Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book-”How Jesus Became God,” Part 3 of 3

So far in this review, I have been quite critical of Dr. Ehrman’s book, How Jesus Became God. I agree with him that Jesus did not think he was God and never claimed to be God. But there isn’t much else in those first five chapters with which I do agree. His main point is that the early Christians began believing Jesus was God because of their belief in his resurrection, and with that I disagree most vehemently.Ehrman’s Chapter 6 is titled, “The Beginning of Christologies: Christ as Exalted to … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book, How Jesus Became God–Part 2 of 3

(All scriptures are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted.)The foundation of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus; without it, there never would have been any Christianity. Many historians have made this claim. Dr. Bart Ehrman believes it and so do I. He says (p. 174), “This is how Christianity started. If no one had thought Jesus had been raised, he would have been lost in the midst of Jewish antiquity and would be known today only as another failed Jewish prophet.”But as I stated in … [Read more...]

My Next New Book Will Be About Spirit Baptism

I would have never thought I would write a book about Spirit baptism. My next book about this is finished and has been accepted for publication by Wipf and Stock Publishers. They are a print-on-demand house that specializes in publishing and reprinting theological books. They are only about twenty years old, yet they now have the largest booth each year at the Book Exhibit Hall of the combined Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). … [Read more...]

Review of Bart Ehrman’s Book–How Jesus Became God–Part 1 of 3

Author: Bart D. Ehrman, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of North Carolina, Chapel HillTitle: How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from GalileePublisher and Date: HarperOne, 2014. Page length: 404 pp.All Scripture references are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted. Part 1 Dr. Bart Ehrman is probably the most successful author of theological books in America. He has five New York Times bestsellers including this one, How Jesus … [Read more...]

Review of Dunn’s Book, Jesus and the Spirit

I recently read James D.G. Dunn’s book entitled Jesus and the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus and the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament, published in 1975. It was his second book. Jimmy, as his friends call him, went on to become one of the premier New Testament (NT) scholars in the world and perhaps the foremost scholar on Christology, largely due to his book published in 1980 entitled Christology in the Making (short title), published in 1 … [Read more...]

Review of a Scholarly Book About Angels

Title: Angels of Light, Powers of Darkness: Thinking Biblically About Angels, Satan & PrincipalitiesAuthor: Stephen F. Noll; Publisher: InterVarsity; Publication Date: 1998; Pages: 255Reviewer: Kermit Zarley. Bible quotations are from the NRSV unless otherwise noted. The subject of angels, and especially Satan, went out of vogue in the western world with Enlightenment. But in our present age of post-modernity, angels and heaven are having a serious comeback. It’s partly d … [Read more...]

Review of Dunn’s Book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?

James D.G. Dunn authored the important and accessible book, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?: The New Testament Evidence (WJK, 2010, 176 pp., paperback). He is a leading New Testament scholar and generally regarded as the world’s foremost authority on Christology. That's mostly due to his more dense book, Christology in the Making (1980/1996).Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? is a rather provocative book for a moderately-conservative, evangelical scholar of Dunn’s stature. In his … [Read more...]

Comment on The Restitution of Jesus Christ

A buyer of my RJC book just now emailed me saying, "I have been advised by David Burke that your book The Restitution of Jesus Christ "is the most comprehensive Unitarian apologetic available; you will not find a better one." Australian David Burke is a leading pastor-teacher and sort of a spokesperson of the Christadelphian Church denomination worldwide.Although I don't call myself a unitarian, partly because of the historical use of that term, I agree a lot with the original Socinians and e … [Read more...]


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