Prompt #6

Killing Jesus: A History

Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

1) What is the book on the narrative continuum?– The book is highly narrative and reads like a fiction novel. There are footnotes throughout the book that contain historical facts.

2) What is the subject of the book?- The events that took place during the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

3) What type of book is it? – A narrative that is centered around the life of Jesus and the events leading up to his death.

4) Articulate Appeal

What is the pacing of the book?- It is a quick read as it reads like a fiction novel.

Describe the characters in the book?– There are many historical figures that are mentioned throughout the book including Jesus. There are not in-depth descriptions of the the figures’ lives but we do acquire enough information about them in order to understand how they played a part in the events leading up to Jesus’s death.

How does the story feel?– Well-researched, eye-opening, detailed, “non-religious”

What is the intent of the author?- to take readers  inside Jesus’s life, recounting the  political and historical events that made his death inevitable.

What is the focus of the story?– The different events and people who ultimately played a role in the life of Jesus and the events leading up to his death.

Does the language matter?– Yes.

Is the setting important and well described?- The setting does not seem very important to the authors as it is not well described. The reader is told of a place and time period of when an event is happening but there is not much description about the various locations mentioned in the book. The main focus is the action of the different historical figures.

  Are there details? And if so, of what?- There is much detail in this book about how certain events led to a chain reaction resulting in Jesus’s death. There are many footnotes that further describe certain places, figures, and events.

Are their sufficient charts and other graphic materials? – Yes. The book includes maps that depict certain regions and battles. There are also pictures and works of art that further illustrate what is taking place.

Does the book stress moments of learning, understanding, or experience?– The book does stress learning and understanding. There is much detail that goes along with the story that the author is telling. Readers will understand and learn about what was taking place and how these events led to the death of Christ.

5) Why would a reader enjoy this book?(Ranking)

                               1. Reads like a novel.

2. Not overloaded with facts.

                               3. Tone

                               4. Subject 







One thought on “Prompt #6

  1. One of my non-Christian patrons raved about this book. She said even though she hated Bill O’Reilly, the book was excellent. Between her review and your annotation, I’m definitely reading this!


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