Dan Brown's international bestseller The Da Vinci Code has raised many questions in the minds of readers. - Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene? - Did he father a child with her? - Did Constantine suppress the earliest Gospels and invent the doctrine of Christ's divinity? -... read more
“Western culture is a Jesus-haunted culture, and yet one that is largely biblically illiterate. Almost anything can pass for knowledge of Jesus and early Christianity in such a culture.”
“Consider, for a moment, the effect it must have had on Galileans that that controversial teacher from Nazareth had both male and female disciples (the latter being unprecedented), and he even traveled from place to place with this entourage. Not only was this unprecedented, it was scandalous....the fact that Jesus both recruited women and allowed them to travel with him on ministry trips tells us that he intentionally took a new and more inclusive approach to women and their roles.”
“Both of these factors make perfectly clear that the Evangelist is not "inventing" the story. In a patriarchal culture the author wouldn't make up the notion that women were the first witnesses of the risen Jesus. And in a culture hungry for miracles, he avoids describing the greatest miracle of all — the resurrection of Jesus.”
“For those who hope to find an adequate theology of human sexuality, the goodness of creation or the full equality of men and women in Christ, the sign over the door of Nag Hammadi reads: 'Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.'”
Part One: Veni, Vidi Da Vinci
1. A Novel Idea?
2. No Weddings and a Funeral
3. Tell Me the Old, Old Story
4. His Story, History and the Canon's Story
Part Two: Mary Magdalene and the New Gnosticism
5. Something About Mary
6. Those in the Know
7. Doubting Tomas
Part Three: Did the Canon Misfire?
8. Consulting the Canon Professors
9. Reading Borg Again for the First Time
10. What If God Was One of Us?
Postscript — Truth Decay in the Twenty-first Century
A Select Bibliography
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