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Did Paul Invent the Resurrection?

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QUESTION:

There is no doubt that Paul had visions of Jesus. And as we all agree the gospels (and Acts for that matter) were written AFTER Paul and certainly influenced BY Paul. In one way or another they reflect his way of thinking (to a certain degree).

Wouldn’t it be possible that the story of visions started with Paul only and was incorporated into the gospels because… well, how could it be that Jesus appeared to Paul and not ...

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My Interview on Fresh Air

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As I have said before, every author who has done reasonably well selling trade books for a general audience knows that what drives sales is not the outstanding quality of a book — lots of terrific books go nowhere in sales, and others that are truly lousy end up being bestsellers — or in advertising. It’s all about media attention. When it comes to radio, one of the very best, top-flight programs to land is Fresh Air with Terry ...
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Attacks from the Other Side: An Ill-Tempered Richard Carrier

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Sometimes I think that if I’m “getting it from all sides,” I may be doing something right. The religious conservatives seems to be up in arms about my book How Jesus Became God – both conservative evangelical Protestants and conservative Roman Catholics like the Very Reverend Robert Barron. In fact, as I’ve said, I do not think anything in the book is inimical to Christian faith, unless it is completely committed to a view of the infallibility ...
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A Milestone for the Blog

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I am very pleased to be able to announce a milestone that we have all reached for the Bart Ehrman Blog.    As of this week, we have surpassed the $100,000 mark in funds raised.   This is a great moment for us.   It has taken us only two years and a few days.

As probably all of you know, the blog was originally conceived, designed, and begun as a way to raise money for charities dealing with hunger and homelessness.   Every ...

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More on the Very Reverend Robert Barron

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I have not decided yet whether I will be dealing point-by-point with every one of the Very Reverend Robert Barron’s critiques of How Jesus Became God.  I frankly found none of them very convincing, largely because, as I indicated in the previous post, he does not appear to have read my book very carefully, but at best skimmed it to find what he was expecting to find.   But I thought I would deal at least with his opening ...
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Critique of the Very Reverend Robert Barron

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The responses to How Jesus Became God are starting to appear, and I must say, I find the harshest ones bordering on the incredible.   Do people think that it is acceptable to attack a book that they haven’t read – or at least haven’t had the courtesy to try to understand?

Some of the reviewers are known entities, such as the Very Rev. Robert Barron, a Roman Catholic evangelist and commentator who has a wide following.   His full ...

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Interview on Trinities.org on How Jesus Became God Part 2

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This is the second part of my interview with Dale Tuggy, the host and co-executive producer of Trinities.org podcast.  The podcasts hosts debates, interviews, and historical and contemporary perspectives on issues related to Christian theology.  The interview was focused on How Jesus Became God, although in spots we go afield.   Some listeners have thought that this was one of the more interesting of the interviews I’ve done.  The interview took place on April 14th, 2014 via telephone.

 

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Modern Appearances of Jesus

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QUESTION:

Why do you suppose no one has had visions of Jesus since the Gospels?  And why have there been visions of Mary instead?

 

RESPONSE:

Another good question.   The answer is: people *do* have visions of Jesus (all the time)!   I could have approached the topic in a number of ways in my book, but this is what I say there:

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Jesus’ Appearances in the Modern World

And consider the modern appearances of Jesus.   Some of these ...

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Did Disciples Have Visions of Jesus?

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I am ready and willing to begin answering questions readers have about my book How Jesus Became God.  So feel free to ask away.  Here is a good one I received today.

 

QUESTION:

I have enjoyed reading your interesting and thought provoking books, Jesus Interrupted and Forged.   At the moment I am reading How Jesus Became God and would like to comment on some of the content of Chapter 5. To that point in the book, it seems to ...

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Interview with Trinities.org on How Jesus Became God

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I won’t be posting every single interview I do for How Jesus Became God (you will be glad to know); but different interviewers are asking different kinds of questions, and so a range of them doesn’t seem to be out of line.   The one here is for a podcast called Trinities, hosted and produced by a fellow named Dale Tuggy.   Dale is not completely sympathetic with all my views in the book, which makes the interview a ...
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