The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Review by Javed Iqbal
Published: May 29, 2006
Dan Brown's fictional book provides historical perspective to events which ended up in concealing Jesus' possible marriage and possible his human side (rather than his divinity). We see in this book a reporting of historical events which led to a concealment of Jesus' message - worship God alone.
Since this website is devoted to presenting the truth of God's religion in the scriptures with an emphasis on the Quran, we thought a review is in order of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code."
I read the book in summer of 2003 and saw the movie adaptation on the opening weekend.
Jesus & Mary Magdalene
The book's main theme, disturbing to some of the Christians, is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, a child was born and the lineage continues to this day. This marriage of Jesus, if true, would bring into question Jesus' purported divinity.
From our perspective, Dan Burton has done great historical research to bring to light certain issues we consider much more prominent than Jesus' alleged marriage. To put aside the marriage issue, the Quran makes no mention of Jesus getting married. However, from the following verse, one may conclude all messengers were married, even though the word "all" is not in the verse.
[13:38] We have sent messengers before you, and we made them husbands with wives and children. No messenger can produce a miracle without GOD's authorization, and in accordance with a specific, predetermined time.
We consider the historical narrative (within conversations) in the book, about events leading to the Nicene Creed in 325 AD of great prominence. A decent size dictionary will point out that Nicene is a city in Turkey where the Nicene Creed was formulated 300 years after the death of Jesus Christ. The book details the political considerations which gave rise to the Nicene Creed.
Jesus' message of worshipping God alone
The Creed, now accepted by most churches today is distinct from Jesus' teachings of greatest commandment or the first commandment of "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment" [Mathew 22:38-39]. The footnote to these verses in The New American Bible, Catholic Bible Press, 1987; states, "Mathew omits the first part of Mk's fuller quotation (12, 29, Dt 6, 4-5), probably because he considered its monotheistic emphasis needless for the church." The omitted part referred to in the foot note states, "You shall worship/love my Lord, and your Lord..."
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