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DISPROVED: the outrageous anti-Christian falsehoods popularized by the bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code

For more than a year, Dan Brown’s #1 New York Times besteller, The Da Vinci Code, has been entertaining readers with its dark tale of a conspiracy to suppress the supposed “truth” about Jesus and early Christianity — a “truth” which the novel, on its very first page, insists is historical fact, not fiction. Among the novel’s central claims: that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had children by her.

Now, in Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking, New Testament scholar Prof. Darrell Bock dismantles the reckless, quasi-nonfiction claims made in Brown’s novel — and shows how they are misleading millions of unsuspecting readers, many of them Christians. Posing each of Brown’s claims in the form of a question, Professor Bock examines them one by one — including:

  • Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene, and did he have children by her? Has their bloodline really been traced by “scores of historians”?
  • Would being single really make Jesus “un-Jewish”?
  • Did the Catholic Church really suppress the fact that Christ’s “family” fled to France as a way to protect his claims to divinity?
  • Did Leonardo da Vinci really stumble on a Vatican plot to conceal the truth about Jesus, and then expose it in his famous painting of the Last Supper?
  • Did the Bible really emerge as a “power play” document in the early fourth century under the emperor Constantine, after Christianity finally won its battle with paganism?
  • Do the unbiblical “Gnostic Gospels” really reveal truths about Jesus that the church and New Testament have hidden from us?
  • Was the role of women suppressed in the early centuries of the Christian faith?
  • In other words: did the church lie?

The short answer to these questions: no. The full answers take the form of Bock’s sound and scholarly refutation of Dan Brown’s outrageous falsehoods. “This book is my effort to clarify the difference between virtual reality and historical likelihood,” writes Bock, a professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. “In other words, I hope clearly to distinguish between fictitious entertainment and historical elements of the Christian faith. . . . Each chapter will probe what we know, how we know it, and what we have to think about together. We will review ancient texts, for they unlock much of the history that The Da Vinci Code attempts to portray.”

“A must for all who are confused by Brown’s portrayal of fiction as fact”
“A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the pernicious nature of The Da Vinci Code. Darrell Bock shines the light of history on Dan Brown’s conspiracy theories and turns up a mixture of fascinating possibilities, wishful thinking, overblown claims, and outright errors. But more importantly, he reveals the book’s hidden agenda: to transform the very character of the Christian faith.” — David Neff, Editor & Vice-President, Christianity Today

“From my Roman Catholic tradition, I am happy to join Darrell Bock and his Protestant tradition to affirm that The Da Vinci Code does not have a leg to stand on in its attempt to dethrone the two-thousand-year-old Christian story of what God has done for us in and through Jesus Christ.” — Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., Dean, School of Theology and Religious Studies, Catholic University of America, from his Foreword

“Breaks through the cloud of conspiracy theories surrounding documents and practices of the early church. Darrell Bock’s hard work provides readers with an easy entry into territory that would otherwise be dauntingly confusing.” — Frederica Mathewes-Green, author and contributor National Review and First Things

“A veritable demolition job on a structure that deserves to be so dismantled.” — Larry W. Hurtado, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study of Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh

“Thorough and convincing. . . . For every Christian who has read The Da Vinci Code this volume is an essential companion.” — Gary M. Burge, Ph.D., Wheaton College and Graduate School

“Essential reading for those who want the true story about Jesus and his follower and who want to properly decode and debunk the speculative ruminations of The Da Vinci Code.” — Michael J. Wilkins, Professor of New Testament, Biola University (CA)

“A welcome literary antitode to literary poison.” — Paul L. Maier, historian and author of The Very First Easter

“Succinct and eminently readable. A must for all who are confused by Brown’s portrayal of fiction as fact.” — Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Member Book Reviews

AS you well know, this is highly controversial. To believe this would boggle one’s mind, however, there are those that do. It infuriates several, yet causes them to think, and this can be a good thing. Christ was toooooo dedicated to his ministry to even concieve of being married. To anyone. He had a job to do, divine purpose to fill, and a Father to follow. Why disgrace the name of the Son of God like this?Outrage. Totally

Andrew B.
This is a sad attempt to disprove supposed claims of truth made in The Da Vince Code. The statement on the first page of the book reads states in no way shape or form that all the information in the book is true, it simply outlines some aspects of the book that are fact. Those who questions their faith upon reading The Da Vince Code should ask themselves whether it was really “faith” in the first place. I think there are other pieces of evidence in this world that should cause one to thest their faith a little more than Dan Browns Novel.

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