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Killing Jesus: A History
Killing Jesus: A History
Killing Jesus: A History
Audiobook6 hours

Killing Jesus: A History

Written by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Narrated by Bill O'Reilly

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

3.5/5

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About this audiobook

Millions of people have thrilled to bestselling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history.

Now the iconic anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

Killing Jesus will take listeners inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever.

A Macmillan Audio production.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateSep 24, 2013
ISBN9781427233332
Killing Jesus: A History
Author

Bill O'Reilly

BILL O'REILLY is a trailblazing TV journalist who has experienced unprecedented success on cable news and in writing eighteen national number-one bestselling nonfiction books. There are more than eighteen million books in the Killing series in print. He lives on Long Island.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Killing Jesus is not a religious book. It is also not a history book. It is a work of historical fiction, blending legend, fact and creative liberty to tell the tale of Jesus as Christians believe it.Because of the engrossing narrative style of storytelling, it is often not evident where the facts end and the legends begin, but I accept that as a necessary evil of a work like this. If you are reading this book to reinforce your dogma or improve your raw historical knowledge, you will be let down. If you are reading this book for an entertaining story based on the life of one of the most important figures in history, one that makes you feel, think, wonder and mourn the way you might for a beloved character in a work of pure fiction, you are not likely to be disappointed. Killing Jesus is an engaging tale of how things might have happened, and you are right there with Jesus as a relatable figure watching the tale unfolds.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    As Xmas approaches This was sort of like reading abt the 'reason for the season' - I listened to the audiobook - that was hard going bcs I'm not an OReilly fan - just the sound of his voice made me suspicious and irritable - if you aren't either this is probably not the audiobook for you
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Probably historically accurate but large chunks of accounts of Jesus and the things he did according to the Biblical record are left out.

    The book begins with the birth of Jesus, but then segues into a history of Rome. The connection of the history of Roman rule and how it influenced the world Jesus grew up in was not apparent at first, leaving me to wonder why so much time was spent on Rome Though, granted, there are not many accounts of Jesus's life as a young boy. That said, I did learn a lot about Roman history and customs and how they influenced the culture of the time.

    I would have liked a bit more explanation of the Passover and the Seder and how and why the Jews prepared what foods they did for the Seder and what the symbolisms of those traditions and foods is. For all the history of Rome given, it seemed the history of the Jews was much less. (For example, I know there are 12 tribes of Israel, but very little is said about any of them other than the Levites.)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I was apprehensive about reading this book, but since I had read another of O'Reilly's books, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. What I took from this book is a lesson in history, of what the time was like when Jesus lived. Knowing the background of the region, the history of clashes between different peoples and members of society, helped me better to appreciate what Jesus accomplished. Surprisingly, this was not a particularly religious book. The authors do state that they are Christians, but they are very objective in sharing this historical era. Readers are left to decide on their own what they believe about the extraordinary life of Jesus.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I found most of this book quite boring. While I'm far from a Bible scholar, I found that I already knew most of the material that I would deem important. As for the new historical nuggets that were served up, I just didn't find them remotely compelling. I'm a bit surprised, because I really liked O'Reilly's earlier explorations involving the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Still, the author clearly did his research and made an effort to put Jesus' life into a coherent context.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I absolutely loved this book. Bill O'Reilly made the life of Jesus much more understandable. It didn't go into the religious teachings of Jesus, but rather His every day life as a Jewish man. Some of it is based off Biblical passages, and some are based off historical detail of what a Jewish man in that time did. Maybe I am a bit biased being a Christian, but I believe those who want to learn about the Jesus of the Bible would enjoy this book as well.