Interested in a free lecture on who wrote the Gospels?
As you may know, I’ve started doing some online courses on the Bible (and related topics) as part of my new venture, Bart Ehrman Professional Services (= BEPS). This venture is not connected with the blog, but I do like to announce what is going on over there since a number of blog members have been interested.
If you want to see what it all involves – and to see which courses are already available – you can find them on my personal website, www.bartehrman.com.
The courses are for purchase, but I’ve decided to do a freebie for anyone interested. It will be a live event on Sunday June 12, 2:00 pm ET; a recording of it will also be made available.
The title of my talk: “Did Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Actually Write Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John”? Here’s the link:
If you’d like to officially register for the event (this is not necessary but if you do so, we will send you reminders of the event), you can sign up at www.bartehrman.com/authors.
No charge or suggested donation to the blog (though voluntary donations are *always* welcome, and go straight to our charities). Just show up. I’ll lecture for about 50 minutes then have a live Q&A.
These are the kinds of things I’ll be discussing:
- The New Testament Gospels are anonymous. Why did early Christians say they were written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John?
- What’s the best evidence that they really were written by these apostles?
- Do the Gospels themselves provide any hints that they were written by apostles?
- Were the apostles of Jesus educated well enough to write books, let alone books that are this sophisticated?
- How could Aramaic-speaking authors manage to write such high-level Greek? Were the Gospels originally written in Aramaic?
- Did the apostles use secretaries who could edit and translate their work?
- What are the best arguments against these books being written by these apostles?
- Did the early church fathers claim the apostles wrote these books in order to make them more authoritative?
- And if the Gospels were not written by early apostles, where did their actual authors get their information?
This lecture will serve as a kind of introduction to an eight-lecture course that I will be doing for BEPS in August, that for now I’m calling “The Greatest Stories Rarely Told: Historical Understandings of the Gospels.” I’ll be saying more about that anon!
For now, I hope you can come to the talk on the lecture of the Gospels. Again: Sunday, June 12, 2022; at 2:00 pm ET.