Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, "Did Jesus exist at all?" Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus’ mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition.
Known as a master explainer wi
When I was growing up I was told by my atheist father that there was no evidence that Jesus had ever existed. I was told all of the texts that concerned Jesus (the gospels and so on) were all written about 100 years after he had, supposedly, died. There was also no evidence of anyone called Pontius Pilate – the whole thing, in every detail, was completely made...more
Ehrman is a religious studies professor, and usually makes waves in certain evangelical / fundamentalist Christian circles by applying a critical literary and historical view to the Bible and its creation. That he is an agnostic / atheist simply adds to the hue and cry that he is out to attack Christianity by disagreeing with the in...more
A small but prolific group of agnostics and atheists argues that Jesus of Nazareth did not exist. Many of them are cranks and conspiracy theorists. A few of them are scholars, though generally not with expertise in the relevant fields of New Testament studies. They refer to themselves as “mythicists,” i.e. people who believe that Jesus was a myth.
In Did Jesus Exist?, Bart...more
“In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, "Did Jesus exist at all?" Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus’ mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition.
Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Bart Ehrman methodically demolishes both the...more
This is a decent primer into the reasons the majority of New Testament scholars believe in the historical personage of Jesus. It's a very basic book, but accomplishes it's goal of debunking the various claims put forth by "mythicists" who see Jesus as just a myth, and not ever a flesh and blood man. This book does not prove (or even argue) that Jesus was the "Son of God," it simply argues that he was an apocalyptic prophet.
I've enjoyed Ehrman's books for the better part of ten years, but wow, hi...more
THE HISTORICAL ARGUMENT FOR JESUS OF NAZARETH
By Bart D. Ehrman
Review by Tim Campbell
One thing about Bart Ehrman: he is not afraid to depart from what may be expected of him by others! In this latest book, Dr. Ehrman tweaks both the segment of the atheist/agnostic community that denies the historical existence of Jesus AND the fundamentalist/evangelical community that insists that the historicity of Jesus proves the inerrancy of their doctrines.
Of course, the historicity of Jesu...more
The book starts with a rather wel...more
I picked up this book off the "New Books" shelf at the local public library. I was not sure exactly what to expect, but was very surprised when I learned the author, Bart Ehrman, a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is an "agnostic with atheistic leanings." His strong conclusion, as an historian, and a student of the New Testament, is that Jesus in fact did exist.
Obviously, it is very difficult, even impossible, for an historian t...more
The Jesus myth theory is absurd and without any merit. Anyone who has studied the New Testament in an academic setting will, after examining the historical evidence, have no doubt that Jesus of Nazareth did, in fact, exist. There is no real doubt among any scholars of repute that Jesus did exist.
In Did Jesus Exist?, Bart Ehrman definitively d...more
In this book Ehrman takes on a recent fad among atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, etc.; namely, that Jesus of Nazareth did not exist as a historical person and was basically made up, for one reason o...more
I tend to find Ehrman a bit overly sensitive to criticism by Evangelicals. He spends more time than I t...more
I never thought there wasn't a...more
Fast forward several years and Dr. Ehrman has decided to respond to Harpur and all the other "myth...more
This book however does provide an interesting twist in that Ehrman though an agnostic is often cited by the atheist and railed against by the evangelicals have the tables switched with this book. The tables will return back to normal because the purpose of this book is to lay the gro...more
With such a sensitive and heavy topic as this book carries, one might expect the text to be overpowering in scho...more
A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Div...more