I debated whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars, I love and admire his work, this volume should really be read as a supplement to Misquoting Jesus, however compared to Misquoting Jesus, this book is less subject focused, i.e it went from a book about textual discripency to biblical history to religious ethics to personal experience. I agree with the sentiment and historical approach to religion, I still wish this volume provide more scholarly and academic information than it does, maybe I am too greedy. I remain the author's most loyal fan and disciple.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
I have been reluctant to listen to this book from prof. Bart D. Ehrman for one reason, he claims that those who are pastors will not find anything new in this book. They would have been taught at seminary, most of the content of this book.
Ehrman's statement is only a half-truth. A lot of the issues I know, but what I didn't know is his own approach to the historical critical method of the Bible. You will get to know more about how Ehrman sees the world in this book, than just the things that pastors learned and haven't told their congregations.
As Ehrman concludes that the Bible cannot be the Word of God because of all its errors, in South Africa the view in theological faculties are that it is God's Word in Human Language. It is a midway from the Bible being the inerrant Word of God and the reality of the discrepancies in the Bible.
Ehrman is not scared to follow a train of argument through to the end of its consequences. This is probably on of the best popular books on the historical critical method of investigating the Bible. At the same time it is also a chapter by chapter "summary" of other books he has written.
I've recognised "Misquoting Jesus," "Forged," "Lost Christianities" as well as a little bit of "Did Jesus Exist?" his latest book. I you want to know what it is all about for Bart, then this is probably a good book to read.
I must say that I appreciated the tone of the book. He doesn't seem to want to convert Christians to atheism. Yet, I can see how having a few years of theology condensed into one book, can shake a person's faith. It challenges a lot of traditional beliefs.
Bart D. Ehrman does for the Biblical Sciences what Richard Dawkins did for the Natural Sciences. He takes a difficult topic and put it in a congestible format. Not only is the historical-criticism of the Bible a difficult subject, it also has tremendous consequences for Theology and in the end for Christians.
This book might challenge your belief-system to the core. Yet it is important information given in a digestible format. I personally think that it is sad that Ehrman doesn't believe. While he de-constructs the basics of the Christian faith, his reconstruction feels very empty.
The book is recommended, for anyone interested in the historical-critical approach of the Bible. It might not be everybody's cup of tea but it is an important perspective on the New Testament and needs to be heard.
My praise for Bart D. Ehrman goes far beyond acknowledging his scholarship, he has done me an immense favor. Although baptized as a child, I am not a Christian and have always been made to feel that it was my fault. After listening to Jesus, Interrupted; I now understand why I am not a Christian and why I do not believe. The difference is that I can now articulate, with some degree of authority, just why I disbelieve. The coup de grace for me came when Bart asked the rhetorical question: Just how does one decide to believe one miracle and not another. Knowledge is a wonderful thing, especially if it inoculates a person from the mind-virus that is religion.
The book was very enjoyable: a nice account of the New Testament from an historical perspective.
My complaint is that the book is only 6 hours. It is listed as 12 hours and divided into two parts. If you download both parts, you just downloaded the same book twice. It's a good listen, just limit your expectations to 6 hours (not 12 hours!).
Misquoting Jesus was one of my recomended downloads, but a reviewer suggested trying Jesus Interrupted first, so I did. I liked it so much and was so intrigued, I bought the book and downloaded his other works. Having grown up Protestant and Catholic, this really amazed me, more so when I opened the Bible to verify...WOW! I enjoyed his presentation of the material thoroughly and found it very hard to put down. I did not find it overly technical nor dry but quite fascinating. I agree whole heartedly that one should approach this open minded, considering what is said and what is written and referred to in the Bible. Man touched the Bible, therefore there will be mistakes. Professor shares his research yet suggests nothing but your deepest consideration of the facts. I have suggested it to my wife and children and many friends, I do to you as well!
I would suggest anyone who listens to this would also listen to Lee Strobel's, "The Case For Christ". Everything the author presents can be disputed in that book. He didn't present any new arguments that I hadn't heard. As a student of the Bible, it was definitely interesting though and Christians who believe the Word of God is accurate and reliable need to be aware of this type of teaching.
The author goes into the heart of Christianity and analyzes Jesus. Are the sayings from the Bible really from Jesus? Did he really teach the Sermon on the Mount? Which version of the Crucifiction is the most accurate? Dr. Ehrman shows us what the evidence supports. A good read for someone interested in Biblical history.
I'm a freethinker with a never ending desire to learn! Born a Texan, a Californian by choice.
Of the four books, I have read by Professor Ehrman this is definitely the best. If you have any interest in knowing the truth about the Bible you will enjoy this book. If you want to keep your head buried in the sand, you would be better off not reading this offering. Those that have an open mind will find this book worth their time and money.
Um dos melhores até agora.
Um excelente livro para quem quer saber mais sobre a Biblia. Escrito por um estudioso do assunto, Jesus Interrupted abre um novo cenário para esse livro tão importante para a civilização ocidental e ao mesmo tempo tão repleto de incongruências.
I expected this to be along the lines of a PBS story, revealing things that are not common. I expected to learn about the books that did not make it to the bible, but are in the Vatican Library. I didn't expect to hear simple contradictions that really are easily argued on both sides... very much a let down.