Unlike many other critiques of Brown’s novel, Ehrman focuses on the historical foundations of the text and seeks to separate the fact from fiction about the historical beginnings of Christianity, especially in the life of Jesus and the writings that make up the New Testament:
Ehrman examines all of these claims and also offers a wealth of background information about other aspects of early Christianity, such as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (which are not Christian in content, contrary to The Da Vinci Code). Ehrman also reveals how scholars of early Christianity establish “proof” from the myriad of conflicting sources surrounding the historical Jesus, Mary, the Christian church, the writings of the Gospel, and the role of Constantine, in order to debunk the allegations that The Da Vinci Code makes.
Curiosity about the origin of Christianity and religious iconography has been peaked by such sources as The Da Vinci Code and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ. The insight that Ehrman brings to this subject far surpasses these blockbusters and sheds new light on the life of Jesus and the writings that make up the New Testament.