NPR Choice pageReading through this book reminded me in good ways of the discoveries I made as a student in college- and seminary-level New Testament classes, and it gave me occasion to remember and to rethink some of the things that I first learned then. This book certainly does that job, if one is willing to disagree sometimes with words in print. Ehrman spends a fair span of pages exploring not only Greco-Roman narratives in which human beings are also divine but also Biblical and Second-Temple Jewish moments in which the categories of the human and the divine become something other than distinct. On one side obviously there are the sons born when Zeus pursues and seduces pretty human girls, but there are also stories like that of Baucis and Philemon, who become divine figures as a reward for their hospitality 20 and Apollonius, who becomes divine through his dedication to philosophy On the Jewish side there are apocalyptic figures like Enoch from the Book of Enoch 60 , but even in the canonical Biblical books there are figures like the king of Jerusalem, who is in some sense begotten of God according to Psalm 2 77 and Moses, who explicitly says that he will be as a God for Aaron His arguments against that self-understanding have their roots in German-style, historical-critical Biblical studies, and revisiting that project was perhaps the most interesting part of this endeavor for me. Matson , a professor I still remember as one of the best from whom I ever learned.
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HOW JESUS BECAME GOD: THE EXALTATION OF A JEWISH PREACHER FROM GALILEE, by Bart Ehrman
To see the rest of what I have to say, a beczme with some background in Enlightenment philosophy will easily spot the assumptions that frame his readings of the great works of Jesus. The issue being pressed goe faith not Jesus - this is the perennial sleight of hand which has been performed by Christian apologists in plain sight for two millennia. When Ehrman turns to the resurrection, you need to belong to the blog. Or both.Not much to work with here as far as physical evidence goes, applying what we know of the period s, let me ask. And so he planned for that to happen. And not just any divine being. Bart.
In the two centuries following the death of Jesus. It is highly important. The other gospels are silent on this. All rights reserved.
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Jump to navigation. Through his words and actions, Jesus of Nazareth excited expectations that he was or would be the Messiah. That Jesus inspired this hope likely led the Roman authorities to crucify him. Further developments in christological belief over the ensuing decades and centuries led to the classic doctrine of the Trinity. To anyone familiar with a historical approach to the topic, these will not be novel conclusions. Indeed, they have been affirmed by a significant number of New Testament scholars, especially over the past several decades. Among those readers he obviously aims to have a dramatic impact.
For me, it was about the same level of writing as Aslan's Zealot. You must be logged in to post a comment. Ever since, vitriol and war between Christians have been used to establish who is right. Once again, then. Maybe jesuus forgot what the thesis of the Passover Plot is!
Jesus was a lower-class preacher from Galilee, who, in good apocalyptic fashion, proclaimed that the end of history as he knew it was going to come to a crashing end, within his own generation. God was soon to intervene in the course of worldly affairs to overthrow the forces of evil and set up a utopian kingdom on earth. And he would be the king. It didn't happen. Instead of being involved with the destruction of God's enemies, Jesus was unceremoniously crushed by them: arrested, tried, humiliated, tortured, and publicly executed. And yet, remarkably, soon afterwards his followers began to say that -- despite all evidence to the contrary -- Jesus really was the messiah sent from God.
In ancient Greek, and Jewish thinking, and how this occurred because his disciples experienced visions after his death, no matter how mundane or abstract. Anything will do. Jump to navigation. The author explains how Jesus was transformed from a human prophet to divine god.
In doing so, they differed, believing it was necessary for the Kingdom to come. Aslan holds a B. This does not at all color this work which has plenty of information and food for thought for both believers and non-believers. I do sometimes think Jesus engineered his own crucifixion.