|Publisher:||Oxford Univ Pr|
|Publish Date:||May 2001|
|Number of Pages:||288|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.55|
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New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Wheaton College in 1978. He earned his Masters of Divinity and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught at Rutgers University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor. He has published more than 20 scholarly and popular books, including three New York Times bestsellers, plus numerous articles and book reviews.
|The End of History as We Know It|
|Who was Jesus? Why It's So Hard to Know|
|How Did the Gospels Get to Be This Way?|
|Looking about a Bit: Non-Christian Sources for the Historical Jesus|
|Looking about a Bit More: Other Christian Sources for the Historical Jesus|
|Moving on to the Past: How Can We Reconstruct the Life of Jesus?|
|Finding a Fit: Jesus in Context|
|Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet|
|The Apocalyptic Teachings of Jesus|
|A Place for Everything: Jesus' Other Teachings in Their Apocalyptic Context|
|Not in Word Only: The Associates, Deeds, and Controversies of Jesus in Apocalyptic Context|
|The Last Days of Jesus|
|From Apocalyptic Prophet to Lord of All: The Afterlife of Jesus|
|Jesus as the Prophet of the New Millennium: Then and Now|
Ehrman admits that there are "something like eight zillion books written about Jesus". Then why add another book to this mountain of verbiage? Because, according to Ehrman, very few of these books are aimed at a popular audience; most are "inexcusably dull and/or idiosyncratic"they don't consider the evidence and they scarcely show the view that is held by "the majority" of scholars. Unfortunately, this comes dangerously close to the pot calling the kettle black.
Although Ehrman's writing is lively and thorough, he glosses over scholarly debate, making heavy use of phrases like "almost all scholars" and "most historians" and wrongly giving an illusion of certainty and agreement where there is none. He finds very little of historical value in the Gospels, seeing them as theological documents pasted together from a patchwork of sources after decades of oral change. A more balanced look at the scholarly debates can be found in Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?: A Debate Between William Lane Craig and John Donimic Crossman (LJ 1/99). Those desiring a more intensive introduction to the questions discussed here will find that Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament (LJ 2/15/98) repays the extra effort. Still, this is a well-written exposition of one side of an important scholarly debate; recommended for public and academic libraries. Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
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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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