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The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci
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The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci


IVP 2004

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Dan Brown’s international bestseller The Da Vinci Code has raised many questions in the minds of readers.

  • Was Jesus really married to Mary Magdalene?
  • Did he father a child with her?
  • Did Constantine suppress the earliest Gospels and invent the doctrine of Christ’s divinity?
  • Do the Gnostic Gospels represent the true Christian faith which the early church sought to supplant?

The Da Vinci Code, in blurring the lines between fact and fiction, popularizes the speculations and contentions of numerous more serious books that are also attracting wide attention. How should we respond to claims that we now have documents that reveal secrets about Jesus, secrets long suppressed by the church and other religious institutions? Do these new documents successfully debunk traditional views about Jesus and early Christianity?

Ben Witherington III confronts these claims with the sure-footedness of a New Testament scholar, yet in the plain language that any interested reader can follow. He takes us back to the early centuries after Jesus’ death and tells us what we can really know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the canonical Gospels, and their Gnostic rivals.

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Key Features

  • Biblical perspective on The Da Vinci Code
  • Based on scholarly research
  • Accessible to the general reader

Praise for the Print Edition

In these few pages, an eminent New Testament scholar not only explodes the follies of The Da Vinci Code but also dissects the claims of certain scholars to find in the Gnostic Gospels a historically authentic Jesus and an alternative Christianity. Timely and compelling!

William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Unlike so many critiques that carefully mince words, Ben Witherington explains exactly why currently popular attempts to treat the historical Jesus in a revisionist manner are so wide of the mark. Beginning with a bang by noting ’seven deadly errors’ right on through the conclusion, Witherington pulls no punches while showcasing his wonderful sense of humor. Here the reader is treated to an excellent evaluation, making points that many of us wish were made far more frequently. This book is simply a delightful read.

Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy, Liberty University

Ben Witherington won’t stop at refuting the historical errors of The Da Vinci Code. He will not rest until he refutes the novel’s spiritual error as well. Witherington names the narcissism at the heart of the Gnostic revival and offers the New Testament's God-centered good news in its place.

—David Neff, editor, Christianity Today

Product Details

  • The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 208

About the Author

Ben Witherington III is Amos professor for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland.