According to Bill O’Reilly, a Fox News anchor, it was the Holy Spirit which guided him to come up with his new book’s title, Killing Jesus, in the middle of the night. He wrote the book along with historian Martin Dugard.
In an interview with Norah O’Donnell on CBS’ “60 Minutes”, he stated many of his ideas come to him at night in his sleep. “One night, I just woke up and I went, ’Killing Jesus,’” O’Reilly explained.
He said that his inspiration comes from the fact that he is a Catholic. “I think I was directed to write that [by the Holy Spirit],” he explained.
When asked if he is the chosen one, O’Reilly said that he is just one of those who were given special gifts. He believes that the gifts bestowed upon him must be used in a positive way and it is his mission on the planet to share these gifts.
O’Reilly also pointed out that he is a believer of the Holy Spirit, but is not someone who is very pious. He said he is not an Evangelical Christian, but goes to church.
In his book, according to the publisher, he provided details about the events leading up to the murder of Jesus of Nazareth, the most influential man in the world’s history. The two authors received an advance of $10 million to write the books from the publisher, Henry Holt and Company.
In his press release, O’Reilly stressed the fact that Jesus Christ has not walked among the people physically for over 2,000 years, however His presence is still felt and worshipped by millions of people.
According to the publisher, Killing Jesus will tell its readers about His life, which includes the historical and political events which led to his inevitable death.
Killing Jesus is considered a follow-up to the authors’ successful books entitled Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln. Meanwhile, the National Geographic Channel is doing negotiations with the authors in order to come up with a TV adaptation of the new book, as it has done for Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln.
Some parts of Killing Jesus contradict what is written in the New Testament, specifically when it comes to Jesus’ crucifixion. According to O’Reilly, Jesus could not have uttered the famous line, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” due to the fact that crucifixion hinders the flow of air into one’s lungs.
O’Reilly emphasized that his new book is about history and not religion.
- “60 Minutes” Interview Transcript
- Killing Jesus Website
- Killing Jesus on Facebook
- Bill O’Reilly on Wikipedia
- Martin Dugard on Wikipedia