Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 2)

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Why did Bart D. Ehrman write a book—How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of the Jewish Preacher from Galileeon Jesus’ divinity (or lack thereof)? We can speculate all day about this or that motivation, but I chose to focus upon one thing: the question(s) he asks. At the end of the day it is the questions and the answers that matter most here. For Ehrman there is one central, nagging question:

How did a crucified peasant come to be thought of as the Lord who created all things? How did Jesus become God (p. 1)?

Ehrman is not a confessing Christian. He is agnostic. There is no reason for him to start with the Church’s Creeds (most Evangelicals don’t give much attention to the Creeds either) or with a pneumatology that proposes that the Spirit has guided the Church in her theologizing. For…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to Jesus’ Divinity: Ehrman v. the Evangelicals (Pt. 2)

  1. I like your choice in reblogging this post; interesting. 🙂


  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Yeah, one reason I reblogged this post was on account of what it said about how human beings became divine, according to the ancient world. I wanted to save that insight on my own blog!


  3. That is fascinating! 😀


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