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Bart D. Ehrman Books In Order

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Didymus the Blind & the Text of the Gospels (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Text of the Fourth Gospel in the Writings of Origen (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Text of the New Testament In Contemporary Research (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Testament And Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Historical Jesus (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make It Into the New Testament (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 CE: A Reader (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From Jesus to Constantine (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The DaVinci Set (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene & Constantine (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Brief Introduction to the New Testament (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whose Word Is It? The Story Behind Who Changed the New Testament and Why (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Studies in the Textual Criticism of the New Testament (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter, Paul & Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History & Legend (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible & Why We Don't Know About Them (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Reliability of the New Testament (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forged: Writing in the Name of God (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Apocryphal Gospels: Texts and Translations (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forgery and Counter-forgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Other Gospels: Accounts of Jesus from Outside the New Testament (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bible: A Historical and Literary Introduction (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Jesus Became God : the Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
36 Big Ideas (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Can We Trust the Bible on the Historical Jesus? (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Bart D. Ehrman
Bart D. Ehrman was born in Lawrence, Kansas on October 5, 1955. He is a James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in the year 1988, after teaching for four years at Rutgers University. While at UNC he has served as both the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies.

He is a graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) got both his PhD and Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. Since that time, he has published rather extensively in the fields of Early Christianity and New Testament, having edited or written over twenty books, dozens of book reviews, and many scholarly articles.

His work has been featured in the New Yorker, Time, the Washington Post, as well as other print media. Bart has appeared on NBC’s Dateline, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The History Channel, as well as other top media outlets.

Among Bart’s fields of scholarly expertise include: the early Christian apocrypha, the historical Jesus, the manuscript tradition of the New Testament, and the apostolic fathers.

Bart has won various university grants and awards, like the 1994 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, the 1993 UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for his excellence in teaching.

Bart is married to Sarah Beckwith (PhD, King’s College London), the Marcello Lotti Professor of English at Duke University. Together, they have a son and a daughter, Kelly and Derek.

“Misquoting Jesus” is one of Bart’s books and was released in the year 2005. The popular perception of the Bible being a divinely perfect book gets scant support from Bart, that sees in Holy Writ ample evidence of ecclesiastical politics and human fallibility. Even though he is schooled in evangelical literalism, he has come to regard his much earlier faith in the inerrant inspiration of the Bible as being misguided, since the original texts have vanished and the extant texts available don’t agree with each other.

Most of the textual discrepancies, Bart acknowledges, don’t matter much, however, some do profoundly affect religious doctrine. To assess just how ignorant or theologically manipulative scribes could have changed the biblical text, modern scholars have developed procedures for comparing diverging texts.

Bart, in language accessible to nonspecialists, explains all of these procedures and their results. He further explains why textual criticism has frequently sparked some intense controversy, particularly among scripture-alone Protestants.

In discounting not just the authenticity of existing manuscripts but the inspiration of the original writers, Bart is sure to divide his readers deeply. Even though he addresses quite a popular audience, he undercuts the highly religious attitudes that have made the Bible the popular book it is. Still, this is quite the useful overview for biblical history collections.

“God’s Problem” is one of Bart’s books and was released in the year 2008. Here, Bart turns from his typical historical-critical concerns to theological consideration of the problem of suffering. Namely, if God is all powerful and all-loving, how is it possible that suffering is able to exist?

Bart writes in an engaging and clear style, bringing reason and personal reflection to bear on the academically sound readings of biblical perspectives on suffering, from the New and Old Testament. Ultimately, the book is quite a personal statement that is sure to anger some and resonate with others. Most importantly, it is going to provoke some mature consideration of this highly important question.

The book presents the problem of suffering, not to convert anybody to atheism, in a way that ought to challenge somebody’s faith. Bart writes in a readable way, and shows clarity in his thoughts and some intellectual rigor. He goes in-depth look at the text, particularly for the Book of Revelations and the Book of Job. Some found they liked this style of writing and analysis with regard to religion, as it doesn’t presume to know things with fake evidence to back it up.

“Forged: Writing in the Name of God” is one of Bart’s books and was released in the year 2011. It is often stated, even by those critical scholars that should know better, that “writing in the name of somebody else” was widely accepted in the days in antiquity. However Bart calls it what it was. Literary forgery, a practice that was just as scandalous at that time as it is now.

In this book, Bart’s fresh and original research takes the readers back to the ancient world. Here, forgeries were used as weapons by some unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith in order to establish their church. So, if many of the books found in the Bible were not actually written by Jesus’ inner circle, but actually by writers who lived decades later, with their own agendas in rival communities, what does that do to the Scripture’s authority?

“How Jesus Became God” is one of Bart’s books and was released in the year 2014. In this book, which took eight years to write and research, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters in rural Galilee, crucified for crimes against the state wound up becoming to be thought of as being equal with the one God Almighty Creator of everything.

Bart sketches Jesus’ going from a human prophet into the Son of God exalted to divine status during his resurrection. Only when a fraction of Jesus’ followers had visions of him after he died, alive once more, did anybody come to think that he, prophet from Galilee, was God. What they meant by that wasn’t at all what people mean today.

Bart, as a historian, rather than a believer, answers these questions: How did Jesus’ transformation happen? How did he go from being a Jewish prophet and become God? The dramatic shifts over the course of history reveal not just why Jesus’ followers started claiming he was God, but also how they came to understand these claims in different ways.

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