Where Evangelicals and Bart Ehrman Agree

Over at Stand to Reason, Amy Hall has a good piece showing what Bart Ehrman and Evangelicals actually agree on concerning Jesus and divinity. With all the hoopla and debate – which to be frank I have deliberately cultivated in many ways – I think it is important to stress that not everything that Bart says about christological origins is disagreeable. Its a good summary.

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  • Just reading his book myself. Here are a couple things I agree with.

    Ehrman seems to believe the early believers shared the gospel by telling stories about Jesus (p91-92). I think he’s right where many protestants are wrong on what sharing the gospel is about.

    He has also noted quite well what most Jews believed in the first century. There is one God, who is creator of heaven and earth. He has chosen Israel to be his special people and given them the law. He talks about Jewish apocalypticism saying most Jews were convinced that God was very soon going to intervene in the world and overthrow the forces of evil and usher in his kingdom (p98-99). Strangely he rejects this in p105. I wonder if he reads the prophecies in the OT?