Blog-Related Suggestions for Isolation – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

There is a lot of good advice out there about how not just to handle isolation but how to take advantage of it, to make some parts of your life better rather than worse.   But it has occurred to me: people on this blog have some things in common, interests that we share.   And I wonder if we can give some suggestions to each other about how blog-related interests can contribute to our mutual and individual well-being while we still…

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Interested in a Webinar on My Book? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

For all who are interested!    This coming Monday, 2:00-3:00 pm, I will be leading a one-hour webinar hosted by Oxford University Press.  It is free and open to everyone. The webinar will focus on the history of the ideas of heaven and hell, the subject of my recent book with Simon & Schuster.  So *that’s* a bit strange.  An Oxford event focusing on a book I wrote for someone else???   I’ll explain below. FIRST, about the event.  I will start…

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FREE MEMBERSHIPS TO THE BART EHRMAN BLOG! – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

FREE MEMBERSHIPS TO THE BART EHRMAN BLOG! Today is the 8th anniversary of the Bart Ehrman Blog!   A day to celebrate.  But also to commiserate.  Who, on April 3, 2012, would have expected that eight years later we would be in the midst of the most serious world-wide crisis in our lifetime? I will celebrate the past eight Blog years in my next post.   Today I want to announce the Blog’s response to our crisis. We all know a major…

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Airing Tuesday! – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

As most of you know, my new book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife, is due to come out in two days, on Tuesday March 31.  I am very lucky to say that I have done an interview with Terry Gross for Fresh Air that will be playing  that day.  If you’re not familiar with the show, it is probably the premier interview radio program in the country, with millions of listeners; it will be playing on your…

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Great Deal on My New Book!! – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Are you interested in pre-ordering my new book: Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife?   Here’s a fantastic deal.  As you may know, I have done eight courses over the years with the Great Courses (starting back when they were called The Teaching Company!).   If you pre-order the book (or have already done so), you can receive an 80% discount on any of them.   That’s a pretty rippin’ serious discount. Just click on this address. https://simonandschusterpublishing.com/heavenandhell The Great Courses I’ve done…

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A Raffle!! Would You Like a Pre-publication Copy of My Book on Heaven and Hell? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Would you like to read my forthcoming book Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife prior to publication (it will be released two months from now!)?  I have three galley proofs that I would like to give away – not to the highest bidder (as in the last fund-raising venture) but to three randomly-chosen winners based on tickets sold at a very affordable price. These are complete, pre-publication copies of the book, in paperback, less expensively produced, but exactly…

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Volunteers Needed! Readers for Audio Versions of the Posts. You Interested? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

I don’t think I’ve made any kind of official announcement that we are doing a massive rehaul of the blog, a complete rebuild.   But I am now. Official announcement:  WE ARE DOING A MASSIVE REHAUL OF THE BLOG, A COMPLETE REBUILD. Well, technically “we” are not.  Steven Ray, my assistant from the beginning and mastermind of all-things-blog-related is.  He’s been working on it for many months.  It’s a major undertaking.  For some years now he’s been keeping the current version…

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Blog Year in Review, 2019! – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

We are at the end of yet another year and I would like to take the occasion to reflect on the blog, how we’ve been doing and where we’re going, now on the cusp of 2020.   (Yikes.  Already?) The blog has been doing extremely well.  When I started this venture in April 2012, I had no clue what I was getting into, what it would take, and what it would give.   It is taking more and giving way more than…

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Christmas 2019 – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

For a long time now I’ve had ambivalent feelings toward Christmas.   Some of my blog posts from years past on the day and its meaning have very much celebrated its great sides (you can just search for “Christmas” on the blog and you’ll see them).  But I’ve long seen the downsides as well, frequently discussed among people we know and know about and more frequently felt even when not discussed.   I still see these down sides – one above all…

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UpcomingTours, Lectures, and Book Readings – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

A number of my upcoming “events” have been more or less finalized (barring natural or national catastrophe, collapse, or cataclysm or, well, catabasis).   At the bottom are the currently scheduled book readings/lectures based on my forthcoming Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife. Any questions about any of this, let me know.   But first: my two international venues.   APRIL 14-24, 2020 Tour to Rome!! I’ve mentioned this a couple of times on the blog, most recently here: https://ehrmanblog.org/my-trip-to-rome-interested-in-joining/…

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Thanksgiving 2019 – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Some Thanksgiving ruminations, from where I am here and now. I love holidays.  Not everyone does.  When I was younger that was always a mystery to me – what’s not to like?  But as I get older (and older and older), I get it.  Or at least part of it.  So many people hate the holidays and the suffering they bring.  Bitter and wrenching loneliness when all those around them are enjoying good times with family and friends and they…

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A Synopsis of Each New Testament Book – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

The following post is free for anyone who wants to look.  Most posts on the blog are only for members.  The good news is that it’s easy and inexpensive to join.  You get five posts a week, for less than 50 cents.   And every cent goes to charity helping those in need.  So why not join???   In my previous post I indicated that I will be doing a short thread that introduces the New Testament very broadly, with the…

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Guest Post by Judy Siker – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

This is the second guest post by Judy Siker, who last week explained about her upbringing as a Christian in the south and then her move into the academic study of the Bible from a critical perspective.  If you recall, Judy was my student in the (very secular!) graduate program in New Testament/Early Christianity here at UNC, where she did both a Masters and PhD in the field, focusing, in her dissertation, on the socio-historical background to the Gospel of…

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Blog Dinner, Chicago IL, Friday October 18 – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

On Friday,  October, 2019, at 7:00 pm, I will be hosting a Blog Dinner for blog members (members only, I’m afraid) in Chicago.  Well, kind-a.  I’ll be in Oak Brook to give a paper the next day, so it would need to be near there.  The table is limited to eight.  I’m one of them.  That means that seven spots are available.  First come first served:  please do NOT response here on the blog, but send me a private email,…

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Hey! Wanna Go With Me To Rome ? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Here’s an exciting announcement that I’ve been eager to make.  And now I can.   I’ll be taking a group of interested (and interesting) folk on a ten-day trip to Rome and Southern Italy on April 14-24, 2020 (this coming April!); this is tour sponsored by Thalassa Journeys, the group that arranged my (with some other blog members)to Greece and Turkey last year.  It was spectacular. And this one will be as well.   It is an amazing itinerary, as good as…

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Would You Be Willing To Donate a Membership? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Twice a year on the blog, around mid-year and Christmas, I open up a possibility to help out people who really want to be on the blog but cannot afford the membership fees.  We are at that point!  So here is the semi-annual appeal for you to pitch in, as you feel moved. We’ve been doing this for nearly six years.  It  all started off when two anonymous donors proposed that they provide some funds to pay for memberships for…

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How Do We know When Manuscripts Were Written? Guest Post by Brent Nongbri – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Here is the second post by Brent Nongbri on his recent book God’s Library.    I mentioned in the first of his posts that the book is “ground-breaking.”  In part that’s because he challenges the widely accepted dates of a number of our earliest surviving manuscripts of the New Testament.   Here he talks about his further explorations of this problem.   The basic question: When scholars say “This manuscript dates from the fourth century” (or the second, etc.): how do they…

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A Milestone! – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

As you may know, there is a weekly Podcast connected with the blog, called, cleverly enough, The Bart Ehrman Blog Podcast.  The idea was hatched two years ago by blog member John Mueller, who has put a tremendous amount of effort into the whole affair every week since, producing and managing the podcast all himself, simply out of the goodness of his heart.  The podcasts appear in a variety of venues, most anywhere you typically go for such things (e.g.,…

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Interview for “Letters & Politics” on The Triumph of Christianity – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Loading… Here is an interview I did on my book The Triumph of Christianity, back on December 25th, 2018, with host Mitch Jeserich.  The program was called “Letters & Politics,” for FM 94.1 KPFA. The theme of my book, as you know, is how the Christians took over the religions of the Roman Empire to become the dominant religion of the west.  Mitch wanted to know about that.  Many years ago, when I started thinking about my book, so did…

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Finding Ancient Christian Manuscripts in Egypt. Guest Post by Brent Nongbri – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Here is a post by Brent Nongbri, from whom we have heard before on the blog.  His recent book on early Christian manuscripts, especially those of the New Testament, is ground-breaking and insightful.  He will give us a couple of posts devoted to it.  Here’s the first.   ***********************************************************   Bart suggested that a book I recently wrote might be of interest to readers of this blog, and he invited me to write a couple posts about it. The book…

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Judging the Debate! – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Now that my debate with Matthew Firth over the contradictions in the Gospels has ended, I would like to know your reactions.   Any reactions are fine.   There is the obvious question of which side you found more convincing, but also the less obvious question of why that is.  What about the argument, or counter-argument, was compelling or not compelling? Part of the problem, of course, is that virtually everyone listening in on the debate already had a pretty firm idea…

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Who Were The “Pagans” Christians Were Converting? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

PART TWO of FOUR: Pagan Converts and the Power of God This is the second lecture I gave at the Smithsonian on Feb. 10, 2018, based on my book The Triumph of Christianity: How A Forbidden Religion Swept the World.  The premise behind the lecture: as Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire, it converted almost entirely pagans (after the first couple of decades).   Who were these people, and what were they converting *from*?  And why? Paganism is not and was…

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A Blog Anniversary! Seven Years! – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Today is the seven anniversary of the blog.   My first post (which I reposted a few days ago) appeared on April 3, 2012.  I never thought it would last this long.  I figured I would run out of things to say in about six months.   Hasn’t happened yet!   There’s so much interesting material back in ancient Christianity, starting with Jesus and the New Testament, and going on up through the next three hundred years, that it seems inexhaustible.  And readers…

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Your Thoughts on the Blog? – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

It is difficult for me to know what really “works” on the blog.   On the whole, most things seem to work well: as I’ve reported recently, the blog continues to grow.   We are working toward 7000 members (but I very much want that in six figures!) and this past year we raised on average over $420 a day for charity.  That’s a lot of dosh.  All to the good. But I’m concerned about the quality of the blog and whether…

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Blog Year in Review, 2018 – The Bart Ehrman Blog – Christian Article

Here on this New Year’s Eve I would like to reflect for a minute on the last calendar year of the blog, our seventh year of operation. By nearly any metric, I would say it has been a very good year indeed. For just about all the users of the blog, of course, the primary interest is to read what scholars say about the subject areas that we cover, which are narrow, in one sense, in that they deal almost…

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