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Title:Jesus, interrupted : revealing the hidden contradictions in the Bible (and why we don't know about them)
Authors:Bart D. Ehrman
Info:New York : HarperOne, c2009.
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Yet another outstanding book by Mr. Ehrman. His works are consistently well researched and his style is completely available to the common reader despite his background as a new testament scholar.

Jesus Interrupted makes a convincing case that bible was not the inspired words of God, but instead was written by various people from various places and sets forth sometimes different (if not contradictory) facts about the life of Jesus and the developing theology of being a Christian. Mr. Ehrman sets forth his arguments, which are standard in the scholarly community, in such a way that reader will finish the book with a far greater appreciation for the history of both the bible and the Christian religion.

Highly recommended for believers and non-believers alike. ( )
1 vote la2bkk | Apr 26, 2016 |
An excellent, plain language survey of critical scholarship on the nature and development of the New Testament documents of the Christian bible. As the author points out, scholars have known the information presented in this book for many, many decades - it’s just that the person in the street is not told about it. The information will be a bombshell for those who are not aware of this information - and a brilliant summary and discussion for those who already do. The author is an agnostic and is often asked why he continues to study the Bible. His answer, provided near the end of this book, is that ‘The Bible is the most important book in the history of Western civilization. It is the most widely purchased, the most thoroughly studied, the most highly revered, and the most completely misunderstood book—ever! Why wouldn’t I want to study it?’ Bart Ehrman is clearly an expert in his field. But he has the ability to make his area simple to understand without dumbing down the material. For anyone interested in the Bible - atheist, agnostic, or believer - this is a must read. ( )
2 vote spbooks | Jan 11, 2015 |
Absolutely fascinating book about approaching the Bible as a historical document for scholarly review/comparison. As an atheist, I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this but it made me consider the Bible in a completely different way.

I'm now moving on to Ehrman's other titles. ( )
  donnambr | Nov 27, 2014 |
Most of Ehrman's criticisms don't make any sense to me. Besides the minor ones, they seem like a simple twisting of the literal level of scripture. That is not the way early Christians wrote or interpreted (2 Co 3:6). Ehrman used to believe "literally." That's where He started to go wrong, by rejecting the spiritual. Most of the discrepancies he speaks of were resolved in the second and third centuries. Following is how Ehrman disagrees with scripture.

Ehrman seems to think that John teaches a different kingdom of God than Mark. Learn a parable of the mustard seed where faith is the kingdom of God. As Luke says, the kingdom is within you (Luke 17:21, Rom 14:17). Paul says the kingdom is present and spiritual (Rom 14:17 1, Co 15:50). For Paul the kingdom is already present. Jesus does miracles to prove who He is (John 12:37). Signs and miracles are used for confirmation in all the Gospels (Mark 16:20). Jesus was the fulfillment of the commandments (Mat 5:17). He wasn't asking people to poke out their eye or cutoff their hand. The way to heaven was to follow Him (Luke 9:23-24). In Romans 1 Paul mentions several sins. He doesn't single out idol worship for the wrath of God. It is because of their materialism and rejection of God that they do those things. It is a symptom, not a cause. Matthew shows Jesus is divine by calling Him "God with us," (Mat 1:23) and closing chiastically, Jesus says I am with you always (Mat 28:20). The idea that one day equals a thousand years was present before the first century in such literature as the book of Jubilees (4:30) and Psalms (90:4). It wasn't the invention of first century Christians who were disappointed that Jesus hadn't returned. The orthodox church has always looked forward to the resurrection. The Trinity is shown in such verses as Mat 28:19-20.

He admits that argument from vocabulary is a tricky way to establish authorship, and their are many disagreements among scholars, yet he depends on it. That's why the opinions of modern scholars about authorship aren't better known among the general public. Historians have no real way to authenticate the process of scripture canonization. Their opinions vary widely and they can't be proven. Ehrman claims that people believe in things that were "made up." Yet he believes in the old "whispering game" idea where the message gets jumbled up. Which is it? How can he base conclusions on history if history isn't true? He says the ancient world was "different." If so, how can he draw conclusions about their thinking using 19th century methods of interpretation. He simply picks and chooses what he wants to believe in the bible, and even admits that.

Ehrman believes that most people live miserable lives. Perhaps he is describing his own situation. If he had faith then maybe that would change. ( )
  arfuller | Oct 2, 2014 |
Too much repetition from his other books. This would have been okay if I had been reading it in book form and could skip over familiar material, but I borrowed an audiobook from the library and sat through it all. ( )
  TanteLeonie | Sep 25, 2014 |
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In the end, Jesus, Interrupted can be best summarized as a book filled with ironies. Ironic that it purports to be about unbiased history but rarely presents an opposing viewpoint; ironic that it claims to follow the scholarly consensus but breaks from it so often; ironic that it insists on the historical-critical method but then reads the gospels with a modernist, overly-literal hermeneutic; ironic that it claims no one view of early Christianity could be "right" (Walter Bauer) but then proceeds to tell us which view of early Christianity is "right"; ironic that it dismisses Papias with a wave of the hand but presents the Gospel of the Ebionites as if it were equal to the canonical four; and ironic that it declares everyone can "pick and choose" what is right for them, but then offers its own litany of moral absolutes.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061173932, Hardcover)

Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches—and it's not what most people think. Here Ehrman reveals what scholars have unearthed:

The authors of the New Testament have diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works

The New Testament contains books that were forged in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later

Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented fundamentally different religions

Established Christian doctrines—such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity—were the inventions of still later theologians

These are not idiosyncratic perspectives of just one modern scholar. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they have been the standard and widespread views of critical scholars across a full spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most people have never heard such things? This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for—a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

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