By Bart D. Ehrman

For years Bart Ehrman has been typically bombarded with one query: Did Jesus Exist? As a number one Bible professional, fanatics and critics alike have despatched letters, emails, published blogs, and wondered Ehrman in the course of interviews in need of his opinion approximately this nagging query that has turn into a conspiracy theorist cottage internationally. the concept that the nature of Jesus was once an invention of the early church--and later a device of keep an eye on hired via the Roman Catholic Church--is a broadly held trust and Ehrman has determined it's time to place the difficulty to leisure. definite, the old Jesus of Nazareth did exist.

Known as a grasp explainer with deep wisdom of the sphere, Ehrman methodically demolishes either the scholarly and renowned "mythicist" arguments opposed to the lifestyles of Jesus. Marshaling proof from in the Bible and the broader ancient checklist of the traditional international, Ehrman tackles the foremost matters that encompass the preferred mythologies linked to Jesus and the early Christian move. all through Did Jesus Exist? Ehrman establishes the criterion for any actual ancient research and offers a powerful safeguard of the equipment required to find the Jesus of historical past.

Those dedicated to the "non-existence" idea might want to learn this bold scholar's counter argument whereas the extra generally minded will enthusiastically help Ehrman's definitive solution to the query. ideal for the full of life on-line debating neighborhood, this publication unique should be a needs to learn for somebody attracted to Jesus, the Bible, and the start of Christianity.

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