Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code : A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine

by Bart D. Ehrman

I’ve been reading a little about Bart Ehrman in the blogosphere, so when I came across his response to The Da Vincie Code in the London Public Library system I requested a copy. Ehrman points out in his introduction what the character of his repsponse will be:
bq. Other [responses] (a greater number, evidently) are written by religious persons who want to “set the record straight” in case some of their co-religionists (evangelical Christians, mainly?) might be misled by some statements made in the book. These responses are find for what they are. *But what about a real response by somebody who is actually an expert in the area?*
During most of the book, Ehrman keeps his focus on Dan Brown’s work of fiction and lays the so-called facts bare for what they are… fiction. I was excited; however, that excitement turned to caution when Ehrman considered the “historical Jesus”. He concludes: “But Teabing is right on one key issue: our earliest and best sources do indeed understand Jesus to be a mortal prophet.”

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