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The bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus, one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament—and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity.

Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally—including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels. In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament—how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus’ message but helped shape it.

A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, including psychology and anthropology, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels. Explaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, the storyteller, and the listener—crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down.

As he did in his previous books on religious scholarship, debates on New Testament authorship, and the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman combines his deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that will change the way we read and think about these sacred texts.

Religion & Spirituality
March 1

Customer Reviews

APBAEddie ,

This is a must readq

Dr Ehrman has, again written a wonderful book, a major contribution to understanding one of the most important books ever put together by human beings. I think that it is the ethical teachings, not the exact facts, which are at the heart of any religion worth seriously considering. Dr. Ehrman has demonstrated again that the message, while remembered differently, remains basically the same. The gist, as he calls it.

Raoul__Duke ,

This could be the best

If you are looking for a book that gives you the basic truths about jesus, the bible, the early church , and how to think about and embrace it all - you simply can’t do better than this mot recent book by Dr. Ehrman.


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