Transcript. You stated: “Moreover, they did claim that they knew he rose precisely because some of them saw him alive again afterward. But you’d think someone would have. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Actually Carrier has developed interesting arguments against theism. How many years do you want to spend defending a silly pointless idea that most fundamentalist Christians never give a solitary waking thought? My questions is- is this all a good case at all for interpolation, or just pure speculation? I’ve been blessed by my friendships with debate opponents, despite strong disagreements. But some unquestionably are fabrications. Paul, Cephas, James and the others would have been astounded to learn what had happened to their celestial Jesus a generation later. Over the next five months, I dedicated no less than 50 hours a week to preparing. Price would have made a pretty good lawyer, though he’s not what you’d call a spellbinding orator. He was an established scholar, an award-winning professor at a prominent university, and a New York Times best-selling author. Dr. Ehrman, in The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul, D. Campbell is showing after a very complex process that Rom 13 is actually not a paulin thought at all like Rom 1:18 to 4:1. I’ve just read one book of hers (The great angel book), and don’t remember it well enough offhand to give a sustained critique. It seems clear that Ehrman’s commentary is predicated on the thesis that these noncanonical texts were discriminated against in something of a patristic conspiracy. 4.25 stars: There is a lot detail packed into this epic debate. I’m sure you don’t mean to say you’ve realized it really was improbable that Jesus’s body “was simply left hanging on the cross”! He is the James A. He keeps honing in on small niggling points and might-have-beens, trying as best as he can to distract people from the fact that his client is guilty–of being a really bad argument based on little more than wishful thinking. Someone who practices the art of deception makes it difficult for the average person to distinguish between the truth and a lie. The debate was a really great experience to watch. I’m just now seeing the reply to my comment. Thanks for sharing this debate Bart. Comments posted must be limited to 200 words or less. If he did, he would have been too tough to … The the thesis of the book might be completely wrong, but it at least makes sense of the evidence and having watched (or read) every single debates between Carrier and many historians of Christianity, absolutely none of them won arguments with him. Ehrman repeats a lot of what he argued in the 2006 debate, even on issues where Craig had corrected him. By the way, are you aware of a book being published shortly by Robert Knapp on the origins of Christianity? The Dark Side of the Bart Ehrman-Robert Price Debate. And got basic facts wrong. Since your field is the history of the NT and the textual study of the documents you must have some thoughts on this. Ehrman participated in a debate with Craig Evans at a Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also teaches eight of The Great Courses’s widely acclaimed Bible and Christianity classes, and has a part in 78 others. Christians have no idea how weird and different Paul’s mythical beliefs really were. Sorry — I think I misunderstood the question. I think that in your reply, you’re getting parts of sentences mixed up. Was Jesus Born in Bethlehem? I finally watched the debate this morning. So, here’s my question, why in your 1999 book did you say that “it seems improbable that Jesus’ corpse was simply left hanging on the cross” when (as you acknowledge in your 2014 book) you hadn’t done “any real research on the matter” (157)? All comments will be moderated by the post author before release. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. And the same could be said for stories told all over the world, because when you get right down to it, we’re all telling the same stories. Question 2: Dr. Price mentioned two places (one in Revelation, I forget where the other comes from – Hebrews, maybe?) -2 Peter 1:16 states that there were some who claimed Jesus to be a myth. Here are some of things he claimed, “Ehrman even admitted in this debate that some historical persons are invented in the Gospels (e.g. He emphasizes a miraculous event, narrated in the Gospels, which is the transfiguration. -Yes, Paul would be downright flabbergasted to know people had twisted his words into an historical Jesus of Nazareth. It would seem much in the text is simply invented. Both questioned the dating of Quirinius' census, which is reported in Luke's gospel. Unexpected things do happen in real life. “His argument is not with theism–nobody can ‘win’ the argument over whether or not there’s a God.”. The topic for our debate was “Can historians prove Jesus rose from the dead?” My nearly completed doctoral research focused on this very topic, so I was confident I knew more about it than Ehrman. In their view it is their major trump card against Mythicism. Paul was a Greek-speaking Jew. I am not going to go into the bios of each debater or what I … Nobody has ‘proven’ climate change deniers are wrong. (There were lots of Jews who visited Jerusalem — for example, every year at Passover — who didn’t know a lick of Aramaic). Bart Denton Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar focusing on textual criticism of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and the origins and development of early … But they’re only trying to disprove Jesus. The next topic that I was asked to address is the work of Bart Ehrman who is the chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the best selling author with Oxford University Press in their retinue of various authors. Christianity Today strengthens the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel. My Take on the Debate Between Bart Ehrman and Daniel Wallace Finally the long awaited debate between two able textual critics, Bart Ehrman and Daniel Wallace took place at SMU campus in Dallas. CTWeekly delivers the best content from ChristianityToday.com to your inbox each week. I had committed to a public debate with the prominent agnostic New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman. He didn’t seem to understand Bart’s position when making the Clark Kent analogy. There are other verses in which Paul calls people by name without qualifying them as “the brothers of the Lord”. Filed under: Biblical Scholars, Biblical Studies Tags: Bart Ehrman, Christ Myth Debate, Robert M. Price At some stage in the debate you ask Dr. Price if he thought that Galatians was not written by Paul. Was The Messiah Supposed to Be Born of a Virgin? Why is that weird or controversial? Crossan and others expanded the list of options for what we have to think about in this area. UNC Chapel Hill Professor Bart Ehrman has made quite a name for himself as a critic of the New Testament documents. If you would like to ask a question, simply ask it in your comment. In 2 Peter 1.16, 17 he is not trying to defend that there was a human Jesus, which was quite obvious, but to defend the miraculous things that happened. – Pre-debate discussed on Bart Ehrman’s Foundation Blog: https://ehrmanblog.org/did-jesus-exist-my-debate-with-robert-price/ He calls into question the authority of the New Testament as scribal changes over time have changed the documents. Midwestern is a Southern Baptist institution. At least I don’t think any of the Pauline scholars I know (I know a lot) think it is. If thousands of people are saying they believe such and getting others to believe as they do then its an obligation to refute by those with the knowledge and ability. “For years I’ve been asked by people to debate a mythicist; I’ve always resisted, in part because I’ve thought that by doing so I would lend credibility to their view, which, in my judgment, is not credible”. why wouldn’t he admit it. Where does Paul write that he, or anyone else, saw Jesus, “alive again afterward”? That’s it in a nutshell. I just ordered my 8th book authored by Bart and consider myself one of his students….His New Testament textbook is one of my favorites. I am glad that it turned out to be a good experience for you. No I don’t believe Romans 13 is widely considered an interpolation. 1 Cor 15 is a gold mine for the mythicist interpretation. No mention of a Jesus of Nazareth, or an earlier earthly residency anywhere. He decides what he wants to believe, then he ignores everything that undermines that belief. Last night I gave you a little teaser about the debate I attended between Kyle Butt and Dr. Bart Ehrman. I appreciate having had an opportunity to articulate some mythicist viewpoints on your blog over the last few months, and also to exchange opinions with you on some of its interpretations. Who is probably better documented than most religious leaders in ancient history.”. He’s just trying to destroy the very field of study he makes his living in. I told him I’d want to debate Ehrman, and Roberts set it up. On April 4, 2014 I debated Dr. Bart Ehrman on the campus of the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. Got bored with it because i could not get all of what he was saying. a number of traditions can be traced to Aramaic sources. before the foundation of the world. Professor Ehrman presented a logical synopsis of how Jesus actually did exist. And thankfully I have that option by subscribing to the blog!! Bart, do you think Mythicist view is less credible than frankly (sometimes) insane views put forward by fundamentalists whom you’ve debated multiple times? by Neil Godfrey . Paul made it as clear as anyone possibly could that he knew Jesus had been a living breathing human being. Ehrman… Bart, thank you for sharing this. Pilate almost certainly did not speak Aramaic. By all accounts Ehrman decidedly won the debate. Were things still cordial between you after the debate? It is curious that he took on your issue regarding the archaeological evidence of the existence of the town of Nazareth as his first order of business, but added absolutely nothing to the discussion of it that already occurs in the book. Is there a book that goes into details of this argument.? What makes you think some of them don’t believe what they’re saying? By all accounts Ehrman decidedly won the debate. To unlock this article for your friends, use any of the social share buttons on our site, or simply copy the link below. I would expect the text to comment on the language used only if it was not obvious, so the absence of any mention of a translator is to me an implication that one was not needed. In the meantime, he offers an excellent online course , based partly on Malcom Murray’s book The Atheist’s Primer. I did not know Santa Claus has an historical kernel. It’s a complicated word. I’m very surprised that a man of Bart Ehrman’s position and credentials would debate some one like James White. Question: you use Romans 13:1ff. What are your thoughts on the languages the participants in the NT drama used to communicate to such diverse groups of people? So did Muhammad. If there was no Jesus of Nazareth, then Christianity as a theological system will be wholly undone. Schedule recurring donations to Bart's foundation using the form below. I don’t think I know him. I’ve been blessed by my friendships with debate opponents, despite strong disagreements. (2/2) Thanks in advance, I appreciate your blog and work very much, even as a Christian myself! His argument is not with theism–nobody can ‘win’ the argument over whether or not there’s a God. I Befriended Bart Ehrman by Debating Him I’ve been blessed by my friendships with debate opponents, despite strong disagreements. Why did Bart Ehrman really leave Christianity? Joseph of Arimathea). Paul received instructions or information from Christ through visions from Christ. White’s post-debate report of the debate is HERE, which is a good listen.Here is part 2 of White’s review of the debate. in Gal 2:9, 2:12 and 1 Cor 15:7 he is just James. If Paul meant it somehow figuratively, that doesn’t affect the historical argument. Reply. But he mentions a Tertullian quote in AM, and says Marcion does not have “again’ in Gal 2:!. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Take that trump card away and their historical Jesus house of cards argument pretty well crumbles. Filed under: Biblical Scholars, Biblical Studies Tags: Bart Ehrman, Christ Myth Debate, Robert M. Price Saying historians shouldn’t debate holocaust deniers just lets the belief grow when they get someone gifted in rhetoric to espouse such beliefs. This question is not directly related to the Mythicist issue, but let us suppose that Jesus did exist, then my question relates to the languages they spoke at that time. Jung’s ideas are taken more seriously in psychology than in some other areas of study, mainly because they can’t really be proven. There is a peer reviewed Mythicist literature: “On the Historicity of Jesus”. “Why do you call me good? It has no bearing on whether verses were in their manuscripts. I would love that. They don’t want an improved understanding. Carrier and Price have contributed absolutely nothing. Matthew’s Version…. Price loves to imagine various possibilities; at times, he can make a plausible case for reading the evidence in a way different from mainstream scholars. Each blog member is allowed to make 2 comments a day. We know there are as many differences in the manuscripts as there are words in the New Testament texts. The weird thing is, Price is really on the side of fundamentalist theists–he, like they, rejects the human Jesus. He seems like a nice person but whoa! I wanted every answer to be sound, succinct, and accessible to our audience. Jesus spoke with Pilate privately in the “What is truth” exchange at his trial. There may be no explicit statement that Paul spoke Aramaic, but it seems to me there are implicit ones, such as Paul’s meetings with the Jerusalem church. So did Confucius. Of course “brother” has a double meaning, depending on context, literally or figuratively, today and 2000 years ago. So if they talked, it would have had to be with a translator. Which verse were you referring to? This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. He himself never claimed to have seen Jesus in the flesh, but he claimed Jesus had spoken to him, asked why he was persecuting Jesus’ followers–followers of what? Remember, he received his Gospel from no man, but only from Christ himself. James, described as a church pillar, but apparently not an apostle, is mentioned four times in Paul’s letters. The writers made a point of proving Jesus was flesh and blood by making him eat fish. Subscribers receive full access to the archives. Paul uses the “received” phrase in reference to a Christ vision. Yeah, Price speaks more slowly in a rather monotone voice, so it’s more about listening carefully to his point. 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