In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, "Did Jesus exist at all?" Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus’ mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition.
Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Bart Ehrman methodically demolishes both the scholarly and popular “mythicist” arguments against the existence of Jesus. Marshaling evidence from within the Bible and the wider historical record of the ancient world, Ehrman tackles the key issues that surround the mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement.
In Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.
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A Decent Attempt
I think that Bart Ehrman put forth a good faith effort with this book. Mythicists will not be happy and yes, there do seem to be some errors in it, but over all Ehrman presents what is perhaps the best case for a historical Jesus. Not all of his arguments are convincing and I would say that on balance, Jesus probably did exist - although Ehrman's certainty on the matter cannot be generated by his argument.
That said, the reader of his book was clearly unfamiliar with some of the names as he mispronounced them. I mispronounce things all the time, so no harm no foul.
The reason I gave this four stars instead of five is primarily because if you've read Ehrman's other work, there is a bit of overlap. If you've read forged, misquoting, and Jesus interrupted, then you'll notice a lot of retread throughout his work - ie, Ehrman's emphasis on Jesus being an Apocalyptic prophet - which is important of course and Ehrman does shed some new insight in this book, but I could swear the bulk of it was just slightly reworded material he'd used before.