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By Kimberly on 10-01-13
The Jesus story in context
Where does Killing Jesus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
If you are searching for a different take on the Jesus story... You won't find it here. (While NOT a religious book, the book follows the gospels.) Where it excels, is placing the events in historical and cultural context. By freeing the main character (Jesus) from the restraints of strictly gospel and putting him amid the political chaos, cultures, and religious traditions of the time; the story of Jesus simultaneously become more complex and yet amazingly simple. Most Christians are aware of the life and death of Jesus. Most are NOT aware of the politics and religious traditions of the day that led to the series of events chronicled in the gospels.A book aimed at the history buff more than the religious zealot.
What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?
Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy
Why: We know how it ends.
Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?
It was more about how all the characters work together to form the context of the death of Jesus that is most compelling.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Don't get the book to be inspired to believe nor to find some amazing nugget of faith. Get the book to better understand historical context; Jewish law, tradition, and historical politics; and how those things worked together to ensure the sacrifice.
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By CmH - HB, CA on 11-09-13
Another home run from O'Reilly
I don't care for O'Reilly on TV. Too much interrupting. As an author and narrator, he's great. As with his other "Killing" books (Kennedy and Lincoln), the author was able to put me in the action. Great book and a solid performance.
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