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Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium by [Ehrman, Bart D.]
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this is a stimulating and worthwhile book that will not always convince but should serve to convey the excitement of New Testament studies to all to read it. (Bishop Paul Richardson, The Church of England Newspaper, Aug. 18th 2000.)

this is a very readable book ... Ehrman ... does succeed in drawing attention to important points that are often overlooked. (Bishop Paul Richardson, The Church of England Newspaper, Aug. 18th 2000.)

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"An elegantly written, much-needed book.... Ehrman's should be the first book for any lay reader interested in the historical Jesus."--Kirkus Reviews


"While Ehrman's provocative thesis will stir up controversy among scholars, his warm, inviting prose style and his easy-to-read historical and critical overviews make this the single best introduction to the study of the historical Jesus."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"Bart Ehrman's look at the much-debated mysteries of the historical Jesus is thoughtful and responsible yet also fresh and--of all things--flavored with an appropriate wit. Anyone familiar with the subject will know how rare such a combination is. I commend it strongly to any reader who's willing to follow a well-stocked mind wherever it leads."--Reynolds Price, author of Three Gospels, Letter to a Man in the Fire: Does God Exist and Does He Care?


"In Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, Bart Ehrman offers an exciting and accessible study of the historical Jesus. He canvasses a wide range of ancient texts and modern interpretations as he orients his reader both in the distant world of late Second Temple Judaism and the current swirl of scholarly opinion. With verve, warm humor and exemplary clarity, Ehrman's Jesus provides the nonspecialist reader with an excellent introduction to this often elusive figure, the Jesus of history."--Paula Fredriksen, Boston University


"Bart Ehrman is that rare creature who is not only a good scholar but also a fine teacher. In Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, he addresses a general audience who may know next to nothing about serious historical work on Jesus of Nazareth. With his usual clear and humorous style, he explains technical problems in a way that almost any educated reader could understand.... Ehrman has given us a healthy and needed correction to the portrait of Jesus common in many American academic circles today, influenced as they are by the Jesus


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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 019512474X
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised ed. edition (23 Sept. 1999)
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By A Customer on 22 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books about the historical Jesus. Ehrman's Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium is by far the best. Although a popular account, Ehrman presents evidence and evaluates it logically. His main thesis is that Jesus believed that God would intervene, destroy all evil, and establish a Kingdom of God on earth (rather than in heaven), and that this would occur during his lifetime. Ehrman concludes that many of Jesus' sayings and deeds are best explained by Jesus' assumption that the present world would soon end. People must repent and prepare for the imminent judgment. One consequence of this belief is that Jesus was not a proponent of family values. Ehrman stresses that apocalypticism was an ideology that tried to make sense of the suffering of the Jewish people, giving them hope for the near future.
To me, Ehrman's arguments are far more persuasive than those of members of the Jesus Seminar who believe that Jesus was not an apocalypticist. Ehrman does not push unorthodox views, but presents consensus views of Bible scholars to the general public. Ehrman emphasizes Jesus' Jewish environment during the first century. He explains that Jesus was not unique except in his supposed resurrection. Christianity is based not on the actual resurrection of Jesus, but on belief in his resurrection. Written sources claim that healings and exorcisms were accomplished by other Jews in ancient times, and by Hebrew prophets. Ehrman also points out the diversity of Christian views during the first and second centuries. As any scholar taking a true historical approach must, he makes no evaluation of supernatural events. A special treat is Ehrman's sense of humor. A must read for those wishing to understand the historical Jesus, as opposed to a theological Jesus.
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Bart D. Ehrman is something as strange as a professor of religious studies who writes best-selling books. "Misquoting Jesus" is probably his most well-known book. He has also written a number of introductory textbooks to the New Testament, plus some more scholarly works. Indeed, Ehrman has even penned a critique of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"!

A certain kind of Christians love to hate Professor Ehrman, probably because he was himself once a fundamentalist Christian (he even attended services of the Plymouth Brethren), became progressively more liberal, and finally turned atheist-to-agnostic. That, plus his best-selling books, is enough to make him a constant object of fundamentalist venom and evangelical criticism, perhaps on a par with Richard Dawkins (and then, perhaps not - Richard probably still takes the devil's chaplain prize).

It may therefore come as a surprise to sceptics, that Ehrman belongs to the moderate faction of Biblical criticism. This can be clearly seen in "Jesus. Apocalyptic prophet of the new millennium". Ehrman believes that the three synoptic gospels (Mark, Matthew, Luke) contain many authentic traditions about the historical Jesus. Thus, the synoptics can be used as regular historical sources. Ehrman explains in some detail which parts of the synoptic gospels he finds reliable, and why. The Gospel of John, on the other hand, he considers more or less unreliable. The same is true of the apocryphal "Gospel of Thomas", which Ehrman believes to be a much later Gnostic work.

From the gospels attributed to Mark, Matthew and Luke, Ehrman weaves a portrait of Jesus that can be summarized as follows. Jesus was a Jewish apocalyptic prophet who believed that the millennium was imminent.
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Bart Ehrman writes for a lay audience in an engaging and intelligent way, and has a knack of asking startlingly simple and yet important questions. Why was there "no mention of Jesus at all by any of his pagan contemporaries"? Why the long interval between his death and the earliest accounts of his life? How can we tell which stories - if any - in the Gospels are historically accurate? What are we to make of the fact "that early Christians modified and invented stories about Jesus"? And, the subject of this book, whatever happened to the apocalypse?

In the twenty-first century, impending catastrophe is more likely to be linked with climate change than with the will of God, though there have always been some enthusiasts who have made the connection between destruction and the deity. Predictions of the end of time are made and the world continues to turn. That these millenarian fantasies were often couched in biblical terms did not prevent them from being pushed to the fringes of Christianity. After all, having built all those lovely churches and established their careers, few priests were keen for the end to arrive on their watch.

According to Ehrman, however, Jesus himself "predicted that the God of Israel was about to perform a mighty act of destruction and salvation for his people." This wasn't a distant event, far into the future. Jesus "thought that some of those listening to him would be alive when it happened." So, "how does one understand the movement from Jesus the Jewish prophet, who proclaimed the imminent judgment of the world through the coming Son of Man, to the Christians who... maintained that Jesus himself was the divine man whose death and resurrection represented God's ultimate act of salvation?
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