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The right kind of book, according to Ehrman, is one that portrays Jesus roughly as Albert Schweitzer did, as a first-century Jewish apocalypticist: "This is a shorthand way of saying that Jesus fully expected that the history of the world as we know it (well, as he knew it) was going to come to a screeching halt, that God was soon going to intervene in the affairs of this world, overthrow the forces of evil in a cosmic act of judgment, destroy huge masses of humanity, and abolish existing human political and religious institutions. All this would be a prelude to the arrival of a new order on earth, the Kingdom of God." Ehrman's is a historical-Jesus book, a very smart, humble, and humorous popular summary of Christian and secular evidence of Jesus' life, work, and legacy. He believes that apocalypticism is the true core of Jesus' message, and that comfortable middle-class complacency among scholars, clergy, and laypeople has forged a counterfeit, domesticated, "ethical" Jesus to cover up their befuddlement about his misprediction of the apocalypse. The book will frustrate many readers because it offers no real guidance regarding what one should do with Jesus' apocalypticism. Its project--to prove that Jesus was wrong about the apocalypse--may even appear destructive to some. Yet the argument is convincing enough to induce among careful readers a constructive experience of confusion. Jesus makes readers ask the very question it appears to ignore, in a newly humble way: how, then, should we live? A serious matter, but considering humanity's endless string of wrong answers and infinite capacity for self-delusion, worthy of some good belly laughs, as well. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Bart Ehrman is one of the best scholars in the field of historical Christianity.
His style of writing in this book is scholarly but very easy reading for the layman who is somewhat familiar with New Testament history and theology.
Regardless of one's beliefs concerning Jesus, it seems to me that a good understanding of the many points of view can be beneficial.
Pretty good summary of the Early Christian period. I doubt Mr. Ehrman will make many friends among hard line Christians since he strongly suggests inconsistencies in the New... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Joseph M. Bertola
...at least not necessarily. In two key books, Apocalyptic Prophet (about the historic Jesus) and Misquoting Jesus (about the New Testament), Bart Ehrman makes an exceedingly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Will Parker
I definitely recommend this book for someone who wants to learn about the historical Jesus, and how biblical scholars study ancient manuscripts to try to reconstruct Jesus' words... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Just Another Guy
My first Bart Ehrman read. I have since become a huge fan of critical scholarship thanks to this thought provoking ideas and honest critical study. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Dr. Ehrman has produced a remarkable work that should not be missed regardless of one's religious beliefs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Accardi
1.Jesus was not an apocalypticist, therefore much of the book becomes null and void. Believing in imminence, that no event needs to take place before the coming of Christ, does... Read morePublished 3 months ago by roland kincher
Ehrman’s book is fantastic. He’s a very clear writer, drawing the reader in. His style is very conversational, non-academic (i.e. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tim K
I thought it was well written, but one needs to be very familiar with the bible to fully understand this book.Published 5 months ago by j g hair md