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Chatter and Review: Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
Initially, I didn’t intend to buy this book. I read and enjoyed the other books by this duo, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, but the title of this one made me squirm. Still, I was intrigued after reading the first chapter.
Killing Jesus is historical. Not a religious book. It gives context and sensory texture to the background of the life of Christ, pulling eyewitness accounts from the Bible but also from sources of the day. Historian Josephus and Roman accounts of the times painted a rich scene. The authors used the dust of the roads, taste of the olives, and heat from the sun to give the reader a flavor of the world of Jesus. I learned about the harsh worlds of a soldier, the Roman Senate, and of treachery. The historical accounts of the deaths of the Disciples, of Pontius Pilate, and the high priests provided a satisfactory closure.
This book comes from the point of view of a man, his angers and fears. Insight into his emotion and possibly his thoughts caused me to consider the attributes of Jesus long after I read the last page. The individual’s faith determines whether the man, Jesus, was also the Son of God.
The conclusion is left up to the reader. The authors don't try to sway the reader one way or the other. Again, this is a historical accounting not religious.
Five Stars. For courage to write this book and for excellent writing. And count me in the column of Son of God.