Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly

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25 Critic Reviews

A pleasing read if you’re inclined toward the authors’ selective views. Otherwise, the four Gospels will do just fine.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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

Now the 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 readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable - and changed the world forever.

 

About Bill O'Reilly

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Bill O’Reilly is the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor, the highest-rated cable news show in the country. He is the author of several number-one bestselling books, including Killing Lincoln.  Dwight Jon Zimmerman has adapted books for young readers by distinguished authors such as Dee Brown and James McPherson. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
 
Published September 24, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.. 305 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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All: 25 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 15

Kirkus

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on Oct 21 2013

A pleasing read if you’re inclined toward the authors’ selective views. Otherwise, the four Gospels will do just fine.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Selina O'Grady on Dec 18 2013

O'Reilly and Dugard have swallowed hook, line and sinker the gospel writers' antipathy to the Pharisees. They seem unaware that in Jesus's time the Pharisees were in fact a newish, radicalising group, trying to wrest control of the Jewish religion from the stranglehold of the Sadducees...

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Travis Michael on Oct 18 2013

Bill O’Reilly the author was entirely focused on the historical figure of Jesus of Galilee and the overall socio-economic climate of that time period, to the point that he has created a valuable piece of theological/historical work, worthy of any top shelf designation.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Judy Gigstad on Oct 25 2013

O’Reilly and Dugard have produced a historical treatment, well-documented by research, that will impress both Christian and non-Christian readers alike. I highly recommend KILLING JESUS.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Wes Vernon on Sep 25 2013

Nevertheless, this narrative moves right along, boiled down to its essentials — not easy given the huge cast of characters in what is billed as the true story of “the execution of the most influential man who ever lived.”

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Joel L. Watts on Sep 25 2013

Simply put, there is nothing here beyond an attempt at agenda-driven drivel produced for the lowest common denominator. I wish I had my day back.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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on Oct 27 2013

The discrepancies in the Gospels are much more due to the evangelists' choices than to the fact that the first histories of Jesus were oral. Mr. O'Reilly seems not to know this basic fact of Scripture scholarship...For all of this, I cannot say that the book is not an interesting read. It is. Mr. O'Reilly has a way with words.

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USA Today

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Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on Sep 23 2013

...they have nothing original to say about Jesus or the Jewish leaders who pushed their Roman rulers to execute the young troublemaker and blasphemer.

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Nights and Weekends

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Reviewed by Kristin Dreyer Kramer on Mar 01 2014

In examining the life and death of Jesus, O’Reilly and Dugard have put together a fascinating factual account. And though it has its share of distractions, Killing Jesus is still a captivating (and often moving) audio exploration of the Easter story.

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AuthorsDen

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Reviewed by J.S. Bradford on Oct 22 2013

The crucifixion scenes and the aftermath are set forth with descriptive precision. There is no question that Killing Jesus has been thoroughly researched. The research, in the end, is the quality that makes the book an informative and valuable reading experience.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

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Reviewed by Anthony Le Donne on Nov 01 2013

In their best attempts to provide texture, O’Reilly and Dugard portray Jesus as a holier-than-thou Gandalf crusading for piety in a world of big-government corruption. Unfortunately, their best is unintelligent and boring.

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The Gospel Coalition

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Reviewed by Andreas J. Köstenberger on Oct 12 2013

O’Reilly and Dugard seem to try to be fair and balanced and to keep an open mind with regard to the sources and historicity. The book is readable and will no doubt find an interested audience. At the same time, this is obviously not a scholarly work and does not substitute for responsible academic research.

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The Aquila Report

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Reviewed by Timothy J. Hammons on Jan 29 2014

O’Reilly treats the entire episode as if it was completely void of God’s hand...This is where the book falls short. I’m actually quite glad that it does because I can recommend the book for its historical depiction of the events and culture of the day, without having to worry about O’Reilly’s bad theology shinning through.

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The Aquila Report

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Reviewed by Paula Rodriguez on Dec 03 2013

O’Reilly’s biggest problem is that he does not appear to understand what Jesus’s purpose on earth really was or what he actually accomplished.

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http://www.ldsmag.com

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Reviewed by Rachelle Funk on Jan 20 2014

...I don’t think that we can consider this book the final word on the subject, although the authors almost seem to give the impression that it should be.

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Quick Book Reviews

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on Dec 12 2013

With an open mind you can use the information here to build on and add to your pre-existing beliefs. If you aren’t a religious person in the slightest, then Killing Jesus would be best described as a historical book written in an entertaining fashion that will teach you loads about Jesus, the human being.

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Book Nut

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on Apr 12 2014

...about halfway though I'd had enough, and bailed on it. I'm still interested in the life of Jesus, and there are other books out there still left to read. Hopefully, they'll be better.

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Challies

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Reviewed by Tim Challies on Sep 25 2013

Killing Jesus is not a bad book as much as it is an incomplete book. As history it is compelling, but of all historical events, none has greater spiritual significance than the life and death of Jesus Christ. And this is the story they miss.

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Lunch

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Reviewed by JSMaresca on Nov 25 2013

Overall, the book documents some important but little known aspects of the life and times of Christ showing the BC and post death periods in Rome and Judea.

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Mike Kueber's Blog

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Reviewed by Mike Kueber on Oct 30 2013

O’Reilly recently wrote an illustrated children’s version of Killing Kennedy. Killing Jesus already fits that mold, with light, popular reading, but it provides almost nothing in terms of in-depth thinking or insights.

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Cold Read Blog

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Reviewed by craigmaas on Oct 04 2013

This book isn’t going to change anyone’s mind about Jesus but it does a good job of placing him in his times. Times that were brutal and paranoid. It may be the theme of the book: history has not changed people.

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Renew America

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Reviewed by Michael Bresciani on Oct 03 2013

Mr. O'Reilly's book is generally on point, but my best advice for anyone who wants to know more about Jesus Christ is to go directly to the Bible, starting with the gospels.

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Renew America

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Reviewed by Michael Bresciani on Mar 03 2013

Calling any part of the scripture allegory and then speaking as an authority on it is dangerously close to high nonsense and while it may be happily heralded by secularists it will be summarily rejected by most anyone who trusts the bible explicitly.

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Raised on Hoecakes

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Reviewed by Anon on Oct 15 2013

Bill O’Reilly’s new book Killing Jesus is a three hundred page missive that sells for about seventeen bucks when purchased through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Trust us when we say that you can get more, better and softer toilet paper for that amount of money.

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Hardwired

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Reviewed by James W. Miller on Sep 25 2013

The book alternates between a fairly straightforward retelling of the biblical story with only minor narrative expansion, and a fairly unsurprising retelling of the details of the Roman Empire.

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