How Jesus Became God

howjesusbecameHow Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher From Galillee
by Bart Ehrman
2014/ 371 pages
rating 8 / history of Christianity

Although Ehrman is no longer a believer, he presents a fair picture of the “historical” Jesus and his times without invalidating the spiritual element. Much of this book is a rehash of old material, but Ehrman writes with an engaging style and there is always some new material tucked into his books. This time, for me, the latter part of the book with specific details regarding the disputes amongst the early Christians (Gnostic and/or Orthodox – from the first century to the 5th) about the “divinity” or “humanity” of Christ was mostly new. The whole thing was very good but the last couple chapters and epilogue were great.

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