"The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown Book Review

"The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown
A book review which discusses various Christian themes in the novel "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown.
# 148448 | 1,234 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | PK
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Literature (American) , Religion and Theology (General) , History (General)

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This is a book review that provides an in depth summary of the novel "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown and finishes with a brief discussion on the Christian themes that present itself in the novel. The Christian themes discussed are on the historical accuracy and the legitimacy of his basic claims. Such things as the marriage of Jesus and the suppression of certain gospels are all themes that arise and are refuted or discussed by competing scholars on the subject.

Christian Themes

From the Paper:

"It is important to be aware that "The Da Vinci Code" is literary fiction; the appearance of historical accuracy is only superficial. Brown's book is a minefield of disinformation for the unwary reader. He disturbs scholars of history and theology alike with his claims to legitimate scholarship, when evidence suggests that his sources are often from latter-day mystics rather than from reliable academic research. (Burstein, 2004) There is, however, a consistent reality behind Dan Brown's fictionalized Church and art history: For instance, the Church has, indeed, suppressed alternative Gospels, many written by sects denounced as heretical a few centuries after Christ. (Brown, 2003)
"The discriminating reader may notice that the book is a somewhat formulaic mystery, and not a notably executed representative of the genre. Still, it was on The New York Times best-seller list for more than two years and was made into a film starring Tom Hanks. Brown's achievement is that he has made ecclesiastical history exciting for the general public. He has also created a cottage industry of refutation against his claims regarding apocryphal writings. While these early writings do suggest that Jesus intended a more active role for women than what subsequently developed, none claim that Jesus was married as the novel does. A married Jesus is, at best, an unlikely possibility among serious students of early biblical history. (Robinson, 2005)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. First published: New York: Doubleday, 2003.
  • Burstein, Dan, ed. Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind "The Da Vinci Code." New York: CDS Books, 2004.
  • Ehrman, Bart D. Truth and Fiction in "The Da Vinci Code." New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Robinson, James McConkey. The Coptic Gnostic Library: A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices. Boston: Brill, 2005.

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