Category: ‘Heaven and Hell’ (2020)

Book Review: ‘Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife’ by Bart D. Ehrman

Book review of Bart Ehrman’s 2020 volume ‘Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.’

Bart Ehrman: De-‘Apocalypticizing’ Jesus

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 192-193. As it turns out, it is possible to trace a trajectory in our surviving Gospels away from the deeply apocalyptic teachings of Jesus in Mark and Matthew, to… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: De-‘Apocalypticizing’ Jesus”

Bart Ehrman: One of the Most Misread Passages in All of the New Testament

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 177. Undoubtedly the most important passage for Paul’s view of the future resurrection is 1 Corinthians 15. The chapter, in fact, is often called “the resurrection chapter.” It is… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: One of the Most Misread Passages in All of the New Testament”

Bart Ehrman: Shifts in Thinking about the Afterlife

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 133-134. It is important to reflect back on how understandings of the afterlife shifted over time in ancient Israel. It is not necessarily the case that there was a straight… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Shifts in Thinking about the Afterlife”

Evangelical Randy Alcorn Reviews Bart Ehrman’s Book on the Afterlife

Readers of my blog have noticed that over the past couple of weeks I have been throwing up brief snippets from Bart Ehrman’s latest book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (Simon & Schuster, 2020). I for one have enjoyed this volume by Ehrman… Continue Reading “Evangelical Randy Alcorn Reviews Bart Ehrman’s Book on the Afterlife”

Bart Ehrman: Resurrection and Immortality

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 125. In the later Jewish doctrine of the resurrection, God reverses death by bringing the breath of life back into the body, ensuring it will never die again. Unlike in… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Resurrection and Immortality”

Bart Ehrman: The Pseudonymous Authorship of Daniel

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 120-121. The pseudonymous authorship…is a literary ploy used by authors to convince their readers that they know what was soon to happen, and so to provide comfort for them… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: The Pseudonymous Authorship of Daniel”

Bart Ehrman: The Isaian Suffering Servant

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 113. Another reason for thinking Isaiah 53 does not refer to just one person, the future messiah who would die for sins, is that the passage describes… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: The Isaian Suffering Servant”

Bart Ehrman: Apocalypticism and Human Suffering

Bart D. Ehrman, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020), 106-107. It [i.e. suffering] would make sense if there were no God. Or if there were many gods, some of whom were nasty. But how can it… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Apocalypticism and Human Suffering”