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For many today, the New Testament is a dim memory from childhood and school, if that. You may recall rewriting the parables in a modern setting, but not much more. You might ask yourself, for example, when you last sat down as an adult and read through one of the Gospels from beginning to end. It can be done in little more than an hour, but increasingly many adults have not done it for years, if ever. Yet perhaps The Da Vinci Code has rekindled an interest in this man Jesus Christ. Perhaps you have been made to think again, to ask who he was, to ponder on what he said and did. Jesus himself once asked his disciples: 'Who do you say that I am?'. For many people Dan Brown has put that supremely important question back on the agenda.

The Da Vinci Code Summary

Dan Brown's thriller, The Da Vinci Code starts out with a ghastly murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The police call in Robert Langdon, a professor of religious symbology at Harvard, to help unravel the mysterious clues left near the corpse. On and around the body are riddles, which - when solved by Langdon and the police cryptographer Sophie Neveu - lead to clues hidden in plain sight in the art of Leonardo da Vinci.

Langdon learns that the murdered curator of the Louvre, Jacques Sauniere, was not only the estranged grandfather of Neveu, he was also the Grand Master of an ancient society entrusted with guarding a secret that, if revealed, would threaten the very existence of the Christian church. Sauniere died protecting the location of the proof of the Sangreal - which translated means Holy Grail.

Racing through the streets of Paris, to Teabing's exotic estate, to London aboard an unregistered flight, Langdon and Neveu try to stay one step ahead of the French police, an albino killer, and a mysterious man who is orchestrating this deadly search for the Grail. Intricate symbols and riddles lead Langdon and Neveu to the exciting conclusion, where the location of the Grail is revealed.

The Big Cover-up

Throughout the novel, Robert Langdon teaches Sophie Neveu about the code - how to find the "true" Holy Grail. We find out that the Grail is not what we thought it was. The Grail, according to Langdon, is such a great secret that, if it were exposed, Christianity as we know it today would cease to exist. But it is not an object that author Dan Brown, through his protagonist Langdon, wants to reveal to us. And it is not just the secret location of this religious icon that so many have died to protect. The very substance of the Grail itself is at the core of this mystery. In the past we have been led to believe that the Holy Grail - if it ever existed - is the cup that Christ drank from at His last supper, and then was used by Joseph of Arimathea to collect blood from the crucified Christ. But according to Dan Brown's characters - Langdon and Teabing - the true Grail is not a thing it is a person.

The Holy Grail is Mary Magdalene...the mother of the royal bloodline of Jesus Christ (253).

Brown asserts that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were sexual partners and had a child together. When Jesus died, Mary fled from other disciples, who were jealous of her relationship with Jesus, and lived in a Jewish community in France with their child. There is documented proof of this assertion, according to Brown, proof that has been guarded since the days of the Crusades by a secret organization known as the Priory of Sion. Hints of this secret can be found hidden in paintings and drawings by da Vinci and other artists throughout history, if only one knows how and where to look.

Real Danger in The Da Vinci Code

David Klinghoffer, writing in the National Review, sees the great danger in Brown's story:

"What's at stake in The Da Vinci Code is nothing less than traditional Christianity itself... The founder of Christianity had a daughter, Sarah, by Mary Magdalene. If true, this theory would overturn some of the central beliefs of Christians."

Excerpted from:
Garlow, James L. and Peter Jones Cracking Da Vinci's Code
© 2004 Cook Communications, Colorado Springs, CO pp.20-22

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