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The Gospel code : novel claims about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and da Vinci
Witherington, Ben, III, 1951-
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Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, 2004.
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208 pages ; 22 cm
A novel idea? -- No weddings and a funeral -- Tell me the old, old story -- His story, history and the canon's story -- Mary Magdalene and the new gnosticism -- Something about Mary -- Those in the know -- Doubting Thomas -- Did the canon misfire? -- Consulting the canon professors -- Reading Borg again for the first time -- What if God was one of us? -- Postscript: truth decay in the twenty-first century.
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Dan Brown's international bestseller The Da Vinci Code has raised many questions in the minds of readers.Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene?Did he father a child with her?Did Constantine suppress the earliest Gospels and invent the doctrine of Christ's divinity?Do the Gnostic Gospels represent the true Christian faith which the early church sought to supplant?The Da Vinci Code, in blurring the lines between fact and fiction, popularizes the speculations and contentions of numerous more serious books that are also attracting wide attention. How should we respond to claims that we now have documents that reveal secrets about Jesus, secrets long suppressed by the church and other religious institutions? Do these new documents successfully debunk traditional views about Jesus and early Christianity? Ben Witherington III confronts these claims with the sure-footedness of a New Testament scholar, yet in the plain language that any interested reader can follow. He takes us back to the early centuries after Jesus' death and tells us what we can really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels and their Gnostic rivals.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The popularity of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code has caused Christian apologists to address what they consider to be its heresies and historical errors. Witherington, a New Testament scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary, intends in this volume to add his voice to the growing criticism of Brown's novel. Each chapter treats an issue-the formation of the canon, the "married Jesus" theory, etc.-and then offers a wealth of background material to support an evangelical Christian viewpoint. Drawing on his background in Christian theology and church history, Witherington explains his position in a lucid and sometimes whimsical style. He is particularly strong when exploring and explaining the processes of textual criticism and redaction, and in helping readers understand the flow of Christian history and the development of doctrine. The influence of Gnosticism, ancient and modern, likewise receives extensive treatment. The book closes with an appeal for a more rational, and less speculative, consideration of the Jesus story. Quite apart from its treatment of Brown's novel, this book is a fine exposition of mainstream evangelical teaching and merits wide readership. (July) Forecast: Witherington's book is a late starter-Cook, Thomas Nelson, Ignatius and other publishers have already offered Da Vinci responses. Still, this more extensive, reasoned treatment may have the staying power that other instant books lack. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Part 1 Veni, Vidi, Da Vinci
1 A Novel Idea?
2 No Weddings and a Funeral
3 Tell Me the Old, Old Story
4 His Story, History and the Canon's Story
Part 2 Mary Magdalene and the New Gnosticism
5 Something About Mary
6 Those in the Know
7 Doubting Thomas
Part 3 Did the Canon Misfire?
8 Consulting the Canon Professors
9 Reading Borg Again for the First Time
10 What If God Was One of Us?
Postscript--Truth Decay in the Twenty-first Century
A Select Bibliography
Subject Index
Scripture Index