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Publisher's Summary

Many who have read the New York Times best seller The Da Vinci Code have questions that arise from seven codes, expressed or implied, in Dan Brown's book. In Breaking the Da Vinci Code, Darrell Bock, Ph.D., responds to the novelist's claims using central ancient texts and answers the following questions:



Who was Mary Magdalene?
Was Jesus married?
Would Jesus being single be un-Jewish?
Do the so-called secret, gnostic gospels help us understand Jesus?
How were the New Testament gospels assembled?
Does Mary's honored role as apostle match the claims of the New School?
What is the remaining relevance of The Da Vinci Code?
Darrell Bock's research uncovers the origins of these codes by focusing on the 325 years immediately following the birth of Christ, for the claims of The Da Vinci Code rise or fall on the basis of things emerging from this period. Breaking the Da Vinci Code distinguishes fictitious entertainment from historical elements of the Christian faith. For by seeing these differences, one can break the da Vinci code. Ultimately, though, there is another code lurking behind the pages of this novel. Most readers of the novel have no idea that this other code is there. In fact, Bock didn't notice it at first himself. Breaking the Da Vinci Code, though, will lead readers to discover why this novel has become something of a public phenomenon and why the issues it raises are worthy of careful study and reflection.
©2004 Dr. Darrell Bock; (P)2004 Oasis Audio LLC
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By Harry on 06-30-04

Not bad

If you are looking for comfort and need to be reminded that all is well...read this book. If you are looking for answers that are not in the bible, then dont read this book. It all depends on ones belief on the credibility of the Bible. Was it edited? If it was, why? If you are looking for scientific or non-biased facts, understand this book is brought to you by the Catholic Church in a nutshell.

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By Kathryn on 05-03-05

Interesting but not simple.

After finishing the Da Vinci Code, I was filled with curiosity about the many issues raised regarding the Catholic church, Jesus, etc. This is obviously in defense of what is written in the bible not a critical look at other theories surrounding the existing or, supposed missing gospels. It is interesting but having poor working knowledge of the Bible, I had to listen very closely.

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By AH on 05-01-06

A poor attempt to disprove the Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code is a good work of fiction. Like most works of fiction it is based on some part truths and the rest is made up.This author seems to think that it is all part of a great plot to take people away from Christianity (not that the church needs much help in that today). And he takes much of the book to build up to that - it is fairly easy to see the way the book is heading from early on. The last chapter is the advertisment for Christianity and has nothing whatsoever to do with the Da Vinci Code.
The arguments deployed are weak and could just as easily be argued the other way to prove the theory. If this is the best that the church can come up with to disprove the Da Vinci Code there must be more to the Code that I thought. I started listening to the book with an open mind, suspecting that there would be some elements of truth in Brown's book and much made up. I am now left thinking that I want to read more to learn more about the Code; but not by this author.
Not a book I would recommend!

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