Killing Jesus: A History

Killing Jesus: A History

by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book before writing a review. This book is about a man who said he was the son of God. The book is not about democrats, republicans or anyother political party. O'Reilly & Dugard notate Bible passages, they use acient historian Josephus and Roman records. I do not like the title but that's what the Jewish leaders did. I did use my Bible and the complete works of Josephus to make sure what I read was correct. The only thing I could not find is that "Herod prefers soft leather leggings that have been stained purple" I'm not so worried about his choice of legging as I am about the main idea of the story, the death of Jesus. If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God you will like this book.
Diwms More than 1 year ago
I have read part of this book but I haven't finished it yet but I can tell it is well researched and written in a manner that makes non fiction enjoyable. I always read the reviews first, as I do with every book i buy, and when i see reviews that call him a white racist who hates democrates and nothing about the book, then i realize that these people aren't reviewing. They are just spewing their hatred and probably couldn't get through a book like this. It also is indicative of the split in this country and of the attitude that if a person's views differ from yours, then they are racist, stupid etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like they did in the other two "Killing Books" , O'Reilly and Duggard do an excellent job of weaving together familar facts we know with new material and providing the historical continuity to present a very readable and enjoyable book. I especially enjoyed the detailed narrative of the final week of Jesus' life and his ultimate death. Another topic: It is truly sad to read the one sentence reviews and single star ratings, noting nothing more than their dislike of Bill O'Reilly. I am sure few, if any, of these "reviewers" have actually read the book. Unfortunately, they seem to be achieving their singular goal of driving down the ratings. A truly sad expression of their hatred and quite opposite the message Jesus brought us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone that brings up the fact that it has to do with being a member of a particular government group has obviously not read this book. This book DOES however share a very unbiased look at the real life of Jesus. No matter what denomination you are (or if you even have one), it is a very insighful, very well written, and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been a long time that I read a book that I didn't want to put down. In the beginning of the book they clearly state that they are not trying to prove the deity of Jesus. What they did was take the events of history in that time and make then come to life. I did learn a lot in a way that was easy and exciting to read. I wish they would have elaborated in some area, but realize that they can't cover every event that happened. Very good book and would recommend reading it, wether you are a Christian or someone that just wants to know more about history.
SharynR More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to read this book, the history of the times is not always known. O'Reilly is great with the facts. If you are a student of the Bible you know what the scripture tells but I think it is important to hear others who wrote about this incident at the time. I recommend Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy if you enjoy history.
Barbara2 More than 1 year ago
I have read the two other "Killing" books by Bill O'Reilly and thought they were great. I was a little disappointed in this book, but I realize this is a very sensitive and difficult subject. They did a very good job as far as giving the history of the times, but it was very hard to get to know the real Jesus as he did not say that much or let himself be known. The discussions on the crucifixion and the barbarous way that people were treated in those days was very well researched. I know that Mr. O'Reilly is a Catholic, but he did not come to any definite conclusion as to the validity of the resurrection. All in all, a very interesting read.
MystiqueoftheSnake More than 1 year ago
Bill O'Reilly is a man of integrity and grit. He writes the best books in the market today. His books are page-turners keeping readers on their toes and hungry for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a professional book critic and amateur biblical historian, I was looking forward to Mr O'Reilly's latest installment, "Killing Jesus". How, after finishing it, I was greatly disappointed. I was expecting a historical interpretation of the gospels and other available sources, but what I got was as often down book chalk full of Christian mythology and mistranslations (for example, as every first year theological student should be able to tell you---Joseph was described as a tekton; that is, a builder, and Mary Magdalene was not a "prostitute". That was a misreading which theologians acknowledged and usually try to correct. There are others). While I'm not knocking his faith, it seems there is more "bible" and less history in this latest work. As a historical fiction work, however, the book is generally well written and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry... it was so bad. This is a diatribe for a particular view of Jesus, and it isn't pretty. There is far too much 'history' of the Roman Empire, none of which has scholarly citations, and there are unnecessary portraits of the sexual habits of the Roman royalty: Why was that important>? The 'author' attempts to reconstruct the 'historical Jesus' but without the authority of actual scholars. There is no bibliography, nor notes to verify his statements, and too many of his statements are over simplifications, and just plain bad theology. The narrator's voice is snide, openly shares his opinions as facts, and makes general statements like "traditional teaching.." when there is no citation at all. Old opinions of false teaching do nohing to bolster his view of Jesus. The actual gospels are manipulated, mashing Jesus' life together in a way that misrepresents the truth of the gospels. He also misquotes the Hebrew scripture and cherry picks prophets and 'proof texts.' This was excruciating to finish, and this would not convince me of any scholarship, his view of 'history Jesus' nor of his faith. Sadly, too many people who don't/won't study the scripture think this book is good. Sad the state of education in this country, but sadder still the state of people who think this 'book' explains the life of Christ. This appears to be a narcissistic exercise to crank more cash from an unsuspecting public. Do not buy this book... want to know Jesus? Read the gospels..
tractorman More than 1 year ago
Very well written and unbelievably interesting to read. Great insight to the times and conditions surrounding the times of Jesus. Am very pleased to have purchased and read. Helps prove that Jesus existed and..... was God. Thanks Bill and Martin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this an interesting read. Learning about the politics of the time added to the story of Jesus's crucifixion, and what was going on around him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story teller is one who can tell you a story you already know and still keep you engaged;  wanting to hear more . O'Reilly and Dugard are great story tellers. My guess is that the people who hate this book are those who already  hate O'Reilly's politics and probably haven't taken the time to read Killing Jesus Get it, read it and enjoy it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the writing style. It is history written so all can comprehend. The chapters are short and to the point but with enough details to draw all readers. All three of the "Killing... books are fast reading factual historical accounts. Highly recommended. Another excellent historical novel on the Nook is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. Both books deserve A+++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Bill O'Reilly's and Martin Dugard's other books, Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln but that's because I took everything I read as absolute truth. I trusted that the information given was 100% correct. I don't know that it wasn't but if I base it on Killing Jesus I know that that information is not all correct in that book, nor all inclusive. The first major omission was no mention of the first communion given to the Apostles on Thursday, the evening of the last supper. Oh yeah...what about the fact that Jesus was resurrected Sunday morning and was seen by others walking and talking. The book states that the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. If you're going to recite some portions of the Bible then what happened to these two blaring omissions? Another thing, you state in the book April 4th., Thursday, was the last supper. That should make the day Jesus was crucified Friday, April 5th, but you say April 7th and state that Sunday was April 9th. Something is wrong there, I don't know which dates are correct if any at all. All in all I expected more and was very disappointed with the conclusion of the book. I respect Bill O'Reilly greatly, and know he has a Christian background so I don't know why he chose not to include this information. I also question the conclusion of the book when he talks about the locations of the Apostles at the time of their demise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow...seventeen pages and I am interested; great introduction that pulls a reader right in. The Tau Cross on the cover is a surprising and historically-accurate choice; I like it. Definitely wondering from whence all the medical records for Herod stem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed in the book, if you know nothing of Jesus or the Church, it's a good beginners book for minimal knowledge, not accuracy. Other than that, I would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is interesting but is not historically accurate in that it perpetuates the myth the Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This is completely untrue and is an invention of the Catholic church designed to minimize to role of women in early Christianity. Also, the Romans are portrayed as moral degenerates and sinister thugs who kill anyone who opposes the Roman Empire. The first part of the book that describes the historical context of the time is well done and adds insight into the rest of the story. Anyone who reads the book should be aware of these inaccuracies.
hittman More than 1 year ago
I haven't had a chance to finish it yet but am about a third of the way thru and am really enjoying this book. There is so much that I didn't know and am learning with every page.
Cyndy3 More than 1 year ago
O.Reilly and Dugard take the synoptic Gospels as history. They aren't. If you are looking for an entertaining read as to how it MIGHT have goen down, this may be for you. If you are looking for an understanding of the historical Jesus, you should read "Zealot" by Rezan Aslan. I'm a practicing Christian but I find the authors presenting materail as "fact" when we have no way of knowing to be disturbing. In the Kennedy and Lincoln books, there was some decent research underlying their tale, but here the research seems faulty (see some of the other revies for more on this topic).
SusanThies More than 1 year ago
We all know the ending BUT I wish the authors would have written separate books of the various individuals in the book so more details could have been given. 228 pages certainly were not enough space for the information we were given. This book is comparable to KILLING KENNEDY. We were there when both men lived their lives & also there when their lives ended so violently. Question, who will be the next book be about & promise to make it just as intriguing?
Keyman1017 More than 1 year ago
The concept of modernizing the story will make it easier than reading the biblical version. I recommend it for anyone who would like to know more background but are uncomfortable with the bible itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many flaws with this book. First of all is the notion of historicity. The Historical Jesus, is not the Biblical Christ. To use the Gospels as your primary source of historical religious scholarship is flawed and misleading. Having a BA in Religious Studies I am appalled that this book will be taken for fact when the vast majority is primarily opinion on behalf of the authors. Yes it reads as a riveting thriller, but this is at the sacrifice of fact, to the great appeal of many. Additionally, the barely veiled conservative agenda towards the government of the time is an irreverent use of a religious figure to tout politics. Neither of these authors are religious scholars, and their lack of fact and accuracy is proof. If you are looking for a book about who the Jesus who lived in the first century CE was, I recommend reading something written by an actual scholar, not a political pundit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is good, but the book is NOT well-researched. Much of the "factual material" has no source but the Gospels therefore the book adds little to what is generally known. The authors make little use of recent Biblical scholarship. It's a shallow book, but it won't bore you.
western_coyote More than 1 year ago
Bill O’Reilly says Killing Jesus is a history book, but you have to wonder what he considers a historical writing. A history book or account is one that is based on the writings or other evidence taken from a certain period and analyzed for factuality. Usually political ethnic, national, religious advocacy is not necessarily considered factual. Of course the religious view is that the accounts given by the apostles Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John, are factual in addition to promoting a religious message. But O’Reilly takes much of his biographical narrative of Jesus life from the gospels and to call his book historical must be based on his conviction that the gospels are factual. I purchased the book in the expectation of learning of hard to find material about the time that Jesus lived. O’Reilly does sprinkle the biography of Jesus with random facts about Roman practices but these observations are not exactly important for the story except perhaps to emphasize the brutality of Roman rule and practice. I was skeptical of the idea that there is biographical material for Jesus outside of the gospel accounts, and reading of the book confirms this skepticism. As far as I know there is no source for this material other than the gospels. The Jewish writer, Josephus, a contemporary of Jesus, does mention a person that is looked upon as a messiah by many persons of the time. I have never come across a non-gospel confirmation of the Jesus story from his contemporary times other than this. Of course Romans had much to say about Jesus in the centuries to follow, but they were all inspired by the gospels. So I would say there is not much new here. If a person is not familiar with the gospel accounts of Jesus life, it could be a good buy, otherwise, not so much.