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The authors of the New Testament have diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works.
The New Testament contains books that were forged in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later.
Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented fundamentally different religions.
Established Christian doctrines, such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity were the inventions of still later theologians.These are not idiosyncratic perspectives of just one modern scholar. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they have been the standard and widespread views of critical scholars across a full spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most people have never heard such things?
This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.
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By Paul on 06-27-10
As a Christian believer (albeit open minded) I found this book fascinating. It certainly has caused me to look differently and more deeply and the new testament gospels that we all tend to accept blindly. It has actually deepened (not threatened) my faith. Thank you Prof. Ehrman, I only wish I had taken your classes while at UNC.
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By R. Reed on 04-09-09
Take a college course in New Testament in a book
I teach "Introduction to the New Testament" in a Public University in North Carolina. This is without a doubt the best introduction to the New Testament that is currently available. The book is accessible but always scholarly. I assume Ehrman has taken his notes from his New Testament class and expanded them into a book, because this is precisely the material one would get in a New Testament class at a University. Evangelicals will find the material challenging, but Ehrman (a former evangelical himself) works hard to show the evidence and answer the objections he knows are coming. I cannot say enough good about this book. Buy it, listen to it, and your understanding of the New Testament will be enhance and possible transformed.
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By Dawn on 01-24-15
Should be a "must listen to" for every adult!
I always feel like an uninformed idiot after reading Bart Ehrman. Yet I am an educated, open minded and well traveled adult. I guess I am almost angry that I've allowed myself to be so easily brainwashed... His easy to read style and depth of information never disappoints.
While listening with my headsets on my partner had to deal with sudden explosions of "What!", laughter and slaps to the forehead. It just gets to you that strongly.
If you are at all worried about it damaging your faith then listen to the last chapter first. It certainly won't unless you want it to!
The reader is perfect. A great voice that one never tires of. I fear if I ever got to meet Mr. Ehrman I'd be shocked to hear his voice!
Now that my 15 hours are over I must immediately download another!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By ChrisR on 04-07-13
An interesting perspective on an old story
Erhman is a man of great intellect, a scholar of the highest credentials.
The contents if this book he claims not to be controversial among academics in the field of biblical scholarship, but are certainly controversial to the layman.
His conclusions are certainly controversial - but given the weight if evidence he gives in support they clearly shouldn't be.
A good run-through the work of New Testament history; detailed enough to provide clarity but not in-depth enough for me in some places.
A book that will make you think, maybe not fought to shake the faith of the masses but it will certainly leave you with many questions.
A good audiobook but for me it would have been much better if read by the author.
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