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208 pages
Jul 2004
InterVarsity Press

The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci

by Ben Witherington III

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First, a suggestion: have your Bible handy, you will need it as The Gospel Code has amazing depth. I was intrigued just by reading the reviews on the back cover, expressing thankfulness to Ben Witherington for writing this book. I had heard of Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, and was not convinced of its truth.

Witherington uses scripture itself to decry claims made by Brown, such as Jesus had been married and fathered a child. Being a young Christian myself, I have not had the time to obtain the Biblical wisdom needed to refute these theories myself.

Chapter by chapter, the author rebukes the false ideas found not only in The Da Vinci Code, but previous books making similar claims. He provides ample scripture references that support every argument, and additionally references quotes from Brown’s book to demonstrate the actual error. The addition of a glossary and notes adds to the study of the Gospel of Jesus and makes the reader’s journey smoother.

Pastors and churches would do well to have this book in their libraries. It is a great study of the life of Christ for any Christian wanting a deeper knowledge. To thoroughly absorb all there is in this book, an in-depth study is preferred but not necessary. All Christians, young and old alike, should read this book. Bravo, Ben Witherington! -- Tammy Hornbeck, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

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?
  • Do the Gnostic Gospels represent the true Christian faith which the early church sought to supplant?

The Da Vinci Code, in blurring the lines between fact and fiction, popularizes the speculations and contentions of numerous more serious books that are also attracting wide attention. How should we respond to claims that we now have documents that reveal secrets about Jesus, secrets long suppressed by the church and other religious institutions? Do these new documents successfully debunk traditional views about Jesus and early Christianity?

Ben Witherington III confronts these claims with the sure-footedness of a New Testament scholar, yet in the plain language that any interested reader can follow. He takes us back to the early centuries after Jesus' death and tells us what we can really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels and their Gnostic rivals.