Category Archives: Ehrman

the ending of the gospel of mark

In an article entitled The “Strange” Ending of the Gospel of Mark, the author claims that Mark 16:9-19 is clearly forged: Even though this ending is patently false, people loved it and to this day conservative Christians regularly denounce “liberal” … Continue reading

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ehrman understands symbolic and moral law

Many non-Christians attempt to counter claims that people are sinners by pointing to the Old Testament. If homosexuality is a sin, they say, then also wearing mixed fibers is as well (Lev 19:19). My response has always been that there … Continue reading

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erhman explains to skeptic the concept of historical evidence

Bart Ehrman does a good job explaining to a skeptic that historical evidence should be believed. He has to explain the entire concept of historical evidence to the skeptic. It is pretty funny.

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ehrman on the incident at antioch

Ehrman gives an excellent summary of the Incident at Antioch in his Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene (p 21): According to Paul’s account in the book of Galatians, Peter came to visit Antioch and followed suit, meeting with both Jews … Continue reading

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go sell all you have and give to the poor

In the synoptic gospels, there is an instance described that baffles modern Christians. A rich young ruler approaches Jesus, asks what he has to do to be saved, Jesus tells him to follow the commandments, and follows that up with … Continue reading

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did paul have access to the gospels

Many, if not most, Biblical scholars advance a theory that the apostle Paul did not have access to any of the Gospels, at least how we know them today. Bart Ehrman states this explicitly: Paul really did not know that … Continue reading

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matthew was the first gospel written

Mark is not the earliest Gospel. Mark was written during the waning of the Hebrew mission and the rise of the diaspora and Greek mission. It was written as a Readers Digest version of Matthew, shedding very Hebrew centric ideas in favor of more broadly accepted ideas. Continue reading

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the rise of technology in early christianity

The codex, like the Guttenberg Bible and the internet afterwards, represented literature for the underclass, literature to the people, easy to distribute and cost effective… Without the codex would we have Christianity in its modern form? Most likely not. Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman misses the plot

Two verses saying opposite things will cause many of the best Christian scholars to digress into trivial wording tricks to circumvent contradictions. But more astute Bible scholars should attempt to understand the context, the plot and plot changes in the Bible. Continue reading

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Jesus spoke Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew

It is apparent Jesus spoke multiple languages, as did many in the multicultural society. On the cross he speaks in Aramaic. His listeners apparently do not understand this as his native language. It was definitely not the language Jesus had been speaking to Pilot in Jerusalem (Greek). This was not the language Jesus used to debate the Bible as a Kid (Hebrew). Jesus spoke all three. Continue reading

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