Did Jesus Exist? by Bart D. Ehrman
The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

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In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, "Did Jesus exist at all?" Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus’ mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition.

Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Bart Ehrman methodically demolishes both the scholarly and popular “mythicist” arguments against the existence of Jesus. Marshaling evidence from within the Bible and the wider historical record of the ancient world, Ehrman tackles the key issues that surround the mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement.

In Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.


About Bart D. Ehrman

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Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus, God’s Problem, and Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time and has appeared on NBC Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, History Channel, major NPR shows, and other top media outlets. He lives in Durham, N.C.
Published March 20, 2012 by HarperOne. 373 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Sometimes scholars can get away with stuff like that, but it can be damaging to their reputation (NT Wright has gotten into trouble with other scholars by trying to mix his theology with his historical work).

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They seem better as examples of what mainstream historians say about Jesus – that he was a real figure, so thoroughly transformed in later centuries that it can be hard to get a glimpse of the actual historical figure at all.

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It has always seemed to me that trying to figure out the meaning of the things that Jesus said and did during his earthly ministry would have been of vital importance within all of Paul’s communities and that whatever arguments arose, someone would have claimed that something Jesus said or did wa...

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But he was not a "Christian" in the mainstream sense of the word - those people are generally followers of Paul, not Jesus.

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