How Jesus Became God

How Jesus Became God

The Exaltation of A Jewish Preacher From Galilee

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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In a book that took eight years to research and write, leading Bible scholar Bart D. Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things. Ehrman sketches Jesus's transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus's followers had visions of him after his death-alive again-did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today. As a historian-not a believer-Ehrman answers the questions: How did this transformation of Jesus occur? How did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? The dramatic shifts throughout history reveal not only why Jesus's followers began to claim he was God, but also how they came to understand this claim in so many different ways. Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, and is, God.
Published: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062309136
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 35 min.)) :,digital.
Additional Contributors: Dixon, Walter


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Jan 03, 2018

This is a terrific book! It explains - with much evidence - the various religions in the ancient near east from about two millennia ago, including religions that have changed much, such as Judaism, and those that have died off, like that of the followers of the teachings of Apollonius of Tyana (so many similarities between him and Jesus!). The best aspect of the book is the explicit introduction and explanation of the historiographical and interpretive principles that are generally used as well as those specific to the materials that are available to be examined. Its the best of non-fiction (a la Steven Pinker), doesn't talk down to the reader (or listener), and doesn't get bogged down in technical terminology; the material and arguments are laid out in a manner that is orderly and that one can follow with little chance of misunderstanding. If it has one downside, its that the narrator reads much faster than is common for audiobooks.


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