I love a well written fiction story as much as the next person and one of my favorite authors is Daniel Silva. His latest book, The Order, is predicated on a disturbing premise and I did not enjoy reading it. It discredits all of the gospels and their accuracy and outright states that Pilate’s words about washing his hands of Jesus’s blood were falsely inserted. This, Silva states, set the stage for the Catholic church to blame the Jews for Jesus’s death and ultimately led to the Holocaust.
I won’t include any quotes from the book here except for portions of the author’s note at the end. "The ancient Christian charge of deicide is universally regarded by scholars as the foundation of anti-antisemitism. "
“No original draft of any of the 4 canonical gospel survives …[.] It is widely accepted that non of the gospels, with the possible exception of Luke, were written by the men for whom they are named.”
“Paul Johnson, in his monumental history of Christianity,” describes the Gospels as ““literary documents” that bear evidence of later tampering, editing, re-writing, and interpolation and backdating of theological concepts.”
"He states the entire scene with Pilate is a literary invention “Religious scholar Reza Aslan, in his riveting biography of Jesus titles Zealot, asserts that the problems with the Gospel’s of a Sanhedrin trial are “too numerous to count.””
He points out that John Dominic Crossan who is professor emeritus at Depaul University calls the Pilate scene “Christian propaganda.” I can give relevant page numbers if you have the book.
Needless to say, I find this all most disturbing. I note that Silva is a convert to Judaism and therefore may have a bone to pick. I also not that I should probably read Lee Strobel’s and David Limbaugh’s books again about the authenticity of the scriptures.
How do I reconcile this or do I? Does this work of fiction, purportedly based on fact, go on the pile the the Dan Brown books? I am just a simple person, not a religious scholar by any means, but I would love to know how to address this should the topic ever come up in casual discussion with my reading buddies. thank you for reading!