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The Da Vinci Code: Historical Reality vs. Murder Mystery Mythology

by Dr. Ken Bailey

How & when was the Bible put together? Who really wrote the 4 gospels? Were secret documents left out? What was the real role of Constantine? Internationally renowned scholar, Rev. Dr. Ken Bailey, presents clear answers to these and other questions
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A novel is a novel, and novelists succeed through the skillful exercise of the imagination. However, this particular novel imagines the best of American scholarship (Harvard) and the finest of British scholarship (Oxford) agreeing on what are presented as facts regarding the origin of the Christian faith.

This one hour lecture was originally delivered at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA in April 2004. It succinctly reviews the origins of the four Biblical Gospels, the formation of the Canon, the council of Nicea, the role of Constantine and the emergence of the Gnostic gospels in the 3rd to 5th centuries. It then compares established historical facts with the imagination of the novelist that created the mystery thriller, The Da Vinci Code. In the 16th century Theodore Beza of Switzerland wrote, "The Bible is an anvil that has broken many hammers." This lecture reviews the facts of the "anvil" that are important for any fair evaluation of the claims of the various characters in the novel.

Kenneth E. Bailey, Th.D., an ordained Presbyterian scholar, is an author and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. He currently serves as the Canon Theologian of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. For forty years he taught in seminaries and institutes in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Cyprus. For ten years he was Research Professor of Middle Eastern New Testament Studies at the Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.

Dr. Bailey has published seven books and over 150 articles in the field of New Testament, and his writings have been translated into numerous languages. He is the author of the scripts for two professionally produced feature-length films. He continues publishing in the field of New Testament and is active as a lecturer across America and around the world. He resides in New Wilmington, PA.


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Rob Elder

Excellent resource for personal or classroom use
Though the DVD is almost totally a talking head, our adult church school class of 100 people found it to be very interesting. We played one half of the DVD the first week, leaving them in a little suspense, and in order to provide time for questions and a little discussion, and completed the second half of the video the second week. Responses were uniformly positive. People really appreciated Dr. Bailey's humility and erudition in one package! A few more graphics could help, but I previewed the video and both weeks supplied everyone with a one-page checklist of subjects that would be covered, which helped folks stay tuned to the presentation. An excellent resource. I would recommend it.

Ben Fernström

Very concise and informed about the birth of the NT
I have to agree with the others who liked this DVD. (It's not a CD even if it says so on the site in several places) Ken Bailey is as always very good and inspiring to listen to. I think I've seen most of his lecture videos and I keep drawing knowledge and insight from them.

Scott Leslie

A concise & interesting review of "real" history
Dr. Kenneth Bailey brings his intellect and experience in the Middle East to bear on the false history portrayed in the best-selling novel, The DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown. Using scholarly historical methodology, he identifies errors of fact and interpretation within the novel. Since few Americans have the background to study the issues involved, many will make the error of believing Brown's claims of historicity. Dr. Bailey leads the viewer to see that traditional history has much more fact behind it than the conjectural changes proposed by Brown's novel.

This is a great DVD for anyone interested in knowing more about the history and culture of the early church, as well as the theological debates concerning the person of Jesus. Historical figures come alive as Dr. Bailey sketches their personalities. I'll be using portions of this DVD in classes I teach and in explaining why I liked the story-telling of the novel, but not the alternative history Brown suggests.

Scott A. Leslie, Pastor;
First Presbyterian Church,
Allen, TX;

Dal Ferneyhough

Really great!
This lecture is up to Dr. Bailey's usual standards -- scholarly, but easy to follow and comprehend. This is a great summary of how the canon of Scripture was defined. It clearly exposes the false "history" presented in The Da Vinci Code. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to know the truth about how the books of the New Testament were selected and how historically accurate they are.

Joyce Mathews

Thank you for this concise answer to all my questions, now I can also answer questions.

david m. bailey

Yes, he is my dad and yes, I am biased, but this disc shows off how smart he is. it's kinda scary, really. I think he was tired the day this was recorded - it Takes him awhile to get warmed up - He's a lot more lively in person :-) This is truly great stuff even if you have not read the novel.

Thyge Enevoldsen

The Bailey CD regarding The DaVinci-Code is so great !
A VERY important and convincing CD regarding The DaVinci-code. The only sad thing is that we do not have it yet with danish translation/text. And I would like this CD or the message of this CD so much to be spread as widely as the novell itself. Thanks to Bailey and to CD-Baby. Keep going, please ! Greetings, Thyge Enevoldsen, Denmark.