Yes, some of this book has since been debunked. Mainly the part about the Priory of Sion. After all it was written more than 20 years ago, but for me it was a real page turner. If you come away with nothing else, you'll learn that there were many opportunities for The Church (the Roman Catholic Church) and others to play fast and loose with what we thought were the literal words of God (the Bible, particularly the New Testament). First of all church fathers got together and decided which books belonged in the new testament and which didn't sometimes by narrow margins. They also played politics. books written by certain types of groups of Christians weren't allowed into the Bible. Then of course, sometimes the books were translated back and forth several times among Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Coptic, and finally down to English. And finally the authors tell you to believe what you want, but the material they offer is possible, maybe not true, but possible. It opened my mind. Al
Wow. This book is amazing. Packed with facts and other material necessary to reach the tantalyzing conclusion, this book was a quick read (esp. given how tiny the print is). At times its hard to get through all the detail, but it so interesting I couldn't help but forge on through. I was surprised by the conclusions but also pleased. I'm so glad I finally read this book!
This is the "academic" basis for much of The DaVinci Code. The authors of the book actually sued Dan Brown for stealing their material. The writing itself is a bit dry, but it's definitely worth reading, especially in the context of The DaVinci code and subsequent articles and TV programs about Grail Theory.
Interesting for the details on the research behind the Da Vinci Code, but slow going for me. I found it more speculative than I expected.
I read it when it was first published and still enjoy it - event went to a hardback copy. As with Dan Brown's books some will not read it because they "don't want to challenge my faith" -- but opening your eyes to a possible different view is not a challenge to faith.
After reading the DaVinci code I found the book a slow read, but it is full of historical facts and places.
Lots of detail, but I just could not get through it. The material was interesting but there was so much detail it was easy to miss something, leaving you confused a couple of pages later. If I had more time to read at each sitting, I may have enjoyed it, but it was hard to get into it the book when I only had time to read 5-10 pages at a time.
Although there are some paralells in this and Dan Brown's book, their take is TOTALLY different. There are some things that make you think, "hummm, interesting thought". Then, some of it seems just pulled out of thin air- the "man when they do math 2+2 must equal 5, because this doesn't make sense".
Sadly, it was very dryly written and way too verbose.
This is the book that those intrigued by the ideas of "The Da Vinci Code" need to read next.
It's much more well-researched and was published well before TDVC.
Fascinating, well researched, but not an easy read for someone with limited historical knowledge, and none of early Christianity.
The book credited with helping inspire the whole "Davinci Code" craze. An interesting read with leads to historical references and inspired conclusions.
Sparks a controversy about traditional Christian beliefs about Jesus' life based on parchments found a century ago in France.
Is it possible that Jesus was married, a father, and that HIS BLOOD LINE STILL EXISTS?
Interesting theories. Written in very immature writing style.
The first half of this study of the Knights Templar and Priory of Sion is absolutely deadly dull, with its emphasis on minutae and establishment of genealogical lines. When it finally moves into the area of historial reality about the codification of the New Testament, and into speculation about Jesus' bloodline and political spin put on Christian text, it finally picks up and delivers.
This book did inspire The Da Vinci Code. It was a page turner book. The authors gave you the choice to believe in whatever you want, but gave possibilities that will make you think twice. Probably not recommended for true believers, but I keep an open mind about anything.
Hard to read. Jumps around to different acient times.
This is the book Dan Brown based The DaVinci Code on. It has been debunked by Bible scholars.
I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Just read the DaVinci Code.
Excellent Book - A must read
The book that inspired the whole Da Vanci Code phenomenon!
Its a good book. It has alot of detail and information.
Well written, well documented, fascinating view of a complicated, yet controversial subject.
From the back cover: Is the traditionaly accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete? Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross? Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists? Is it possible that parchments found in the south of France a century ago reveal one of the best kept secrets in Christendom? Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail? According to the authors of this provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible--they are probably true! So revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked world wide controversy.
The book before the DaVinci Code.
My husband just loved this book.