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  • Title: Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium
  • Author: Bart D. Ehrman
  • ISBN: 9780195124743
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this highly accessible discussion, Bart Ehrman examines the most recent textual and archaeological sources for the life of Jesus, along with the history of first century Palestine, drawing a fascinating portrait of the man and his teachings.Ehrman shows us what historians have long known about the Gospels and the man who stands behind them Through a careful evaluationIn this highly accessible discussion, Bart Ehrman examines the most recent textual and archaeological sources for the life of Jesus, along with the history of first century Palestine, drawing a fascinating portrait of the man and his teachings.Ehrman shows us what historians have long known about the Gospels and the man who stands behind them Through a careful evaluation of the New Testament and other surviving sources, including the recently discovered Gospels of Thomas and Peter , Ehrman proposes that Jesus can be best understood as an apocalyptic prophet a man convinced that the world would end dramatically within the lifetime of his apostles and that a new kingdom would be created on earth According to Ehrman, Jesus belief in a coming apocalypse and his expectation of an utter reversal in the world s social organization not only underscores the radicalism of his teachings but also sheds light on both the appeal of his message to society s outcasts and the threat he posed to Jerusalem s established leadership.
    Jesus Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium In this highly accessible discussion Bart Ehrman examines the most recent textual and archaeological sources for the life of Jesus along with the history of first century Palestine drawing a fascin

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    1. I ve always been semi interested in religion Interested enough to have many conversations and debates about it, but not enough to read any thorough book on it Not even the Bible And admit it, most of the time, books on religion are quite dry and intense, like you need to know lots of the details and stories before you can even make sense of what they re trying to argue about Or the other end of the spectrum is militant bastards like Richard Dawkins, who I m totally fed up with or apologists like [...]

    2. I can forgive biblical scholars for writing impenetrable prose They have to know about 8000 languages They study the most studied book of all time, and the temptation to split hairs must be overwhelming On the other hand, biblical scholars write about the bible , so they ve got an enormous in built audience that other humanities people can only dream of So maybe they should actually take advantage of that Well, Ehrman does Kudos to him he writes clearly and says exactly what he thinks What he th [...]

    3. The publisher calls this book highly accessible , but I am afraid I would call it trite and baseless Ehrman lacks the scholarship, background and foundational appreciation of theological anthropology, which one might find in the books by contemporary scholars, including John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg and others It would seem that Professor Ehrman possesses little appreciation for, or knowledge of the Aramaic texts that preceded the horribly mistranslated Greek and Latin interpretations of the [...]

    4. Discovering the historical Jesus is pertinent to the development of one s faith But is this really Him Bart D Ehrman argues that Jesus was no than an apocalyptic prophet of the first century no different than the several men who have claimed the imminent end of the current world order in our own time His historical methodology is reasonably irrefutable His logic and critical assessments of our available sources in reconstructing a reasonable image of Jesus is solid.I have no illusions about bri [...]

    5. Please note before reading Though this is a historical look at Jesus and the author claims it is not theological , it is inadvertently going to touch on theology just in the very nature of the title suggesting Jesus is a prophet rather than the Messiah God So know this before going into it as a Christian myself, I like to either have my beliefs challenged or confirmed and read differing view points to be a well rounded and open minded human Just a bit of what to expect, so you know if this book [...]

    6. It is important to be selective with Bart Ehrman books, since he has the tendency to write the same book over and over in different forms However, this is an early one, and he does an excellent job in setting out his understanding of the historical Jesus If you are a believing Christian, you should know going in that this is not written from a pro Christian or anti Christian point of view Ehrman writes as a secular historian In my view, it is not a threat to anyone s faith If anything, he is ope [...]

    7. Professor Ehrman writes with characteristic wit and clarity Within this book he presents a fascinating portrait of the historical Jesus, taking care to support his assertions with evidence drawn both from non Christian literary works, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Tacitus Annals, Josephus Jewish Antiquities, and, from the early Christian texts themselves He concludes that Jesus is best understood as a Jewish apocalyptic prophet who fully expected that a cataclysmic final judgment, brought by a third par [...]

    8. For anyone interested in trying to distinguish the historical Jesus from the Christ of Faith, I d highly recommend this book Bart Ehrman is a wonderful writer His ideas are expressed in a manner that makes them easy to understand Ehrman s whole book is built around a single thesis we can best understand the historical Jesus as a failed, apocalypticist, whose every action and teaching were to wake people up to the immanent dawning of the kingdon of God.Ehrman s view is not universally accepted by [...]

    9. If you read this book before you have read Ehrman s Did Jesus Exist then you are in for some what of a treat as to how the historical Jesus might have been viewed by his followers and the type of environment and world view he originated his theology from and those who may have influenced his teachings Published in 2001 Bart uses many sections from this in other books he has written This text was about Jesus the person and his message and who hos followers later thought he was rather then a book [...]

    10. Bart Ehrman is a diligent academic with a plausible theory and a deep understanding of his topic Unfortunately, he has a serious problem with tone that badly drags this book down Full disclosure I am not a Christian and I actual find the central argument here quite believable I just have a serious problem with the presentation.Ehrman adopts a jocular tone throughout the book, with myriad exclamation marks and the occasional anecdote about his family and friends that add nothing to argument He al [...]

    11. Despite being written by an apostate, it is not entirely worthless Here is why it is annoying, though Ehrman starts explaining concepts which NT studies have known for 30 years, yet he is acting like he just discovered them and that they are really dangerous to Christianity they aren t Further, he really does believe, or so how he writes, that anyone who disagrees with him is a total moron who thinks the Left Behind novels are real he comes very close to saying that.While Ehrman is correct to no [...]

    12. Perhaps the most influential book I ve ever read regarding the life of the Jewish teacher living in first century Galilee Dr Ehrman clearly,rationally, and most importantly, persuasively builds the case that Jesus is best understood as a Jewish apocalyptic prophet that was convinced that the Kingdom of God was coming within his lifetime In other words, the man that lived and died in the first century was not the one that was created by his followers as in the gospels, especially in the Gospel of [...]

    13. Dr Ehrman s monograph, Jesus Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, is an insightful account of the historical person, Jesus of Nazareth the man whose legacy launched one of the world s most adhered to religions Christianity Through erudite methodology, Ehrman deconstructs current notions of the historical Jesus, and attempts to contextualize his personage within the era of his lifetime, by carefully reviewing the earliest sources available to us at present both Christian and pagan alike Tho [...]

    14. Interesting read, the problem with Ehrman proclaimed Atheist , he relies too much on historical records The problem he ran into regarding Yeshua Jesus , there s hardly any historical records when he was alive from Roman or Greek scholars Like many theologians and scholars Ehrman has the ability and skill to chose the right verses to present his view to achieve the goal of the book title If you re a devoted Christian Don t waist your time with this book Read a book by Dr James R White.

    15. Finally an account of Jesus that makes sense Ehrman lays out the position the majority of historians apply to Jesus The first of which is that Jesus did exist But an important and usually overlooked detail was the Jesus was a first century Jewish preacher living in the context of Roman ruled first century Palestine Further, Ehrman makes the case that Jesus preached that the Kingdom of God was going to be an earthly kingdom, and it was coming very, very, soon, possibly in a matter of days, and ce [...]

    16. The majority of scholars believe that Jesus was an apocalypticist, that is, an apocalyptic prophet that was preaching about the imminent end to come within the generation of his followers Jesus preached about the imminent coming of the Son of Man, the ultimate cosmic judge who would establish a new physical kingdom on Earth, making his twelve disciples the representatives of the twelve tribes of Israel although one of these twelve, Judas Iscariot, killed himself shortly after these predictions T [...]

    17. I ve officially read too many of Ehrman s books, which is a problem because there s significant overlap in each of them I suspect that I would have liked this one say, 4 stars if I hadn t already read 1 3 of the material several times before Still, this is pretty solid.Here he uses textual criticism methods to show what Jesus is likely to have actually said done, and then he tries to show that these things make the most sense when viewed from the perspective of Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet m [...]

    18. First off, this book isn t for anyone who is uncomfortable with having some important aspects of his or her Christian faith challenged But, anyone curious about who Jesus was historically or how the Bible was written will be fascinated by Ehrman s orderly arguments and his clear and, often, amusing, writing style The Gospels present us with a Jesus who believes that the Kingdom of God is soon to arrive, within a generation This might sound shocking, but, in fact, I was recently grappling with th [...]

    19. This is a good and well organized outline, based on history and the criteria of historical scholarship, of who Jesus of Nazareth actually was and what he actually believed Ehrman makes a strong case that Jesus was an apocalyptic Jewish prophet hence the title who did not himself claim to be divine and who imagined the end of the world as he knew it would happen in his lifetime, creating a new, just era on earth In contrast, the Christ, based on mythological composites and archetypes, was merged [...]

    20. Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power Mark 9 1I ve always loved the Bible, and though I m not a believer, the language especially the KJV see above though I realize its many failings and its stories are a constant delight.The life of Jesus has always been of interest, and Bart Ehrman does an admirable job of stripping through the layers of the beliefs of the writers of the early Go [...]

    21. I included this book in my Biography Project reading lots of biographies in 2008 because I was wondering what it would be like to write a biography of a person who a lived so long ago, and b has come be so freighted in many peoples minds The answer, as it turns out, is that you can t really say anything for sure, and there has to be pages and pages of disclaimers for even the smallest assertion of fact Which got a little tiresome, I must admit.The book was pretty fascinating, though, for the soc [...]

    22. This is an interesting book It gives you some good insight into the historical Jesus My only complaint concerning it is that Jesus apocalyptic nature or lack thereof is a matter of some considerable debate, and Ehrman doesn t really do the other side of the debate justice I guess I expect that sort of thing from people writing from the religious side of the debate, not teh secular scholarly Still, it s interesting and informative, and worth a read for people who don t just believe everything the [...]

    23. While this book was quite informative it got rather repetitive than it needed to be Bart D Ehrman s hypothesis of Jesus of Nazareth being an apocalyptic prophet is one that is largely regarded as accurate in historical circles Other books, notably Zealot did a better job of explaining this stance in an interesting and compelling way So, while I enjoyed this book I feel it could have been entertaining and less repetitive than it ended up being.

    24. This was certainly an interesting read, although it wasn t quite what I d expected.As always, Ehrman writes in his clear cut, highly educational style I could tell this was one of his earlier books, as it didn t seem quite as polished as later works I ve read Also, and this is just a complaint about the publishing itself, it has TINY font Really.ch smaller than usual Which just seemed odd to me.I did find it to be an interesting read, particularly the sections devoted to analyzing the historical [...]

    25. I found this book both very readable yet well grounded in the scholarship, and overall a fascinating read It was well focused, analyzing the important issues without going into unnecessary digressions, and about the right length From my own standpoint as a historian, Ehrman s treatment of the subject from the perspective of the historian s craft was a breath of fresh air, as it was unburdened by theological or atheistic bias or agendas I would have liked to see about the apocalyptic in St Paul [...]

    26. The basic argument of Bart Ehrman s Jesus is that he was a prophet who taught the endtimes were coming during his time sometime during the first century And according to Ehrman, that s what Paul the apostle thought and several other Christian groups have been claiming the same since Ehrman thinks it is easy to see that Jesus preached a coming apocalypse by looking at his words in the gospels Time after time, Jesus appears to be preaching the coming of a heavenly kingdom on Earth that his audienc [...]

    27. The first part of this book gave a clear, concise overview to the methodology of scholarly, Biblical based textual analysis The second part used this methodology to argue that the historical Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet who believed that the END was going to happen very, very soon i.e 30 35 AD and that he would be the king of the Kingdom of God that would be ushered in It was a very good introduction to scholarly analysis of the Bible and how scholars view religious texts It was also very ac [...]

    28. This was the second book I read by Bart d Ehrman Have to say I am really happy that I discovered B D Ehrman and his books about Jesus and his apostles I really like his style of writing and his books are really a journey for the soul, spirit and the mood Also what I like about Ehrman s writing and teaching is that he is not a preacher and he is not pushing his knowledge, theories and believes to readers Actually in his books he offers various historical theories, writings, documents and evidence [...]

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