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1 11/14/20041 Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction? Bill Petro your friendly neighborhood historian

2 11/14/20042 Why is it that… Factual… Fictional…

3 11/14/20043 So is it that… Fact  Fiction? Fiction  Fact?

4 11/14/20044 The Book 6 million sold, 40 languages, upcoming film by Ron Howard Popularity: something for everyone

5 11/14/20045 Westminster Abbey

6 11/14/20046 Musée du Louvre

7 11/14/20047 The Story Murder in front of Mona Quest for the Grail Blood of Christ Person - secret Secret society –Newton, Victor Hugo, Leonardo Da Vinci

8 11/14/20048 What’s the Big Deal? It’s just a book! So what are the dangers?

9 11/14/20049 How we’ll approach it: Where is this Presentation located? Q: Will we have Q&A? A: Yes, at the end. The Issues we’ll cover

10 11/14/200410 Issues: Who was Leonardo Da Vinci? Who was Mary Magdalene? Was Jesus married? What do we know about the Holy Grail? Is there a group known as Opus Dei? Was there an ancient Priory of Sion? What do we know about Constantine?

11 11/14/200411 More Issues: What happened at the Council of Nicea? What is Gnosticism? Were other Gnostic/Hidden/Secret Gospels a legitimate expression of Christianity? How did we really get the New Testament? What were the issues concerning Jesus’ deity? …?

12 11/14/200412 Where is it?

13 11/14/200413 Who was Leonardo Da Vinci? Artist Scientist Architect Painter Sculptor Musician

14 11/14/200414 Even more… Anatomist Engineer Inventor

15 11/14/200415 Mona Lisa, La Gioconda

16 11/14/200416 The Last Supper

17 11/14/200417 Mary Magdalene Who was she? Was she married?

18 11/14/200418 Mary in the “Gospel of Philip” Gospel of Philip (post AD 250) “And the companion of the […] Mary Magdalene. […loved] her more than [all] the disciples [and used to] kiss her [often] on her […].” –  Koinonia – Not  gyne Gospel of Philip 63:33-36 “For it is by a kiss that the perfect conceive and give birth. For this reason we all kiss one another. We receive conception from the grace which is in one another.”

19 11/14/200419 Mary in the “Gospel of Mary Magdala” Gospel of Mary Magdala (post AD 100) –The Debate Levi: “if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed (Peter) to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why He loved her more than us.”

20 11/14/200420 Something More about Mary? Was she a prostitute? Book: Holy Blood, Holy Grail

21 11/14/200421 Fun with Etymology SANGRIAL San grealSacred (Holy) Grail Sang realRoyal Blood

22 11/14/200422 Jesus Married? Did a Jewish male need to be married? Did a Rabbi need to be married? Did he have children?

23 11/14/200423 King Arthur & the Holy Grail Arthur at the movies The Holy Grail

24 11/14/200424 The Grail Quest What is your Quest? –Odyssey –Holy Grail –The One Ring –Star Wars

25 11/14/200425 Is there an Opus Dei? Yes: Their reaction:

26 11/14/200426 Priory of Sion A secret society since 1099? A splinter social group founded in 1956?

27 11/14/200427 Who was Constantine? First “Christian” Roman Emperor AD 312: Battle of the Milvian Bridge 

28 11/14/200428 What did Constantine do? AD 313: Edict of Milan AD 315: Arch of Constantine

29 11/14/200429 Arch of Constantine, next to Coliseum

30 11/14/200430 Next time… Council of Nicea Gnosticism Gnostic Gospels Canon of the New Testament Ancient and modern heresies Deity of Christ …

31 11/14/200431 Bibliography The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction? Hank Hanagraph, Paul L Maier Zondervan ISBN 1-4143-0312-2 Breaking the Da Vinci Code Darrell L. Bock, PhD. Nelson ISBN 0-7852-6046-3

32 11/14/200432 Bibliography The Truth Behind the Da Vinci Code Richard Abanes Harvest House ISBN 0-7369-1439-0

33 11/14/200433 Q&A

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