the davinci code

the davinci code

The DaVinci Code Part 2 - The Women in Jesus' Life. - Dr Dwight Nelson

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"The Women in Jesus' Life: The Da Vinci Code (2)" www.pmchurch.tv ‘ A succinct summary of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code claims: "If true, the book's assertions are nothing less than breathtaking: Jesus never claimed to be the Son of God but was actually deified nearly three hundred years later by Emperor Constantine for his own nefarious purposes; Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, who bore his child; Jesus wanted Mary Magdalene to lead his church, but she was forced out by power-hungry men and demonized as a prostitute; and the four Gospels in the Bible are essentially fabrications designed to seal this masculine power-grab for the rest of history." (Lee Strobel and Garry Poole, Explore the Da Vinci Code, p 8 [Zondervan 2006]) ‘ Question #1—Was Mary Magdalene Jesus' wife? ‚ Luke 8:1-3—along with other _______ she accompanied Jesus. ‚ Luke 8:2/Mark 16:9—Jesus cast seven _______ from her. ‚ Matthew 15:39—she may have lived in ________ for a while (thus the epithet "Magdalene" to distinguish her from the other Marys). ‚ Matthew 27:56, 61/Mark 15:40, 47/John 19:25—she was at the _______ . ‚ Matthew 28:1/Mark 16:1/John 20:1—she was at the _______ . ‚ John 20:1, 11-17/Mark 16:9—she was the ______ person to whom Jesus appeared after his resurrection. ‚ Matthew 28:7, 8/Mark 16:9, 10/Luke 24:1-10/John 20:18—she was the first to proclaim the "good news" of the ______ Savior. ‚ There are ____ other Gospel or New Testament records of her. ‚ Desire of Ages: "Mary [the sister of Martha and Lazarus in Bethany] had been looked upon as a great sinner, but Christ knew the circumstances that had shaped her life. He might have extinguished every spark of hope in her soul, but He did not. It was He who had lifted her from despair and ruin. Seven times she had heard His rebuke of the demons that controlled her heart and mind [Magdalene]. She had heard His strong cries to the Father in her behalf. She knew how offensive is sin to His unsullied purity, and in His strength she had overcome. . . . It was Mary [of Bethany] who sat at His feet and learned of Him. It was Mary [of Bethany] who poured upon His head the precious anointing oil, and bathed His feet with her tears. Mary [Magdalene] stood beside the cross, and followed Him to the sepulcher. Mary [Magdalene] was first at the tomb after His resurrection. It was Mary [Magdalene] who first proclaimed a risen Saviour." (568) ‘ Question #2—But what about the other gospels that were kept out of the New Testament canon by Constantine? ‚ #1—Emperor Constantine kept ______ gospels out of the New Testament, simply because the New Testament canon had already essentially been formed by the early 300's A.D. ‚ #2—Dan Brown's claim that there were 80 other gospels competing for a place in the New Testament is _________ . # The Christian community before the turn of the first century settled on the reliable eyewitness accounts of ____ gospels.# During the next two centuries apocryphal ________ on the life of Jesus appeared that claimed to be authentic by attaching early church names to them, e.g., the "gospels" of Philip, Thomas, and Mary Magdalene—but the Christian community never accepted them as authoritative, accurate witnesses of the life of Jesus. ‘ Question #3—Did Da Vinci secretly paint Mary Magdalene into his famous The Last Supper? ‚ Greg Constantine, artist and art historian here at Andrews University: # Unlike previous artists, Da Vinci painted each disciple with unique facial features. # Because we have the early sketches to Da Vinci's painting in which he identifies the youthful face as John's, "Dan Brown's claim is a total fabrication." ‘ Question #4—What about the secretive Priory of Sion that was raised up to protect the secret of Jesus and Mary Magdalene's marriage? ‚ Page one of The Da Vinci Code: "FACT: The Priory of Sion — a European secret society founded in 1099 — is a real organization. In 1975 Paris's Bibliotheque Nationale discovered parchments knowns as Les Dossiers Se...