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Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth Paperback – March 19, 2013
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The Truth Behind the Jesus Myth
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?" New York Times bestselling author Bart Ehrman confronts this question head-on and provides a compelling portrait of the Jesus you may not have hoped to meet—but he did exist whether we like it or not.
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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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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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 27 days ago by Lee Freeman
The verbal review will have to wait till I get more time"Published 1 month ago by JAN EDWARD GARRETT
This is a fantastic book that blows holes in argument and claims from both sides. It was refreshing to read.Published 2 months ago by zuluwhiskey
Dr. Erhdman presents clear, cogent arguments for the existence of Jesus. He writes clearly and without the technicalities that sometimes can overwhelm the non-specialist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary S.
I really enjoyed this book and find Mr. Ehrmen's reasoning that there was a historical person name Jesus who was crucified very logical. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Kenny
It is fun to learn the lecture through this book by Prof Ehrman. Believing the resurrection of Jesus started a new religion of Christianity which became a major world religion. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Walter W. Ko
Many humanists, atheists, and "free thinkers" seem to think that not only is Jesus not the son of God, but that he didn't even exist. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Grant M.
Dr. Ehrman's books are easy for a layman to understand . His humor and down- to- earth wording brings big ideas into simple illustrations. He is a giant in his field.Published 4 months ago by Cat Lady