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Jesus, Interrupted Audiobook

Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

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Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. Here Ehrman reveals what scholars have unearthed:

  • The authors of the New Testament have diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works.
  • The New Testament contains books that were forged in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later.
  • Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented fundamentally different religions.
  • Established Christian doctrines, such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity were the inventions of still later theologians.

    These are not idiosyncratic perspectives of just one modern scholar. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they have been the standard and widespread views of critical scholars across a full spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most people have never heard such things?

    This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

    ©2009 Bart D. Ehrman; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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      A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 08-23-10
      A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 08-23-10 Member Since 2008

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      "Dense, but really good"

      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.

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      Edward 08-06-10
      Edward 08-06-10 Member Since 2006
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      "Thought provoking"

      "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.

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      Hal Helms Marietta, GA United States 05-07-10
      Hal Helms Marietta, GA United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2015
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      "Excellent informative book"

      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.

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      Erin Stamford, CT, USA 05-05-10
      Erin Stamford, CT, USA 05-05-10 Member Since 2015
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      "What We SHOULD Have Learned...."

      Two things to know about this audiobook. As an unabridged version, it's too long by half. The second is that the voice of the reader is a little aggravating to my ear. But: If you've never had a History of the Bible class in a mainstream university (as opposed to a Bible College for the fundamentalist point of view) this book is for you. I enjoyed hearing an historical- critical review of the Bible. I will download Ehrmann's other book: Misquoting Jesus.

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      Nathan Atlanta, GA, USA 10-04-09
      Nathan Atlanta, GA, USA 10-04-09
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      "excellent"

      Ehrman at his finest: Plenty of clear evidence to make his point. Definitely worth a second listen.

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      krisjs1767 Mercer Island, WA USA 08-05-09
      krisjs1767 Mercer Island, WA USA 08-05-09 Member Since 2012

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      "Brilliant!"

      I've liked all of Professor Ehrman's books but this is the best yet. There are very few audio offerings that I would want to repeat. This is one of them.

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      Amazon Customer Arkansas 05-13-09
      Amazon Customer Arkansas 05-13-09 Member Since 2004
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      "Widely accepted"

      I would highly recommend to those interested in both biblical history, and history of the bible. If you enjoyed Misquoting Jesus and Beyond Belief this will serve you well. It is not as in depth as I had hoped but he states that is not the intent. I would love to see other religious topics reviewed with the same historical view. I cannot but think that he was stung by criticism related to Misquoting Jesus as he repetitively (and to my ear a little annoyingly) explains that what is being presented is common, widely accepted, knowledge among scholars.

      The Jason Culp narration is excellent except that his voice and tone lends an officious air when the wide acceptance among scholars contention returns.

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      Marvin Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 04-04-09
      Marvin Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 04-04-09 Member Since 2009

      a mangyan who loves to hike, to walk, to run, and to read.

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      "a must for a bible reader"

      suddenly i become a bart ehrman fan... its well written and very informative... made me read my bible between each lines... as he said try reading or listen to this book with an open mind and you'll see...

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      Stephen Nashville, TN, United States 03-05-12
      Stephen Nashville, TN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2016
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      "I wouldn't read if you have weak faith"

      I started with Misquoting Jesus, by the same author. As a newly freed Agnostic, I was eager to know what lies I had been taught my whole life. This book was a great follow-up. There was some overlap, but that is needed so each book can stand alone. I actually found myself getting angry and some of the information. I was raised to believe that God inspired the Bible... not the case at all. If you are questioning, I highly recommend ANY book by this author!

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      Amazon Customer Bangkok, Thailand 05-22-12
      Amazon Customer Bangkok, Thailand 05-22-12

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      "Accessible & Honest Overview of The New Testament"

      Listening to this book made me wish that I had the opportunity to sit in Bart's lecture hall as a student listening to him first hand. I highly recommend this title to anyone with any interest in historical and critical approach to biblical scholarship.

      1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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