Bart Ehrman Interview – Apr 18, 2009


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Biblical Contradictions
Ian Punnet was joined by Bible expert and author Bart Ehrman for a discussion on the apparent contradictions found in the New Testament. Many lay people are unaware of these discrepancies as well as the historical findings on the Bible, he said, because “scholars have done such terrible job of communicating with normal human beings.” Ehrman believes that knowing more about troublesome passages can actually help people better understand the Scripture, and to that end he provided some specific examples of inconsistencies in the Bible.

On the question of when Jesus died, Ehrman pointed out that the Gospel of Mark (see Chapter 14) indicates it was the day after Passover, while John’s account (in Chapter 19) records it as occurring the day before the Jewish holiday. According to Ehrman, John changed the historical date to make a theological point about Jesus being the Passover Lamb of God. Ehrman presented the different details surrounding the demise of Judas as well. Matthew (27:5) says Judas “went and hanged himself,” while the Book of Acts (1:18) records, “he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out.”

Ehrman spoke about the formation of the New Testament, noting how the collection was a result of theological conflict among different Christian groups and not a decision handed down by a Church council. Gnostic texts, such as the Gospel of Thomas, were not included in the Canon, though they provide information not found in the four Gospels, he added. Ehrman also mentioned the New Testament story about the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). He said the account is not found in the earliest manuscripts and was likely inserted into the Gospel of John some centuries after the Canon had been closed.

Man of Many Voices
In the first hour Ian spoke with Billy West, the voice artist best known for his roles on The Ren and Stimpy Show and Futurama. West talked about his career as well as performed some of his most memorable characters, including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg, and Stimpson J. “Stimpy” Cat.

5 Responses to “Bart Ehrman Interview – Apr 18, 2009”

  1. ichabod Says:

    And there in lies a problem. I read Bart’s book and though it is a little like the book of Numbers to read, I have to say that it is compelling.

    Combined with other sources we now see that the claims made in respect to the infallibility of the bible are without merit.

    That leaves many people back to square one once they discover this. 🙂

    There is humor in this life isn’t there?

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  3. Paul Says:

    What does it mean, and how does it follow, that Dr. Ehrman’s well documented and compelling book “leaves many people back to square one”? As a committed Christian myself, Dr. Ehrman’s body of work certainly provides a foundation for sorting the wheat from the chaffe amoung the Christian faithful with whom I am acquainted — but aside from his own personal claim that he is no longer a Christian based on the problem of suffering in the world, his body of work shouldn’t necessarily lead one away from faith, if that is the suggestion.

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