***Breaking the Da Vinci Code
Answers to the Questions Everyone's Asking
by Darrell L. Bock, PhD
June 5, 2004.
Nelson Books, Nashville, Tennessee, 2004. 188 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (270.1 BOC).
I have to admit that I loved the book The Da Vinci Code,
as a gripping
and fascinating adventure story. However, I only enjoyed it as a work
of fiction, and I didn’t believe its assumptions for a minute. I got
my bachelor’s degree from Biola University, so I knew about the historicity
of the New Testament and didn’t think that the basic beliefs were made up
centuries after the facts.
I’m glad that Breaking the Da Vinci Code
is out and is also a bestseller.
Darrell L. Bock is a scholar who has studied the ancient documents of the
New Testament and the Gnostic writings for years. He looks at the historical
evidence to show that the assumptions of The Da Vinci Code
Christianity is based on a historical event, the Resurrection. This
event is testified to in the Gospels. Darrell Bock looks at the abundant
historical evidence that the church accepted the Gospels as authoritative
long before the Council of Nicea.
He also looks at the Gnostic writings that are used in The Da Vinci
to claim that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. He shows
how scarce any such evidence is. He does point out: “In a canon
supposedly selected to shut women out, the role of women is affirmed.
If the canon had really sought to suppress the role of women, then it would
have removed all evidence that women were the first to hear about Jesus’
resurrection, something none of the four Gospels do because they seek to
tell the story truthfully, even if it runs against the cultural grain of
the first century…. Nothing shows this affirmation more than the Resurrection
accounts. The story of the four Gospels stands in contrast to the culture
around them, which did not regard women as reliable enough to be witnesses.
All four Gospels insist that Jesus first appeared to women. This detail,
running against the larger, ancient culture as it does, is one of the key
evidences that these Resurrection stories were not invented by a church trying
to give Jesus a higher status than He really had. Had believers merely
invented these appearance-and-empty-tomb stories with the hope that they
would convince the culture about Jesus, they would not have unanimously picked
women to bear the story’s burden to be true.”
I hope that many people who have read The Da Vinci Code
read this book. The Da Vinci Code
is fiction, so it doesn’t
have to present evidence for its views. It makes an exciting tale, but
it’s good to see the evidence and know that it is only that: an exciting
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
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