After taking Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy to the top of the “Best Seller” lists, Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly is now ready to tackle the most famous killing in history – that of Jesus Christ.
It’s confirmed that O’Reilly’s third book in his popular “killing” series, “Killing Jesus: A History,” will be released on Sept. 24. Publisher Henry Holt and Co. announced Wednesday night that O’Reilly will collaborate on the book with Martin Dugard, his co-author for “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy.”
According to a release put out by Holt, the book will explore the political and historical events that led to Jesus’ death. The Christian savior’s legacy and continued popularity is what helped lead the project to fruition, as the man who purportedly gave his life for the sins of humanity continues to have a prominent presence in contemporary society.
“Jesus Christ has not walked among us physically for more than 2,000 years, yet his presence today is felt the world over and his spirit is worshipped by more than 2.2 billion people,”O’Reilly said in a statement announcing the book. “His teachings, his legacy, his life as a flesh-and-blood man and his death created the world in which we live.”
In full disclosure, I haven’t read either of the first two titles. They didn’t send me one; and I kind of figured I knew how the story ended… so there was no way I was buying a copy. I guess you could say I’m inconsistent because I did pay to see Titanic in the movie theater; but that’s a movie and only required 2 hours of my time.
I did, however, watch the Killing Lincoln documentary narrated by Tom Hanks and found it extremely entertaining and informative – not enough to make me wish I’d read the book; but enough to make me look forward to the inevitable companion documentary Killing Kennedy.
Killing Jesus? Will I read it? I think you know the answer to that one. I already saw Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ and I’m pretty sure I’ve got a copy of the “original screenplay” somewhere handy. If O’Reilly feels like sending me a copy, I’d be glad to read and review it. But if not, I’ll probably be waiting on Part III of the Killing series to make its way to Nat Geo.