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Jesus, Interrupted

Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman's New York Times best seller, Misquoting Jesus, left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches...and it's not what most people think. Here Ehrman reveals what scholars have unearthed:

  • The authors of the New Testament have diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works.
  • The New Testament contains books that were forged in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later.
  • Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented fundamentally different religions.
  • Established Christian doctrines, such as the suffering messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity were the inventions of still later theologians.

    These are not idiosyncratic perspectives of just one modern scholar. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they have been the standard and widespread views of critical scholars across a full spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most people have never heard such things?

    This is the book that pastors, educators, and anyone interested in the Bible have been waiting for, a clear and compelling account of the central challenges we face when attempting to reconstruct the life and message of Jesus.

  • ©2009 Bart D. Ehrman (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    amazing educational look back at a familiar story

    Prof Bart Ehrman provides an incredible insite into what appears to be an almost too familiar story. Prepare to have your eyes opened

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    well worth the read

    before reading this book I had specific ideas about the Bible and Christianity. this book puts the whole Christian religion, the theology behind it, the history of the Christian religion and the historical factors about Jesus into perspective. it is certainly worth the read for those who believe the Bible is the Divine work of God and also for those who don't.

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    Thoroughly recommended.

    A brilliant book, well presented and enjoyable. Very easy listening. Comes across as a fair book, not pushing any agenda and without an axe to grind. Dr Ehrman gives his own views and interpretations but makes it clear there are other views that sensible, rational and scholarly people hold. Highly recommended for Christians and others who want to improve their understanding of Jesus, the Bible and Christianity. I have listened to other books by Dr Ehrman, all extremely good.

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    • Paul
    • 27-06-2010

    Excellent book

    As a Christian believer (albeit open minded) I found this book fascinating. It certainly has caused me to look differently and more deeply and the new testament gospels that we all tend to accept blindly. It has actually deepened (not threatened) my faith. Thank you Prof. Ehrman, I only wish I had taken your classes while at UNC.

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    • Michael D. Fleetwood
    • 20-03-2012

    Only 1 part: The book is only 6 hours long.

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    The book was very enjoyable: a nice account of the New Testament from an historical perspective.
    My complaint is that the book is only 6 hours. It is listed as 12 hours and divided into two parts. If you download both parts, you just downloaded the same book twice. It's a good listen, just limit your expectations to 6 hours (not 12 hours!).

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    • OpenMindedNotCredulous
    • 30-12-2009

    Perfect balance of plain language and scholarship

    This is the most approachable critical historical look at Jesus and the New Testament that I've yet read. This book should be mandatory reading for everyone, both believers and non-believers, who holds a strong opinion regarding Christianity. It certainly won't turn a non-believer into a believer. It's unlikely to turn a believer into a non-believer. But it is likely to make both sides take less extreme stances regarding the role of Christianity (especially those of the American Evangelical persuasion) in todays society.

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    • R. Reed
    • 09-04-2009

    Take a college course in New Testament in a book

    I teach "Introduction to the New Testament" in a Public University in North Carolina. This is without a doubt the best introduction to the New Testament that is currently available. The book is accessible but always scholarly. I assume Ehrman has taken his notes from his New Testament class and expanded them into a book, because this is precisely the material one would get in a New Testament class at a University. Evangelicals will find the material challenging, but Ehrman (a former evangelical himself) works hard to show the evidence and answer the objections he knows are coming. I cannot say enough good about this book. Buy it, listen to it, and your understanding of the New Testament will be enhance and possible transformed.

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    • Sparkie
    • 04-07-2009

    A Seminary in a Book

    An incredible book that will let you see what is taught in mainline Seminaries and Divinity schools throughout the western world... much of it you'll probably never learn about in church, even though your pastor knows many of these facts... It's like a seminary in a book and will add a whole new dimension to your reading of the most significant book in the western world. It teaches a critical historic review of the New Testament rather then what most people know which is just a devotional read of the Bible. I first listened to on audible and like it so well bought a couple copies here for me and other more progressive friends.

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    • Darwin8u
    • 11-06-2012

    Ehrman = Engaging/Challenging + a Tad Pedantic

    This book seems to fit in between 'Misquoting Jesus' and 'God's Problem'. I didn't find it as intellectually satisfying as 'Misquoting Jesus' and I didn't find it as doctrinally challenging as 'God's Problem'. While I appreciate Ehrman's desire to translate Biblical scholarship for the lay reader, 'Jesus, Interrupted' just seemed over-organized but also underwrought. At his best Ehrman is engaging and challenging. At his worst, Ehrman's prose jumps between pedantic and overly simplistic. His central premise on the need to read the Bible from a historical perspective and not just a doctrinal perspective already had significant purchase in me, so perhaps, I was just hoping 'Jesus, Interrupted' would wow me just a little more.

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    • G-Man
    • 07-03-2009

    Unbiased/Informative

    Less academic than Misquoting Jesus, therefore more listenable, this is another Bart D. Ehrman look into the early Christian Faith/Jesus Movement. I learned nothing about the bible from Christian evangelical radio, so I am glad to get another audiobook that is very well informed.
    If you want to learn about early Christianity without the proselytizing this book presents an explanation/examination of the famed discrepancies of the gospels; very intriguing.

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    • Nancy Powers
    • 03-06-2009

    Good info. but hard to get through

    The book really does have some good information on the historical New Testament. I am taking on faith that Mr. Ehrman is truly the scholar he says he is, and that his historical data does, in fact, reflect the information one would receive at a university when studying the topic. My problem with the material is that the dissemination of this historical information is only about half of the book. The other half is repeating, ad nauseam, the information presented, combined with a rather self-aggrandizing account of the author, his life, and his beliefs (which are also repeated many times). I kept finding myself wanting to shout "you said that already, at least twice, move on!" every 10 minutes or so. He really needed a better editor to cut out all the noise and help him stick to the topic, which would in turn have alleviated some of the need for him to constantly mention that he didn't have the space to go into each topic in more detail.

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    • Richard
    • 20-07-2018

    Useful Information

    This book is packed with useful information. I highly recommend reading this book ecspecially if all you've ever known is what you've been told from the pew.

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    • Chi-Hung
    • 15-04-2009

    Wonderful

    I debated whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars, I love and admire his work, this volume should really be read as a supplement to Misquoting Jesus, however compared to Misquoting Jesus, this book is less subject focused, i.e it went from a book about textual discripency to biblical history to religious ethics to personal experience. I agree with the sentiment and historical approach to religion, I still wish this volume provide more scholarly and academic information than it does, maybe I am too greedy. I remain the author's most loyal fan and disciple.

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    • Dawn
    • 24-01-2015

    Should be a "must listen to" for every adult!

    I always feel like an uninformed idiot after reading Bart Ehrman. Yet I am an educated, open minded and well traveled adult. I guess I am almost angry that I've allowed myself to be so easily brainwashed... His easy to read style and depth of information never disappoints.
    While listening with my headsets on my partner had to deal with sudden explosions of "What!", laughter and slaps to the forehead. It just gets to you that strongly.
    If you are at all worried about it damaging your faith then listen to the last chapter first. It certainly won't unless you want it to!
    The reader is perfect. A great voice that one never tires of. I fear if I ever got to meet Mr. Ehrman I'd be shocked to hear his voice!
    Now that my 15 hours are over I must immediately download another!

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    • ChrisR
    • 07-04-2013

    An interesting perspective on an old story

    Erhman is a man of great intellect, a scholar of the highest credentials.

    The contents if this book he claims not to be controversial among academics in the field of biblical scholarship, but are certainly controversial to the layman.

    His conclusions are certainly controversial - but given the weight if evidence he gives in support they clearly shouldn't be.

    A good run-through the work of New Testament history; detailed enough to provide clarity but not in-depth enough for me in some places.

    A book that will make you think, maybe not fought to shake the faith of the masses but it will certainly leave you with many questions.

    A good audiobook but for me it would have been much better if read by the author.

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    • P. Hopwood
    • 21-06-2016

    Phew! Should be read in every church

    Hard to argue with Prof. Ehrman's reasoned and carefully presented scholarship. Beautifully clear; a shame that the deeply indoctrinated won't ever appreciate or even consider the questions raised by this

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 09-06-2020

    Lucid Exposition of Evolution of Christianity

    l loved this book and listened to it in record time. Like most other Erhman's books, it's well explained to the ordinary lay audience. The people in the pews can at last appreciate the beginnings of their Christian faith and how it evolved over centuries. Illuminating.

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    • J. Mann
    • 16-02-2020

    Strange Title - decent book

    So this book is about the Bible not really just about Jesus. Professor Ehrman does I think play up the "contradictions" in the Bible - for example when he goes into how no two copies of the New Testament agree he cites horrifying statistics for how many discrepencies there are in the manuscripts before admitting most of these are due to spelling differences because there was no standardised spelling at the time. I do think it is more informative to read the Bible "critically" - that for example the author of a book might actually be an editor who had various manuscripts and oral sources they were trying to weave together into a single whole and sometimes the different sources don't quite fit together and we need to recognise that. It is also useful to acknowledge that there are differences in the various manuscripts and since we don't have the originals it is quite possible that the manuscripts we do have themselves contain similar differences from the originals, however if you read and understand a Bible book, you can decide for yourself if it sounds coherent or not, and one option if things don't always make sense is that there was some corruption of the text, so it is up to you to decide what the author was most likely trying to say. So I found this a useful and informative book but Ehrman can be a bit of a showman in trying to "shock" us into what he wants to say are some sensational discrepancies but what are actually quite sensible points that help us to understand the text better.

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    • Mutahi Mwangi
    • 09-11-2018

    very insightful

    This book has helped me in understanding why there are many contradictions in the 'good book'.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 27-01-2018

    Excellent book

    Excellent content and narration. Very enlightening and informative. As with all of Prof. Ehrmans books and lectures, could not stop listening.

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    • Thomas H Pryor
    • 27-04-2017

    Simply Outstanding

    I am not good at expressing my thoughts into words. this book has done an exceptional job for me.