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Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking [Paperback]

By Darrell L. Bock (Author)
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This text, now available in trade paper, distinguishes fictitious entertainment from historical elements of the Christian faith.

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Many who have read the New York Times bestseller 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: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking, 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? 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, now available in trade paper, distinguishes fictitious entertainment from historical elements of the Christian faith. For by seeing these differences, one can break the Da Vinci code.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785280146  
ISBN13  9780785280149  
UPC  020049075135  

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More About Darrell L. Bock

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, where he also serves as senior research professor of New Testament studies.

Benjamin I. Simpson (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of New Testament studies and director of resource development at the Washington, DC, campus of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Darrell L. Bock has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Biblical Theology of the New Testament
  2. Counterpoints: Bible and Theology
  3. NIV Application Commentary

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Reviews - What do customers think about Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking?

Almost as over hyped as Dan Brown's book  Mar 8, 2007
Has society become so stupid that we need our fictional novels explained to us now? The Da Vinci Code is a fun read but it's fiction. It's FICTION. Do you really need someone to explain that to you? I'm wondering Bock himself understands the difference between fiction and non-fiction.

Either way seems like Bock has found a way to milk even more cash out of people over this whole Da Vinci craze. And considering that I just saw him on television arguging over the Lost Tomb of Jesus. Well, I'm sure he'll come out with a book about that now. Get ready to fork over more money to him suckers.
GREAT  Jan 18, 2007
This book is really an essential. It covers everything from the theory of Jesus being married to Mary Magdalene, to the Canonization of the Bible, to the Secret Gnostic Gospels. A must read for those who have read the "Da Vinci Code"
Nice  Jul 3, 2006
I agree that the book "lost" its references somewhere.. but besides that, I have to say that the book contains a good material. In this not-too-long book, Bock has succesfully convey some thoughtful reasoning which should be carefully weighed by all who are interested in the isue. He put side by side arguments from both sides, e.g. why do some people believe that Mary Magdalene was married? He gave his considerations on it and then move on by giving arguments why he thinks that Mary Magdalene wasn't married.

To make this review short: all I want to say is.. yes, this book lacks references, probably because the author intended the book to be "welcoming" to all readers... but besides that, his thoughtful opinion deserves every sincere considerations. If you plan to buy another book alongside, this will serve as a good companion.
Concise, Informative, Straight to the Point  May 24, 2006
This book povides good analysis on who Mary Magdalene was and logically looking at the possibility of Jesus being married. It deals with the Gnostic documents reasonably, and gives a clear and fair account on how actually the Christian Bible came into being. This book answers key questions which could cloud the readers of The Da Vinci Code. A fair piece of work which gives an objective critique on the fascinating but misleading novel. Anyone who reads with rational mind (especially those who know Textual Criticism, History and Literature) would enjoy this intelligent work.
Solid Response to Fabricated History  May 6, 2006
hough The Da Vinci Code is a fictional novel, many scholars are concerned about the historical inaccuracies it depends upon. One of these scholars is Darrell Bock. "This is not merely any piece of fiction. The scope of what it claims as fast, the impression it leaves making those claims under the "cover" of fiction, and the fact that it addresses a significant subject for our culture's own self understanding make it important that its claims be assessed and/or appreciated." (6) In Breaking the Da Vinci Code, Dr. Bock seeks to break several of the underlying premises of the novel.

Beginning with a study on who was Mary Magdalane, the book has eight chapters examining the various claims of the novel. Dr. Bock draws from biblical texts, as well as non-biblical texts, to make his arguments. The book also deals with questions about whether Jesus was married, if his being single might make him un-Jewish, if the Gnostic gospels help us understand Jesus, how the New Testament assembled, and whether recent "scholarly" work accurately reflect the historical record.

Dr. Bock concludes that only "two historical claims of the novel stand: (1) women were elevated by what Jesus taught (although probably not as much as some would suggest), and (2) Mary Magdalene was not a prostitue. The remaining foundation of the novel is made of sand." (154) The final chapter provides the "Real Jesus Code," the gospel that Jesus taught and Mary Magdalane experienced. There is a brief appendix by an art professor, Robert Baldwin, which points out some of the art flaws in the novel. A glossary is found at the back of the book describing important themes and figures.

This book deals with most of the important questions raised by The Da Vinci Code. For the most part, responds with compelling academically backed arguments that are expressed in an accessible form. Despite having a great glossary, however, there is not much offered for additional resources outside of the book. Though Dr. Bock addresses Gnosticism, the explanation of it was somewhat lacking. Further lacking is an analysis of the "sacred feminine" that was so prevalent in the novel.

Breaking the Da Vinci Code is a noteworthy response to the popular novel. Though the analysis could have been expanded, Darrell Bock offers a devastating critique of the faulty historical foundation of Dan Brown's book.

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