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Bart Ehrman

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Ehrman’s Orthodox Corruption of Scripture[1] was interesting but apart from that I have never understood why so many people seem to get excited over any work by Ehrman. The books of his I’ve read are very light-weight, often demonstrating an unprofessional ignorance of the current scholarship, riddled with logical fallacies, and sometimes containing fundamental errors of fact. How he acquired his reputation as such a prominent scholar I do not know.
—Neil Godfrey[2]

Bart D. Ehrman (born 1955) is a New Testament scholar and author, and the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the same said university. His books are mainly about the Bible and Scriptures and often contain textual criticism.

Bart Ehrman was an evangelical Christian as a teen, however through his hard, careful study of the Bible, along with the problem of evil, he now identifies himself as an agnostic.[3]

Although skeptical of classical Christian theological claims, Bart Ehrman does not subscribe to the "mythicist" theory that Jesus of Nazareth was an entirely fictional person. The first book describing his portrait of the historical Jesus was his 2000 Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, in which he heavily (but not entirely) followed Albert Schweitzer in arguing that Jesus was an apocalyptist who believed that cataclysmic end-time events were shortly going to occur. In March of 2012, Ehrman published a book giving his reasons for believing Jesus actually existed, entitled Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth.

So why do many people get excited over any work by Ehrman? León Santiago opines:

Bart Ehrman is a rock star. Well … as close to a rock star as a geeky Ivy League academic with tenure can get, anyway. After a long industrious, prolific, and distinguished career teaching the historical Jesus, he now finds himself in a most enviable position, one that other lesser-known New Testament scholars drooly aspire to. He is without question the best-selling author in the field of New Testament studies today, penning one successful (and usually provocative—at least to the evangelical mindset) book on Christian origins after another. His is on an impressive (and lucrative) streak. Well-known among scholars, he's also become an ubiquitous presence in the talk-show circuit, in book-signing tours, on the radio, in documentaries that profile the latest reconstruction(s) of Jesus, and in all manner of media. He's big time, a go-to "professional expert", as ubiquitous now as Bishop Spong, Elaine Pagels, Dom Crossan, and N.T. Wright have been for a while.[4]

Erhman v. Craig[edit]

Per the Conservapedia "Bart Ehrman" article:[5]

Bart Erhman debated Christian apologist William Lane Craig at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. The topic was, Is there Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus?. Dr. Ehrman's main problem was that he would not accept the possibility of God intervening in the physical world to Resurrect Jesus.

Well that certainly is a bizarre way of stating Erhman's "problem", which is not Erectile Dysfunction, but rather "he would not accept the possibility of God intervening in the physical world to Resurrect Jesus." However the more discerning viewer might note that "Ehrman hammers home the point that historians exclude appeals to miracles, on methodological grounds."[6] And that Craig's problem is that he is not credible (perhaps also suffering ED) and that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.


  • Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium Oxford University Press, USA. (1999) ISBN 0-19-512474-X
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew Oxford University Press, USA. (2003) ISBN 0-19-514183-0
  • The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings Oxford University Press, USA. (2003) ISBN 0-19-515462-2
  • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why HarperSanFrancisco. (2005) ISBN 0-06-073817-0
  • God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer HarperCollins, USA. (2008) ISBN 0-06-117397-5
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) HarperCollins, USA. (2009) ISBN 0-06-117393-2

External links[edit]


  1. Countryman, Louis William (1997). "The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament. By Bart D. Ehrman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. xiii + 314 pp. $45.00.". Church History 66 (1): 81–83.  doi:10.2307/3169634.
  2. Comment by Neil Godfrey—2 July 2020—per "Prof. “Errorman” and the non-Christian sources — Part 3: Tacitus and Josephus". 30 June 2020.  Vridar.
  3. Ehrman, Bart D.. Jesus, Interrupted HarperCollins, 2009. ISBN 0061173932
  4. SANTIAGO, LEÓN (13 May 2012). "Review of Bart Ehrman's "Did Jesus Exist"".  quixotic infidel (the).
  5. retrieved: 12 July 2020
  6. Cain, Benjamin (10 July 2020). "Clarifying and Debating the Christ Myth Theory: Round Two" (in en).  Medium.