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In a book that took eight years to research and write, historian and Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things.
Ehrman sketches Jesus's transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. According to his research, it was only when some of Jesus's followers had visions of him alive again after his death 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.
As a historian - not a believer - Ehrman answers the questions: How did this transformation of Jesus occur? How did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? The dramatic shifts throughout history reveal not only why Jesus's followers began to claim he was God, but also how they came to understand this claim in so many different ways.
Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in conversations concerning historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, and is, God.
The publisher allowed Evangelical New Testament scholars Michael Bird, Craig Evans, Simon Gathercole, Charles Hill, and Chris Tilling to read Ehrman's manuscript in order to write a thoughtful and reasoned response, How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus' Divine Nature.
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2014
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The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, and LukeSimon J. GathercoleWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2006 / Trade Paperback$24.99 Retail:
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Jesus Is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the GospelsMichael F. BirdIVP Academic / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:
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Are You the One Who Is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic QuestionMichael F. BirdBaker Academic / 2009 / Trade Paperback$27.00Availability: Expected to ship on or about 01/17/15.CBD Stock No: WW036385
Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, his work continues to drive debate among supporters and detractors alike. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus; God's Problem; Jesus, Interrupted; and Forged. Ehrman has appeared on Dateline NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, and top NPR programs, and he has been featured in Time, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and more.
In this lively and provocative book, Ehrman gives a nuanced and wide-ranging discussion of early Christian Christology. Tracing the developing understanding of Jesus, Ehrman shows his skills as an interpreter of both biblical and nonbiblical texts. This is an important, accessible work by a scholar of the first rank.
Harvard Divinity School
Ehrman writes with vigor and clarity, but above all with intellectual honesty. He demystifies a subject on which biblical scholars too often equivocate. Both believers and non-believers can learn much from this book.
-John J. Collins,
How did ancient monotheism allow the One God to have a 'son'? Bart Ehrman tells this story, introducing the reader to a Jewish world thick with angels, cosmic powers, and numberless semi-divinities. How Jesus Became God provides a lively overview of Nicea's prequel.
The Hebrew University
“Bart Ehrman has made a career of zeroing in on some of the most difficult questions at the intersection of faith and history.”
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