Purchase from one of these links to benefit Bart:. Here Ehrman reveals what scholars have unearthed:. These are not idiosyncratic perspectives of just one modern scholar. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they have been the standard and widespread views of critical scholars across a full spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most people have never heard such things? This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for—a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.
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This book seeks to remedy this lack of access. Simply and accessibly written, it introduces lay readers to the conclusions of mainstream scholarship and some of the evidence behind them. As an adaptation of the themes and material in the author's introductory college course on the New Testament, it offers enough concrete examples and evidence to make his points compelling without drowning the reader in details or linguistic technicalities.
Christians who haven't looked into early Christianity or scholarship of the Bible may find it thought provoking. Those who have studied some of these issue on their own may find a brief summary of the mainstream scholarly viewpoint of interest.
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The one in question, a Christian minister, said, "Frankly, I wouldn't read this book even if Jesus wrote it. Bonnie It is unfortunate that a "man of the clothe" - a Christian minister, would admit that he is so threatened by the authored writings of Dr. Ehrman, who …more It is unfortunate that a "man of the clothe" - a Christian minister, would admit that he is so threatened by the authored writings of Dr.
Ehrman, who is perhaps one of the most renowned, and certainly most published "Doctors of the University" that he would not read what Dr. Ehrman has to say, and what he has discovered in his many years as a scholar. It is my belief that Jesus would, indeed, have read Dr.
Ehrman's books, and with an open mind. And if Jesus is as enlightened as the Church believes he was, then he would enjoy learning what is revealed in them. See 1 question about Jesus, Interrupted…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 09, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: recent-reads , religion.
The book is not a diatribe. It does not set out to debunk Christianity. Ehrman, in my opinion, is not angry, condescending, or uncaring in this book — quite the opposite, actually. Ehrman is not asking that you abandon your faith. I personally feel, having read the book, that Ehrman has served us up a wonderful tool, and has provided us with a great opportunity for discussion that could be very good for society at this point in time.
It is also very important to understand that the book does not make any assertions that are new, radical, or unpopular among biblical scholars.
And that is exactly what makes the book so incredibly fascinating, and quite honestly, shocking. Ehrman is very clear from the get-go that he is not serving up anything that would be surprising to anyone who went through a non-evangelical seminary schooling. They are things that have been agreed upon by the vast majority of biblical scholars. The only shocking part is that we, as a nation and a society so greatly influenced by the Bible, know so little about The Bible.
We think we know a lot about it, and in many ways we do. We know the parables. We know, and can recite from memory, entire portions of scripture.
We know the many characters, their many trials, and we know the great many lessons to be learned from The Bible. But those of us who claim we know our Bible — what do we really know? We tend to believe that it is the inerrant word of God. We view it as a book. We treat it as a package, a unit, as we do most other books we own. The problem is that we do not approach the Bible from a historical-critical perspective. We do this with any other manuscripts or literature when we want to better understand it.
Why do we not approach our most beloved text in the same way? We read each book in the Bible, but rarely do we compare narratives and note their striking theological and historical differences. We often do not take into account when each book was written, to whom, by whom, and why. If we believe that, then we are not doing a very good job of reading.
Ehrman notes the phenomenon of compressing different narratives into one clean narrative — creating a narrative that cannot be found existing on its own in the Bible. He writes of our reluctance to read the books of the Bible horizontally — meaning comparing separate accounts of the same events in different books, rather than compiling aspects of each into one imagining.
If we read the books of the Bible, Gospels or otherwise, horizontally, we notice how much of what we know about the Bible is contradictory, irreconcilable, historically incorrect, or theologically incompatible.
He urges that in order to fully understand what each author is trying to say, we need to look at the details of each account — each author is using devices to make a theological point, a point that is lost when we create our own narratives from more than one account.
And that is one thing Ehrman does do — he urges the reader, on many occasions, to read your own Bibles and do your own research. It is likely that forgeries could have made it into the canon. It is the view taught in the seminaries and divinity schools. It is what pastors learn when they are preparing for ministry.
Between the time of Jesus and these writings, Christianity was spreading through major urban areas of the Mediterranean region, solely by word of mouth. The way to convert people away from their mostly pagan religions was to tell them stories about Jesus: what he said and did, and how he died and was raised from the dead. Word of mouth, in a world of no mass media. If you look at our own ability to create urban legends, exaggerate, or alter details in the age of information, it would be disingenuous to assume that in the decades of repeated oral histories of Jesus, details did not undergo changes before they were committed to paper.
The answer is breathtaking. They have absolutely nothing to say about him. He is never discussed, challenged, attacked, maligned, or talked about in any way in any surviving pagan source of the period. There are no birth records, accounts of his trial and death, reflections on his significance, or disputes about his teachings…his name is never mentioned once in any pagan source. And we have a lot of Greek and Roman sources from the period: religious scholars, historians, philosophers, poets, natural scientists; we have thousands of private letters; we have inscriptions placed on buildings in public places.
In no first-century Greek or Roman pagan source is Jesus mentioned. And surely if Jesus had really spent his days in Galilee and then Jerusalem calling himself God, all of our sources would be eager to report it.
Sometimes these discrepancies could be reconciled if one worked hard enough at it with pious imagination; other times the discrepancies could not be reconciled, however fanciful the explanation.
Jesus dies on different days in Mark and John. These include some of the most important Christian doctrines, such as that of a suffering Messiah, the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, and the existence of heaven and hell. I grew up in the Methodist church. I was exposed to the Bible as much as your average Christian. I took a few courses in college in which we studied the Bible from a historical critical perspective. These had a huge influence on my changing views of The Bible and of religion in general.
I understand the reluctance of many to read the book. I understand the knee-jerk reaction to Ehrman. Sure, anytime we are asked to truly examine our own long-held beliefs, we are hesitant. With these understandings, I would urge anyone who has any interest in the Bible to read the book.
It is not meant to change your faith.
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible & Why We Don't Know About Them
This work includes a narrative of Ehrman's own progression in Biblical studies and beliefs, an overview of the issues raised by scholarly analysis of the Bible, details of a selection of findings from such analysis, and an exhortation regarding the importance of coming to understand the Bible more fully. Regarding the importance of Biblical study, Ehrman says in the preface, "This kind of information is relevant not only to scholars like me, who devote their lives to serious research, but also to everyone who is interested in the Bible -- whether they personally consider themselves believers or not. In my opinion this really matters. Whether you are a believer -- fundamentalist, evangelical, moderate, liberal -- or a nonbeliever, the Bible is the most significant book in the history of our civilization. Coming to understand what it actually is, and is not, is one of the most important intellectual endeavors that anyone in our society can embark upon. One particular statement from early on appears to summarize the development of the subject matter that Ehrman attempts to cover in this volume: "Scholars of the Bible have made significant progress in understanding the Bible over the past two hundred years, building on archaeological discoveries, advances in our knowledge of the ancient Hebrew and Greek languages in which the book of Scripture were originally written, and deep and penetrating historical, literary, and textual analyses.
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