Follow 24 fascinating lectures that trace the history of the New Testament and the early Christian faith community....
Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus....
In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Erhman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament....
These 12 illuminating lectures paint a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity....
Why do we suffer? Surprisingly, the Bible does not have one answer but many "answers" that often contradict one another....
This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, an account of the challenges we face when attempting to recreate the life of Jesus....
Experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest....
In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today....
The past truly comes alive as you take a series of imaginative leaps into the world of history's anonymous citizens....
In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth....
More than a half-century after it burst upon the intellectual scene, Existentialism's quest to answer the most fundamental questions has continued to exert a profound attraction....
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What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? And why did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of scripture that would define their belief for all time? With these 12 lectures, get a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity. Designed to deepen the understanding of both Christians and non-Christians alike, this lecture series takes as its perspective the historical, rather than the theological, issues behind the development of the Bible. And it's an illuminating perspective, indeed, ranging across issues of language, oral history, the physical limitations of spreading the written word at a time when the printing press lay far in the future, and, of course, the theological forces that were shaping Christianity, molding a commonly accepted canon from the various expressions of the faith spreading across the ancient world. Professor Ehrman recreates the context of the times in which the canon was being assembled so that you can understand what the message of each written work would have meant to ancient Christians. You'll come to see how the diverse books of the New Testament were gathered together into the form we now know, whether it's the four canonical Gospels (whose authorship was only attributed by later Christians), the book of Acts, the 21 Epistles, or the book of Revelation (sometimes called the Apocalypse of John).
These lectures are a compelling introduction not only to the development of the Christian canon, but to all of the forces that would play a role in early Christian history.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
MAIN POINT: The content should've been more focused on the "making" of the canon as opposed to a quasi-survey of the canon. Ehrman's "The New Testament" course covers almost the same exact material with just a little more detail.
Ehrman starts the second to last lecture reminding listeners that it was (I'm paraphrasing) a long and detailed history leading up to the selection and discrimination of books. Yes, Bart! That's why I bought your course. I wanted to learn about that part of Christian history in particular. Problem is, he spends an inordinate amount of time (75%) walking listeners through historical discrepancies in the gospels, pseudonymous Pauline epistles, scribal errors, orthodox corruption, conflicting theologies, et cetera. All interesting topics.. WHICH SHOULD BE AND WERE COVERED IN DETAIL DURING 'THE NEW TESTAMENT' COURSE! Direct listeners, if they would like to learn more about those areas, to purchase that course.
This course could've briefly touched on those issues to show there are prior questions one should be asking of the New Testament as well, but it should've focused primarily on particular arguments, detailed interactions with patristic fathers and other "heretics", from the second to fourth centuries, culminating in the Athanasian canon.
Ehrman is a fine scholar of the New Testament and a great expositor of tricky textual and interpretive issues. I've learned a lot from him. But he has particular pet project areas he focuses on, and it seems to dominate his lecturing style. I feel like he is constantly trying to prove the same things over and over again, even when what he's looking to prove doesn't exactly fit the course aim.
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This book has too much overlap with other courses by this same lecturer. If you've already heard the others, it's not as good as his lectures on the early Christian church and the ones on the controversies of the Bible. I was hoping for new or more information than what I got in the other lectures.That being said, as a whole, good information. Ehrman is a good lecturer.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
I disagree a bit with the previous reviewer in that although there are iTunes U courses that are excellent, Prof. Ehrman is the top of his field. I very much enjoyed the lecture series, Prof. Ehrman is an excellent lecturer and presents information in a clear and interesting way. I enjoyed this course more than the books, but I prefer to hear history and science in lecture form.
I highly recommend this lecture series if you are interested in the subject. I feel prof. Ehrman presents the subject in a fair and objective light, he is only presenting his academic studies and is not teaching a sermon or ranting against religion.
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
A scholarly and historical (not devotional) perspective on how the New testament came to exist in its present form. The course is a lecture series given by premier Bible Scholar Bartrand Ehrman. If you're looking for an objective view into the history of the Bible and Christianity, I highly recommend this series.
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What did you like best about The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon? What did you like least?
I liked the historical context of the lectures and how they detailed the writing of the books in the New Testament. <br/><br/>What I didn't like was that there seemed to be an undertone of doubt about the validity of any of the books. Prof. Ehrman began the lectures by stating that any two texts that were virtually identical in subject, writing style, or account could almost certainly be considered copies of eachother. (he went into a very convincing example in his lecture) He references several corresponding accounts in the gospels that he supposes had to be copied from other resources. Later, though, Ehrman references discrepancies in accounts of the same events in different gospels and uses this as reason to doubt the validity of scripture. I think a reasonable doubt is healthy when digesting any information, but you can't have it both ways. Ehrman is suggesting that similarities in scripture are reason to doubt their validity, and again later suggesting that discrepancies are reason to discredit.<br/><br/>These lectures are written from a historical perspective, not a theologic one. That said, it still seems that the goal of the lectures isn't only to educate about the writing, assembly, and preservation of the New Testament.
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What three words best describe Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s performance?
Knowledgable, Informative, Biased
Do you think The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I would like to see a point by point rebuttal from a biblical historical perspective. After independently researching many points made in the lectures and finding that they weren't entirely based in fact, I would love to listen to lectures that are based on biblical explanations.
18 of 30 people found this review helpful
Need to know for Christians and others interested in the creation of the Holy Bible!
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When looking for early Church history you mostly find one of two things: Church apologists that accept every document they agree with without question, or atheists that reject every document that supports the orthodox view and accept every document that is harmful to the orthodox view. Ehrman does not fall inter either category. Ehrman provides as an objective a historical view as one could ask for. Ehrman lays out the facts as they can best be determined from a historical perspective. Whether you are a Christian or not, if you want a better understanding of how the New Testimate was formed, buy this lecture series.
Well explained, interesting, academic, but well within the grasp of your average person. I would recommend all Christians listen to this. Particularly interesting were the explanations of the gospels and Revelation.
So much I did not know.
very interesting but every part of it felt condensed. it seemed to leave out alot
Fantastic read which is neither pro religion nor anti religion. It is purely historical and is quite captivating.
Well argued ands=6,9??2÷@@@! clearly delivered. A far bit of overlap with the later book "The historical Jesus" but still enough different content to remain interesting and informative.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Easy to listen to and riveting topic matter. Very happy I bothered! Loved the whole thing.
I love listening to Bart. Great depth, well presented. I'm not sure his audience is Christian as they didn't laugh at any of his jokes bar one and he was left awkwardly having to explain them, which I found amusing and endearing. Either way, highly recommended.