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Title:
Secrets of the code : the unauthorized guide to the mysteries behind the Da Vinci code
Author:
Burstein, Daniel.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : CDS Books, [2004]

©2004
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xxv, 373 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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English
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ISBN:
9781593150228
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Summary

Summary

Secrets of the Code , a five-month New York Times bestseller, is a sweeping tour, guided by renowned experts, through the many provocative ideas raised in The Da Vinci Code . With excerpts from many original works, all-new material, and interviews with prominent scholars exploring the novel's underlying themes, Secrets of the Code will satisfy your curiosity, engage your imagination, and provide you with insights to better understand the historical and religious issues of the novel.


Table of Contents

David Van BiemaLynn PicknettMargaret StarbirdSusan HaskinsEsther de BoerKenneth WoodwardKaren L. KingMargaret L. StarbirdMargaret L. StarbirdElaine PagelsTimothy Freke and Peter GandyRiane EislerElaine PagelsHelmut KoesterWesley W. IsenbergKaren KingDouglas M. ParrottTimothy Freke and Peter GandyLance S. OwensStephan A. HoellerBart D. EhrmanTimothy Freke and Peter GandyElaine PagelsLance S. OwensCollin HansenJohn CastroLynn Picknett and Clive PrinceMichael Baigent and Richard Leigh and Henry LincolnJames Martin, S.J.Michelle DelioLynn Picknett and Clive PrinceLynn PicknettSherwin B. NulandDavid DownieDavid ShugartsDan BursteinLynn PicknettDavid KlinghofferLaura MillerAmy BernsteinDavid DownieGlenn W. EricksonDavid BursteinDavid A. ShugartsBetsy Eble
Editor's Notep. xiii
Introduction: Searching for Sophiap. xv
Book I The Drama of Herstory, History, and Heresy
Part I Mary Magdalene and the Sacred Feminine
1 Mary Magdalene How a Woman of Substance Was Harlotized by Historyp. 5
Mary Magdalene: Saint or Sinner?p. 9
Sacred Sex and Divine Love: A Radical Reconceptualization of Mary Magdalenep. 13
The Woman With the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grailp. 20
Mary Magdalene: The Model for Women in the Churchp. 23
Mary Magdalene: Myth and Metaphorp. 27
Mary Magdalene: Beyond the Mythp. 38
"The Da Vinci Code uses fiction as a means to interpret historical obscurity ..."p. 45
Critiquing the Conspiracy Theoryp. 48
The Beliefnet Debatep. 51
A Quite Contrary Maryp. 51
Letting Mary Magdalene Speakp. 55
"Is It Sinful to Engage in Sex within Marriage?"p. 59
2 The Sacred Femininep. 61
God Does Not Look Like a Manp. 62
Mary and Jesus: Re-enacting Ancient Fertility Cults?p. 66
Royal Blood and Mary's Vinep. 67
The Gnostic Tradition and the Divine Motherp. 68
The Godman and the Goddessp. 71
Sophia's Journey: The Pagan Goddess of the Centuries Lost in the Modern Christian Worldp. 72
The Chalice and the Blade: Archaeology, Anthropology, and the Sacred Femininep. 82
Part II Echoes of the Hidden Past
3 The Lost Gospelsp. 87
An Astonishing Find: The Keys to the Alternate Tradition and Their Meaning for Todayp. 88
What the Nag Hammadi Texts Have to Tell Us About "Liberated" Christianityp. 97
What Was Lost Is Found: A Wider View of Christianity and Its Rootsp. 100
The Gospel of Thomasp. 105
The Gospel of Thomasp. 106
The Gospel of Philipp. 107
The Gospel of Philipp. 108
The Gospel of Maryp. 109
The Gospel of Maryp. 111
Introducing the Sophia of Christp. 112
The Sophia of Jesus Christp. 113
4 The Early Days of Christianitiesp. 115
The Pagan Mysteries Behind Early Christianityp. 120
Early Mainstream Christianity Did Not Mean Simply Following Jesusp. 125
Diverging Views on Mythic Beginnings: Was Genesis History with a Moral, or a Myth with Meaning?p. 126
Errors of Religious Omission and Commission in The DaVinci Codep. 130
5 Consolidation or Cover-up? The Establishment of the One True Faithp. 131
The Jesus Mysteriesp. 133
Was Jesus Real?p. 136
God's Word or Human Words?p. 137
The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Didn't Get a Chance to Knowp. 145
Heretics, Women, Magicians, and Mystics: The Fight to Become the One True Faithp. 148
Why Were the Gnostics Considered Such a Threat?p. 158
Breaking the Da Vinci Codep. 159
6 Secret Societiesp. 162
Recollections of a Gnostic Massp. 164
Templar Revelationp. 168
Researching Western Civilization's Darkest Secretsp. 173
Holy Blood, Holy Grailp. 177
Opus Dei in the United Statesp. 189
Opus Dei Responds to The Da Vinci Codep. 196
Part III Keeping the Secrets Secret
7 The Mystery of Codesp. 201
Da Vinci: Father of Cryptographyp. 203
The Human Mind Is Designed to Find Patternsp. 205
Is God a Mathematician?p. 208
Anagram Funp. 210
8 Leonardo and His Secrets: The Secret Language of Architectural Symbolismp. 211
The Secret Code of Leonardo da Vincip. 212
Thinking Far Outside the Framep. 222
Trying to Make Sense of Leonardo's "Faded Smudge"p. 224
"No, I do not believe there is a woman in the Last Supper..."p. 229
Musings on the Manuscripts of Leonardo da Vincip. 232
9 Temples of Symbols, Cathedrals of Codesp. 238
Paris: In the Footsteps of The Da Vinci Codep. 239
The "Symbology" of The Da Vinci Codep. 241
Rosslyn Chapel: The Cathedral of Codes and Symbolsp. 248
Book II The Da Vinci Code Revealed
Part I 24 Hours, Two Cities, and the Future of Western Civilization
10 Apocrypha and Revelationsp. 253
The Plot Holes and Intriguing Details of The Da Vinci Codep. 254
Following the Rose Line From Rosslyn to ... Florence? Thoughts about the Last Act of The Da Vinci Codep. 283
Part II Reviews and Commentaries on The Da Vinci Code
11 Commentary, Criticism, and Observationsp. 289
The Real da Vinci Codep. 291
Religious Fictionp. 295
The Da Vinci Conp. 297
French Confectionp. 300
What the French Are Saying About The Da Vinci Codep. 305
A Philosopher Looks at The Da Vinci Codep. 306
A Collision of Indiana Jones and Joseph Campbell The Web Interviewer Craig McDonald Interviews Dan Brownp. 310
The Latin Etymology of The Da Vinci Codep. 316
Part III Underneath the Pyramid
12 Sophie's Libraryp. 323
A Rose by Any Other Name: A Guide to Who's Who in The Da Vinci Codep. 323
Glossaryp. 329
Web Resourcesp. 363
Contributorsp. 367
Acknowledgmentsp. 373