- Publisher: HarperOne, San Francisco (January 1, 2009)
- ASIN: B002DXGFWE
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
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Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible Paperback – January 1, 2009
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One thing that always strikes me when I am reading Ehrman's work is how respectful he is of religion and people of faith. I've read a few books by atheist authors who (while I often find their work interesting and entertaining), do have a tendency to be a little smarmy about religion. Ehrman is a former fundamentalist Christian, who describes himself now as agnostic, but unlike some authors in this genre, he isn't trying to convince people to give up their faith, he really wants readers to understand the origins of the Christian faith and how it has evolved over centuries.
Jesus Interrupted is very readable (Ehrman's writing style is accessible for `non scholars') and each chapter builds on the others very effectively. Ehrman is clearly an expert on this topic and is an excellent teacher, and this is conveyed throughout Jesus Interrupted.
If this subject matter interests you - Jesus Interrupted is a must read. Highly recommended.
This is a special book. It is not a rant, nor a screed. It is a careful, scholarly, and considerate review of what is either known, or reasonably conjectured, about the amazing book called the Bible. How was this book put together in the first place? The first listing of the 27 canonical books that are generally accepted as part of the New Testament today was in 367 CE. How did the 27 canonical books get chosen over many other candidate letters, Acts, and Gospels that existed (and still exist)? What, one wonders, did early Christians do in church without a Bible to read from? Ehrman has some thoughts on the subject. The earliest possible date that a church could have been "Bible-based" was more than 300 years after Christ's death (in reality, extremely low literacy rates and the lack of the invention of the printing press made "Bible-based" churches not feasible for another millennium). How did Christians come to agree on what they believed in without a canon of Sacred Scripture?Read more ›
In a way I like "Jesus Interrupted" the best, probably because its aim is to reach the masses with solid Biblical scholarship. I've long thought that scholars mostly talk to themselves in hopes for a nice pat on the back from other scholars. Don't get me wrong here. We need scholars, and Ehrman is one who writes good scholarly material too. It's just that Ehrman also wants to inform the masses about what Biblical scholars have known a long time, but which pastors and ministers aren't telling their parishioners for fear that they might be troubled to learn about it. And Ehrman is a master communicator of it when it concerns the New Testament, which is his specialty.
According to Ehrman this book is about how "certain kinds of faith--particularly the faith in the Bible as the historical inerrant and inspired word of God--cannot be sustained in light of what we as historians know about the Bible." (p. 18).Read more ›
Prof. Ehrman's motivation in writing this book is to introduce the results of 200 years of critical NT scholarship to the masses. He laments the poor level of knowledge of the Bible, even among students entering seminaries, so here he gives an overview of what has been determined through historical-critical methods, focusing generally only on the most widely agreed (among critical scholars) conclusions. Even though this material has been a standard part of the education of ministers and priests for decades, little of it has been passed on to their congregations, a deficiency that the author hopes to address.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many of the things Dr. Erhman writes about were already taught to me in seminary, but this is a more intricate, detailed version.Published 4 days ago by Nancy Evins
Don't let an organization control what you read. Buy this book and educate yourself. Examine the evidence and become edified. Read morePublished 5 days ago by LOGAN
This is a detailed examination of how the books of the New Testament, and particularly the four Gospels, came to be so very different from each other. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Max
Would have been better except at the end it doesn't get the writer to admit that god is imaginaryPublished 16 days ago by JerryBierens
The tone of his writing is such that it sounds like he is writing "at the top of his lungs". Repetitive and can be damaging to one's faith. Read morePublished 28 days ago by S. Schera
I liked this book better than some of the others I've read. In the long run, I felt I wanted an even wider view. Overall, I still prefer Barbara Thiering's work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Moore