Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
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Killing Jesus: A History. By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company,
This book is part of the “killing” series of books written by O’Reilly and Dugard, about the deaths of famous people. Previous titles are: Killing Lincoln; Killing Kennedy; and Killing Patton. They have been extremely popular. In fact, at the time of this review Killing Jesus is being made into a movie. Many of the readers are evangelicals.
Neither O’Reilly nor Dugard are Biblical scholars. O’Reilly is a well-known cable news commentator and Dugard is a New York Times best selling author.
The book is not written as a theological treatise, and the authors make it clear that they are only trying to tell the “truth” about important people and that they are not trying to convert anybody (p.
Both authors identify as Catholic (p.
In the book, the authors never state that the Scriptures are in error. They follow the general outline of the Gospels. However, they are also careful not to explicitly state that miracles take place. The book ends with the death of Jesus. On the Sunday morning after the resurrection, the body of Jesus is not in the tomb and has never been found. O’Reilly
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and Dugard imply that the disciples did not take the body since they were all afraid and in hiding (p.
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