Any Bart Ehrman fans here?

Professor Bart Ehrman writes great books on text criticism as it applies to the bible. Anyone a fan of that or interested in it?

Professor Bart Ehrman writes great books on text criticism as it applies to the bible. Anyone a fan of that or interested in it?
Thanks for the reference. If you are not familiar with it, you may want to check out the "Skeptics annotated Bible (Quran/Book of Mormon)"

https://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/

I’ve read a couple of Ehrman’s books, met him, listened to his lecture or two, and I find him more of an apologist.

The Skeptics Annotated Bible/Quran/Book of Mormon is good.

Interesting. Apologist is exactly what he’s not. In fact everything I’ve read of his is strictly non-religious, which is what I like. In what way would you consider him an apologist?

Love the guy. An amazing ability to crank out words. I was on a recent Zoom call with him and 200 of my close personal friends. He is planning on writing his next book on Revelation, which should be awesome.

He commented that he was surprised that “Misquoting Jesus” was his most popular book, since it is about a very technical aspect of the Bible. But he mixes stories in with the details of a letter that got swapped, or word changed in translation, and makes it interesting.

In what way would you consider him an apologist? -- Mriana
Hmm, I'd be interested to know what lectures @Mriana heard. He does like the Bible, even though he is strongly agnostic, nearly atheist. He does believe Jesus was some sort of person and refuses to even really debate it, at least not in any reasonable way. But he doesn't promote any kind of Christian worship or belief that isn't in line with enlightened ethics and morals.

He was at Skepticon a few years back.

But he mixes stories in with the details of a letter that got swapped, or word changed in translation, and makes it interesting.
I don't know if anyone else has commented on this little detail yet.

In the OT ; “I Am that I Am” .

From wiki; I am that I am is a common English translation of the Hebrew phrase אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה‎, 'ehyeh 'ăšer 'ehyeh ([ʔehˈje ʔaˈʃer ʔehˈje])
Now place a comma after "That" and the phrase changes to "I am That, I am", which changes the meaning to an objective statement of physical fact.
Love the guy. An amazing ability to crank out words. I was on a recent Zoom call with him and 200 of my close personal friends. He is planning on writing his next book on Revelation, which should be awesome.

He commented that he was surprised that “Misquoting Jesus” was his most popular book, since it is about a very technical aspect of the Bible. But he mixes stories in with the details of a letter that got swapped, or word changed in translation, and makes it interesting.


You’re kidding? “…and 200 of my close personal friends…” sounds like you’re goofing around. If not, what was this zoom call? Regardless, I really like the technical stuff - just fascinating. But also a bit depressing. Assuming the situation is similar with many ancient texts, like Plato, Socrates, etc. then it really does make you wonder what the heck we’re even reading.

what was this zoom call? - cuthbert
I paid a charitable contribution to read his full blog entries. I think the Zoom call was announced through that membership. It was an "ask me anything" type format. The trouble with Bart is, he has a head full of stories and if you ask him one thing, he'll preface it, then maybe answer it, then tell something else he just thought of. He's still fun though.

@lausten - Ah okay. I was thinking of doing similar. He’s obviously super smart, so he’s got to know that like him, others that learn what he learned about how the bible came to be will naturally be lead to if not outright atheism, at least agnosticism and regardless, leaving organized religion.

I’ve found the conversations between Bart and Michael Shermer to be interesting. They’re on YouTube.

I haven’t visited the forum in awhile, but the last time I commented here I was using Bart’s idea in my attempt to play devils advocate.

https://centerforinquiry.org/forums/topic/19930/#post-294295

Took me a bit to find it, but it’s a slow day at work so that’s ok.

Bart Ehrman and Michael Shermer: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World

Starting around 13:40 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H4Lt9-IIak