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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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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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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

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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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.

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  • brian
  • United States
  • 09-18-12

Beyond Interesting!

If you could sum up Did Jesus Exist? in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, balanced, authoritative

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

Well, it's not a story. I think the timeline of New Testament authors and their influences upon one another were very well documented and explained. I really appreciated the author's creation of context in terms of the languages, customs, and circumstances (political, military, etc) of the times.

Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favorite?

Not really applicable to this type of treatise.

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

No, I liked to take my time with it and listen and re-listen to the variety of teaching points made. Would love to take a course from this guy.

Any additional comments?

This is an interesting and compelling argument that furthers one's understanding of the historical Jesus. Terrific job of being respectful to opinions and positions of others on this subject. As a practicing Catholic, in no way did this book diminish my faith or enthusiasm .... indeed it deepened both. Great documentation and use of logic and reason and a good example of historical research methods as well. Just a treat. Congratulations to the author and all who choose to read this. Wise choice.

This level of scholarship is sorely needed in our divinity schools in this country.

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  • Ralph
  • Hauraki Plains, New Zealand
  • 08-08-12

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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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!

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  • Tim
  • Aurora, Indiana
  • 08-10-12

Fail

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The credulous

Has Did Jesus Exist? turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What didn’t you like about Walter Dixon’s performance?

Needs to learn how to pronounce words he is not familiar with

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissapointment

Any additional comments?

To sum this work up: Biblical writers believed Jesus existed, extrabiblical writers confirm they believed.......Ergo Jesus existed.

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