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Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth | [Bart D. Ehrman]

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

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.
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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

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    Scooter Reviews Washington State 01-28-15
    Scooter Reviews Washington State 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Great job all around. This is my 4th Ehrman book and in some respects I think it might be the best.

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 11-12-13 Member Since 2006

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    Would you listen to Did Jesus Exist? again? Why?

    No. I got the message.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Did Jesus Exist??

    No particular moment.


    Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Did Jesus Exist?
    Is Christ a made-up figure?


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting. I never knew, there was really so much evidence to be found.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fahel Houston, Texas 08-21-13
    Fahel Houston, Texas 08-21-13
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    "I agree. Jesus Existed."
    What made the experience of listening to Did Jesus Exist? the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Kimberly 05-02-13
    Kimberly 05-02-13
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    "Another Ehrman Classic"
    If you could sum up Did Jesus Exist? in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-28-13
    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-28-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "A rather mundane look at the existance of Jesus"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wynn G. Richards Norman, OK 03-19-13
    Wynn G. Richards Norman, OK 03-19-13 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    "Great book – no agenda/dogma, just facts"
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    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.

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    joseph TULLY, NY, United States 01-07-13
    joseph TULLY, NY, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012

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    "a variation on the same theme"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the concept that people consider Jesus to be mythical


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Could you see Did Jesus Exist? being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


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    Russell Jon Moon 12-05-12
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    "Great Historical Explaination of the Existance of"
    Would you listen to Did Jesus Exist? again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again, there is a wealth of supporting and opposing views covered with a solid basis for the arguments.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Hauraki Plains, New Zealand 08-08-12
    Ralph Hauraki Plains, New Zealand 08-08-12
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    "I always believed that Jesus of Nazareth existed"
    What made the experience of listening to Did Jesus Exist? the most enjoyable?

    A well modulated voice and clear diction


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of research and that was so easy to follow up on


    What about Walter Dixon’s performance did you like?

    yes, see above.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I wanted to check his quotations while they were fresh in my mind


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    Bunto Skiffler 09-28-12

    We'll be greeted as liberators.

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    "Allowing Walter Dixon plenty of slack, but jeez!"

    "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!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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