Bart’s Reflections

Why Textual Criticism Seemed to Be on Death’s Door – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

  In last week’s readers’ mailbag I started to answer a question that I never finished – in fact, I never got around to the question!  Here it is again. QUESTION: Is there a story (post) about your move from textual criticism to other things? RESPONSE: In my two-part (non-)response to this question I first explained that my training in graduate school actually was not in textual criticism, but was mainly in the interpretation of the New Testament and the…

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Pursuing My Passion for Textual Criticism – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Yesterday I started answering the question of how I moved on from doing research principally on New Testament textual criticism to do other things, mainly involving different aspects of the literature and history of Christianity in the first three centuries CE.   I pointed out there that my training/education was actually not in textual criticism, but mainly in the exegesis (and theology) of the New Testament, and on various aspects of the history of earliest Christianity (from the historical Jesus to…

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On Being Just a Textual Critic – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

I’ve decided to address a question about my own academic life in this week’s Readers’ Mailbag.  It involves an issue that comes up a lot, but not in this form.   QUESTION: Is there a story (post) about your move from textual criticism to other things?   RESPONSE: I can’t remember if there is (though I’m sure someone will tell me!).  But I would like to say something about it, since it is an issue that seems to come up…

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How Does A Book Actually Get Published? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

I will be sending the very final manuscript of my book Heaven, Hell, and the Invention of the Afterlife off to my editor at Simon & Schuster tomorrow (I still don’t know what the actual title will be).  As is always the case, it has been a very long haul, and I want to explain how publishing a trade book like this for a general audience “works” and “happens” since most people who’ve never done it have no idea, or…

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If Jesus Wasn’t God, Was He Necessarily Either a Calloused Liar or a Raving Lunatic? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

This is my my last of three blasts-from-the-pasts dealing with fundamentalist, or conservative evangelical, forms of Christianity, this time addressing the claims often made (first by C.S. Lewis, who was decidedly *NOT* a fundamentalist) that since Jesus called himself God, he either was a bald-faced liar, a raving lunatic, or the Lord of the universe.  No other option.  Or … is there?   QUESTION: Do you think Jesus was a great moral teacher?  If you think this is the case would…

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The Dangers of Fundamentalism – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

I’m out of town for a long weekend and so away from my books, and have decided to re-post some particularly intriguing (IMHO) posts from many years ago.  Here’s a hot one.   QUESTION: You note that fundamentalism is dangerous and harmful. How do you define fundamentalism and why do you think it’s dangerous?   RESPONSE: There are of course actual definitions of “fundamentalism” that you can find in scholarship on religion, but I sense that you’re asking more for…

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