Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) Paperback – Feb 2 2010
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“Ehrman’s ability to translate scholarship for a popular audience has made the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a superstar in the publishing world” (IndyWeek)
“For both scholars and the masses who read about religion, Bart D. Ehrman needs no introduction . . . He adds the personal to the scholarly for some of his works, detailing how he went from a Moody Bible Institute-educated fundamentalist evangelical to an agnostic . (Durham Herald-Sun)
“There’s something delicious (for nonbelievers, anyway) about the implacable, dispassionate way that Ehrman reveals how the supposedly “divine truth” of Christianity was historically constructed.” (Salon.com)
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The Human Story Behind the Divine Book
In this New York Times bestseller, leading Bible expert Bart Ehrman skillfully demonstrates that the New Testament is riddled with contradictory views about who Jesus was and the significance of his life. Ehrman reveals that many of the books were written in the names of the apostles by Christians living decades later, and that central Christian doctrines were the inventions of still later theologians. Although this has been the standard and widespread view of scholars for two centuries, most people have never learned of it.
Jesus, Interrupted is a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we have when attempting to reconstruct the life and meaning of Jesus.See all Product Description
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Now, why I like this book: At publicizing textual criticism, honest reflection, and understanding of the bible, there may be none better than Bart Ehrman. He writes well and fluently, and he convincingly brings up important issues that bible readers should be aware of. For this reason, I believe that Jesus, Interrupted is a very important book to read.Read more ›
No, Jesus never saw himself as being divine. The Jewish messiah maybe, but never divine. No, there is no 'holy trinity' which was created for no other reason than to override the multiple-god philosophers of the time. Yes, Jesus in all probability did exist, did die from crucifixion and did so as a total selfless act for those around him. But lastly, no, God is not the Nazi terrorist that is written about in the Old Testament. This was simply the way that a simple tribe of illiterate story tellers used to describe what they felt was happening around them.
To give up the thought that the Bible is inerrant is not the beginning of the pathway to hell (for that doesn't exist either!). Instead it can be the start of an honest, thoughtful and compassionate view of the major questions that we all face in our lifetimes. I highly recommend 'Jesus, Interrupted' to help you begin seeing life for what it is rather than for what we were told (and wished) that it was.
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Have you ever tried to tell a bible believers that there are contradictions in the bible? Tell them to buy this bookPublished 14 months ago by ernest reinhart
An excellent book for lay reading based on deep scholarship by Dr. Bart whether one is an agnostic or a believer. .Published 18 months ago by Maurice A. Rhodes
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