorical this "history" is

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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