Presents an appraisal of some of the claims that are directly made or are embedded in the successful work of popular fiction by Dan Brown, ""The Da Vinci Code"". This wok discusses the historical truth behind the claims made in ""The Da Vinci Code"". It focuses on the historical Jesus, the development of the early Christian church, and more.
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Not only is this an excellent assessment of the book, it is an amazingly accessible and interesting distillation of New Testament scholarship. Ehrman offers a brief history of Charlemagne and the Council of Nicea, discussions of many non-canonical gospels, and most importantly insight into how professional historians view and assess ancient texts as historical documents. This is the kind of information that EVERY member of the Christian religion should know, but most don't.
The book also serves as a great introduction to early Christianity during Jesus's time through Constantine.
Ehrman provides a sensible, rational and scholarly look at some of the claims made by Brown et al.
Style: Not as straight-forward 1-2-3 as I prefer, but covers the territory.