How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation Of A Jewish Preacher From Galilee by Bart D. EhrmanHow Jesus Became God: The Exaltation Of A Jewish Preacher From Galilee by Bart D. Ehrman

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation Of A Jewish Preacher From Galilee

byBart D. Ehrman

Paperback | April 7, 2015

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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.

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:How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation Of A Jewish Preacher From GalileeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful! I have long held this secular view about the historical Jesus. I have a collection of similar literature. But Ehrman's scholarly insights just blew my mind. This book is a must-have for for free thinkers!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating but not for Everyone! The book focuses on the evolution of the adoration of Jesus from apocalyptic Messiah to God. Bart Ehrman uses clear language and prose with examples to show the early battles among Christians on the issue of Jesus' origin, role and divinity. The overall theme may not be comfortable reading for many as Mr. Ehrman is an admitted atheist and former Christian. Yet, the research into the language of surviving ancient texts left behind by early Christians is interesting. Wish he had provided a chapter on why Christianity flourished among the hundreds of creeds that existed in the Roman Empire. Not bad but more for those with a strong background and interest in religion.
Date published: 2016-02-05

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“Bart Ehrman has made a career of zeroing in on some of the most difficult questions at the intersection of faith and history.”