Harper One Archive

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 […]

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 […]

Do the 5th and 7th Plague on Egypt Contradict?

We have yet another installment of Professors Gone Wild. Once again our main character is Professor Bart Ehrman. In this episode, he asks his readers to consider one of his all-time favorite passages, namely the Exodus account of the ten plagues. He is particularly pleased with what he perceives to be a discrepancy between the […]

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 […]

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