Bart Ehrman vs Craig Evans Whole Debate on „Does the New Testament misquote Jesus?”

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„Does the New Testament misquote Jesus?”

THE QUESTION:  Does the New Testament present a reliable portrait of the Historical Jesus?

DEBATERS:

  1. Dr. Bart D. Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  2. Dr. Craig A Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University

Here’s a summary of the opening statements from The Chronicle Herald:

A debate on whether or not the New Testament Gospels give a historically accurate account of the life and death of Jesus Christ is not exactly Hockey Night in Canada.

Yet, increasingly, biblical scholars, like Acadia’s Craig Evans and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Bart Ehrman, have been showing up on YouTube, CNN, CBC, CTV, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel, and even, in the case of Bart Ehrman, on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, not to mention the bestseller list of the New York Times.

All of Ehrman’s 25 books are based on sound scholarship, and most of them are intended for and read mostly by scholars, „an audience of dozens” as he once put it. But his last few books, written in a more user-friendly literary style, have made the New York Times bestseller list. They include: God’s Problem, Jesus Interrupted, Forged and Misquoting Jesus.

Of Evans’s 50 books, including ones he has edited, he has written one popular book, Fabricating Jesus — How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, in which he takes on Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus as well as three books by other writers, all of which he describes as „popular books” as opposed to „scholarly books.”

Thursday night in Halifax more than 600 people packed the McNally Theatre Auditorium on the SMU campus to hear these two New Testament champions spar over the issue of whether the accounts of Christ’s life, as described by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Gospels, which were written as many as 80 years after His birth, present a reliably accurate historical portrait of the man whose life and death is at the heart of a 2,000-year-old religion with two billion adherents.

At the beginning of the debate the steel flashed and the lines were sharply drawn. Evans, the first to take the lectern, emphatically declared his answer: „Yes it does.”

He had 25 minutes to make his point, citing the preponderant agreement of a long list of biblical scholars that the four Gospels are the primary source for the historical narrative of the birth, life and death of Christ.

„I disagreed with the whole thing!” said Ehrman heatedly after striding to the lectern. He said if you read the Gospel accounts „horizontally,” that is, start reading Matthew’s account of Jesus’ lineage, then skip over to Mark’s account of it, then to Luke’s and finally to John’s, you will discover irreconcilable discrepancies. „They can’t all be right,” he said. And the same holds true for accounts of the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection. So who do you trust?

At the end of the lectern challenges, assertions and rebuttals, the two professors moved over to two comfortable chairs centre stage for the „conversation” part of the debate in which they asked each other questions and discussed the issue. By now the spears had mostly been transformed into ploughshares. It had been entirely cordial.”We’re really agreed that there are discrepancies in the Gospel accounts,” Ehrman concluded. „And all New Testament scholars say the same.”

But he conceded that a life of Christ could be arrived at through them and that their inaccuracies didn’t affect the theological significance of Christ’s life.

VIDEO by TalalRafiChannel The full debate between Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans about whether the Bible is reliable as a source. Bart Ehrman is a bible scholar who became an atheist after studying it. He believes that there are too many contradictions and errors in the bible for it to be called the word of God. He is famous for his book Misquoting Jesus.

He also talks about how the bible was changed and about its history and who the authors of the gospels were.

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