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Gift Subscriptions, 2016!!

It is now December (can any of us believe it?) and we are blasting from one holiday to the next.  For the occasion, I want to open up a holiday giving option that can help out people who really want to be on the blog but cannot afford the membership fees.

As many of you know, for the past three of years, thanks to a number of generous donors, we pulled this off in a big way.  It has happened in two stages.   It started off when two anonymous donors proposed that they provide some funds to pay for memberships for a few people who wanted to be on the blog but because of personal circumstances, could not afford the membership fees.   I put out the offer on my Facebook page, asking if anyone was in that boat, and within twenty minutes I had thirty requests –all from people who were eager to join but simply did not have the means to do so.  I had to shut down the offer nearly as soon as I made it.   This made me suspect that there were a lot more people out there like that.

And so then it occurred to me that we could do more, in a big way, and I made an appeal to you, the users of the blog, to make gift donations.  By doing this, in our first year (and comparably in the second and third) we were able to give out over 70 gift memberships.  To qualify to receive one, a person had to send me their contact information and to tell me a bit about their circumstances, why they could not afford membership fees.  I provided gift memberships only to people who really needed them.  And let me tell you, some of the stories were heart-breaking.  Luckily, virtually everyone who contacted me has been able to be given a gift membership.

I would like to do the same thing this year, right now.   Would any of you be willing to donate one or more memberships during this we’re-moving-to-the-holiday season?   Each new (year-long) membership would cost $24.95 – so let’s just say $25.      You could donate to the blog any increment of $25 that you want – so if you want to give one membership, it would be $25; two $50; four $100; twenty $500; 2153, $53,825.  You get the idea.

This would be a win-win-win situation.   You would be giving a tax-free end-of-the-year donation to the foundation (win for you); every penny would go to charities fighting hunger and homelessness (win for them); and each membership would go to someone who really wanted one, as a very nice present at this giving time of year (a win for each and every one).

If you are interested in participating in this membership gift program, you need to do two very simple things:  (1) send me an email at behrman@email.unc.edu (do NOT comment here, on the blog) indicating your intention to make a donation and specifying how many memberships you would like to donate; and (2) make the donation on the blog (just click on the “Donate” tab).   I will be collecting these donations over the course of the next week, until December 8, so that I can then know how many memberships I can give out – all to happen before the real Christmas rush.

Many many thanks to those who have already made donations to the Blog, and for all who are willing to do so now!

Response to my Newsweek Article on Christmas
Newsweek Article on Christmas: Part 2



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    Adam0685  December 1, 2016

    Unrelated, but I noticed a new book is coming out in response to you to be published by the Catholic University of America Press.

    Jesus, Interpreted: Benedict XVI, Bart Ehrman, and the Historical Truth of the Gospels

    • Bart
      Bart  December 2, 2016

      Ha! I had no idea. Thanks.

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      rivercrowman  December 2, 2016

      Thanks for the heads up. I’ll wait until the price goes down a little.

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    wje  December 2, 2016

    Hi Bart. I have some questions that may be good for the reader mailbag concerning Christmas. 1. Where did the miracle stories ( special star, census, wise men, shepards) about Jesus birth come from? Were they from pagan myths, local facts that got blown out of proportion, or just good stories that got the stamp of church approval? 2.Does anybody have a good idea where (such as geography or where they first started appearing) the books of Matthew and Luke were written? Could that have something to do with the conflicting stories about the nativity and the flight to Egypt?

    • Bart
      Bart  December 2, 2016

      I’d love to post on the first question — but I don’t know the answers! On the second, yes, they were almost certainly written in different places, but any attempts to say where are just guesswork.

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    Kazibwe Edris  December 4, 2016

    Dr Ehrman, i found this attack against you :

    quote :
    Bart likes to deceive his listener by claiming more variations and more copies give birth to less authenticity. Actually flip that and you’ll begin to “see the light”.
    The Bible manuscripts were transmitted not in a linear way, as in “Chinese whispers” but geometrically as in 1 produced by 5 others which in turn then produced, say 20, etc.
    end quote

    i think you already dealt with this claim, but i am unable to find your post.

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    madmargie  December 13, 2016

    I am the recipient of one of your scholarships and I really appreciate that! I love the blog! Thank you so much..those who donate extra for us.

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