Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code by Bart D. Ehrman Summary
In his staggeringly popular work of fiction, Dan Brown states up front that the historical information in the The Da Vinci Code is all factually accurate. But is this claim true? As historian Bart D. Ehrman shows in this informative and witty book, The Da Vinci Code is filled with numerous historical mistakes. Did the ancient church engage in a cover-up to make the man Jesus into a divine figure? Did Emperor Constantine select for the New Testament--from some 80 contending Gospels--the only four Gospels that stressed that Jesus was divine? Was Jesus Christ married to Mary Magdalene? Did the Church suppress Gospels that told the secret of their marriage? Bart Ehrman thoroughly debunks all of these claims. But the book is not merely a laundry list of Brown's misreading of history. Throughout, Ehrman offers a wealth of fascinating background information--all historically accurate--on early Christianity. He describes, for instance, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls ; outlines in simple terms how scholars of early Christianity determine which sources are most reliable; and explores the many other Gospels that have been found in the last half century. In his engaging book, Ehrman separates fact from fiction, the historical realities from the flights of literary fancy. Anyone who would like to know the truth about the beginnings of Christianity and the real truth behind The Da Vinci Code will find this book riveting.
Discussing the Da Vinci Code by Lee Strobel,Garry Poole Summary
This first-ever DVD-driven small group study guide stimulates animated discussion over one of today's hottest topics--whether the "The Da Vinci Code" novel and movie unearth explosive facts or are inaccurate depictions of ancient events.
Exploring the Da Vinci Code by Lee Strobel,Garry D. Poole Summary
Exploring the Da Vinci Code takes you on a fascinating journey to London, Paris, and California with Lee Strobel and Garry Poole as they investigate the claims made by Dan Brown in his novel, The Da Vinci Code. It provides quick, straightforward answers to the most troubling aspects of the popular novel and major motion picture, which is scheduled to release in theatres May 19, 2006. This outreach book is designed so readers can give multiple copies to friends, family, coworkers—anyone who may be struggling with the misconceptions fostered by The Da Vinci Code. Exploring the Da Vinci Code is not to be confused with Zondervan’s DVD Group discussion resource, Discussing the Da Vinci Code. The latter links a DVD to a group discussion guide and equips group members to personally combat the misunderstandings that many readers of The Da Vinci Code have.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Summary
MORE THAN 80 MILLION COPIES SOLD Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.
Unveiling the Da Vinci Code by Bo Kirkwood Summary
Unveiling the Da Vinci Code is a critique of Dan Brown's enormously popular book written from a "layman's" perspective. It attempts to sort out the truth from the fiction. The true purposes of the Priory of Sion, what really occurred at the Council of Nicea, and Gnosticism are among several topics discussed.
Da Vinci Code + 16 Page Inferno Teaser by Dan Brown Summary
Harvard Professor Robert Langton, visiting Paris, is called in when the curator of the Louvre is murdered. Alongside the body is a series of baffling codes. Langton and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, are amazed to find a trail that leads to the works of Da Vinci - and beyond.
Breaking the Da Vinci Code by Darrell L. Bock Summary
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.
The Gospel According to the Da Vinci Code by Kenneth Boa,John Alan Turner Summary
Examines the misconceptions about early Christianity throughout "The Da Vinci Code" and discusses the worldview presented in the novel, as well as Dan Brown's other writings, and how modern Christianity can respond to it.
The Da Vinci Code (The Young Adult Adaptation) by Dan Brown Summary
Dan Brown’s mega-bestseller is now available for a new generation of readers. This young adult adaptation is the perfect way to get ready for Origin, the latest novel featuring the character Robert Langdon. It will remind fans everywhere why the New York Times calls The Da Vinci Code “blockbuster perfection.” Includes over twenty color photos showing important locations, landmarks, and artwork, taking readers from Paris to London and beyond! The greatest conspiracy of the past two thousand years is about to unravel. Robert Langdon, professor of religious symbology at Harvard, is in Paris to give a lecture. At the reception that follows, he is scheduled to meet with a revered curator from the world-famous Louvre museum. But the curator never shows up, and later that night Langdon is awakened by authorities and told that the curator has been found dead. He is then taken to the Louvre—the scene of the crime—where he finds out that baffling clues have been left behind. Thus begins a race against time, as Robert Langdon becomes a suspect and, with the help of French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, must decipher a mystifying trail of clues that the two come to realize have been left specifically for them. If Robert and Sophie cannot solve the puzzle in time, an ancient truth could be lost forever—and they themselves might end up as collateral damage. Praise for the adult edition of The Da Vinci Code “WOW . . . Blockbuster perfection. An exhilaratingly brainy thriller. Not since the advent of Harry Potter has an author so flagrantly delighted in leading readers on a breathless chase and coaxing them through hoops.”—The New York Times “A new master of smart thrills. A pulse-quickening, brain-teasing adventure.”—People
The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code by Sharan Newman Summary
Millions have been enthralled by The Da Vinci Code's fascinating historical speculations-and the blockbuster novel's audience has also made bestsellers of several books offering to separate the facts from the fiction. This comprehensive, encyclopedic volume is written by an acclaimed medievalist-and takes an objective, history-based approach to the phenomenon and the questions it has raised. The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code gives easy-to-find, clear answers about the people, places, and events that play roles in Dan Brown's tantalizing thriller in a lively, encyclopedic format-shedding new light on some of the deepest mysteries of the Dark Ages.
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown Summary
World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable; a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a cen
The Da Vinci Code by Shirley Bell Summary
A thoughtful, well-written and entertaining discussion of the often speculative background to Dan Brown's best-selling novel. The intriguing backdrop to the The Da Vinci Code has proved even more interesting to many than the modern thriller that plays out against a canvas of history, interpretations of archaeological findings, ancient documents discovered in the Middle East, and speculations about the life and relationships of Jesus Christ. This fascinating book offers the questing mind an opportunity to look behind the story at the unfolding possibilities of its compelling background. Dan Brown's book would hardly have caused such a stir were readers not already questioning some of the dogma of their own belief systems. The author has written several books on a variety of subjects and is the former head of a university Department of English and the retired director of its publishing division.
The Da Vinci Code Revisited by Christopher H.K. Persaud Summary
Dan Browns staggering bestseller, The Da Vinci Code has sold over 80 million copies since it was released in 2003. Expediently classified as a work of fiction, Brown nevertheless intimates that his book is about historical fact and about a conspiracy by mainstream Christian leaders to suppress the truth about the origins of the faith, its development over the centuries, and its central figure . . . the Galilean Jesus Christ! Everything the world has been taught about traditional Christianity, Brown claims, is based on falsehood. Numerous responses, many of them incisive and persuasive, have been produced to challenge Dan Browns historically inaccurate and nonsensically speculative endeavors at maligning the greatest religious system the world has ever known. The Da Vinci Code Revisited comprehensively debunks The Da Vinci Code farce. Unlike other undertakings to refute Dan Browns misrepresentations and outright lies, however, The Da Vinci Code Revisitedin addition to addressing Browns preposterous claims head-oncounters his arguments with an insightful presentation of the Christian Gospel. The result is not only the availability of an antidote for The Da Vinci Codes corrosive ideology, but an invitation to the reader to contemplate the incontrovertibly truthful teachings of the Holy Bible and its sure message of salvation for lost mankind. If the warped conceptualizations and despicable lies peddled in Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code have been promoted once, they have been promoted once too often! The fact that over 80 million copies of Browns book have been sold attests to the painful realization that the toxicant ideas advanced by this shameless excuse for a religious scholar have been imposed upon very many credulous and uninformed people around the world. You owe it to yourself to read The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Refutation of the Widespread, Sinister Lie! Know the truth!
Dan Brown: Author of the Da Vinci Code by Laura Malfere Summary
ABOUT THE BOOK Anybody who takes the time to stay up to date with popular literature will have heard of the author Dan Brown, but not everyone is aware of who he is and what he does. As the famous author of the thriller series that included The Da Vinci Code, Brown has produced masterpieces that stand on the shelves of novel lovers everywhere. As well as authoring several popular books, Brown is well known for promoting an alternative approach to Christianity. Religion is a theme that is featured throughout the books he writes, sometimes in a way that has drawn in criticism from theologians. Despite this, Brown has declared in several interviews that his life is one big spiritual journey that he feels will never end. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK Brown graduated from Phillips Exeter in 1982, at which point he went on to continue his education at Amherst College. Brown's time there saw him became a successful college squash player, as well as a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. It was not until Brown chose to spend a year of his education in Seville, Spain, that he began focusing on the works of Leonardo da Vinci, an interest that led to the main themes in his books. Brown later returned to Amherst College to complete his education, eventually graduating in 1986 with a degree in English and Spanish. After obtaining his degree, Brown had a brief stint as an unsuccessful singer and song writer. He attempted to establish himself in Los Angeles, producing and releasing several children's albums. Although he had considerable talent as a song writer, he could not stand up against the other talents in LA, but this was to lead to his future literary success. It was there that he met his wife Blythe, who would later be the person who spurred him towards his achievements as an author... Buy a copy to keep reading!
The Da Vinci Code Travel Journal by Dan Brown Summary
Let your journey begin with the official Da Vinci Code travel journal. Retrace Robert Langdon’s footsteps and experience the mysteries of The Da Vinci Code with a travel journal created from the most popular novel in the world. This journal includes an itinerary based on the locations traversed by the book's protagonists, excerpts from the novel devoted to each significant site and work of art, and plenty of lined pages for jotting down observations as you experience these phenomena firsthand. 160 pages, 5 1/2 x 7 inches, perfect bound with an elastic band closure