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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bart D. Ehrman Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bart Ehrman, author of the highly popular books Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, Lost Christianities, and the New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus, here takes readers on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of Jesus’ most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, the Apostle Paul, and Mary Magdalene. 

What does the Bible tell us about each of these key followers of Christ? What legends have sprung up about them in the centuries after their deaths? Was Paul bow-legged and bald? Was Peter crucified upside down? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? In this lively work, Ehrman separates fact from fiction, presenting complicated historical issues in a clear and informative way and relating vivid anecdotes culled from the traditions of these three followers. He notes, for instance, that there is no evidence to suggest that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, and little reason to think that she was married to Jesus. Similarly, there is no historical evidence for the well-known tale that Peter was crucified upside down.

A serious book but vibrantly written and leavened with many colorful stories, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene will appeal to anyone curious about the early Christian church and the lives of these important figures.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sriram | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting information but Ehrman gets repetitive after a couple of his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brent Wilson | 2/16/2014

    " With these three figures, Ehrman does a pretty good job reviewing scholarship in basic areas of Christian origins. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David R. | 2/11/2014

    " By and large a thought-provoking review of the best scholarship on these three biblical figures. Ehrman, as is his style, incorporates text from the noncanonical books and fairly addresses the varying treatments of their subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 2/10/2014

    " Another fascinating, well-documented book by Ehrman. A review of what historical information there is on each of three principals in the early Christian movement as well as identification of forgeries attributed to them and legends that grew around them. I like Ehrman's style. "

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