Item description for Beyond Da Vinci by Greg Jones...
Overview An informed, factual, and comprehensive response to Dan Brown's blockbuster best-seller, The DaVinci Code. Beyond DaVinci tackles the essential historical and theological errors at the heart of this fictional novel. It includes a great deal of fascinating insights into the roles of women in early church history, the beliefs, work, and sexuality of Leonardo DaVinci, Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Mary, the sacred feminine in Old and New Testament theology, and whether it matters if Jesus were married or celibate.
Publishers Description An informed, factual, and comprehensive response to Dan Brown's blockbuster best-seller, The Da Vinci Code. Beyond Da Vinci tackles the essential historical and theological errors at the heart of this fictional novel.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Studio: Seabury Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.36" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Seabury Books
ISBN 1596270004 ISBN13 9781596270008
Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond Da Vinci?
Helpful separation of truth from fiction Nov 15, 2006
For many, The Da Vinci Code has raised questions about the truthfulness of various aspects of the Christian creed, as well as specific historical incidents and their impact on the modern faith. Although several books are already in the marketplace that aim to separate truth from fiction in The Da Vinci Code, this is one of the most readable, shortest, and best researched.
The author is an Episcopal priest, who draws on his own seminary studies, more recent library research, and commentaries by noted specialists in the Bible and early Christianity to answer many of the questions that the average reader of The Da Vinci Code might raise.
The book is arranged by topic and generally follows the flow of the plot line in The Da Vinci Code. Therefore, it could serve as a convenient companion for those reading the novel for the first time.
The author of this explanatory volume hopes that the tremendous popularity of The Da Vinci Code will spark interested readers in doing some basic research themselves, in the holy scriptures, early Christian history, and the current positions of the various Christian denominations.
I heartily recommend this book.
Superb book in its own right Jul 19, 2006
I read "The Da Vinci Code" a few years when it had just been published. I had read Dan Brown's first three books and enjoyed them, so I bought "The Da Vinci Code" as soon as it was out. I read it as a novel - a work of fiction - so the "revelations" about the early Christian church didn't disturb me too much or challenge my faith. It was only later, after it became obvious that the book was disturbing to many people, that I started looking into Mr. Brown's "facts" about the early church.
Of the rebuttals to "The Da Vinci Code" that I have read, "Beyond Da Vinci" is easily the best. It is brief, to-the-point, and very well written. Greg Jones does a superb job of tracking down the facts. He demonstrated that Dan Brown's scholarly research consisted mainly of using already discredited works or just plain hoaxes. The Priory of Sion is key to "The Da Vinci Code," but Dan Brown had to have known that the Priory was a hoax and that the perpetrators had long ago confessed to their role in an elaborate self-serving scheme to enrich themselves. After reading "Beyond Da Vinci, I am frankly very dubious of Mr. Brown's motives in denigrating the Christian church and casting doubts on its fundamental beliefs. Granted, "The Da Vinci Code" is a work of fiction and the author is not held to the same standards as a writer of history, but Mr. Brown claimed that he had done extensive serious research as background for his novel. That makes me angry.
Whatever. "Beyond Da Vinci" is a superb book even without the references to "The Da Vinci Code." In only 142 pages (plus afterword and bibilography), Greg Jones gives a fascinating, easy to read, concise history of the early Christian church. The bibliography is excellent, and I definitely plan to read some of the works cited.
The best of the DaVinci commentaries Apr 22, 2006
This book is short, concise, and understandable! The author presents the facts openly, and shows the flaws when they are there. Interestingly enough, when reading another Da Vinci commentary, I found the latter book making some of the same mistakes as Dan Brown, because they had not gone to the closest to original sources as does this writer. If you are interested in what is real and not in the fictional "code" - I highly recommend this book.
Excellent, thoughtful book Sep 10, 2004
Regardless of whether you are a Da Vinci Code fan or detractor (and doesn't everybody have an opinion by now) you will find Greg Jones book an invaluable companion. Jones, a rising start in the Episcopal Church, takes on Dan Brown not in an angry or defensive way, but in the best tradition of spirited intellectual debate. Jones is so well read and his presentation so clear and entertaining, this book belongs on the shelf of anyone iterested in religion, let alone readers of Da Vinci Code.
The Best of the Da Vinci Code Responses -- Open and Faithful Aug 25, 2004
"In Beyond Da Vinci, Jones does a convincing job of taking on the Da Vinci Code's "facts" and does a noble job of extending the conversation. The result is a cogent description of the real facts about Christianity and Christian scholarship from an open-minded but rigorous priest and scholar." - Dean H. King (author of Skeletons on the Zahara - Little Brown)
"Unlike fundamentalist attacks on "The Da Vinci Code," Greg Jones thoughtfully employs the best of contemporary scholarship to explore the claims made by the bestselling novel about the Christian faith. The result is a generous, intelligent, and truthful." -- Diana Butler Bass (author of Strength for the Journey, Jossey Bass)
"Greg Jones walks a fine line exceptionally well. Without denying the distortion of the Gospel's liberating message by centuries of church-sanctioned sexism, Jones shows us that fiction passed off as non-fiction doesn't help the cause. Jones makes it clear we need not throw the baby out with the baptismal water." --- Chloe Breyer (author of The Close, Basic Books)