1. Episode 51 MAR 25, 2012
Dr. Bart Ehrman
Dr. Ehrman joined us to discuss his brand new book Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.
Did Jesus exist? Why does Ehrman and his colleagues think so? What is their view of who Jesus was and what he is likely to have done and said? No matter what your personal view is on the question of the historical Jesus, one of the most well-respected scholars of the New Testament is entitled to a fair hearing of his views on the subject. At the very least you’ll need to know those views so that you can engage with them.
Dr. Bart Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A scholar of the New Testament, he has both a Masters of Divinity and Ph.D from Princeton Theological Seminary where he received magna cum laude honors. He has written numerous scholarly and popular level books on the New Testament, early Christianity and the question of the historical Jesus (HJ). His popular level books are eminently readable introductions to the field of New Testament studies and HJ scholarship. Misquoting Jesus, about the science of Textual Criticism that gives us an understanding of how the books of the New Testament have been changed over time to reflect the religio-socio-politico beliefs of copyist scribes reproducing the books by hand; Lost Christianities, a book that explodes the notion of Apostolic Succession by showing that the traditional notions of “orthodoxy” and “heresy” are empty of meaning given that in many cities in the early years of the Church what was in fact the accepted common form of Christianity was “heretical” Christianity while “orthodox” Christianity was either non-existent or a minority view; and Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, about the historical-critical methods HJ scholars apply to the Gospels in an attempt to discover an historical core to the obvious myths and legends; these are particularly recommended.