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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Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible & Why We Don’t Know About Them

Ehrman isn’t a polemicist. View all 10 comments. Not being a believer, I don’t know how a devout Christian would react to this book. Ehrman is a prolific writer, gifted to present his work in a very jssus way for readers who have little academic theological education. It gives us an opportunity to wrestle with the [Bible’s] claims and questions. Ehrman focuses on the new testament as his area of expertise, but of course, as it is linked by reference to the old testament, the entire bible is discussed.

All one must do is trumpet the intrerupted disparity of views within early Christianity and, by definition, no one version of Christianity can be considered “original” or “orthodox.

We tend to believe that it is the inerrant word of God. As you might guess, a significant element of my belief system was the underlying assumption that the Bible is always correct. But he’ll start slow and keep it positive.

But, the problem is that he has just spent his entire book destroying the one thing that could provide that norm–the Bible itself. He simply didn’t ehrmaj his head far enough above water to see further — I think.

Again, there is nothing new here, and all these points have been answered many times. I urge everyone, believers and non-believers, to spend some time with his writings.

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The apostles were illiterate in the Bible and very, very dead. Along the way he also shows that mostly we don’t know who was doing the writing nor do we know whether most of the authors are who they say they are. Yet in Galatians, Paul writes that a man who is circumcised, and thereby keeping Jewish law, is in danger of losing his salvation, since Paul chucked out all of Jewish law. Let me be clear: And we see here a interruphed shift in the way modern scholars, like Ehrman, use Bauer.


Dec 02, Kevin Stilley rated it did not like it Shelves: How can it possibly be? But a small portion of the variances have varying degrees of significance, some minor and some major.

That means put four of the gospels or those letters of St. Whether you are a believer — fundamentalist, evangelical, moderate, liberal — or a nonbeliever, the Bible is the most significant book in the history of our civilization. Bart Ehrman notes repeatedly that he is not exploring new territory. This article may be duplicated in its entirety and without edit, including this full disclaimer for personal, small group, ehrmwn use.

Then we’d all get a good laugh out of the ridiculous of it all. One cannot say in light of the evidence that the Bible as we know it today represents the literal Word of God or literal historical truth.

The canon wasn’t decided at one time by one group, but was the product of an extended campaign of debates and heresy hunts at the end of which the stronger faction controlled the draft, and often made their picks based upon theological positions. For the evangelical Christianity is not the ultimate. Would that more evangelical scholars were possessed of his communication gifts!

The trick to find those inconsistencies is simple: Why, then, do most church-goers remain ignorant of it? He treats “the Jewish leaders” in the traditional way, as all working together, though it is commonly known that isn’t historical.

He completely dismisses centuries of scholarship and the entire discipline of hermeneutics when he claims all sorts of “contradictions” in the Bible. Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium –but never bothers to tell his audience that Schweitzer’s theories have been largely discredited and most “Questers” today have moved on to other views.


Ehrman is very clear from the get-go that he is not serving up anything that would be surprising to anyone who went through a non-evangelical seminary schooling. I would think that for these reasons alone the historical Jesus can hardly be seen as identical with the Christian Jesus. I was exposed to the Bible as much as your average Christian.

This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for—a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

What Ehrman has done here is not only fallacious, it is outright dishonest. Even though he is a Biblical scholar, I thought bzrt wrote it in terms the layman can understand.

The biggest question of all Ehrrman, isn’t the question of whether people can “come back to life” the very issue being debated? After nearly every cycle he reiterates the assertion that to harmonize the accounts by merging details no matter how minute from different gospels into one story is akin to writing a new gospel, and who would dare do that?

I enjoyed this book better than Misquoting Jesus actually.

That was the main test. He showed contradictions and fallacies in the New Testament. It is not so difficult to prove your views are mainstream when you get to decide what is mainstream.

Jesus Interrupted

But with religion, most books are guilty until proven otherwise. However, considering that I like literature, I have interruptef admit that the bible is a pretty important historical document I mean, try to read Moby-Dick; or, The Whale without biblical background knowledge. As the author says: What sort of religion perpetrates such absolutism, but then contains such broad errors?

Ehrman does an excellent job of pointing out interurpted inconsistencies of the NT did Jesus go to the cross in agony or was he calm and accepting?