Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

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Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising one of the most pressing questions in the history of religion: "Did Jesus exist at all?" Was he invented out of whole cloth for nefarious purposes by those seeking to control the masses? Or was Jesus such a shadowy figure—far removed from any credible historical evidence—that he bears no meaningful resemblance to the person described in the Bible?

In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman...

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Overview

Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising one of the most pressing questions in the history of religion: "Did Jesus exist at all?" Was he invented out of whole cloth for nefarious purposes by those seeking to control the masses? Or was Jesus such a shadowy figure—far removed from any credible historical evidence—that he bears no meaningful resemblance to the person described in the Bible?

In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts these questions, vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth. The Jesus you discover here may not be the Jesus you had hoped to meet—but he did exist, whether we like it or not.

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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.”
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: 9780062206442
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 361
  • Sales rank: 262,329
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus, God's Problem, and Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time magazine and has appeared on NBC's Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, History, and major NPR programs.

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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 17 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 10 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 36 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 15 people found this review helpful.

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