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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: May 2006 ISBN: 9781400172368
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Bart Ehrman, author of the bestsellers Misquoting Jesus and Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, here takes readers on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of three of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, Paul of Tarsus, and Mary Magdalene. What do the writings of the New Testament 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 historians are able to say with virtual certainty that Mary, the follower of Jesus, was from the fishing village of Magdala on the shore of the Sea of Galilee; but there is no evidence to suggest that she was a prostitute, and little reason to think that she was married to Jesus. 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 2/9/2014

    " When I started this book, I was skeptical. This historian from Univ. of NC Chapel Hill talks of legends and history, offers his own opinions, I believe calls himself an agnostic. However, he presents a good case of realism about Peter, Paul and Mary Magdalene - the three famous followers of Jesus. He separates fact from fiction and backs up how he deciphers fact from fiction. He is well versed in the cultures of the early centuries C.E. (he prefers this over A.D.) He is recognized as a scholar of early Christian literature. He is an excellent conversational writer. Easy to read. The pictures he presents are of sincere people with common personality traits, how they react to knowing Jesus and how their lives interact and change. Overall the book reinforced my own beliefs in Jesus and clarified some questions that come up in life with other people. For example, he presents a good picture of Peter and his temper. He clarifies how some of Paul's letters don't sound like Paul and he shows how Mary Magdalene is NOT a prostitute. I would recommend this book to anyone, just because it is easy to read and understand. It doesn's have to be just for the scholar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/23/2014

    " In spite of a rather silly title, this book is by a really fine scholar and has added lots of facts to my knowledge, especially about the life of Peter and how little we really know about Mary Magdalene. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/19/2014

    " Reading this, and other books by this author has forced me to reevaluate what I claim to believe. The search for truth has taken an unsuspected twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joant | 12/10/2013

    " Interesting perspective on the "real" Peter, Paul and Mary. I learned a lot. But the writing is a bit of a struggle - somewhat repetitive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Hile | 12/3/2013

    " My first Ehrman book and I'll be looking more. He strikes a nice balance between history, academic discussion, theology, and faith. It's nice to learn and be left to think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 11/11/2013

    " not a fan but maybe cuz my teacher was Jewish and made it seem like all of it was made up "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/5/2013

    " Had a lot of stuff I didn't know (with my Jewish background) but I still found the writing repetitive and parts of the story questionable. Still, it was mostly an interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 11/1/2013

    " I didn't feel that there was anything wrong with this book. It just didn't capture my interest. It seems like it may be accurate, but who knows? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 10/22/2013

    " I need to reread this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 5/17/2013

    " Stumbled upon this book and was really glad I did. Ehrman explains a lot of the theories about these Biblical characters that cannot necessarily be proven. He provides a context for the culture of that time and does a good job defining fact and fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mwr | 5/4/2013

    " Seems like a standard 200 level religious studies course in book form. Some of the stories I didn't know about were fun (the wizard battle between Peter and Simon the Magi), and I'd been wanting to know the deal with Mary Magdalene for a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ojo Taylor | 3/1/2013

    " Not one of his best and redundant at times except for the section on Mary Magdalene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alida | 7/2/2012

    " Good introductory book for those interested in finding out the actual facts regarding these three most influential individuals. If you actually believe that the bible is inerrant, this book is not for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 6/18/2012

    " For me, Ehrman is always informative and entertaining. His deep and thorough knowledge of ancient religious history is evident and his writing is succinct. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig J. | 4/17/2012

    " "Peter, Paul and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend by Bart D Ehrman (2008)" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dolores | 4/16/2012

    " I found this book very informative of the Christian followers after Jesus' death. Who they were, what their philosophy and personal viewpoint of the religion was and how it shaped what we think of as Christianity today. Especially intriguing is the section on Mary Magdalene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garbacik | 2/13/2012

    " An engrossing book. I learned a lot and will read the other books written by Ehrman. This is a keeper if you are interested in exploring the Bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 10/7/2011

    " This is about the three saints and their relationship to the early Church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad Gibbons | 8/12/2011

    " Not much too offer here that the serious bible student doesn't already know. It's basically a collection of various tidbits related to Peter, Paul and Mary Magdelene with a pinch of Ehrman sensationalism thrown in for good measure (he can't help it I guess). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 7/11/2011

    " This book is mostly a re-hashing of material from his other books. I have read maybe 8 - 10 of his books and while I used to really enjoy his work, I think he is running out of things to say. I don't think that I will read any more of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John E | 2/14/2011

    " Excellent work of Biblical scholarship. I love to read about how so much can be made about so little. Too bad that Mary Travers died recently, they would have done a wonderful song based on the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 10/4/2010

    " not a fan but maybe cuz my teacher was Jewish and made it seem like all of it was made up "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sriram | 5/12/2010

    " 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 Montana | 4/13/2010

    " Good introductory book for those interested in finding out the actual facts regarding these three most influential individuals. If you actually believe that the bible is inerrant, this book is not for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/14/2009

    " Excellent work of Biblical scholarship. I love to read about how so much can be made about so little. Too bad that Mary Travers died recently, they would have done a wonderful song based on the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joant | 8/16/2009

    " Interesting perspective on the "real" Peter, Paul and Mary. I learned a lot. But the writing is a bit of a struggle - somewhat repetitive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/16/2009

    " Had a lot of stuff I didn't know (with my Jewish background) but I still found the writing repetitive and parts of the story questionable. Still, it was mostly an interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ojo | 7/24/2009

    " Not one of his best and redundant at times except for the section on Mary Magdalene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/13/2009

    " In spite of a rather silly title, this book is by a really fine scholar and has added lots of facts to my knowledge, especially about the life of Peter and how little we really know about Mary Magdalene. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 1/26/2009

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 7/24/2008

    " I didn't feel that there was anything wrong with this book. It just didn't capture my interest. It seems like it may be accurate, but who knows? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/6/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garbacik | 3/30/2008

    " An engrossing book. I learned a lot and will read the other books written by Ehrman. This is a keeper if you are interested in exploring the Bible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/20/2008

    " This is about the three saints and their relationship to the early Church. "

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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

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.