NPR 8-Minute Interview of Bart Ehrman On His Book, "Did Jesus Exist?"

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    Jan 06, 2015 4:24 AM GMT


    Dr. Ehrman (at about 4 minutes): "If you're going to make up a messiah, you'd make up a super hero. You wouldn't make up someone who was humiliated, tortured, and killed by the enemy."

    Steefen: If you're going to make up a messiah during the Flavian Empire (Emperor Vespasian, former general in the First Jewish-Roman War; Emperor Titus, former general in the First Jewish-Roman War), the Jewish Messiah must lose, historically reflecting the outcome of the First Jewish-Roman War.

    Point of fact: Vespasian did kill a Jesus of Galilee. Did Jesus really miss the elephant in the room, Rome, and not call it evil; or, again, we have gospels written during the reign of those who defeated the Jewish Revolt who would not consider their rule of Israel evil?

    Second, with Paul running expressing his desire to be tried by Nero rather than Jews, one would suspect his "Jesus crucified" would keep him out of trouble in Rome. Just as Pilate could care less if Jesus' kingdom was in Heaven, Nero could care less if Jesus was coming again, lifting live and dead people into mid air.

    At about 5 minutes, you say Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet. I do not think you give Jesus credit for foretelling the destruction of the Temple (gospels are dated after the destruction of the Temple because scholars do not acknowledge Jesus foresaw the armies in Jerusalem and foresaw the Temple's destruction). Take away the Tribulation the biblical Jesus foresaw (people frightened by the armies surrounding cities, the destruction of the Temple and the city), where is the apocalypse in the apocalyptic prophet?

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    Jan 06, 2015 9:38 PM GMT
    Jesus existed, but definitely not in the way he's presented in the bible.

    It's a shame no one talks to burning bushes anymore (unless you're schizophrenic), the seas don't part, and people don't turn into pillars of salt when they turn around.

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    Jan 06, 2015 10:42 PM GMT
    What does it mean to exist? Do you exist? Do I exist? Does any of "this" exist? For all we know we are all just figments of some other being's imagination who "exists" in another being's imagination, who "exists" in another being's imagination, and so on, and so on, and on, and on, and on, ad infinitum.
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    Jan 07, 2015 4:14 AM GMT
    so where's the interview?
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    Jan 07, 2015 6:21 AM GMT
    funbud8 saidso where's the interview?


    It doesn't "exist."
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    Jan 07, 2015 1:07 PM GMT
    funbud8 saidso where's the interview?


    The interview is in the original post. Click the picture.