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Did Jesus Exist? Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    danny 03-06-17
    danny 03-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ehrman presents an indisputable case"
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    Ehrman presents an indisputable case for the historicity of Jesus. This man's knowledge on the New Testament and early church history is staggering. I've read a number of his books multiple times and still find myself learning something new with each reading.

    Ehrman's arguments are so strong, that for one to deny the historicity of Jesus would require a leap of faith equal to believing in Christ's divinity. Thus it shows the biases of mythicists like Richard Carrier, who are obviously intelligent enough to asses the evidence objectively, yet deny it in order to sell books.

    The greatest shortcoming to this audio version is the rather drab and robotic narration, but I did eventually get used to it. This is not a book for Christian fundamentalists, nor is it for militant atheists, rather it's for the objectively intelligent reader who really want's the facts regarding the existence of the historical Jesus Of Nazareth.

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    James Chesterton, IN, United States 03-12-16
    James Chesterton, IN, United States 03-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Typical Ehrman....Absolutely on point!"

    Ehrman provides an incredibly clear overview of the scholarly consensus on the historical Jesus of Nazareth. I am unspeakably grateful to him for using logic as a razorblade to cut through all the unfounded nonsense out there on the origin of the Christian movements. This book completely changed my outlook on the faith that is so common to our country.

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    Martin 11-11-15
    Martin 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"
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    A great work by the fantastic Bart Ehrman where he gives detailed account of all the evidence for the historicity of Jesus, against the "Myhthisist" point of view. Exactly the kind of study I was looking for. Many thanks to Porf. Ehrman for this work. The narrator is excellent.

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    Jay new york, NY, United States 02-25-15
    Jay new york, NY, United States 02-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Very informative"

    Nice to read this side of the argument made by an agnostic. A wealth of information much like many of his other books

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    Scooter Reviews Washington State 01-28-15
    Scooter Reviews Washington State 01-28-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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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    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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