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Bart Ehrman at the Commonwealth Club of California

The points Ehrman is making on this particular book tour are either too obscure for a half-hour prepared talk or he’s just done a lousy job of presenting them. I mean, you can’t discuss the authorship of various New Testament books and just flatly deny the role of the amanuensis in composition of letters. Regardless, some of the question and answer section (after the half-hour point) is fascinating. To my ears the highlight is Ehrman’s defense of why he thinks a historical Jesus existed; in brief: because the Scriptural narrative is difficult and unexpected.

Also, someone from the audience asks when Ehrman will turn his historical-critical attention to the Koran (at about 53:00); he says “when I stop valuing my life that’s what I’ll do.”

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