How Jesus Became God
The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee
Bart D. Ehrman
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New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.
The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.
A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, Creator of all things. But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today.
Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, and is, God.
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Jesus is God
There is a ton of evidence both from scripture and extra biblical sources that confirm that not only did Jesus believe, behave and have the attributes of God, but that His followers, those around Him and the historians all concur , He was believed to be diety. He forgave sins (only God can) He is refered to as “My Lord and my God”. He accepted worship (only God) He had control over nature , sickness and death (only God) and came back from the dead (only God) seems to be a pattern here. Even Jewish and Roman historians point toward first centruy believers going to their deaths because of Jesus who they worshipped “as though he was a god”. This is another attempt by bart, just like his last few books, to sow the seeds of doubt over the fact that he is disgruntled because he doesnt, by his own admission, understand suffering and evil in the world. nothing new to be found in these pages, just repackaged drivel that he has written before. Dont waste your time or money.
About time someone overturned the myth.
The truth is that the first century Christians saw Jesus as an enlightened man, not as God. It was only much later that Jesus was deified into the figure preached by orthodox religion today. Too bad the original message of Jesus was twisted into the "only son of God" myth. As this book points out, the real and original message was to awaken to the kingdom of God within (Luke 17:21) not worship a human being mythologized as God.
Thoroughly researched and well-presented. Not religious-oriented but a substantial historical account of how generations believed in Jesus.