Did Jesus Exist?
The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
Bart D. Ehrman
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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 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.
Did Jesus Exist?
Bart Ehrman shows us again why he is the best scholar in his field.
With no religion to defend, Dr Ehrman explores this topic like a veteran detective. A must have book!! I can't wait for the existential sequel "Do You Exist?".
Compelling evidence and perspective
I have been searching for a good book to help me with struggles concerning the existence of Jesus. I am not a person to believe "just because". I prefer facts and evidence. This book provides a compelling argument and challenges the opposition on and intellectual level. What is even more refreshing is that the author is not a Christian. He presents the evidence from a purely historical perspective, points out inconsistencies when he perceives them, and continues the quest for proof.
If you are a seeker of the truth and want the insight from a historical scholar whether it not Jesus walked the earth and said the things that are claimed, this is the book for you.
Did Jesus Exist?
Ehrman takes on the "Mythicists," who claim that Jesus is an invention of first century Christians. While he sympathizes with their irreverence Ehrman argues that their claims are irrelevant to answering the question, did Jesus exist. Ehrman carefully demonstrates his case point by point. In the final section he shows how one can make a stronger argument for irreverence (dismissing Christian claims of the supernatural divinity of Jesus) by accepting the historical evidence that he did exist, but not like Sunday schools teach.