Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them)
Bart D. Ehrman
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Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches—and it's not what most people think. Here Ehrman reveals what scholars have unearthed:
The authors of the New Testament have diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation worksThe New Testament contains books that were forged in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades laterJesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented fundamentally different religionsEstablished Christian doctrines—such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity—were the inventions of still later theologians
These are not idiosyncratic perspectives of just one modern scholar. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they have been the standard and widespread views of critical scholars across a full spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most people have never heard such things? This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for—a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.
A new look at the Bible
Bart Ehrman brings to light accurate history of our most revered book. He gives a historical, logical and personal summary of how the Bible was manipulated to convince the masses regarding the concepts of God, his values, and demands of the human race.
I was convinced that the Bible is a human book written by humans. It lost relevance for me after reading this and other books by Ehrman. I've already read it 3 times!
I read this last year and it is incredibly insightful.
Be very careful with Dr Ehrman
I took one of Dr Ehrman's classes at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr Ehrman is a brilliant man who is very good at what he does, but he is also very good at manipulating "facts" to say what he wants them to say. More often than not, he often blatantly ignores the things that contradict what he is saying. Many of his arguments, while interesting and generally well thought out, are often based on assumptions and personal opinions. Look at it this way, he is basically someone who gets paid to make educated guesses about a people and culture who he can only study through ancient documents. I do not want to form an opinion for you about Dr Ehrman, but it was very clear from his lectures and talking with him that he is a very arrogant individual. An individual who believes that he has found all the answers, which is a very dangerous attitude to adopt in his field. His books are interesting, but I would encourage you to take his "facts" with a grain of salt