Like other Bart Ehrman books this one is outstandingly well researched and he goes out of his way to present the "standard" narrative for the "Historical/Critical" perspective of the Bible. He is not putting forth any groundbreaking theories at all. His point is that the historical/critical approach to the Bible has valuable things to say about the Bible and presents some of them in a very accessible format.
I do recommend listening to/reading "Misquoting Jesus" before this book because it will introduce you to some of the concepts and gives a good overview of historical changes to the Bible which is valuable to understanding this book.
There is one caveat with this endorsement, though. This would not be a good book for those that are threatened by "poking holes" in Scripture. While this is not the author's goal it could be interpreted as that when he points out discrepancies in the Bible. He reconciles them by pointing out the context that they occur under and the different audiences that are being addressed rather than reconciling them by semantic/historical gymnastics as some conservatives would do.
He also occasionally goes into diatribes against those who denigrate the Historical/Critical approach. He does not say that the Historical/Critical approach is the best, but that it is a valid way to look at the Bible and, sometimes, in my opinion, goes a little far in striking back at some of his critics. That is what kept this book from being a 5-star listen for me.
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yes, I enjoyed learning more about the historical information on the Bible. I think that anyone who takes the Bible literally, should read/listen to this book as well as his earlier book called, "Misquoting Jesus" I think it would open up their eyes a little bit. And that is something that they really NEED to do.
There were several...I really can't pick just one.
Yes, he was a good narrator.
It made me feel good about my skepticism.
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!).
I liked that the author presented his information in a strongly unbiased way. He is clear about when things he is stating are his own opinion vs. the widely held scholarly opinion. Although the author considers himself an agnostic he approaches the subject in manner that is not condescending towards believers.
The performer was very clear and understandable with an accent that sounded very ordinary to me (an American speaker). My only complaint was that he talks a bit slow, but I was able to speed the playback up on the Android app so this was no problem.
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This is an awesomely informative book with information that I was not aware of and definitely recommended highly for believers or nonbelievers. Mind opening and thought provoking, really enjoyed this work! Keep it coming!
Really enjoyed this and helped to shed light on the "roots" of the bible. My only criticism is the repetition, particularly heavy in the final chapter, of the author to keep stressing the importance of reading the bible from a historical perspective. I completely agree, and I still agree after the 50th time I heard him stressing this, and it started to numb my ears. All the same, very much worth the listen.
I have been absolutely enamoured with this book since I download it. Listened more than twice and really enjoy the academic analysis of the 'holy' book. I am an ex Jehovahs Witness and reckoned I knew my (Watchtower) trained scriptures well. It's scary to think the volume of people who hang on the Bible as a truth as to where we are going and what we are. Well argued, intriguing and fascinating the Ehrman work is really on the ball when making its case. It should appeal to seekers of the real truth in all phases of life.
Several times while listening to this book, I found myself really glad that I was listening and not reading. It's really packed with information. I'm glad I was able to jet let it flow over me. It's really well referenced and researched and is broken up into nice little, understandable chunks. Listening to it has really made me ask myself some questions. I have recommended it to several friends.
"Jesus, Interrupted" by Bart Ehrman is a well written and well organized analysis of The New Testament using historical (biblical scholarship) techniques. I think the first half of the book, where Ehrman points out significant issues and differences between the various books of The New Testament, is much better than the second half where, in my mind, he presents many historical anecdotes as he strongly hypothesizes about how the early Christian church developed and how that development impacted the Bible. If you are a Christian who has not encountered biblical scholarship before, many of the ideas in this book would be very startling to you.
Having studied religion, I was not unaware of problems in the NT, but this book sensitively, honestly lays bare the extent of the difficulties. I only wish it were required reading for all Christians.