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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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Did Jesus Exist?
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Did Jesus Exist
December 1st, 2013
The points for Jesus existence are well argued and are convincing. Multiple, independent sources and other arguments make a strong case for author's initial thesis that Jesus actually was a historical person. The part that is not addressed sufficiently is why this particular person and movement he started, grew so quickly to become Roman's Empire official religion and one of the world main religions. Maybe it was beyond author's interest, the book is quite focused on the proof of Jesus existence and repelling contrary views. Author is using Paul's writings to reinforce his case. I would like to know for example what happened to Paul that from Christian's tormentor he became their greatest spokesman and defender. There was the event on the road to Damascus that shocked him to the core. Weather or not the author gives any credence to this event there is no comment on that at all. The alternative interpretations are also missing. It is clear that there is no will to be bogged down here the in thorny issues of miraculous apparitions and I understand that. But to censor it altogether is not addressing the point that there was something different about this preacher over numerous others that roamed the holy land in the first century. The author has addressed virgin birth issue and I can buy his arguments on the subject. Hi didn't addressed the resurrection as I think it deserves. I think historical perspective to this issue would make the book much more complete.
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