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Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.

Professor Bart D. Ehrman
  • The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
Anyone who’s interested in understanding what the words of Jesus might mean in the modern world cannot take them at face value and apply them to the present situation without seeing how that situation is different from his own.

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his undergraduate work at Wheaton College and earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Professor Ehrman has written or edited 27 books, including four best sellers on The New York Times list: Misquoting Jesus: The Story behind Who Changed the Bible and Why; God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question—Why We Suffer; Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know about Them);and Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. Professor Ehrman also served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, Southeastern Region; book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature; editor of the Scholars’ Press monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers;and coeditor-in-chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae.

Professor Ehrman received the John William Pope Center Spirit of Inquiry Award, the UNC Students’ Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship (awarded for excellence in undergraduate teaching).

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"Dr. Ehrman does his usual outstanding job of verbally illustrating his topic. Very few have the expertise of this man. I have read all of his books and they truly show his depth of knowledge with anything to do with the Bible."

 

"Professor Ehrman takes a subject that could have been dry and boring, but presents it in such a manner, with a sense of humor, to make it extremely interesting."

 

"Dr. Ehrman's Great Courses are breath of fresh air - he lays out the facts of the subject in a clear and engaging way, without bias."

80 Courses and Sets

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80 Courses and Sets

  1. New Testament Sale

    New Testament

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    Whether you consider it a book of faith or a cultural artifact, the New Testament is among the most significant writings that the world has ever known. This course sheds the light of purely historical research on the New Testament—its form, the methods of its composition, its authors and their original audiences, and the larger historical context. Mindful of the limitations imposed by the available historical...
  2. Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    In the first centuries after Christ, there was no "official" New Testament. In fact, many Christians held beliefs that today would be considered bizarre, including the belief that Christ's death and resurrection had nothing to do with salvation. What did these "other" Scriptures say? Do they exist today? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative...
  3. How Jesus Became God Sale

    How Jesus Became God

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $44.95 $79.95 $44.95$79.95
    What exactly happened, such that Jesus came to be considered God? To ask this question is to delve into a fascinating, multilayered historical puzzle—one that offers a richly illuminating look into the origins of the Western worldview and the theological underpinnings of our civilization. In 24 provocative lectures, Professor Ehrman takes you deeply into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first...
  4. History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon Sale

    History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Save up to $160.00 Starting at $19.95 $39.95 $19.95$39.95
    The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon offers you a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to key issues in the development of the New Testament. These include: its different kinds of books, the conditions in which they were composed, what they teach, who actually wrote them, and—perhaps most important of all—why and how some books and not others became part of the canon of scripture that...
  5. Historical Jesus Sale

    Historical Jesus

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    Worshiped around the globe by more than a billion people today, Jesus is undoubtedly the single most important figure in the story of Western civilization and one of the most significant in world history altogether. Yet, Jesus of Nazareth presents unique challenges to the historian, as Professor Bart D. Ehrman explains in this 24-lecture course on the search for the Jesus of history. Join him for an erudite survey...
  6. From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity Sale

    From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    The traditional form of Christianity we know today includes beliefs, practices, a canon of sacred scripture, and even its own stated history, but it emerged only after many years of transition and conflict—with Judaism and with what can now only be called the "lost Christianities." Professor Bart D. Ehrman takes you through Christianity's first centuries to examine its transition from the religion of Jesus to a...
  7. The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History Sale

    The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Save up to $130.00 Starting at $34.95 $49.95 $34.95$49.95
    Whether we view it in religious, social, political, or economic terms, Christianity has deeply and integrally influenced the Western worldview, our way of life, and our most basic notions of selfhood, morality, and ethics. But compelling controversies surrounding the development of Christianity in its first three centuries bring into question common beliefs about the faith. Now, in The Greatest Controversies of...
  8. After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers Sale

    After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    Who exactly were the Apostolic Fathers? Why were they given that name? Most important, what windows into the shaping of Christianity's canon, church hierarchy, and creed are opened for us with an understanding of works that include the letters of 1 Clement or Ignatius, the Didache of the Apostles, or the Letter to Diognetus? Professor Bart D. Ehrman answers these and many other questions as he introduces us to what...
  9. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  10. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  11. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Explore the nature of some of the world's greatest religions by looking at their founding figures. First, in Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, go inside the life stories, profound teachings, and enduring legacies of these four iconic figures. Next, in Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication, explore the variety of provocative writings followed by some of Christianity's...
  12. (Set)  Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & New Testament Set

    (Set) Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  13. (Set) Historical Jesus & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) Historical Jesus & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Shed new light on Christian history, thought, and belief with this two-course set that brings together two of Professor Luke Timothy Johnson's most popular religion courses. In Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine, he takes you on a journey to find the "kernel" of Christianity's appeal throughout history. Then, in Jesus and the Gospels, he explores the various depictions of Jesus—from the canonic...
  14. (Set) Lost Christianities/Apostle Paul  Set

    (Set) Lost Christianities/Apostle Paul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  15. (Set) New Testament & History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon  Set

    (Set) New Testament & History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  16. (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Great World Religions, 2nd Edition & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Explore the history and nature of faith as it's practiced around the world. The 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition give you an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. New Testament draws on modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis to trace the history of the New Testament and the early...
  17. (Set) Lives of Great Christians & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Lives of Great Christians & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  18. (Set)  Controversies of Christian History & From Jesus to Cons Set

    (Set) Controversies of Christian History & From Jesus to Cons

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $359.90 $259.90$359.90
  19. (Set)  World Was Never the Same & New Testament Set

    (Set) World Was Never the Same & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    If you want to study history, it’s important to look at cultural impacts as well as historical ones. New Testament takes a deep look into one of the most significant writings the world has ever known. Combine those insights the course provides about faith with an intriguing tour of the most momentous moments of our time through The World Was Never the Same to get the most well-rounded, holistic history lesson.
  20. (Set) History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon/Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine  Set

    (Set) History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon/Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  21. (Set) Why Evil Exists & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Why Evil Exists & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Why does evil exist in the world? And how does the New Testament help us come to grips with this perplexing question? Discover the answers with this two-course set. Why Evil Exists probes how we've conceived of evil, grappled with it, and worked to oppose it throughout human history. The New Testament sheds new light on this important religious text—its composition, its authors, its original audiences, and its...
  22. (Set) Apostle Paul/New Testament  Set

    (Set) Apostle Paul/New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  23. (Set) Book of Genesis; Old Testament; & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Book of Genesis; Old Testament; & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Uncover a wealth of new insights into the meaning and importance of the Hebrew and Christian bibles with this three-course set. In The Book of Genesis, complete your understanding of the powerful and elegantly written first book of the Old Testament. Then, probe the content, meaning, and historical and religious significance of both the Hebrew and Christian bibles with The Old Testament and The New Testament.
  24. (Set) After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers & New Testament  Set

    (Set) After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers & New Testament

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  25. (Set)  The Apocalypse & The New Testament Set

    (Set) The Apocalypse & The New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  26. (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, History of the Bible, & Experiencing Hubble  Set

    (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness, Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre, History of the Bible, & Experiencing Hubble

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $679.80 Starting at $679.80 $799.80 $679.80$799.80
    Discover grand insights into a range of fascinating subjects with this dynamic four-course set. In The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon, get compelling answers to provocative questions about the development of the New Testament. In Optimizing Brain Fitness, delve into the fundamental concepts and practical applications of your brain and how it works. Investigate black holes, the...
  27. (Set) The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication  Set

    (Set) The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History & Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $359.90 $259.90$359.90
  28. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Travel back in time and explore the roots of Judaism and Christianity with this fascinating two-course set. In The Dead Sea Scrolls, unlock the secrets of ancient documents that irrevocably alter our understanding of the early years of these enduring faiths. And in The New Testament, use modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis to trace the history of this...
  29. (Set) Biblical Wisdom Literature; Old Testament; & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Biblical Wisdom Literature; Old Testament; & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $459.85 Starting at $459.85 $884.85 $459.85$884.85
    This three-course set is your guide to the wealth of insights and hidden layers of meaning contained in the Bible. Biblical Wisdom Literature takes you deep inside the enlightening spiritual teachings that have inspired the world. The Old Testament and The New Testament strengthen your appreciation of what these two texts say and their enormous impact on Western civilization.
  30. (Set) Lost Christianities & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Lost Christianities & New Testament

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover new ways to look at the written works of Christianity with expert religious scholar and Professor Bart D. Ehrman. In Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication, follow scholars' efforts to recover knowledge of early Christian groups and the scriptures that defined their beliefs. Then, trace the history of the New Testament and the early Christian community in The New...