Bart Ehrman does not have horns

Please watch this 2-minute video produced by HarperOne to promote Bart Ehrman’s new book, Jesus, Interrupted. Erhman is the author of Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, and God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Ehrman:

Bart D. Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar and textual critic of early Christianity. He is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written about how the original New Testament texts were frequently altered by scribes for a variety of reasons, and argues that these alterations affect the interpretation of the texts.

I’m going to review Ehrman’s book, Jesus, Interrupted soon.  Just wanted you to get ready because Ehrman’s books have caused others to rush to the defense of God, the Bible, and now probably Jesus.  None of whom need a defense, but I think we need to know what the arguments are for those on the other side of the prevailing view of scripture.

And, when you watch the video you may be surprised that Ehrman does not have horns.   A tail, maybe, because we can’t see that on the video.  Just kidding, of course, and I do look forward to the book.  Should make for interesting conversation.

3 thoughts on “Bart Ehrman does not have horns”

  1. I think he is right about scholars not presenting their scholarship to a broad audience. Most of it is written for the small guild of scholars and not for laymen.

    This proves to be a problem, because Dr. Ehrman writes very well for a broad audience (which has drawn criticism from that small guild). I say that is a problem because he has a market on the ideas, and the fact of the matter is that not everyone agrees with his conclusions or methodology or motives. So, the scholarship is not getting a very fair presentation.

    Also, everyone comes to this kind of scholarship with a perspective lens on. Ehrman comes from a more liberal-agnostic point of view, which comes from his spiritual journey, so he tends to be more deconstructive and minimalistic. Its not that I have a problem with that per se, but I have a problem with him not admitting the things that influence him and his scholarship (agnosticism, deconstructive school of thought, disillusionment with orthodox Christianity etc.) yet present his scholarship under the label of “value-neutral”. But, that gets into the whole argument of can scholars actually (or should) present scholarship that is neutral and still be of any interest or importance.

  2. Thanks for sharing! My blogged got linked to yours through “the possibly related posts” section. anyways, I am a small church leader (layleader, anyway) and think this book would make perfect sense for a serious church book study.

    I don’t think Christians should be afaid of the historical-critical method; i think it actually adds to the beauty of the bible…

  3. I interviewed Mr. Ehrman for Outreach magazine’s department, “My Life So Far,” which features a conversation with a noted unbeliever. I found him to be personable, extremely intelligent and without horns. I continue to pray for him…

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