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Can We Trust the Bible on the Historical Jesus?

Craig A. Evans
Bart D. Ehrman
Robert B. Stewart
  • 9/22/2020
  • 0664265855
  • 978-0-664-26585-4
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 120
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 7.00 oz


“…it is hard to imagine a better introduction to the question of the Gospels and the historical Jesus, whether for the thinking layman or for the responsible pastor. This book is at once learned and lively. Teachers in seminaries, take note: Can We Trust the Bible on the Historical Jesus? awaits its rightful place on your bookshelf and in your syllabi.” - Paula Fredriksen, Church History

“Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans are two of the most highly respected scholars working in the field of historical Jesus studies today. They agree on a great deal, but render strikingly different verdicts on the reliability of historical information reported in the New Testament Gospels. This book allows us to listen in on their lively discussion—more dialogue than debate—and to decide not only what we think but also why it matters. Many Christian believers will want to engage these questions, and Robert Stewart has provided us with a helpful guide for doing so.” —Mark Allan Powell, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

“In this highly readable presentation of a discussion between two well-respected biblical scholars, readers encounter two different approaches to the reliability of the Bible for historical veracity. Ehrman is more skeptical, Evans more trusting of how much actual historical ‘fact’ is presented in the New Testament about, for instance, the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Their two positions are well-presented and clearly argued, with assurances of mutual respect. Their discussion is framed by an introduction and conclusion by the moderator, Robert Stewart, who introduces attention to theory and philosophy of historiography, as well as more recent developments in historical Jesus studies. The book is a short but fair illustration of a long-running and still lively modern disagreement.” —Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Yale University

“In this book, two eminent scholars of early Christianity, Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans, come head to head in an epic debate about whether the New Testament provides a historically reliable account of Jesus. Much is at stake on this, for history, for religion, and neither holds back in setting forth the case for or against the Jesus of the Gospels. Informative, riveting, and truly eye-opening. History buffs and the religiously minded will enjoy this book.” —Rev. Dr. Michael F. Bird, Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia

“What happens when two seasoned, informed, and confident scholars weigh in from different angles about the historical Jesus and the reliability of the Gospels? In this splendid volume you will not find acrimony but reasoned, balanced, and charitable arguments -- from both sides -- leading in this book to a demonstration of what we need most: civil discourse! Bravo.” –Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight


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