I just got my order form for the next round of books, and I will be reviewing Bart Ehrman's book Jesus, Interrupted (the review is now available). Ehrman is a New Testament scholar and textual critic (evaluating and comparing ancient copies of manuscripts). 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. Having once been a conservative, evangelical Christian (graduated from Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton), Ehrman became an agnostic in his search for truth. Ehrman theorizes that much of the biblical text has been tampered with by those with agendas.
Jesus, Interrupted argues:
- Only 8 of the 27 books of the New Testament were actually written by the authors to whom they’re attributed. Others are likely forgeries.
- The gospels provide remarkably divergent portrayals of Jesus. As an example, the crucifixion story varies greatly between the gospels of Mark and Luke. Mark’s account depicts a suffering Jesus crying out “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” as he dies. Luke, however, portrays a calm Jesus who simply says “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
- The message of the Apostle Paul and the message of gospel writer Matthew are completely at odds over the question of whether a follower of Jesus also had to observe the Jewish law.
- The Nicene Creed and the Trinity were constructs of the later church and are not found in the Bible.
- Traditional doctrines such as the suffering Messiah, the divinity of Christ, and the notion of heaven and hell are not based on the teachings of the historical Jesus.
If you want to take a peak inside the book you can check it out here.
Here is a video introduction of his new book:
Ben Witherington III gives a great review of Ehrman's book Misquoting Jesus.
If you want to see Ehrman and Stephen Colbert click here.