After selling millions of books about the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is turning to the most famous killing of all — the murder of Jesus Christ.
It’s confirmed that O’Reilly’s third book in his popular “killing” series, “Killing Jesus: A History,” will be released on Sept. 24. Publisher Henry Holt and Co. announced Wednesday night that O’Reilly will collaborate on the book with Martin Dugard, his co-author for “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy.”
According to a release put out by Holt, the book will explore the political and historical events that led to Jesus’ death. The Christian savior’s legacy and continued popularity is what helped lead the project to fruition, as the man who purportedly gave his life for the sins of humanity continues to have a prominent presence in contemporary society.
“Jesus Christ has not walked among us physically for more than 2,000 years, yet his presence today is felt the world over and his spirit is worshipped by more than 2.2 billion people,” O’Reilly said in a statement announcing the book. “His teachings, his legacy, his life as a flesh-and-blood man and his death created the world in which we live.”
Stephen Rubin, president of Holt, added, “It is inarguable that Jesus was the most influential man to have ever lived. I can think of no one better than Bill O’Reilly to write this story in a way that has never been told before.”
O’Reilly has written or co-written several best-sellers, including “Pinheads and Patriots” and “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity.” While “Killing Lincoln” has already been made into a television movie, “Killing Kennedy” has also been optioned for film adaptation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.