Where to find this information: Chs. 55, 56, 58, 60, 61

There are two surprising features of the attitude of The Da Vinci Code about Jesus. First, it is surprising how positive the novel is towards the person of Jesus or at least the 'original' Jesus before that nasty Constantine ruined it all. Teabing states the following about Jesus,

'Jesus was indeed a great and powerful man. Constantine's underhanded political manoeuvres don't diminish the majesty of Christ's life. Nobody is saying Christ was a fraud, or denying that He walked the earth and inspired millions to better lives.' (55.316)

Second, it is surprising how little is actually said about Jesus and his teaching.

In the novel, he is actually overshadowed by the figure of Mary Magdalene who appears to be the true source of faith for original Christians and for those in pursuit of the truth. After all, she is the Holy Grail and it is at her tomb that Robert Langdon kneels at the end of the novel.

Even though the limited information about Jesus is, on the whole, very positive, it is important to explore how accurately Dan Brown portrays the person of Jesus.

As we will see the information about Jesus in The Da Vinci Code is misleading about his first century significance, incorrect about his marriage to Mary Magdalene and incomplete about what his followers believed about him. In this chapter we want to answer three questions about Jesus.

  1. How significant was Jesus' earthly ministry?
  2. Is there any evidence to suggest that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene?
  3. What did the early Christians really believe about Jesus?