A new book by Bart Ehrman entitled "How Jesus Became God" was just released on March 25th, 2014, along with a companion book which attempts to refute Ehrman's book. The publisher had Ehrman and a team of evangelical writers exchange manuscripts while they were both working on this pair of books, so they could address the arguments of the other before the books were even published.
We will listen to a 19 minute long radio interview done by Maureen Fiedler on a show called Interfaith Voices, on station WAMU, wherein Dr. Bart Ehrman talks about some of the important points discussed in his book, namely the early christian beliefs about who Jesus was, and how these beliefs changed over time.
We might listent to this radio interview :
What do you agree with? Disagree with? Show up and learn about this, then debate!
From http://astore.amazon.com/dangtalk-20/detail/B00DB39V2Q :
New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.
The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.
A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, Creator of all things. But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today.
Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, and is, God.
On March 29th, 2014, Bart D. Ehrman and Simon J. Gathercole are invited as radio guests by moderator Justin Brierley on radio show "Unbelievable," a weekly program on UK Premier Christian Radio. They debate Bart's explosive book 'How Jesus Became God' claims that the early church turned Jesus into the son of God, but Jesus himself never believed it nor did his first followers. Cambridge scholar Simon Gathercole has contributed to a response book 'How God Became Jesus' (released at the same time) and, in the first of two shows, debates with Ehrman about whether the Gospels present a human or divine character. Brought to you in association with www.reasons.org.
Program discussed on Bart Ehrman's Foundation Blog: http://ehrmanblog.org/?p=7141
Christian radio show "Unbelievable" hosted by Justin Brierley: www.premier.org.uk/unbelievable
Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude.
Before his current position as Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies, Fitzwilliam College, Dr. Simon J. Gathercole studied in the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, as well as for short periods at the University of Tübingen and the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He taught in the University of Aberdeen for seven years.
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