Most Christians, however, have no idea that Ehrman’s book represents a genuine conversation among informed scholars. This is unfortunate. Nothing Ehrman is saying would surprise a biblical scholar at even the most conservative theological school. This knowledge gap constitutes a failure of educational ministry in the churches. We Christians should be learning to engage legitimate public conversations about Jesus, about the Bible, and about our faith. And we should attend to spiritual development that equips us to enter those conversations with humility and love.When a book like Ehrman’s upsets laypeople, it’s a symptom of important work that needs to be done in the church.
Andrew Perriman critically engages the views of Chris Tilling and Simon Gathercole (as well as pointing out a review of the latter's earlier book). Ricky Carvel also mentioned one of Gathercole's claims.
At work in Ehrman’s books is an unrelenting attack directed against the fundamentalist understanding of the Bible. Ehrman is not attacking a straw man, for the object of his attacks does indeed exist. But his books address fundamentalist readings, not mainstream understandings of the Bible and the stories it tells.
Of related interest, on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife fragment:
Liv Ingeborg Lied commented on one particularly interesting aspect of the GJW discussions – the role of scholarly blogs in the process.
Finally, Conan O'Brien offered something that a papyrus fragment – rare video footage of Jesus' married life: