Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth [NOOK Book]

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For years Bart Ehrman has been routinely bombarded with one question: Did Jesus Exist? As a leading Bible expert, fans and critics alike have sent letters, emails, posted blogs, and questioned Ehrman during interviews wanting his opinion about this nagging question that has become a conspiracy theorist cottage industry the world over. The idea that the character of Jesus was an invention of the early church—and later a tool of control employed by the Roman Catholic Church—is a widely held belief and Ehrman has ...

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Overview

For years Bart Ehrman has been routinely bombarded with one question: Did Jesus Exist? As a leading Bible expert, fans and critics alike have sent letters, emails, posted blogs, and questioned Ehrman during interviews wanting his opinion about this nagging question that has become a conspiracy theorist cottage industry the world over. The idea that the character of Jesus was an invention of the early church—and later a tool of control employed by the Roman Catholic Church—is a widely held belief and Ehrman has decided it’s time to put the issue to rest. Yes, the historical Jesus of Nazareth did exist.

Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, 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 popular mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement. Throughout Did Jesus Exist? Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.

Those committed to the “non-existence” theory will need to read this formidable scholar’s counter argument while the more traditionally minded will enthusiastically support Ehrman’s definitive answer to the question. Perfect for the vigorous online debating community, this eBook original will be a must read for anyone interested in Jesus, the Bible, and the birth of Christianity.

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Christian Science Monitor
“His newest book has turned some of his perennial critics into fans, at least temporarily. In Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman decimates the persistent arguments of those who not only deny the divinity of Jesus but insist that no such man ever even existed.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062089946
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Series: eBook Original Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 78,668
  • File size: 584 KB

Meet the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, his work continues to drive debate among supporters and detractors alike. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus; God's Problem; Jesus, Interrupted; and Forged. Ehrman has appeared on Dateline NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, and top NPR programs, and he has been featured in Time, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Excellent

    Ehrman is the man. For far too long mythicists from all walks of life with no academic credentials have been claiming that Jesus was a myth. Ehrman calls there bluff, reviews their claims, and single-handedly dissects their b.s. Ehrman's evidence is spot on and he makes the mythicists look like utter fools. Must read for all believers and non-believers. Both groups will find a very objective scholarly position without the religious or atheist bias.

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Highly recommend. Dr. Ehrman has done it again

    This work shows compelling evidence that there really was a man named Jesus. People who are believers will be put off that this does not support the contention that he was god incarnate it does convince that there was a man named Jesus.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    Bias shines through

    If Ehrman's purpose was to refute the mythicist argument that Jesus of Nazareth never existed, then he does so cogently in this book. He should have stopped there. Unfortunately, he ends the book by presenting his own biased theory about the true nature of the teachings of Jesus. It may be a theory that he reached after years of scholarly study; but he offers no arguments against, and offers no other possible interpretations of the data. That's his prerogative, of course; this isn't a scholarly work. But it comes off as pandering to an audience of atheists, agnostics, and so-called "humanists." There's more than one way to interpret Jesus' apocalyptic teachings than the anti-Christian one that Ehrman presents.

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2013

    Well documented persuasive argument for the existence of Jesus

    Although no historical argument can ever be 100% proof for the historicity of an ancient figure, Ehrman's argument is persuasive and explains well why he has concluded that Jesus did exist as an historical figure. He provides a wealth of references, including books that argue against the existence of Jesus.

    For anyone interested in whether Jesus existed, I think this book is a must read, regardless of your own belief on the topic.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    It's okay

    Intriging ideas, but poorly written. There are lots of worthwhile needles, but it's a big haystack.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Bart should now call it quits. He has done enough writing about

    Bart should now call it quits. He has done enough writing about Jesus and his followers. He has now run out of Christianity. He can now concentrate on his class at the UNC. Enough of him and his books.

    1 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Gigi

    How many pages are there? My mom said only 500 pagesor more!

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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