Even Bart Ehrman Believes That Jesus Lived and Died

Like John Dominic Crossan, Bart Ehrman is a biblical scholar who denies that Jesus was raised from the dead.  But also like Crossan, Ehrman, along with practically all other modern scholars, is convinced of certain historical facts about Jesus.  When he says “virtually all scholars of antiquity” in the quote below, Ehrman indeed means “all” – he is not just talking about Christian scholars.

“Despite [an] enormous range of opinion [on Jesus], there are several points on which virtually all scholars of antiquity agree.  Jesus was a Jewish man, known to be a preacher and teacher, who was crucified (a Roman form of execution) in Jerusalem during the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was the governor of Judea.  […T]his is the view of nearly every trained scholar on the planet…”

Source:  Ehrman, Bart D. Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth (p. 12). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.  (373 pages total)

Even John Dominic Crossan is certain that Jesus was crucified.

 “That he was crucified is as sure as anything historical can ever be, since both Josephus and Tacitus … agree with the Christian accounts on at least that basic fact.”

Crossan, John Dominic (1995). Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography. HarperOne. p. 145.

Source: Wikipedia article on the Crucifixion of Jesus

How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace shows how Clement, Ignatius, and Polycarp bear early 2nd Century witness to the 1st-century writings of the New Testament.

(4 min read; 904 words)

How Geographic Separation Affirms the Reliability of the New Testament | Cold Case Christianity.
(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted? | J. Warner Wallace

Jim Wallace provides overwhelming evidence to refute the absurd claim that early Christians were not persecuted.

(7 min read; 1,786 words)

Were the Early Christians Really Persecuted? | Cold Case Christianity.
(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

A Little Background on J. Warner Wallace

I’ve often posted links on this reference shelf to the work of J. Warner Wallace.  Here’s an indication of the degree of professional competence he brings to his apologetics work.

Nightline clip about J. Warner Wallace and Deputy D.A. John Lewin on YouTube

 

The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus is impotent

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It isn’t just bestselling atheists like Dawkins who make this faux pas. A measured journalist like ABC Radio National’s Michael Cathcart recently ventured unknowingly into the heavyweight ring and got caught out. In an otherwise excellent interview with Salman Rushdie, Cathcart remarked, “There’s no doubt at all that Mohammed was a real person, whereas Jesus is a person who is at least ambiguous in the question of whether he existed or not.” I say “caught out” because Cathcart promptly received a gentle correction from two of Australia’s best known Roman historians, Professors Alanna Nobbs and Edwin Judge. “In our judgment,” they wrote, “the second part of your statement is quite far from reality.” They explained, “While historical and theological debates remain about the actions and significance of this figure, his fame as a teacher, and his crucifixion under the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, may be described as historically certain.”

(5 min read; 1,299 words)

Best of 2012: The irreligious assault on the historicity of Jesus – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg of Ratio Christi)

Dying for Belief: An analysis of a confused objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection | J. W. Wartick

(3 min read; 644 words)

Dying for Belief: An analysis of a confused objection to one of the evidences for the resurrection by J. W. Wartick

(HT: Greg West of The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

The Five Common Objections to the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus | Matt Rawlings

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The Five Common Objections to the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus | Pastor Matt

Matt Rawlings is a Teaching Pastor at Christ’s Community Church in Portsmouth, OH and an Attorney and a Regional Director of Leadership Development for Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal ministry.

(HT:  Greg West at The Poached Egg from Ratio Christi)

14 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—and 14 References – Parchment and Pen Blog

(8 min read; 1,845 words)

14 Evidences for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ—and 14 References – Parchment and Pen BlogParchment and Pen Blog

(HT: The Poached Egg from Greg West and Ratio Christi)