Killing Jesus: Book Review by Mike
Killing Jesus Review
I was enticed to pick up a copy of this non fiction book “Killing Jesus, A History” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard after hearing him on Imus in the Morning several times on my way to work. I was also intrigued to read “Killing Lincoln” but after starting with “Jesus” I think I’ll pass.
Killing Jesus details the historical and political events that led to the demise of the most influential man in world history: Jesus of Nazareth.
There is nothing inherently wrong with the historical account by O’Reilly and Dugard and at first I was intrigued as to why they decided to describe the account of Julius Caesar’s death as a harbinger of Jesus’ demise early on in the work. I thought it was clever the way they set the stage, explained how the main players in this tragedy were put in place starting with Caesar’s assassination.
However, as I read on, I found that throughout the pages I learned nothing new about the history of Caesar, Pilate or Jesus and was disappointed to find that this work turned out to be nothing more than a rehashing of well-established research and documentation about the historical figure of Jesus Christ and the events leading to his crucifixion.
Killing Jesus Recommendation
I would have enjoyed being surprised at some point with some nugget of original discovery but it was not to be.
Having said that, if you are someone who has limited knowledge of the time period and the history of Jesus of Nazareth, this may be a good book for you. It is an easy read and a good story.
It also cites the Gospels very well and goes into extra detail in the footnotes when it was warranted. Those who consider themselves beginners in the study of Jesus should enjoy this work.
Overall, the book is fine, but is not for the serious or even semi-serious historian. If Bill O’Reilly’s name is not on the cover, this is not a best-seller.
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