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Publisher's Summary

Bart Ehrman, author of the best sellers Misquoting Jesus and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, here takes listeners on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, Paul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene. What do the writings of the New Testament tell us about each of these key followers of Christ? What legends have sprung up about them in the centuries after their deaths? Was Paul bow-legged and bald? Was Peter crucified upside down? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? In this lively work, Ehrman separates fact from fiction, presenting complicated historical issues in a clear and informative way and relating vivid anecdotes culled from the traditions of these three followers. He notes, for instance, that historians are able to say with virtual certainty that Mary, the follower of Jesus, was from the fishing village of Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee; but there is no evidence to suggest that she was a prostitute, and little reason to think that she was married to Jesus.
Vibrantly written and leavened with many colorful stories, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene will appeal to anyone curious about the early Christian church and the lives of these important figures.
©2006 Bart D. Ehrman (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Uncompromising in its scholarship yet utterly engaging." (Publishers Weekly)
"Terrific....Ehrman presents his case clearly and succinctly." (Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By heather on 10-29-06

another Ehrman gem

I love the writing of this american theologian. He frequently uses a witty tone to lighten what could be heavy material. He is able to present a wealth of information in a scholarly fashion and yet he never makes you feel you are listening to a lecture. It always seems more like a good story. I'm looking forward to his next book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Doug on 06-01-07

Interesting enough for a second listening

The first part of this book, on Peter, did not excite me, but the last two parts, on Paul and Mary Magdalene were enthralling. Having read numerous studies of the New Testament, I am no beginner but I still found myself learning a lot from this scholarly but user-friendly discussion. I plan to listen to the book again after I finish the book I bought immediately after hearing this one---another one by Ehrman. I want to hear more of what he has to say as I find that he has done his homework (he translated the New Testament himself from the old documents) and his judgment is fair.

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