Synopsis by Mark Deming
Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code has sparked in many readers a new interest in the aspects of the life of Jesus and his contemporaries that don't appear in the Bible. Thanks to the book's success, new questions have been raised about the true nature of the relationship between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, the fates of their descendants, how the Catholic church may have sought to suppress certain information, and whether or not the truth of this story can be gleaned from clues hidden in the work of Leonardo da Vinci. How much of this is true, false, or somewhere in between? Produced for the A&E cable network, Time Machine: Beyond the Da Vinci Code takes a look at these and other allegations and legends tied into the themes of Brown's books and stacks them up against the facts known to historians and archaeologists.
Bible, Biblical-history, code [encryption], controversy, marketing, novel, scripture