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Did Jesus exist? : the historical argument for Jesus of Nazareth

Author: Bart D Ehrman
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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For years Bart Ehrman has been routinely bombarded with one question: Did Jesus Exist? As a leading Bible expert, fans and critics alike have sent letters, emails, posted blogs, and questioned Ehrman during interviews wanting his opinion about this nagging question that has become a conspiracy theorist cottage industry the world over. The idea that the character of Jesus was an invention of the early church--and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Ehrman, Bart D.
Did Jesus exist?
New York, NY : HarperOne, 2012
(DLC) 2011277536
(OCoLC)773671784
Named Person: Jesus Christ
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bart D Ehrman
ISBN: 9780062089946 0062089943
OCLC Number: 808490374
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Evidence for the historical Jesus. An introduction to the mythical view of Jesus ; Non-Christian sources for the life of Jesus ; The gospels as historical sources ; Evidence for Jesus from outside the gospels ; Two key data for the historicity of Jesus --
The mythicists' claims. The mythicist case : weak and irrelevant claims ; Mythicist inventions : creating the mythical Christ --
Who was the historical Jesus? Finding the Jesus of history ; Jesus the apocalyptic prophet ; Jesus and the mythicists.
Other Titles: Historical argument for Jesus of Nazareth
Responsibility: Bart D. Ehrman.

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For years Bart Ehrman has been routinely bombarded with one question: Did Jesus Exist? As a leading Bible expert, fans and critics alike have sent letters, emails, posted blogs, and questioned Ehrman during interviews wanting his opinion about this nagging question that has become a conspiracy theorist cottage industry the world over. The idea that the character of Jesus was an invention of the early church--and later a tool of control employed by the Roman Catholic Church--is a widely held belief and Ehrman has decided it's time to put the issue to rest. Yes, the historical Jesus of Nazareth did exist. Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, 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 popular mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement. Throughout Did Jesus Exist? Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history. Those committed to the "non-existence "theory will need to read this formidable scholar's counter argument while the more traditionally minded will enthusiastically support Ehrman's definitive answer to the question. Perfect for the vigorous online debating community, this eBook original will be a must read for anyone interested in Jesus, the Bible, and the birth of Christianity.

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