Bart Ehrman is a New Testament scholar, author of multiple books, and professor. His areas of focus include textual criticism of the Bible and studying Jesus as historical figure. His work has earned international acclaim as well as being featured in many media articles.
He is an unpopular figure, engaging in public debates with Christians over various topics pertaining to religion and scripture. Furthermore, he is well known as being critical of both.
Early Life and Education
Ehrman was raised an Episcopalian and transitioned to evangelicalism as a teenager, believing that God inspired and protected its texts from error. To gain more understanding about its original words he attended Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College where he earned both three-year diplomas and his bachelor’s degree respectively.
Ehrman is widely respected for his research in textual criticism, the historical Jesus, and early Christianity. He is author and editor of over thirty books (five New York Times bestsellers included) as well as eight courses offered through The Great Courses lecture series. Furthermore, he regularly appears on talk show circuits like The Colbert Report, Daily Show, National Geographic Channel and CNN to offer lectures.
Bart Ehrman is an internationally acclaimed scholar whose works have been translated into more than thirty languages. He has written and edited more than thirty books, including three college textbooks and six New York Times bestsellers; most recently his latest offering The Triumph of Christianity tells the tale of how an oppressed religion evolved into one of the world’s dominant culture forces.
His expertise in textual criticism, the historical Jesus and early Christianity has earned him many academic accolades, such as the 2009 J. W. Pope “Spirit of Inquiry” Teaching Award from UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Awards to Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. Furthermore, he serves as President of Southeast Region Society of Biblical Literature as well as book review editor for Journal of Biblical Literature as well as being editor-in-chief of Vigiliae Christianae monograph series published by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series Vigiliae Christianae series by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series Vigiliae Christianae series by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series published by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae series Vigiliae Christianae monograph series Vigiliae Christianae by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae by being President of Southeast Region Society of Biblical Literature as president as well as president-chief for Scholarly Achievement by Society of Biblical Literature and Editor-chief for Scholarly Achievement Awarding by Vigiliae Christianae monograph series Vigiliae Christianae by Scholars Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae by Scholar Press series Vigiliae Press monograph series Vigiliae Christianae Press Monograph series published monograph.
Achievement and Honors
Prof. Ehrman has taught New Testament textual criticism, the history of early Christianity and the historical Jesus for over 30 years as a professor at UNC Chapel Hill and has published over thirty books as well as numerous scholarly articles and book reviews – several textbooks for undergraduate students have made the New York Times Bestseller List: Misquoting Jesus; God’s Problem; Forged; How Jesus Became God and Unbelievable are among these titles that have made his way onto it. Ehrman received three teaching awards: 2009 John William Pope Center Spirit of Inquiry Teaching Award as well as 1994 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement for these efforts.
Ehrman is renowned for his prolific writings and frequent appearances as a guest on talk shows. A prominent critic of religious fundamentalism, and advocate for academic freedom and free speech issues. He has engaged William Lane Craig, Dinesh D’Souza, and Mike Licona in debates.
Bart Ehrman is an accomplished author. His books have made the New York Times Bestseller List five times: Misquoting Jesus; God’s Problem; Jesus Interrupted; Forged and How Jesus Became God. Furthermore, Ehrman has appeared on shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Talk of the Nation, History Channel CNN and National Geographic to discuss his writings.
Ehrman has become something of a celebrity sceptic in the US, using his books and appearances on popular radio and TV programs to spark outrage against Christianity. But Ehrman appears to have another agenda; using his scholarship he appears to be using its influence to convince believers that their cherished beliefs about Jesus may be built on historical straw.
Although Ehrman is widely respected as a scholar of Christianity and its history, he does not consider himself to be one. Instead he stands as one of the world’s leading skeptics of religion; regularly engaging in debates against Christians and apologists alike.
Ehrman is widely respected within academia for his scholarship on New Testament textual criticism and historical Jesus studies, including authoring several popular books such as his 2005 best-seller Misquoting Jesus.
He began teaching at Rutgers University before joining UNC Chapel Hill faculty as director of graduate studies and chair of Religious Studies Department in 1988. Since then he has authored or edited 30 books as well as over 150 scholarly articles and book reviews.