Bart Ehrman Archive

Christ’s Cleansing of the Temple: Can Mark and John Be Reconciled?

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This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 32, number 4 (2009). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/ In his book Jesus, Interrupted, Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, posed the following as the […]

Questions and Answers with Hank

Today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast includes the following topics: How do you get rid of Satan from your life? What are your thoughts on sowing and reaping and the 100 fold blessing that some pastors preach? What can I do to become financially stable? Is it biblical for church members to get together and pray […]

Did Jesus make a crucial historical blunder in the Gospel of Mark?

One of the reasons cited by famed New Testament scholar and best-selling author Bart Ehrman for his transition from fundamentalist Christian to fundamentalist agnostic is that the gospel of Mark is riddled with factual and historical errors. A prominent example is that David and his men ate the showbread “when Abiathar was the high priest.” […]

Do Mark and Matthew Contradict on Jesus Words on Peter’s Denial?

Recently, Bart Ehrman was making the media circuit talk about his new book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them). Another of his alleged discrepancies in the Bible is that “in Mark’s Gospel Jesus tells Peter that he will deny him ‘three times before the cock […]

Do Genesis Chapter 1 and 2 Contradict?

I must confess that I did more than one double take when I encountered Bart Ehrman’s first problems with the Hebrew Old Testament. He not only complains that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 use different names for God but that the two chapters are very difficult to reconcile.[1] This is of course hardly true. The […]

Did Jesus Have a Short Attention Span?

I want to discuss something I’ve been focused on for a couple of days, which is Bart Erhman. He has made it clear from his perspective that the Bible is filled with discrepancies, many of them irreconcilable contradictions. He says that scholars have known this for hundreds of years, but the sad thing is that […]

Is the Bible Just Written by the Winners in History?

It seems as though it was just days ago that the Gospel of Judas was front and center in the news. USA Today ran a cover story titled, “Long-Lost Gospel of Judas Casts ‘Traitor’ in New Light.”[1] National Geographic channel featured a two-hour made-for-television special on thirteen papyrus pages that promised to challenge our deepest […]

Critiquing Ehrman on the Signs of Jesus

I would like to deal with another supposed problem with the Bible that Bart Ehrman addresses in his book Jesus Interrupted. Ehrman states, “In John’s gospel, Jesus performs his first miracle in chapter 2, when he turns water into wine…and we’re told that ‘this was the first sign that Jesus did’ (John 2:11). Later in […]

Bible Increasingly Under Siege

As we discussed previously the Bible is increasingly under siege. This is present in a very visible way through people like Bart Ehrman who is succeeding in his mission to shake the faith of multitudes. He even seems proud to be causing the faith of many of his students in the classroom to waver. He […]

Critiquing Ehrman on Jesus’ Cleaning Of The Temple

In his latest book titled, Jesus Interrupted, Bart Ehrman— who is now a media darling—says that “the Bible is filled with discrepancies, many of them irreconcilable contradictions. Moses did not write the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) and Matthew, Mark, Luke and John did not write the gospels…the exodus probably did […]