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Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising one of the most pressing questions in the history of religion: "Did Jesus exist at all?" Was he invented out of whole cloth for nefarious purposes by those seeking to control the masses? Or was Jesus such a shadowy figure—far removed from any credible historical evidence—that he bears no meaningful resemblance to the person described in the Bible?
In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts these questions, vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth. The Jesus you discover here may not be the Jesus you had hoped to meet—but he did exist, whether we like it or not.
Top Customer Reviews
But he's not the only one who's been busy after the publication of Doherty's work. Bart D. Ehrman, a highly respected New Testament scholar, has taken on the challenge of defending the mainstream view on the historical Jesus from the seditious attacks from "mythicists," new and old. In his new book, Did Jesus Exist?, Ehrman sets out to provide that single, coherent theory in favor of Jesus' historicity. Which he does, with less than spectacular results.
Ehrman opens his argument by claiming that the question of Jesus' historicity is all but settled from the start, since to his knowledge no serious scholar -- now or in the past -- has ever doubted the existence of the historical Jesus. By serious scholar, Ehrman means one holding a PhD (exit Doherty) and currently tenured in the field of New Testament studies (exit Carrier). The only bona fide exception Ehrman allows seems to be Robert Price (The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, 2003).Read more ›
Dr. Ehrman explains this very well. He gives the sources which mention Jesus and there are many. He discusses the Josephus passages and gives both sides. He discussed the errors, misinterpretations and outright falsehoods of the mythicists and quite correctly says almost no one with degrees in relevant subjects doubts the existence of an historical Jesus. Of course experts can be wrong, but when it comes down to it would you rather listen to an historian who specializes in the ancient world on this subject or a geologist, a German professor or a self published author who can't even get basic myths straight?Read more ›
Ehrman largely agrees with the key points of the negative case. There really are things in the New Testament that are fatal to a modern-day conservative fundamentalist understanding of the New Testament as inerrant, for example, including a host of contradictions (Ehrman invites us to compare, for example, the nativity narratives and the crucifixion timelines and casts of characters for fairly obvious examples). But none of that, Ehrman says, acts to gainsay the existence of an actual historical person at the hearts of the stories, and the evidence FOR such a figure is overwhelming.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bart D. Ehrman is not a Christian - He is perhaps the number one New Testament critic in the US today - however, this book is his evidence that a person by the name of Jesus lived. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Charles E. Greer
Really disappointed by the lack of research, the bad logic and the misinformation about the actual evidence wrt Jesus that I found in this book. Read morePublished 17 days ago by junego
Basically a text book like read. Interesting if you can follow along.Published 19 days ago by Diane R. Wallace
The dogmatic tone and approach come across in Ehrman's a priori assumption and dogged insistence that Jesus the Nazarene "certainly existed" as a historical figure. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Harvy Lind
I loved this book because it was presented clearly, lucidly and objectively. He gave credit where it was due and cited objections where they were necessary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James A Rozhon
Very interesting! Unfortunately, while he points out that the mythicists do not have any solid, verifieable, historical evidence for their claims, he then goes and makes claims... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David J. Conklin
Bart D. Ehrman's *Did Jesus Exist?* has done the skeptical community a huge favor by marshaling the historical evidence in favor of the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lee Freeman
The verbal review will have to wait till I get more time"Published 4 months ago by JAN EDWARD GARRETT