"How God Became Jesus" Reaction Round-Up
Yesterday (3/25/2014) we were pleased to release How God Became Jesus, the highly anticipated response to Bart Ehrman's new book published on the same day: How Jesus Became God.
At the heart of the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. Yet Ehrman insists this is not what the earliest disciples believed, nor what Jesus claimed about himself. Zondervan's How God Became Jesus (HGBJ) goes beyond a simple response to Ehrman. Written by five internationally recognized biblical scholars, HGBJ is your guide to understanding how early Christians came to worship Jesus as divine.
The early reactions have been interesting, and we want to share some highlights with our Koinonia community. We will update this collection throughout the week.
Evans shows why the all-or-nothing approach to the Bible used by skeptics like Ehrman and fundamentalists alike is flawed.
Ehrman has a famous de-conversion, turning from an evangelical Christian to an agnostic. Here Bird shares his own "de-conversion" story: from skepticism to faith.
Ehrman takes interested readers through his own faith journey, explaining how "the disparity between the historical Jesus and the God Jesus" is what's important, and why he's still obsessed with Jesus.
Bird responds by taking intererested through a similar journey of his own faith development, but comes to very different conclusions.
A summary and an evaluation of both books, including recognition of the stuff that Ehrman gets right.
Perriman reviews Bird's chapter on whether Jesus thought he was God.
James McGrath talks about the initial ripples of both Ehrman's How Jesus Became God and Bird, et al's How God Became Jesus
Dr. Evans explains why he strongly disagrees with the evidence that Dr. Ehrman gives regarding Jesus' Jewish setting.
Three contributors explain in depth why their response book to Ehrman's own recent one matters and how it responds to his major arguments.
A first look at why it's important to engage Ehrman's new book, what Ehrman says that's worth engaging, and how the contributors engage him.
An article on the alleged "unusual publishing experiment," plus Ehrman's own surprising about-face during his research process.
Michael Bird disputes the Huffington Post and shares the real story behind the beginning of HGBJ.
Q&A with Bird that covers the reasons behind this rebuttal, some of the weak points in Erhman’s arguments, and how we should critically consider claims like those in How Jesus Became God.
VIDEO: Contributor Craig Evans Discusses Ehrman's Book
Discussed: Ehrman's view of the burial and resurrection of Jesus, plus much more.
(Can't see the video? Watch it here)
Endorsements from two important New Testament scholars.
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