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Upcoming Speaking Events, Fall 2018

I will be doing several speaking gigs hither and yon in the coming fall.   These are the ones that are set in stone, if all goes to plan.   All of them are open to the public, but may require tickets.  I’ve included websites when I have them.   I ope to see some of you at them.  I’d like to schedule a blog event at the ones that will be in the States, if possible, probably a lunch or dinner.  But I’ll let you know!



September 8

Smithsonian Associates, Washington DC

Four Great Controversies in Early Christianity



Description of Seminar

The growth of the Christian church from a tiny sect of Jesus’ close followers to a major world religion was not smooth and seamless. Christians faced controversy on every front—externally with both pagans and Jews and internally with various Christian groups holding diverse theological views struggling for dominance. Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, explores four major controversies encountered by the early Christians, each of which influenced the religion’s shape for centuries to come.



9:30–10:45 a.m.  Why did the Romans Hate the Christians?

Ehrman discusses how early Christians were not widely seen as upstanding Romans, but were condemned as anti-social atheists who engaged in flagrantly immoral and dangerous ritual practices. He also considers the persecutions they experienced as a result.

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. When Did Christianity Become Anti-Jewish?

Although Jesus and his disciples were Jewish, later followers entered into antagonistic relations with Jews who refused to acknowledge him as the messiah. Explore how a Jewish sect eventually became a virulently anti-Jewish religion.

12:15–1:30 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own)


1:30–2:45 p.m.  Did Early Christians Worship Three Gods?

Some of the theological disputes that wracked the early Church went to the very heart of the Christian faith. Was Christ God? Was the Spirit also God? If so, weren’t there three Gods? How does one make sense of the ultimate resolution: a doctrine of the Trinity comprising the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all God and yet only one God?

3–4:15 p.m.  How Did Christians Get the Bible?

Numerous books allegedly written by apostolic authorities were in circulation in the early church, including Gospels connected with Jesus’ brothers Thomas and James, and another connected with Mary Magdalene. A discussion of why, when, and how the church finally settled on which books to include in the New Testament.



September 17, 7:00 pm

South Dakota State University, Brookings SD

Lecture: Misquoting Jesus: Scribes who Changed the Scriptures and  Readers Who May Never Know.



October 2-13

Tour of Israel (“Timeless Wonders”) (Mainly Tel Aviv, Tiberias, and Jerusalem)

UNC General Alumni Association (But open to the public)



3-5 lectures on topics TBA.



November 16

Biblical Archaeology FEST.

Denver Colorado


Lecture: Heaven and Hell: The Invention of the Afterlife

A recent Pew Research showed that 72% of Americans believe in a literal heaven, 58% in a literal hell.   The common view is that when a person dies their soul goes to one place or the other, for eternal joy or torment.  But this view is not found in the Old Testament and it is not what Jesus taught.  So where did it come from?  This lecture will try to explain how later Christians “invented” heaven and hell.h

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    rivercrowman  July 27, 2018

    Bart, try to get the November 16th event on video, if possible. Thanks!

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    Pattylt  July 27, 2018

    I live 40 minutes from Denver! So tempting but $1200 for me and the spousal unit is a lot of money, however the presenters, including you, have me seriously considering it. Thanks for posting this.

    • Bart
      Bart  July 29, 2018

      Yeah, that’s a lot of dosh. The program looks really good though– it’s a great event.

  3. Liam Foley
    Liam Foley  July 27, 2018

    Hopefully, some of these lectures will be available on YouTube at some point? I greatly enjoy watching/listening to those videos.

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    RonaldTaska  July 28, 2018

    It really is remarkable and stunning to learn, after all these years of Christian education, that the Old Testament and the actual teachings of Jesus contain essentially nothing about the concept of heaven as it has been taught to me for decades. Disappointing? Of course it is, but I had rather know the truth than not know it.

  5. SonOfZeusTruly
    SonOfZeusTruly  July 28, 2018

    Dr. Erhman. I will be there in Denver 16, November. I can not wait to see you. I will sit and observe. How do I sign up? That would be great to have lunch or dinner with you. I have alot to talk about.

    • Bart
      Bart  July 29, 2018

      You need to go to the website to register. It’s a great three-day conference.

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    TimKendrick  July 30, 2018

    I’m really looking forward to the Israel tour in October. I’ve always wanted to go there to see in person things I’ve read about for years. Can’t wait!

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    Franz Liszt  August 3, 2018

    Bart, were you planning on doing member dinners at these events again?

    • Bart
      Bart  August 5, 2018

      Yup — I’ll be announcing a couple soon! Probably tomorrow in fact!

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    arallyr137  August 4, 2018

    It seems the Smithsonian Associates event is sold out, disappointed.

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    nazam44  August 12, 2018

    Any time soon in main land Europe? Münster, Amsterdam, Leuven, Leiden, Brussels?

    • Bart
      Bart  August 13, 2018

      Was in Leiden last month, but nothing else planned just now.

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