Summary: Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling 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 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 2,000 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’ life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable and changed the world forever….Read more.
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Bill O’Reilly: Killing Jesus Audio Book Summary
As the name suggests, Bill O’Reilly, on this occasion gives us an entire book on the day that Jesus was murdered, not from the religious point of view, but from the historical point of view.
The day Jesus was killed was the milestone that changed everything, so much so, that the history of mankind is divided into Before Christ and After Christ.
In fact, in order to make a close reconstruction of the facts, testimonies of the bible, documents of the historian Josephus, as well as the Roman accounts were extracted. Altogether, it was possible to recreate the stage of the world that Jesus saw.
Bill O’Reilly sometimes considers the four Gospels as historical documents and sometimes as religious books, there is a contradiction in it because of the first way would be a compilation of reliable facts and the second would be books of faith.
The book presents portraits of the Roman Empire, as well as of Jewish civilization. It includes rich descriptions of every important aspect of their lifestyle, where they lived, who they wore, how they thought, what they did, how they related, how they were governed, what their laws were, and so on.
On the other hand, are portrayed the main characters that led to the death of Christ, Pilate, Tiberius and Antipus of which was not known much earlier. Also, it helps to understand who was the historical personage of Caiaphas and what role he played. It is an excellent example to understand the death of Jesus in a more cohesive way with all those involved, but also to reach to glimpse a little more of the man who was in life.
Does not settle for research on the day that Christ died, also talks about the events after his death. The deaths of the disciples, that of Pontius Pilate and that of the high priests, are likewise related.
In its last chapters O’Reilly sets forth his own theory, concludes that Jesus was killed because the flow of money in the Temple ceased.
His theory from a strict point of view, does not contradict or content in the Gospels, but complements it. Jesus was murdered for his pretense and signs of being the Son of God, which disturbed rulers and religious enough to get rid of him. Bill O’Reilly added a political-economic conspiracy in which Jesus was a restrainer, interrupting religious and rulers to continue to rely on the flow of money they received from the Temple.
On the other hand, the major problem that is detected in this book is that the author launches freely to make conjectures that he presents as reliable facts, without presenting evidences or bibliographic sources, simply describes events that do not appear in the old or in The new testament, nor in the historical books.
It does not cite from where specific data come from his work, being that the historical should always be cited so that the reader can go to the source to obtain more complete information in case he is interested.
On the other hand, the book in audible version is narrated by O’Reilly himself, could not be otherwise, because no one knows his postulates like him, in the same way, the inflection of his voice enhances the plot. Sometimes details can be lost because of the speed of reading, but the same thing helps to be entertaining and capture the total attention.