The launch of this mystery thriller in 2003, caused a sensation worldwide. One of the main conspiracy theories put forward by Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code was – “Is Jesus’ bloodline alive today?”
The book has received overwhelming responses over the years, owing to the religious and historical “secrets” the book seems to unfold. But are the various claims made throughout the book facts or fiction? Many critics have dismissed the matter as a work of fiction but the opening lines “all descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate” seem to have stirred up quite the controversy.
The historical claims made in the book revolve around the Priory of Sion, the Last Supper, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail.
The Priory of Sion
One of the first references in this book is to a mysterious secret society called the Priory of Sion. The Priory of Sion first came to light in 1956. Pierre Plantard, a French draughtsman, claimed that it was a centuries-long conspiracy. The Priory was to install a secret bloodline of the Merovingian dynasty on the thrones of France and the rest of Europe. Later found, Pierre had forged documents to make false claims.
But the 1982 book Holy Blood, Holy Grail: The Secret History of Christ and The Shocking Legacy of the Grail and 2003 book The Da Vinci Code seem to claim otherwise. According to them, a document at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris – the French National Library proves that it existed in Jerusalem at the time of the Crusades.
American television broadcasting company CBS’ 60 minutes decided to verify the documents. And they did find one document linking the Priory of Sion to the 12th Century in the Dossiers Secrets. With it a list of Grand Masters that included eminent names such as Sir Isaac Newton and Leonardo Da Vinci.
So, throughout The Da Vinci Code, the mystery is about the “secret” that this secret group safeguards. One of the most ground-breaking “secrets” throughout history which might pose a threat to the very foundation of religion.
The Last Supper
The second claim is towards the infamous 15th century mural by Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci considered a prior Grand Master of the Priory of Sion may have hidden a “secret” or “code” in the painting. The Last Supper being the subject of many legends and controversies involves one about the figure seated at the table to the right of Christ. Was that St. John or Mary Magdalene?
Dan Brown claims it to be Mary Magdalene owing to the feminine features, the harmony between the figures of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Moreover, the complementary colours in the clothing of these figures and the rudimentary shapes between them might indicate something. Dan Brown pointed out a V or a chalice shape between these figures and an M if you see them as a whole.
Here, the Chalice was the most important observation. In ancient days, the V symbol or Chalice was often synonymous with Goddess, the womb, and the female reproductive organs. For Christians, the chalice is the symbol of the Eucharist. Using it commemorates the Last Supper. Filling it with wine symbolizes the blood of Christ. The bread dipped into it symbolizes the body of Christ. Thus, The Last Supper may or may not have been Leonardo Da Vinci playing with secrets.
The Holy Grail
Continuing on the chalice, the inference from that is only one. According to The Da Vinci Code, the legendary Holy Grail is not the chalice used at the Last Supper of Christ. The book suggests that the real Holy Grail is a person, Mary Magdalene, who carried the bloodline of Jesus Christ by having His child.
Mary Magdalene has often been rebuked by the church as a lowly prostitute. But Brown believes that this was to hide the marriage of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. The book talks about the New Testament portraying Jesus as divine when it was his human aspect, his humanity which made him so special.
Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children, according to a manuscript almost 1,500 years old unearthed at the British Library. The “Lost Gospel”, translated from Aramaic, allegedly reveals the startling new allegations. The newly unearthed gospels have hinted at Christ’s family over the years. The Early Christians disallowed these gospels to exist in the New Testament. Modern Christian scholars claim that the reason for rejection was that the early Christians considered them to be heretical. While heresy is a matter of opinion, it is also important to realize that these gospels revealed a very different picture of Christ and His mission on Earth.
In the book, Dan Brown writes that Mary and Jesus may have sensed that Jesus’ crucifixion was near. So, they arranged pregnant Mary Magdalene to safely get out before the dreadful event. Mary Magdalene was of royal descent as was Jesus Christ. Their child would by blood be an heir to the throne of King Solomon. After Mary Magdalene escaped, she went to France. By the book, the heir descendants married into the French royal line. And after several generations, engendered the Merovingian dynasty.
The Priory of Sion had the responsibility to keep Jesus’ bloodline alive and safe. This heir posed a great threat to the very foundation of Christianity. Their job was to keep them safe from attempted murder.
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar was a large organization of devout Christians during the medieval era who carried out an important mission. The Da Vinci Code explained it in a different way. The true goal of the Templars in the Holy Land was to retrieve the secret documents of the Priory of Sion from beneath the ruins of the Temple of Solomon. The documents proved the sacred bloodline of Christ and Mary Magdalene.
These documents can only be speculated to have been the Gospels which portrayed Jesus as a human being.
Is Jesus’ bloodline alive today?
One of the main characters in the book, Sophie Neveu is Jesus’ bloodline. This fact is only revealed at the end of The Da Vinci Code. Spreading like wildfire, made the book’s readers question the validity of Jesus’ bloodline being alive today.
While most Christian theorists have denied the possibility Jesus had children, some claim a “real” bloodline could still exist through Jesus’s relatives. Many theorists support Brown’s claim that Jesus’s bloodline lives on today. But they dispute the assumption that there is a singular, supreme descendant (like a singular descendant in the character of Sophie Neveu).
No concrete evidence suggests Jesus’ bloodline being alive today. But we also do not know the exact proceedings of the past. Thus, the person right beside you might be a descendent of Jesus. No one can be sure of it. What we can be sure of is to have His kindness, selflessness and love.