Millions of people have thrilled to bestselling 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 iconic 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 two thousand 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's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever.
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Why Some Christians Will Be Disappointed
I was captivated by the narrative. This is a realistic recounting of the life of Jesus, or certainly as realistic as it can be. I don't want to listen to it again, because O'Reilly presents a very graphic picture of the violence and brutality that existed at the time. But I also understand why some Christians may not be pleased. He does not validate miracles. They are the stuff of heresay and legend. He does not validate the appearance of angels at the tomb. The resurrection is a bit of a mystery, although O'Reilly affirms that the body of Christ was never found. His closing does give one pause to reflect: regardless of your religious beliefs, you do have to marvel at the impact one man -- son of God, saint or otherwise -- has had on the history of the world.
Great content, but why would the publisher produce a six hour recoding in one long audio stream without at least inserting chapter breaks. I give the recording a 3 star owing to the poor production value.
Major Historical Problems
O'Reilly should stick to broadcasting and not history. This book is full of historical errors. Most notably that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This has no historical basis and is merely Catholic tradition. Also, Aramaic was the every-day language spoken is Jesus' time while Hebrew was reserved for religious use, and O'Reilly even gets Jesus' age at time of death wrong. Skip this book.