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3.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 53.85 out of 5 3.85 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bart D. Ehrman Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Large numbers of atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists are raising one of the most pressing questions in the history of religion: Did Jesus exist at all? Was he invented out of whole cloth for nefarious purposes by those seeking to control the masses? Or was Jesus such a shadowy figure - far removed from any credible historical evidence - that he bears no meaningful resemblance to the person described in the Bible?

In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts these questions, vigorously defends the historicity of Jesus, and provides a compelling portrait of the man from Nazareth. The Jesus you discover here may not be the Jesus you had hoped to meet - but he did exist, whether we like it or not.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/17/2014

    " Book gave lots of historical information related to the existence of Jesus. Knocks a few from the mysticism camp off their pedestal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Sizemore | 2/10/2014

    " Good discussion of historical research methods "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Buchanan | 2/3/2014

    " I've read quite a few Ehrmans so far and I've enjoyed Did Jesus Exist. I didn't realize the growth of "mythicist" arguments against the existence of Jesus. As with Ehrman's other books, I like his methodical way of laying out his points--however, he gets a bit repetitive. He also repeats things occasionally... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/19/2014

    " I've given this book an extra star for the pure academic nature of his argument. He outlines the logic of his argument so well that it is a model for anyone with "beliefs" that are counter to truth. As an atheist I am as outraged by illogical myths posed by atheists as I am by those of evangelicals. Zealots on both sides need to learn from Dr. Ehrman how to argue their points and when to give up beliefs that cannot be substantiated. I might have given the book 4 stars just because it became tedious but that is because of its comprehensiveness so really it counts in the book's favor. He does assume knowledge of books of the bible. I don't know the bible stories so I did not have the context to follow as closely as I'd have liked. It would be too much to have expected him to explain the context more than he did, though. That was my own unwillingness to explore them further. It's a book everyone should read. But they need to be willing to follow logic rather than hear what they want and ignore the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tntexas | 1/7/2014

    " Although I felt like the author rambled a bit at times, overall I felt this was a good rebuttal to the Jesus-was-nothing-more-than-a-myth argument that can be found all over the internet right now. If you've read books that claim Jesus did not exist, that he was nothing more than a created persona, this book explains why that view is not usually held by serious scholars on the subject. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Yu | 12/20/2013

    " Yeah I buy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Jaloza | 11/28/2013

    " Point for history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/19/2013

    " The information is good, but Ehrman is overly verbose and perhaps a tad egotistical so I found reading this to be a bit of a slog. Did he edit it himself? I've read a few of his other books as well, and I do like his academic approach knowing he's coming from an evangelical background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 7/14/2013

    " Interesting discussion of the historical clues for the existence of Jesus. But the historical person doesn't have much in common with the character in contemporary life. Food for thought, whether you believe or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Sr. | 5/12/2013

    " The most cogent defense of the historical reality of Jesus and the historical value of the Gospels I have ever read. Ehrman is a lucid analyst, an excellent teacher, and a talented writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/20/2013

    " Rather repetitive in places, but perhaps that is because Ehrman is putting forth historically-based, nuanced arguments that will be unpalatable to many people at both ends of the religious/political spectrum and wants to be absolutely sure his intended meaning is not lost. A very interesting work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Dziennik | 11/10/2012

    " The topic is interesting, but the book could use a good editing session. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 9/8/2012

    " Exceedingly good "

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About the Author
Author Bart D. Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University, he came to Chapel Hill, where he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament. He has published extensively in these fields, having written or edited over twenty books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews. Professor Ehrman is married with two children, a daughter and a son, and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.