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 recent post (either from the previous week or the not too distant past) and the second will be from the blog archives (one published roughly the same calendar week but from a prior year (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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.