Killing Jesus: A History
When I borrowed this book from the library, the guy who checked me out looked like he thought I was weird for getting out a book with such an "interesting" title. It also didn't help much that you don't see a lot of 17-year-olds checking out a book about Jesus written by that Fox News guy whose name may leave a sour taste in some people's mouths.
But don't let the title fool you. This book really is historical. And it's not only about Jesus. It's about political and religious leaders, both Jewis ...more
Bill O'Reilly's KILLING JESUS begins with the heading: Bethlehem, Judea.....March, 5 B.C......Morning. "THE CHILD WITH THIRTY-SIX YEARS LEFT TO LIVE IS BEING HUNTED."
This is a violent story set both in Judea and Rome where a condemned man could be killed in a variety of horrific manners including "hanging, burning alive, beheading, being placed inside a bag filled with scorpions, then drowned.....or crucifixion." It follows the life of Jesus as a carpenter to when he first began spreadi...more
To me, that's what this book does. Nothing in here about Jesus' life was new. However, all the historical ...more
And then I married one of "them". And all three of my kids are raised to be "them"...Catholic no less. I'm still Jewish, but I've reconciled the them and us. I even loved visiting The Vatican...TWICE!
I received this book as a Christmas gift this year. The problem wit ...more
Killing Jesus is historical. Not a religious book. It gives context and sensory texture to the background to the life of Christ, pulling eyewitness accounts from the Bible but also from sources of the day. Historian Josephus and Roman accounts of the times painted a rich s ...more
That said, I still give Killing Jesus three stars. Certainly, there are some problems with the book. But there is enough that is good about it to warran ...more
Virtually all modern historians agree that Jesus existed. The question is "how acurate are the depictions ...more
As my mom and I continued to listen to the unending debate, we finally decided to give it a try. And so I went into the book with a complete open mind. I figured that even if the book was completely blasphemous, I could handle it. I am a Bible college graduate after all, and I have faced theological liberals in the past, so this would be nothing new.
I have to tell you that from the beginning, I was so immersed in the book that it was hard for me to put it down. I learned more history in this boo ...more
Happy Easter to all my Goodreads friends!
This historical non-fiction was so amazing and taught me so much more than I thought I knew that I will have to read it again just so I am sure that I did not miss anything the first time. The authors put what Jesus went through in a historical setting with no religion mentioning. I am a Christian and was not offending in the least by this writing. It put what the bible states into a more realistic view instead of a story view.
This book was written as ...more
This is not a comparison between the two books. The bibliographies are, by necessity, the same. Just so much information on the subject of Jesus and the times in which he lived is available. No more. ...more
At the core, this is a conspiracy story. Everyone knows the essentials, but this book does a solid job of covering the major players and the events surrounding the murder of Jesus, the man. Another couple of as ...more
This is what let the book down in my opinion. It would have been a much fuller and richer read if more time was spent on Jesus. That is something I never ...more
The book is easy to read and one could likely finish it in a week's time span.
There are a number of historical tales of the regional and Roman leaders of time who were instrumental is shaping the Judea before, during, and after Christ's life.
And it provides a view of Jesus and those who were in contact with him in a very humanistic light.
The bad -
If you believe in the divinity of Jesus, all such references are removed and only the human aspect of Jesus is presented.
There are a numbe ...more
Give O'Reilly's opinionated persona, I expected this work to be laced with all kinds of propaganda--and it wasn't. It was a pretty neutral biographical piece ...more
After reading "Zealot" by Rasa Aslan, I found it very interesting seeing the 2 very different takes on the "historical Jesus". O'Reilly is a firm believer in Jesus as God, while Aslan certainly does not believe that Jesus is God, rather that He was simply a politcal radical.
I did not like "Killing Jesus" mainly bec ...more
In addition, he has authored an astonishing 12 number one ranked non-fiction books including the histo ...more