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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (28 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061778184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061778186
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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How did ancient monotheism allow the One God to have a son ? Bart Ehrman tells this story, introducing the reader to a Jewish world thick with angels, cosmic powers, and numberless semi-divinities. How Jesus Became God provides a lively overview of Nicea s prequel. --Paula Fredriksen, Distinguished Visiting Professor, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and author of Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews

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Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited 21 books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews. Among his most recent books are a Greek-English edition of The Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press), an assessment of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas (Oxford University Press), and two New York Times bestsellers: God s Problem (an assessment of the biblical views of suffering) and Misquoting Jesus (an overview of the changes found in the surviving copies of the New Testament and of the scribes who produced them). Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament. Professor Ehrman has served as President of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical literature, chair of the New Testament textual criticism section of the Society, book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, and editor of the monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers (Scholars Press). He currently serves as coeditor of the series New Testament Tools, Studies, and Documents (E.J. Brill), coeditor in chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae, and on several other editorial boards for journals and monographs in the field. Winner of numerous university awards and grants, Professor Ehrman is the recipient of the 1993 UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, the 1994 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for excellence in teaching. Professor Ehrman has two children, a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Derek. He is married to Sarah Beckwith (PhD, King's College London), Marcello Lotti Professor of English at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Meadows on 23 July 2015
Format: Hardcover
I’m rather fond of Bart Ehrman. I have often found him to be a great communicator, hugely knowledgeable and yet wields his learning with gentleness so as to not alienate people needlessly. I first heard of this book when he took part in a debate (no doubt as part of a promotion) on Unbelievable, the Saturday afternoon apologetics programme on Premier Radio. His foil in that argument was Simon Gathercole who was one of several writers who had contributed to a riposte to Ehrman’s latest work.

As the title implies, this is a look at Jesus and how he came to be regarded as God. While Ehrman is no longer a christian, he retains his key interest in the origins of christianity. His opening thesis is that that while theologians tend to focus on questions of incarnation (i.e. how God became human) it is less frequently asked how Jesus came to be regarded as God. The obvious answer (that he was seen as God because he was God) is discounted as too simplistic and reliant on an uncritical reading of the gospels. His overall thesis is that Jesus wasn’t thought of as God in his lifetime and that a high christology only developed later on. Incorporating Jesus as the 2nd member of the Trinity was a much later development still. First, though, he lays out his approach for tackling the problem at hand.

He begins with a nicely deceptive piece of writing where he describes a charismatic figure from the backwaters of the Middle East, who had a group of followers who came to think of him as a god.

What he does, and this is what makes him such a brilliant writer, is that he makes some general points that makes the reader think. As I read from a christian perspective it is inevitable that some of his points are dissonant with my current understanding.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 April 2014
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This is a long, detailed, well written book which presents a view of the early Christian Church that many may find surprising. I personally found it a little unsettling and this reaction may be the power of this book. I was not sure about the material and its interpretation. The problem is that you need to be a New Testament scholar to be in a position to read this book critically. It is a best-seller in the USA, which surprises me. Why would Christians want to read a book that so profoundly undermines their beliefs and why would non-Christians be interested? The answer is: Because Christians read it to refute it and non-Christians read it to understand the origins of the Christian and post-Christian culture in which they live.

THE ARGUMENTS: Ehrman starts with a description of the treatment of the divine in pagan society where there were many gods and many levels of divinity. He then moves on to the treatment of the divine in the monotheistic Jewish society including attitudes to angels, to heretical Jewish beliefs of a second divinity, the "Son of Man", in Daniel and the non-canonical Book of Enoch and the traces of pagan divinities in the older parts of the Old Testament. Did Jesus think he was God? Ehrman says that Jesus was an apocalyptic preacher and as such could not consider himself as God but could consider himself as the messiah. It would be the Son of Man, separate to Jesus, who would bring the apocalyptic change on earth in God's name and it would be Jesus who would be king of this new reformed kingdom. Ehrman says there was no empty tomb; the Romans would not have allowed the body to be buried after crucifixion. He notes that the references to the risen Jesus are all inconsistent with each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By huw on 27 Aug. 2015
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Very well written by a biblical scholar who really knows his stuff. When you read early medieval (aka late antique) history, you realise that debates about the nature of Christ were very important - the council of Nicea and all that. This book focusses on just this one issue. First, sets the scene: what it meant for someone to be "divine" or a "god" in Jewish, Roman and Greek culture in the first century. He then sifts through the evidence in the New Testament and related sources to trace how views about Christ evolved. Some of this I knew already, but it is great to have it spelled out in a very accessible way - he does not let scholarship get in the way of clarity. He lets you in on some of the really esoteric parts of biblical interpretation: the notion that there are in the new testament fragments that are older. For example, in Pauls letter to the Romans, there is a six line "creed" about Jesus that is almost certainly older than Pauls letter (and even contradicts Pauls own view). The basic story is that as we move on it time Jesus becomes more and more elevated until we arrive at the Trinitarian doctrine. There are many steps upon this route, with views that were once "orthodox" becoming "heretical".

There are parts of the book where he explains his arguments and evidence to "believers". I tended to turn these pages a bit quickly. However, apart from these sections he is riveting. It also makes a nice biographical journey, because Ehrman was also himself a hared line evangelical himself in his youth. Perhaps his discussion of the believers position is the old man talking to the young man....
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