I wanted to like this book, really. A couple years ago I read Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus and it was truly eye-opening, especially to someone who grew up in a Christian school, and so I have a good deal of respect for Ehrman. I picked up this book because I’ve been curious about the question of Jesus as a historical figure, whether there actually was a man that the New Testament is based off of (regardless of whether he was a holy man or not). Ehrman, a staunch and vocal agnostic, makes the argument that of course there was a historical man named Jesus, and sets out to explain why he’s right and “mythicists” (those who argue that Jesus is only a myth) are wrong.
Unfortunately, I came across this article, written by one of the scholars Ehrman slams in his book, just as I was getting into the book. It’s an in-depth critique of the problems with the book that I decided not to read until after I had finished the book, but knowing that the book received great criticism for being inaccurate made me really slog through it. It took me probably at least six weeks to read because I kept putting it down in favor of something else. I noticed myself that there are parts in the book when he contradicts things he said in the other book of his that I read.
And so I’ll have to look elsewhere for a solid book about the historicity of Jesus, *le sigh*.
Instead of this book, check out Misquoting Jesus.