The problems with the Bible that New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman discussed in his bestseller Misquoting Jesus—and on The Daily Show with John Stewart. Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them). By Bart D. Ehrman. Publisher. Please Pardon This Interruption Review of Jesus Interrupted by Bart Ehrman reviewed Biblical scholar Bart Ehrman has lately made a career out of brokering.

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He, too, had gone to Princeton Theological Seminary, he too had learned all these things; he taught adult education classes at this church and had been doing so for more than five years. It is information that has been around for a long time and should be common knowledge. Then you have wedding of Cana and the miracle as says John chapter 2.

This book is meant to help redress that problem. This is part one of a two-part analysis. We read each book in the Bible, but rarely do we compare narratives and note their striking theological and historical differences. Here he offers his fundamental maxim, “In my opinion, people need to use their intelligence to evaluate what they find true and untrue in the Bible” and thus you need “to pick and choose what you want to accept” We need to give up the notion that for Christianity to be valid it must be based on an infallible document, that it cannot be a human religion.

He sees no problem in accepting them as myths, which help to address life’s conundrums for the believers. And that is exactly what makes the book so incredibly fascinating, and quite honestly, shocking. Christians, here is what Dr. The book takes a historical-critical approach towards the Bible,addressing some key issues, like who were the actual authors of the Bible, what the original writings meant,the possible causes for the irreconcilable differences and internal contradictions that exist in the books and many more similar questions.


Here Ehrman hones in on the question of internal contradictions within the text itself primarily in the gospelsarguing that the biblical writers disagree with each other both historically and theologically though he also addresses a number of other topics in later chapters.

Refresh and try again. Want to Read saving…. In other words, despite the fact that Bauer was wrong in his particulars, we can still affirm that Christianity was very diverse, even more than we thought. But we have no excuse for not exploring and understanding centuries of painstaking research on the most important text ever written.

It is what pastors learn when they are preparing for ministry. I read book after book claiming to teach, in scientific terms, how these things could be.

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Ironically, it’s a doctrine that was probably not articulated by anybody for the first couple hundered years of interrhpted history. Chapter 5 can be summarized as “things Ehrman still believes that the academic world has long rejected. Finding the Historical Jesus 6. He goes on to discuss the long, contentious and uncertain history of the formation of the biblical canon.

Doctrines Inventions of Later Theologians

Should Christians keep Jewish law, as the Gospels seem to insist, or will keeping Jewish law threaten their salvation, as Paul wrote? And it is whrman obvious that he is either referring to his kids or his wife and one of his kids. What happens to Paul’s teaching if Jesus had never been raised from the dead?

Who should read this book? This is surprising, for surely he has a wide readership. Much like myself, he know longer believes in the Christ or the bible, and yet he is not condescending or combative with those who are, unlike a Richard Dawkins who kills his own arguments for me when he attacks religions. Gay people have always been around, making interrjpted place better.


Jesus, Interrupted – Bart D Ehrman

It does not set out to debunk Christianity. There is some truth in that. He may not reinvent the wheel when doing those lectures. We must throw off the shackles of antiquity and re-examine the scriptures in ejrman light of reason, history, and faith.

But some of the differences are flat-out factual contradictions or irreconcilable disagreements over various theological points. The core message is the same as the books above–when it comes to historical matters the Bible is a jumbled mess–but the particular vehicle for this message has changed. The one in question, a Christian minister, said, “Frankly, I wouldn’t read this book even if Jesus wrote it.

Please help to create a more balanced presentation. Nov 04, Dave rated it it was ok. Christians need to wake up to the fact that the Bible they so cherish is not to be trusted. No more than copies may be made. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Needless to say, there is not space to engage the list of supposed contradictions directly, but there are a number of observations that need to be made.