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The Bart Ehrman Blog Podcast

Summary: Each week on the Bart Ehrman Blog Podcast, John Mueller will read two posts from the Bart Ehrman Blog – the first will be a post from the not too distant past, and the second will be from the blog archives (one published roughly the same calendar week but from years 2012 to 2016). The Bart Ehrman Blog was created in 2012 to raise money for charities devoted to fighting poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Each week, Dr. Ehrman publishes 5 or 6 posts (approximately 1000 words each post) providing his insights, opinions, and illuminations on important issues and topics pertaining to the Historical Jesus, the New Testament and Early Christianity. To stay current with all of Dr. Ehrman’s new posts, to read any of Dr. Ehrman’s previous posts, to comment on any of his posts, to read Dr. Ehrman’s responses to comments, and to access other features of the blog, you must become a member of the Bart Ehrman Blog. Cost of membership is minimal (less $4 for a monthly membership or less than $25 for an annual membership) and ALL PROCEEDS from membership go to charity. To join, go to www.ehrmanblog.org Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is a renowned scholar of the Historical Jesus, the New Testament, and Early Christianity; he is the recipient of numerous academic awards, grants, and fellowships; he is a frequent lecturer, debater, and media pundit; he has authored more than 20 books including five which made the New York Times Best Sellers List; he is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; and among numerous other accomplishments, he is an incredibly great guy.

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  • Copyright: 2017

Podcasts:

 Did David Exist and When Did I Know I Lost My Faith; Killing Jesus is Killing Me | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:12

First reading (post published April 15, 2017), Dr. Ehrman answers two questions from blog members: Do you believe King David existed? and When did you know you lost your faith? Second reading (post published October 3, 2013), Dr. Ehrman reacts to claims made by Bill O’Reilly in his book “Killing Jesus” that his book is “fact-based” and based “on classical works” because the “Romans kept incredible records of the time, and a few Jewish historians in Palestine also wrote down the events of

 Did Luke have a Doctrine of Atonement?; Jesus and the Historical Criteria. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:49

In the first reading (post published September 24, 2017), Dr. Ehrman answers the following blog member’s question: Did Luke Have a Doctrine of Atonement? In the second reading (post published September 29, 2012), Dr. Ehrman answers a blog member’s question pertaining to whether scholars are moving away from the common criteria that is normally used in determining the reliability of stories about the Historical Jesus. Join the Bart Ehrman blog at www.Ehrmanblog.org.

 Was John the Son of Zebedee Capable of Writing a Gospel; An Unknown Gospel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:10

In the first reading (post published August 20, 2017), Dr. Ehrman answers a question from a member of the blog. In the second reading (post published September 19, 2013), Dr. Ehrman discusses Papyrus Egerton 2, an ancient document that contains some stories similar to those found in some of the Canonical Gospels, but that does not appear to have had any Canonical Gospels as a source when it was written. Become a member of the Bart Ehrman Blog at: https://ehrmanblog.org/

 Controversy Sells!; Why did the Scribes add the Bloody Sweat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:24

In the first reading (post published September 14, 2017), Dr. Ehrman, continuing with his thread about his new project, “The Invention of the Afterlife,” discusses why his books are considered controversial. In the second reading (post published September 12, 2012), Dr. Ehrman explains why later scribes added the passages of the Bloody Sweat (Chapter 22 Verses 43-44) in Luke’s Gospel. Become a member of The Bart Ehrman Blog at www.Ehrmanblog.org. All membership proceeds go to charity.

 Speaking in Tongues and Virgin Births; The Historical Accuracy of Acts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:35

In the first reading (post published September 3, 2017), Dr. Ehrman answers two questions from blog members: (1) why some conservative Christian theologians think believers no longer have “gifts of the Spirit” and (2) whether Matthew mistranslated the Hebrew word “young women” into the Greek word “virgin.” In the second reading (post published September 4, 2013), Dr. Ehrman examines Acts and Paul’s letters to show why there is reason to doubt Luke, the author of Acts, was personally famili

 Our Fifth Anniversary; Charities We Support | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:24

In the first reading (post published April 3, 2017), Dr. Ehrman writes about the first five years of the blog, presenting statistics along with suggestions of what you can do to help make the blog better. In the second reading (post published September 9, 2016), Dr. Ehrman discusses the four charities that are the recipients of the membership proceeds and donations made by Blog members. https://ehrmanblog.org/

 My New Scholarly Project; My Pop Quiz for First Year Students | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:30

In the first reading (post published August 27, 2017), Dr. Ehrman provides some insight on his new scholarly project and his motivation behind it. In the second reading (post published August 26, 2013), Dr. Ehrman provides the quiz that he gives to his undergraduate students on the first day of class. See how well you can do. To stay current with Dr. Ehrman’s 5 or 6 new posts each week, or to read any of his previous posts, become a member of the Bart Ehrman Blog at Ehrmanblog.org

 Why Even Bother Being a Liberal Christian; Questions on Jesus' Language and on the Crucifixion (Reader's Mailbag) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:11

In the first reading (post published June 22, 2017), Dr. Ehrman explains why, as he was losing his faith, he continued to attend Church and go through the motions as if he fully believed. In the second reading (post published August 17, 2012), Dr. Ehrman answers a member’s questions first pertaining to how Jesus (who spoke Aramaic) communicated with the Romans (who spoke Latin) and second about good books to read pertaining to the Roman practice of crucifixion.

 Charges and Anit-Supernatural Biases (Reader's Mailbag); Patristic Evidence: Why Time and Place Matter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:39

In the first reading (post published August 6, 2017), Dr. Ehrman answers two questions submitted to him by members of the blog. The first pertains to the accuracy of a comment made by a New Testament scholar and the second question pertains to the impact of anti-supernatural bias on scholars when dating prophetic texts. In the second reading (post published August 9, 2013), Dr. Ehrman explains why quotations from Church Fathers is helpful when trying to reconstruct the text of the New Testament.

 The Origins of Heaven and Hell; Paul's Letter to the Thessalonians | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:16

In the first reading (post published August 3, 2017), Dr. Ehrman explains how and why the view by some Jews of what happens to people when they die changed within Judaism during the couple of centuries leading up to the birth of Jesus. In the second reading (post published August 5, 2015), Dr. Ehrman provides some background of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, before examining in a subsequent post one of his favorite textual variants that exists in this letter. From www.Ehrmanblog.org

 Teaching Religion as an Agnostic; Who Wrote the Book of Revelation and the Fourth Gospel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:36

In the first reading (post published July 23, 2017), Dr. Ehrman explains how his conversion from a Christian to an Agnostic did not impact what he taught or how he taught. In the second reading (post published July 28, 2016), Dr. Ehrman explains why early Christians believed the Books of Revelation and the Gospel of John were both written by John, the Son of Zebedee.

 Leaving the Faith; Pilate the Intransigent | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:22

In the first reading (post published July 19, 2017), Dr. Ehrman explains why he felt he had no choice but to abandon his faith and leave the Christian religion. In the second reading (post published July 19, 2014), Dr. Ehrman continues a thread wherein he presents several reasons why he does not believe Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus following Jesus’ crucifixion. This particular post deals with evidence pertaining to whether Pilate learned his lesson when it came to offending Jewish sensitivities.

 Did Paul think Jesus' Body Remained in the Grave; Why are you Trashing the Gospels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:03

In the first reading (post published July 14, 2017), Dr. Ehrman answers two questions submitted to him by readers: (1) whether he believes Paul thought Jesus’ body remained in the grave after his resurrection, and (2) how Dr. Ehrman paid for his education. In the second reading (post published July 13, 2014), Dr. Ehrman explains that he was not “trashing the Gospels” when arguing why he did not believe Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus following Jesus’ crucifixion.

 Is Suffering Our Fault; Taming the Diversity of the New Testament | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:42

In the first reading (post published July 5, 2017) Dr. Ehrman explains why the problem of suffering was the reason he left the faith. In the second reading (post published July 8, 2015) Dr. Ehrman explains how combining the 27 different books of the New Testament into “one book” contributed to the perception that there was little diversity in early Christianity.

 Why not believe in a different kind of God; The Jewish Emphases of Matthew | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:35

In the first reading (post published June 30, 2017), Dr. Ehrman explains why believing in a God slightly different than the all-powerful, all loving, and active in the world Christian God still has its problems when it comes to human suffering. In the second reading (post published June 26, 2013), Dr. Ehrman shows how the Gospel of Matthew stresses the Jewishness of Jesus.

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