Ben Witherington III , "The Gospel Code" [Audio Book]
Publisher: IVP and Hovel Audio, Inc | ISBN: 1596441488 | 6 Hours | Variable kbps MP3 AudioBook | 3 Files 228 MB | RS
|“||From Publishers Weekly|
The popularity of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code has caused Christian apologists to address what they consider to be its heresies and historical errors. Witherington, a New Testament scholar at Asbury Theological Seminary, intends in this volume to add his voice to the growing criticism of Brown's novel. Each chapter treats an issue—the formation of the canon, the "married Jesus" theory, etc.—and then offers a wealth of background material to support an evangelical Christian viewpoint. Drawing on his background in Christian theology and church history, Witherington explains his position in a lucid and sometimes whimsical style. He is particularly strong when exploring and explaining the processes of textual criticism and redaction, and in helping readers understand the flow of Christian history and the development of doctrine. The influence of Gnosticism, ancient and modern, likewise receives extensive treatment. The book closes with an appeal for a more rational, and less speculative, consideration of the Jesus story. Quite apart from its treatment of Brown's novel, this book is a fine exposition of mainstream evangelical teaching and merits wide readership.
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Many who read Dan Brown's bestselling novel, THE DA VINCI CODE, will be interested in Witherington's systematic and witty analysis of the novel's historical and interpretive inaccuracies. Though some of Witherington's argument seems a bit willfully in favor of mainstream Christianity, for the most part he is convincing, and he's made more so by Grover Gardner's masterful delivery. Gardner is especially suited for these expository works since he can deliver a dense lecture with pacing and emotional resonance, keeping this discussion of historical, literary, and religious interpretation vividly alive. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
|“||In a short word, if you are wondering how accurate the "facts" of the Da Vinci code are look no further than this book. Dr. Witherington destroys with relative ease the arguments used by the Da Vinci and similar desparate attempts to perverse Christianity with Gnostic thought.|
The book is generally readable, but there are a few technical discussions (such as a detailed history of the theology on the divinity of Jesus). I was especially impressed with the author's use of the documents in question, the gnostic literature. He goes to great length to demonstrate why the Bible and history eaily label the Mr. Brown (the author of the Da Vinci Code) as a liar or a careless historian (your choice). The author even points out how ignorant Mr. Brown is of history since Mr. Brown does not even seem to know the language of the Nag Hammadi books (shame on you Mr. Brown!).
The Gospel Code lists seven lapses in reason displayed by the "experts" in the Da Vinci Code fable. Dr. Witherington demonstrates conclusively that the Gnostic ideas involved in literature such as the "Gospel of Thomas" and the "Gospel of Mary" and so on are in complete contradiction with the literature found in the New Testament. He proves convincingly that historically these gnostic documents are dated much later than the New Testament documents, and far less reliable too (ie, copy errors, omissions, etc). Thus not only are "missing" these documents unreliable, but they were never considered as part of the cannon because they appeared after the Scriptures were being assembled. In addition, he refutes the arguments of the Da Vinci code using the documents themselves, and thus his use of logic is justified.
And before you try to label the author as a "hater of women," I suggest you read the book to see his view of women in ministry. The author also has a nice discussion as to why Jesus was not married, and then explains why it would not be a problem even if He were.
Interestingly, the author also shows that these gnostic documents are very anti-Jewish, making it impossible to believe that the early chruch (composed mostly of Jews) would believe them to be inspired texts. Amazing what a little knowledge of history can do ...
He also recounts the theories of people who feel that the gnostic gospels were "unfairly' rejected from the cannon. But what is amazing is that from their own writings Dr. Witherington reveals the true reason these "scholars" want to add gnostic thought to the Bible (read the book to find out why!).
In conclusion, this is a very readable, scholarly work that will answer conclusively the false claims of Mr. Browns Da Vinci Code. To anyone who loves the Scriptures, or who seriously want to know if the claims of the Da Vinci Code are true, I suggest you read this book.