Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument For Jesus Of Nazareth by Bart D. EhrmanDid Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument For Jesus Of Nazareth by Bart D. Ehrman

Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument For Jesus Of Nazareth

byBart D. Ehrman

Paperback | March 19, 2013

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In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, "Did Jesus exist at all?" Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus’ mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition.

Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Bart 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 mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement.

In Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.

Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, his work continues to drive debate among supporters and detractors alike. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Car...
Title:Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument For Jesus Of NazarethFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:March 19, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062206443

ISBN - 13:9780062206442


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very thorough and well-argued I have to say, this book is very devastating for the mythicist thesis. Ehrman systematically impugns every mythicist position from the sources, and demonstrates how the overwhelming evidence we have from almost every sector of historical inquiry you can think of -- traditions, creeds, corroborating sources, lost sources we know existed, historians -- all converge at the same point of Jesus' existence. Ehrman easily razes through enormous amounts of mythicist jargon to establish his point, and concludes by demonstrating that the Gospel narratives fit too cosily with the period they were written in regarding known and common historical events. The only thing I disagreed with in the book was peripheral to the thesis anyways -- the type of apocalyptic prophet Jesus was. Ehrman's 2017 debate with Robert Price shows masterfully why he simply cannot be defeated in debate when it comes to this topic, and that few have mastered the relevant sources as he has.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Did Jesus Exist The points for Jesus existence are well argued and are convincing. Multiple, independent sources and other arguments make a strong case for author's initial thesis that Jesus actually was a historical person. The part that is not addressed sufficiently is why this particular person and movement he started, grew so quickly to become Roman's Empire official religion and one of the world main religions. Maybe it was beyond author's interest, the book is quite focused on the proof of Jesus existence and repelling contrary views. Author is using Paul's writings to reinforce his case. I would like to know for example what happened to Paul that from Christian's tormentor he became their greatest spokesman and defender. There was the event on the road to Damascus that shocked him to the core. Weather or not the author gives any credence to this event there is no comment on that at all. The alternative interpretations are also missing. It is clear that there is no will to be bogged down here the in thorny issues of miraculous apparitions and I understand that. But to censor it altogether is not addressing the point that there was something different about this preacher over numerous others that roamed the holy land in the first century. The author has addressed virgin birth issue and I can buy his arguments on the subject. Hi didn't addressed the resurrection as I think it deserves. I think historical perspective to this issue would make the book much more complete.
Date published: 2013-12-01

Editorial Reviews

“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.”