Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium

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In this highly accessible discussion, Bart Ehrman examines the most recent textual and archaeological sources for the life of Jesus, along with the history of first-century Palestine, drawing a fascinating portrait of the man and his teachings.
Ehrman shows us what historians have long known about the Gospels and the man who stands behind them. Through a careful evaluation of the New Testament (and other surviving sources, including the more recently discovered Gospels of Thomas and Peter), Ehrman proposes that Jesus can be best understood as an apocalyptic prophet--a man convinced that the world would end dramatically within the lifetime of his apostles and that a new kingdom would be created on earth. According to Ehrman, Jesus' belief in a coming apocalypse and his expectation of an utter reversal in the world's social organization not only underscores the radicalism of his teachings but also sheds light on both the appeal of his message to society's outcasts and the threat he posed to Jerusalem's established leadership.

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Bart D. Ehrman is Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of many books, including The New Testament: A Historical Introduction and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture.
Published July 26, 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA. 292 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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At the end of the millennium, there are as many views of the historical Jesus as there are scholars who writing about him. In his engaging study, Ehrman, associate professor of religious studies at UN

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Spong does not believe in unprovable historical stories, fairy tales, gospels written by Nazarene fishermen who didn't know Greek much less write it, and he most definitely does not think that if Jesus were to come back today, he would recognize anything the fundamentalists have been saying about...

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Summary: An eye-opening look at just how much the text of the Bible has changed over the centuries.

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If you believe the Bible literally, Jesus prays in John, “For you alone are God.” Also, when Jesus is arguing with the Pharisees (Chapter 10, I think) who said he made himself to be God, Jesus pretty much denies it by quoting a passage in the Hebrew Bible that refers to humans as gods.

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(The introduction to Luke actually mentions that “many” people were trying to write accounts of Jesus’ life.) That’s a serious problem for some mythicists (people who deny the existence of a historical Jesus), namely the ones who try to argue the idea of a historical Jesus was made up by Mark, or...

Apr 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of...

UNC-Chapel Hill religion historian Bart Ehrman's latest book, mounting a historical proof for the existence of Jesus, is so convincingly argued that many readers will conclude Ehrman also proves many other things, despite himself.

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American Thinker

Writing about Ehrman's more scholarly work, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, from which Misquoting Jesus draws heavily, Silva says in the following passage that Ehrman must have an original textual starting point in order to detect scribal intentional corruption in favor of orthodoxy.

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The Beaufort Gazette

The author of this provocative book answers the question posed by the title on Page 6 of his introduction: "He may not have been the Jesus that your mother believed in or the Jesus of the stained glass window or the Jesus of your least favorite evangelist ...

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