Category: Bart Ehrman

Bart Ehrman: The Spread of Early Christianity

Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 83-84. Without a doubt, the most important thing that was happening for early Christianity was the spread of the religion from its inauspicious beginnings as a tiny sect of… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: The Spread of Early Christianity”

Bart D. Ehrman – The Pharisees in the Days of Jesus

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 73-74. It is important to recognize that the Pharisees were not the “power players” in Palestine in Jesus’ day. That is to say, they appear to have… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman – The Pharisees in the Days of Jesus”

Bart D. Ehrman – Modern Christian Misunderstandings

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 66. Christians in the modern period frequently misunderstand the intent and purpose of this Jewish Law. It is not the case that ancient Jews (or modern ones,… Continue Reading “Bart D. Ehrman – Modern Christian Misunderstandings”

Bart Ehrman: Religion in the Ancient World

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 49-50. For most ancient persons, religion was not the way to guarantee an afterlife; it was a way to secure life in the here and now. For… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Religion in the Ancient World”

Bart Ehrman: Miracle Workers in the Greco-Roman World

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 46. What is remarkable is that [Apollonius of Tyana and Jesus] were not the only two persons in the Greco-Roman world who were thought to have been… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Miracle Workers in the Greco-Roman World”

Bart Ehrman: Does “Best-Attested” Mean “Completely Trustworthy”?

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (OUP, 2016), 29. You will sometimes hear someone say that “the New Testament is the best-attested book from the ancient world, so we can trust it.” The first part of this… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Does “Best-Attested” Mean “Completely Trustworthy”?”

Bart Ehrman: Early Christian Scribes

Bart D. Ehrhman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (OUP, 2016), 25.  In the earliest centuries, the vast majority of copyists of the New Testament books were not trained scribes. We know this because we can examine their… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Early Christian Scribes”

Bart Ehrman: Emperor Trajan’s Provisos to Pliny the Younger

Bart D. Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon and Schuster: 2018), 187. [In his letter to Pliny the Younger concerning how to deal with Christians] Trajan does stress two provisos. Christians were not to be sought out. There… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Emperor Trajan’s Provisos to Pliny the Younger”

Bart Ehrman: Canonical Questions

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, sixth edition (Oxford University Press, 2016), 14. It appears then that our New Testament emerged out of the conflicts among Christian groups, and that the dominance of the proto-orthodox position was… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Canonical Questions”

Bart Ehrman: Early Persecution of Christians Was Rare

Bart D. Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon & Schuster: 2018), 179. At the outset I need to stress that organized opposition to the Christians came, for the most part, in isolated incidents. The church did not experience… Continue Reading “Bart Ehrman: Early Persecution of Christians Was Rare”