Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising one of the most pressing questions in the history of religion: "Did Jesus exist at all?" Was he invented out of whole cloth for nefarious purposes by those seeking to control the masses? Or was Jesus such a shadowy figure - far removed from any credible historical evidence - that he bears no meaningful resemblance to the person described in the Bible?
In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts these questions, vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth. The Jesus you discover here may not be the Jesus you had hoped to meet - but he did exist, whether we like it or not.
©2012 Bart D. Ehrman (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
No. I got the message.
No particular moment.
Did Jesus Exist?
Is Christ a made-up figure?
Interesting. I never knew, there was really so much evidence to be found.
Ehrman methodically gives plausible reasons leading to the conclusion that a man named Jesus did exist - and was the basis (somehow) for later stories about him.
Jesus Certainly Existed. The arguments presented clearly here are thoughtful and not superficial. From a secular, scholarly point of view, the arguments and evidence are displayed convincingly and carefully. This is what we expect from Ehrman, and he delivers. He does away with common superficialities and the reader is satisfied.
As an atheist, I often wondered if the man Jesus actually existed. I feel that the book had some reliable proof of his existance, but it was presented in a long drawn out and sometimes redundant way.
Canceling Sirius and getting an Audible subscription was a great move for me. I love to read and now can keep up with all my favorite books while I am working out, driving my car, or as a bedtime story. Sure, I am in my 40’s, but you are never too old for a bedtime story.
This is a great book that is not biased; rather, it is a logical exploration about if Jesus was an actual historical person and what was he really like. The author was not overly impressed with himself and did not get into a plethora of “academic speak”. Simply an outstanding book that causes one to really think.
it really should just be an article. Ehrman continues with his initial scholarship but at times seems to be rehashing sections of his other books
the concept that people consider Jesus to be mythical
I would definitely listen again, there is a wealth of supporting and opposing views covered with a solid basis for the arguments.
Great historical view and information for the existence of Jesus. The facts and arguments for both sides are represented well with no bias. Historical supporting references are covered completely.
A well modulated voice and clear diction
The amount of research and that was so easy to follow up on
yes, see above.
No. I wanted to check his quotations while they were fresh in my mind
We'll be greeted as liberators.
"AH-KAH-REE-AH-SS".... No, "A-CHAR-EEYAH-SS".... Yes.
It takes but a few seconds on Youtube to get this pronunciation down correctly, which leads me to suspect how hastily this recording was produced (no offense).
Firstly, I will admit that I purchase many audiobooks just because Walter Dixon is the reader/narrator of them. He adds much quality, I am a great fan of his. But there is also something that should be taken in advisement... if Dixon read "Mein Kampf" it would sound somewhat reasonable & well-balanced. Of course Ehrman's book is far from that! But if you carefully listen, you will note the numerous fallacial arguments occurring within every 10 minute span, which is something common to both (sadly this is not an exaggeration). I purchased the ebook when it first came out, got half-ways thru, abandoned it out of some shock and surprise at the scholarly fall-off. So when the audiobook launched I decided to give it another chance. Ehrman didn't use the opportunity to correct many of the errors that have been exposed so far.
Please WD, I hope never to hear you read the "Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" or such... you're too dangerous!
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