Wash Your Hands of Bad History

I have yet to read either of the dueling books, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee and How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature—A Response to Bart Ehrman. When I do, I will discuss them in terms of their contents and arguments.

But the latter probably wins clean hands down for the cleverer marketing strategy. I just got this in the mail together with a copy of the book:

Hand sanitizer, together with a piece of publicity material with the title “Wash your hands of bad history.” Very clever – and useful!

For those interested in this topic, Ben Witherington also posted today about Jewish monotheism and early Christology. I am not persuaded by his line of reasoning. It doesn’t seem to me that simply saying “I am adding this person within rather than alongside the one God” would have allowed early Christians to completely sidestep issues of monotheism. Indeed, tampering with the nature of the one God would arguably have been more controversial than adding an agent alongside that God.

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  • Gary

    Haven’t read either. Currently reading Misquoting Jesus and Jesus Interrupted. But Dueling Books? Gee, it takes 5 guys to counter one guy? On the scales of justice, this implies, one Bart brain weighs the same as the other 5 brains combined! Although, I do like Craig Evans.

    • Neko

      Good luck defeating the mighty Bart, 5 guys!

  • MattB

    That looks really cool. I bet Evans book will sell like wildfire due to this type of marketing strategy…lol “Wash your Hands of Bad History”

  • Ken M. Penner

    Do my eyes deceive me? Does that say “Jesus’ divinG nature”?

  • Pierre Keefa

    their understanding of Christology does not reflect the earlier belief prior the Counsel of Nicaea, far as I can tell Scripture and History is against them. The real root of difficulty was that the Judeo-Christian monotheism posited an infinitely all power single God who created everything and was not subject to time and space like Jesus was and the fact that Jesus died is an antithesis to Habakkuk 1:12;1 Timothy 1:17 Revelation 4:9.

  • Just Sayin’

    Dr. McGrath, I realise there are many books you could review and only limited time in which to do so, but would you please consider also reviewing Iain Provan’s new book, ‘Seriously Dangerous Religion’?


    Apart from anything else, it would likely provide you with some comment-stimulating blog posts!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      That looks like an interesting book. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • Just Sayin’

        You’re very welcome. I’m keen to read it myself and am curious about how much of it I will agree with. I’m hoping it will be discussed in the blogosphere by Peter Enns, yourself and others.

  • Jeremiah J. Preisser

    I can`t wait to read your reviews and thoughts on these books, which will help me decide whether or not I should pick them both up. Ehrman has been a mainstay in my reading diet and I am anticipating this book, so I am buying his. The other one I need some nudging on.

  • redpill99

    Is Hector Avalos a qualified historian?

    He claims there’s not a trace of evidence for Jesus centuries after he supposedly live.

    http://youtu.be/BP5LdELd_0o @ 13 minutes