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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2013 05:42 pm
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carpetbeggar wrote: srossi wrote: I'm reading "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth" by Bart Ehrman.  Just a few chapters in, don't know what to make of it yet.  Won't comment until the end.
I'm curious, was it any good?

It was interesting.  Definitely made me look at things in a different way, especially as it relates to using the Bible itself as a historical document, which I had always discounted in the past.  He takes you through the early verified sources of different things, both religious and non-religious.  The writer is a bit of an arrogant prick, so that turned me off, and there's a lot of redundancy and some things that don't really hold water.  But it is a good introduction to legitimate theological research.  The writer is an agnostic, by the way, but scoffs at the very idea that people question whether there was a real historical Jesus who more or less did the things we hear about (preach, hang out with the sick, rabble-rouse, get crucified).  He's pretty brutal towards sceptics.

There are some other interesting tidbits in there as well that shed light on translations.  Things that couldn't possibly have been said by Jesus that he is quoted as saying in the Bible, because they only make sense in Greek (the language the New Testament was actually written in) and not Aramaic (the language Jesus spoke).  Like if a comedian makes a double-entendre joke in English, a translation makes no sense because it won't be a double-entendre in Spanish.  So he can easily cut through some of the bullshit conversations that clearly never happened except in the minds of the people who wrote it a frw decades after Jesus died.

Anyway, if you have any interest in the subject, just read it.  If you've already read other books about it though, they migh be better.  My feelings on this are fairly mixed.

This thread was great before AA ruined it.