Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

For years Bart Ehrman has been routinely bombarded with one question: Did Jesus Exist? As a leading Bible expert, fans and critics alike have sent letters, emails, posted blogs, and questioned Ehrman during interviews wanting his opinion about this nagging question that has become a conspiracy theorist cottage industry the world over. The idea that the character of Jesus was an invention of the early churchs time to put the issue to rest. Yes, the historical Jesus of Nazareth did exist.

Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Ehrman methodically demolishes both the scholarly and popular 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 popular mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement. Throughout Did Jesus Exist? Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.

Title:Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062089946
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    Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth Reviews

  • Trevor

    Probably not the best idea to be annoying a sky god on the evening before I begin a flight to London – I do understand that, but so be it.When I was growing up I was told by my atheist father that t...

  • Rod Hilton

    I'm a huge fan of Bart Ehrman. I've learned more from reading his pop-history books than the work of any other individual author, and I've found him to be a fascinating and engaging writer. I have loo...

  • Shelley Ettinger

    I wasn't really looking to be persuaded about this book's titular question, hadn't ever really doubted it before, just wanted to learn some stuff. Not only did I learn very little, but this guy tipped...

  • Ian Hammond

    Some parts were quite good and helpful. Other parts were quite bad and harmful. Like "virtually every expert on the planet" Bart Ehrman believes Jesus existed, arguing from the fact that we have 7 ind...

  • Lee Harmon

    Not too long ago, I was asked in a religious forum whether I believe Jesus really existed. I said yes, I'm 99% sure. I meant precisely that: I'm a numbers guy, and I estimate the odds that Jesus never...

  • Samuel Proulx

    This book is packed with interesting and useful information. Unfortunately, the Arrogance and unnecessarily confrontational style of the author really get in the way. Perhaps he has spent too much tim...

  • Adam Morva

    Bart did a rather bad job of establishing a historical Jesus. Some of the arguments he rallied were sound, but they were not conclusive. He also brought into the fray some horrible, horrible logic and...

  • Steven Belanger

    Remarkably easy-to-read and interesting account of the accumulated (by Ehrman and many others, but mostly by Ehrman, who self-refers almost to the point of annoyance) evidence of the actual, historica...

  • George P.

    Bart D. Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth (New York: HarperOne, 2012). $26.99, 361 pages.A small but prolific group of agnostics and atheists argues that Jesus of ...

  • Greg

    If you are looking for a book tht weighs both arguments, analyses the strengths and weaknesses of both the hisoricist position and the mythicist position, this is not it. If you are looking for a book...