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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Did Jesus Exist?
Ehrman takes on the "Mythicists," who claim that Jesus is an invention of first century Christians. While he sympathizes with their irreverence Ehrman argues that their claims are irrelevant to answering the question, did Jesus exist. Ehrman carefully demonstrates his case point by point. In the final section he shows how one can make a stronger argument for irreverence (dismissing Christian claims of the supernatural divinity of Jesus) by accepting the historical evidence that he did exist, but not like Sunday schools teach.
Did Jesus Exist?
Bart Ehrman shows us again why he is the best scholar in his field.
With no religion to defend, Dr Ehrman explores this topic like a veteran detective. A must have book!! I can't wait for the existential sequel "Do You Exist?".
Compelling evidence and perspective
I have been searching for a good book to help me with struggles concerning the existence of Jesus. I am not a person to believe "just because". I prefer facts and evidence. This book provides a compelling argument and challenges the opposition on and intellectual level. What is even more refreshing is that the author is not a Christian. He presents the evidence from a purely historical perspective, points out inconsistencies when he perceives them, and continues the quest for proof.
If you are a seeker of the truth and want the insight from a historical scholar whether it not Jesus walked the earth and said the things that are claimed, this is the book for you.