Killing Jesus: A History (Unabridged)
by Martin Dugard & Bill O'Reilly
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Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take listeners inside Jesus' life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever.
Great content, but why would the publisher produce a six hour recoding in one long audio stream without at least inserting chapter breaks. I give the recording a 3 star owing to the poor production value.
Major Historical Problems
O'Reilly should stick to broadcasting and not history. This book is full of historical errors. Most notably that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. This has no historical basis and is merely Catholic tradition. Also, Aramaic was the every-day language spoken is Jesus' time while Hebrew was reserved for religious use, and O'Reilly even gets Jesus' age at time of death wrong. Skip this book.
I listened to the audio book Sunday and thought it was very informative as to how Jesus actually lived. I plan to listen to it several more times, I loved it!