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Title: Responding to The DaVinci Code

Responding to The DaVinci Code
  • St. Peters Catholic Church
  • North St. Paul, MN
  • 17 May 2006

  • Who is Dan Brown?
  • What is The DaVinci Code (2003)?
  • What other books has Brown written?
  • What about the facts in the frontispiece of the
  • The Priory of Sion
  • Opus Dei
  • Descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents,
    and secret rituals

Browns Sources
  • Michael Baigent anagram of Teabing, Richard
    Leigh, and Henry Lincoln Holy Blood, Holy Grail
  • Margaret Starbird The Woman with the Alabaster
    Jar (1993)
  • Lynn Picknett and Clyde Pierce The Templar
    Revelation (1998)

Characters in the Novel
  • Robert Langdon Harvard religious symbologist
  • Sophie Neveu agent of the cryptology department,
    granddaughter of Jacques Saunière, curator at the
  • Leigh Teabing British Royal Historian
  • Silas Opus Dei monk

Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Leonardo (1452-1519) architect, musician,
    anatomist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, painter
    17, 4 unfinished
  • The Vitruvian Man (1492)
  • The Mona Lisa anagram of Amon/Isis? (1503-1506)
  • The Last Supper (1498, refectory of S. Maria
    della Grazie, Milan)

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The Grail Myth
  • Joseph of Arimathea took the cup Christ used at
    the Last Supper and caught some of his blood with
    it as he hung from the Cross.
  • Joseph eventually took the cup to England and hid
  • San Greal Holy Grail / Sang Real Royal Blood,
    but this is not correct French which would be
    Sang Royal

The Knights Templar
  • Founded in 1118 CE to help the newly re-conquered
    Christian Holy Land maintain its defenses against
    Muslim forces seeking to retake it.
  • Philip IV (the Fair) sought financial aid from
    the Templars they refused
  • Philip demands that Boniface VIII excommunicate
    the Templars he refuses, so Philip sends
    mercenaries to Rome Boniface dies from his rough

  • Benedict XI lifted Philips excommunication for
    his treatment of Boniface, but did not
    rehabilitate Philips agent Benedict suddenly
  • Clement V moves the papacy to Avignon he orders
    investigations which find almost no Templars
    guilty of heresy outside of France Philip
    executes 54 Templars

Documents about Jesus
  • Canonical events / oral preaching / written
  • Mark (c. 65-80 CE)
  • Q document / Sayings Gospel (c. 40-80 CE)
  • Matthew (c. 80-100 CE)
  • Luke-Acts (c. 80-130 CE)
  • John (c. 90-120 CE)

  • Non-canonical
  • Gospel of Thomas (c. 50 140 CE) 2nd C Greek
    fragments at Oxyrhynchus / c. 340 CE Coptic
    translation at Nag Hammadi 114 Sayings
  • Gospel of Peter (c. 70 160 CE) 8th C parchment
    codex found in monks grave at Akhmim in Upper
    Egypt in 1886 CE / 2nd-3rd C fragment found at
    Oxyrhynchus / document first mentioned by
    Serapion of Antioch in 190 CE
  • Gospel of Mary (c. 120 180 CE) two 3rd
    fragments (P. Rylands 463 and P. Oxyrhynchus
    3525) published in 1938 and 1983 / longer 5th C
    Coptic translation (Berolinensis Gnosticus
    8052,1) published in 1955
  • Gospel of Judas (c. 130 170 CE) Codex Tchacos
    go to National Geographic website

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  • Gospel of Philip (c. 180 250 CE) Valentianian
    Gnostic anthology, originally written in Greek,
    now only preserved in a Coptic translation
  • http//

Canon of Scripture
  • Establishing the NT Canon
  • Athanasius of Alexandria list for reading at
    Mass (367 CE)
  • Council of Hippo (393 CE)
  • Council of Carthage (397 CE)
  • Criteria used in establishing the NT Canon
  • Apostolic Tradition (apostle/co-worker)
  • Catholicity/Universality
  • Orthodoxy
  • Used in the Liturgy

Mary of Magdala as Jesus Wife
  • Luke 81-3 Follower of Jesus who had seven
    demons cast out of her provided (with other
    women) for Jesus bands needs traveled with
    them in their ministry
  • Matthew 2756 Witness to Jesus crucifixion
  • Matthew 2761 Present at Jesus burial
  • Mark 161 Mary with other women go to anoint
    Jesus body with spices on Easter Sunday

  • Luke 241-10 Receives proclamation of the
    Resurrection among women who tell the apostles
    of their experience
  • John 2011-18 Encounters the risen Lord
    personally becomes apostle to the apostles
  • Luke 736-50 NOT the same as the unnamed sinful
    woman who anoints Jesus feet (first yoked by
    Gregory the Great in 591 CE)

  • No evidence of Jesus married to Mary of Magdala
  • No mention of Jesus being married (although
    father, mother, kin are mentioned)
  • No mention of Mary as gyne (wife) of Jesus
    (unlike Mary of Clopas or Johanna of Chuza)
  • Gospel of Philip
  • Mary is called koinonos not gyne
  • And the companion of the … Mary Magdalene …
    loved her more than all the disciples, and used
    to kiss her … on …

Conclusion One page of Chapter 55
  • The Bible is a product of man, my dear. Not of
  • The Bible has evolved through countless
    translations, additions, and revisions.
  • History has never had a definitive version of
    the book.
  • Jesus toppled kings, inspired millions, and
    founded new philosophies.

  • Jesus life was recorded by thousands of
    followers across the land.
  • More than eighty gospels were considered for the
    New Testament.
  • The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by
    the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great.