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ABC News Presents - Jesus Mary and DaVinci
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Discover The Truth Behind The Mystery The best-selling novel The DaVinci Code has sparked a vigorous debate by raising a number of provocative questions, most notably, was the historical Jesus really a married man? Could he have even been father? Do his direct descendants still survive today? In this ABC News special, Elizabeth Vargas explores these and other controversial theories about the lives of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, who some scholars believe was not a prostitute, as she is often portrayed, but rather Jesus' wife and perhaps even the mother of his child. Vargas travels to the Holy Land, Italy, Scotland, Franceand other locations around the world to investigate what evidence exists to support some of these extraordinary claims in an effort to separate fact from legend.
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The DVD is 55 minutes long and covers the following issues:
Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?
How important a leader was Mary Magdalene and how did the church portray her through the centuries?
What secret messages did Da Vinci try to convey through the painting of the Last Supper?
What is the relationship between the Holy Grail and Mary Magdalene?
What is the Priory of Sion?
Is there evidence of a Merovingian legacy of descendants?
Vargas does a good job of summarizing the basic arguments of the Da Vinci Code (e.g. Dan Brown); I'm happy that she also interviewed scholars like Darrel Bock and Richard McBrien, who may disagree vehemently with the claims made by the novel, Da Vinci Code. I'm also glad that at the end, Vargas mentions that there is no conclusive historical evidence which supports the claims made by the Da Vinci Code (esp. the Merovingian descendants from the supposed marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.)
I really like this DVD because it brings out the issues brought out by the Da Vinci code in a simple and clear manner, it provides interviews with Dan Brown and notable scholars, and it gives you an visual image of the Last Supper painting and explains Dan Brown's arguments in his Da Vinci Code novel.
If you're fascinated with the Da Vinci Code, you will enjoy this documentary. Even if you totally disagree with the claims made by the Da Vinci code, you would also benefit from it. I find it very helpful for leading discussions for people who are interested in analyzing the claims made by the Da Vinci Code.
I like this documentary the best, among the several documentaries I've seen which talk about the Da Vinci Code. I like it for its clear presentation, its fairly balanced treatment, and its organization of the subject matter.
Basically, Mr. Brown propagates the same fraudulent information that he inherits from his uncritical use of 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail'. Not very good form for someone who claims his fictional novel is based on 'fact'. There are numerous other errors, misrepresentation, and outright fabrications in Mr. Brown's book that aren't adequately addressed in 'Jesus, Mary, and Da Vinci'. Those who are truly interested in some solid, scholarly research on Mr. Brown's book would be well served by viewing the excellent video 'Breaking Da Vinci's Code' also available on Amazon.com.
There's nothing wrong with reading and understanding the 'Da Vinci Code' as a work of fiction, which it is, but don't confuse this book as a serious representation of history and theology, which it most certainly is not.
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