How Jesus Became God

Course No. 6522
Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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The early Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was God completely changed the course of Western civilization. In fact, without the Christian declaration of Jesus as God, Western history as we know it would have never happened.

If Jesus had not been declared God, his followers would have remained a sect within Judaism, and the massive conversion of Gentiles, the Roman adoption of Christianity, and the subsequent unfolding of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and modernity would never have taken place. For that reason, the question of how Jesus became God is one of the most significant historical questions of Western civilization.

This world-shaping occurrence, viewed historically, was monumentally unlikely. Within Judaism, there could be no question that Jesus was not the Messiah, who was envisioned as a powerful warrior-king. Jesus’s own followers, in fact, did not conceive of him as divine during his lifetime. His crucifixion, ignominious and degrading, ended his life in a way reserved for the lowliest criminals.

And yet—within a short time after his death, this crucified “enemy of Rome” was named the Son of God and the savior of humanity, and within four centuries he was believed by millions to be coequal and coeternal with God the Father.

How could something this unforeseeable, this improbable, have occurred at all—much less with a momentum that would shape Western history? 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. This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world’s single most influential human being.

Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Bart D. Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God. In 24 provocative lectures, Professor Ehrman takes you deeply into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers, demonstrating how this conception was refined over time to become the core of the Christian theology that has so significantly shaped our civilization.

A distinguished scholar of Christianity and New York Times best-selling author, Professor Ehrman develops the inquiry with meticulous research and in-depth analysis of texts. In these lectures, Ehrman reveals that the theological understanding of Jesus as God came about through a complex series of factors and events, each of which must be understood in order to grasp this most extraordinary and historically pivotal story.

Intersections: The Human and the Divine

In assembling the pieces of the course’s extraordinary narrative, you’ll explore the historical background of ancient understandings of the divine. Here you discover that Jesus’s ascension as an object of faith was fundamentally underlain by ancient beliefs in interpenetration between the human and divine worlds.

You’ll dig deeply into human/divine intersections in Greco-Roman religions, as well as in ancient Judaism, finding that

  • The ancient world was suffused with accounts of divine mortals—gods who took on human form as well as humans who were exalted to divine status.
  • Greco-Roman cultures considered certain actual historical persons to have been born of the sexual union of gods and mortals, and earthly pagan rulers were at times worshipped as gods.
  • In the Hebrew scriptures, God and the Holy Spirit both appear on earth in human form, and the human Enoch, among others, is elevated to become a divine being.

Divinity and the Historical Jesus

As another integral element of the story, you’ll investigate what the historical Jesus said or indicated about himself, digging into these questions:

  • What were the elements of Jesus’s teaching with regard to his own role in the world?
  • Did Jesus view himself as divine?

You’ll look into these matters rigorously, reading key passages from the four canonical Gospels to determine whether, historically, Jesus’s public message proclaimed him as divine. You’ll also evaluate whether Jesus’s earthly actions—including accounts of miracles he performed—would have qualified him as divine in the eyes of his contemporaries.

You’ll study the circumstances surrounding Jesus’s death and burial, exploring exactly how early Christians came to believe he was raised from the dead. By examining the “pre-literary” Christian creeds quoted in the New Testament, you’ll uncover the disciples’ original conception that, at his resurrection, Jesus was “made” a divine being by God.

The Son of God Eternal

With the conception of Jesus as divine now established, you’ll enter the minefield of opposing views that developed as early Christians sought to understand how Jesus could be the Son of God. In excerpts from the New Testament Gospels, you’ll identify conflicting notions of when Jesus became the divine Son, following how Christian thinkers began to push this event further and further back into history.

Within the developing faith, you’ll investigate the range of views of Jesus’s divinity that held sway during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. You’ll study the beliefs and implications of radically different schools of thought, such as

  • the “docetists”, who held that Jesus was fully divine and only seemed human;
  • the Gnostic view that the divine Christ was a god who temporarily “inhabited” the human Jesus; and
  • the “modalist” conception that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three modes of a single being.

The Trinity and the Divine Christ

In the culmination of the course, you’ll trace the development of the Trinity, the theological doctrine at the heart of Christian orthodoxy. Through close reading of biblical texts, you’ll observe how the conception of the Holy Spirit came into being, and you’ll learn how third-century theologians such as Hippolytus and Tertullian arrived at the singular paradox of the Trinity: that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each individually God—yet there is only one God.

The concluding lectures bring alive the fiercely contested Arian controversy, which pitted the view that Jesus was a subordinate deity created by God the Father against the contention that he was coeternal and fully equal with God. Flowing from this debate, you’ll study the historic events of the famous Council of Nicea, called in 325 CE by the Roman Emperor Constantine to resolve the matter of the divine nature of Christ. You’ll learn how the edicts of the Council formally established the view of Jesus that has defined the Christian faith to the present day.

In the enthralling inquiry of How Jesus Became God, Professor Ehrman lays bare the diverse elements that combined to produce both an astonishing true-life story and one of history’s most significant happenings. Join a renowned biblical scholar in grappling with this pivot point of Western civilization that has indelibly shaped our culture, our thought, and the world we know.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    Jesus - The Man Who Became God
    First, consider the huge historical significance of the Christian belief in Jesus’s divinity, in terms of its effects on Western civilization as well as today’s world. Learn about different scholarly views of the historical Jesus, and trace the remarkable diversity of early Christian thought regarding Christian identity, scripture, and theological understandings of Jesus. x
  • 2
    Greco-Roman Gods Who Became Human
    In the ancient world, there were many accounts of “divine” mortals. Track this phenomenon in the Greco-Roman polytheistic religions, noting the overlap between the human and divine worlds. Explore three ancient models of divine men, in both mythology and Christian scripture, as gods take on human form and humans enter the heavenly realm. x
  • 3
    Humans as Gods in the Greco-Roman World
    Delve further into the interface between the human and the divine in pagan cultures. Examine narratives describing people born of the sexual union of gods with mortals, highlighting examples such as Alexander the Great. In the Roman and Egyptian worlds, look at cases of humans who were exalted to the status of gods. x
  • 4
    Gods Who Were Human in Ancient Judaism
    Here, discover accounts of divine humans and other godlike beings within ancient Judaism. In Genesis and Exodus, explore conceptions of divine beings that appear in human form. In other Jewish texts, study narratives of humans who become angelic beings, as well as stories of the offspring of angels and humans. x
  • 5
    Ancient Jews Who Were Gods
    In ancient Judaism, beings other than the one true God could be considered to be or even called God. Learn about the divine figure of the Son of Man, and the Jewish conception of a “second God”. Observe how divine attributes of God were personified, and how humans such as the kings of Israel were deified. x
  • 6
    The Life and Teachings of Jesus
    In approaching the historical Jesus, consider why the New Testament Gospels are the only useful early sources on his life, and study the criteria used by scholars for evaluating the Gospels as history. Then investigate Jesus’s apocalyptic worldview, which envisioned the imminent end of history and a coming kingdom of God. x
  • 7
    Did Jesus Think He Was God?
    This lecture explores what Jesus said about himself, as well as what he specifically preached. Grasp the nature and purpose of Jesus’s ethical teachings, and his view of himself as a prophet of the coming kingdom. Study the Jewish conception of the Messiah as a warrior-king who would overthrow the enemies of Israel. x
  • 8
    The Death of Jesus - Historical Certainties
    Regarding Jesus’s final days, review the events that we know about with relative certainty. Learn about his reasons for being in Jerusalem, and the political tensions surrounding the Passover celebration there. Consider what led to his arrest, the nature of the charges against him, and what we can infer about his trial. x
  • 9
    Jesus’s Death - What Historians Can’t Know
    Look now at events surrounding Jesus’s death that we cannot know about with certainty. Assess the plausibility of the Gospels’ accounts of his arrival in Jerusalem, the date of his crucifixion, and the matter of his burial. Grasp how Christian writers made changes in the accounts of his death to serve theological ends. x
  • 10
    The Resurrection - What Historians Can’t Know
    Jesus’s resurrection stands as the basis for the entire Christian faith. But what can we know historically about the resurrection? Here, dig deeply into the question of what historians can and cannot demonstrate about the past, and consider aspects of the stories of Jesus’s resurrection that are historically doubtful or unknowable. x
  • 11
    What History Reveals about the Resurrection
    What was it that caused Jesus’s followers to believe he had been raised from the dead? Investigate the disciples’ visions of Jesus, alive again after his death, as reflected in Paul and the Gospels. Learn also about the tradition of doubt in the resurrection, and the meaning to early Christians of being resurrected. x
  • 12
    The Disciples’ Visions of Jesus
    In exploring the first claims about Jesus’s resurrection, this lecture discusses the phenomenon of visionary experience as understood by modern researchers. Learn about the variety of religious and bereavement visions people experience, and the ways in which the disciples’ visions and beliefs about Jesus combined to impact their conception of him as divine. x
  • 13
    Jesus’s Exaltation - Earliest Christian Views
    What did the earliest Christians believe about Jesus’s divinity? Delve into Romans and Acts for what they may tell us about early Christian thought, identifying the “pre-literary” creeds they quote from. Observe how these creeds indicate a view that Jesus was adopted as the Son of God precisely upon his resurrection. x
  • 14
    The Backward Movement of Christology
    Over time, Christian thought pushed the origin of Jesus’s divinity further and further back in history. Trace this development by looking at views of Jesus in the New Testament Gospels. Focus on the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, noting their differing versions of when Jesus became the Son of God. x
  • 15
    Paul’s View - Christ’s Elevated Divinity
    Paul’s theology represents a transition between early conceptions of Christ as exalted by God upon his death and later views of his innate or eternal divinity. Trace Paul’s seminal role within the early church, and his view of Jesus as a divine being whose actions raised him to a higher level of divinity. x
  • 16
    John’s View - The Word Made Human
    The Gospel of John differs significantly from the other three canonical Gospels in its conception of Jesus. Investigate John’s contention that Jesus had always been the Son of God and the equal of God the Father. Contemplate John’s identification of Christ as the embodiment of the word of God, or “logos”. x
  • 17
    Was Christ Human? The Docetic View
    In the second and third centuries, Christian groups followed radically different beliefs and theologies. Learn about the “docetists”, who believed Jesus was not human, but only appeared to be so, highlighting Marcion, a docetist who conceived of two distinct gods—a God of the Jews and a God of Jesus. x
  • 18
    The Divided Christ of the Separationists
    Among early Christian groups, the Gnostics demonstrate yet another view of the divinity of Jesus. Explore the fundamental tenets of Gnosticism, with its notion of secret knowledge as the source of salvation. Discover the Gnostic “separationist” view of Christ, according to which the divine Christ inhabited, temporarily, the human Jesus. x
  • 19
    Christ’s Dual Nature - Proto-Orthodoxy
    By the fourth century, the theological understanding known as “orthodoxy” became predominant. Investigate the relationship between orthodoxy and “heresy”, or conflicting conceptions of the faith, and evidence that orthodoxy was not the original form of Christianity. Learn about early “proto-orthodox” writers, and their contention that Jesus was both fully God and fully human. x
  • 20
    The Birth of the Trinity
    The doctrine of the Trinity asserts that God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are all individually God. Look into the origins of this mysterious claim, noting that the Trinity appears nowhere in the Bible. Learn about the conception of “modalism”, which proposed that the three are manifestations of one being, and modalism’s opponents. x
  • 21
    The Arian Controversy
    In the third century, sharp divisions existed between Christians, involving how to explain the relation of God the Father to Christ and the Holy Spirit. Examine the proto-orthodox thought of Novatian, and learn about the “Arian controversy” stemming from the highly divisive view of Christ as a subordinate deity created by God. x
  • 22
    The Conversion of Constantine
    The Christian conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine was a momentous turning point for the faith. Learn about the relationship of the Roman Empire to early Christianity, and the specific reasons why Christians were persecuted by Rome. Grasp Constantine’s motives for converting to Christianity and for becoming directly involved in theological controversies. x
  • 23
    The Council of Nicea
    Constantine called the famous Council of Nicea in 325 CE, to resolve the conflicting views of Christ’s divinity. Examine the theological issues at stake, pitting the Christological views of Arius against those of Alexander of Alexandria. Contemplate the political implications of the outcome, and the resulting orthodox creed, establishing Jesus fully as God. x
  • 24
    Once Jesus Became God
    Conclude by considering the historical ramifications of the Nicean affirmation that Jesus was God. Learn about the growing Christian faith’s effects on paganism and the advent of anti-Jewish thought and action. Observe how the theological debates continued, and review Jesus’s path to becoming the object of faith for billions today. x

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Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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...
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How Jesus Became God is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 229.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Misleading Title I expected a book that traced historical events. Instead, I got extensive exegesis on biblical texts. The instructor spoke with a bible in his hand, proclaiming and gesturing like a preacher. The course is not what I think of when I think of history. It certainly is not a broad survey of the material. The instructor sure knows The Bible, but it is unclear to me whether his perspective represent the consensual view or an idiosyncratic perspective.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good content, but course could be condensed I have listened to several of the great courses, some much longer than this, but felt that this course had more repetition and digressions than others. For example, he spent several minutes talking about the Jewish holiday of Passover, when anyone who has seen "10 Commandments" would already know this. I think the 24 lectures could easily be condensed into 18 lectures, so perhaps it was stretched out to fill the apparent 24 lecture minimum for these courses. But as for the content regarding how Jesus became God, I found it very informative. As a former Christian believing in Jesus' divinity who now only believes he was a great and holy man, I was curious about the full process of how he came to be considered God as part of the 3 Gods in 1 Trinity (which is also discussed in this course). If you are a believing Christian, this course won't appeal to you because he discounts anything that could be miraculous. Even I was a bit put off by his claim that the main reason the pagans switched to Christianity is because they were promised everlasting life in heaven while their previous religions didn't (discounting the fact that the Egyptian religions stressed the after life). There was no mention of the possibility that the teachings of Jesus with their keen insight into human relationships could have appealed to people at an intellectual level, as it does for me.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Review I haven't yet completed the dvd, but initial impression is very satisfactory!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well presented! I'm still listening to this course, but it is very well written! Very interesting!
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only half way thru the course lLove it this is the first time buying a course from Great Courses and it will not be the last
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Caveat emptor Bart Ehrman is a former evangelical who became disenchanted with Christianity. This affects his reading of the New Testament. He is a good scholar and an interesting presenter, but he does have an axe to grind.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Jesus Became God I recommend all Bart Ehrman's lecures. He is the expert on biblical studies.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging Overview of Christianity's Roots I am really enjoying this course. Dr. Ehrman takes a look at how Christianity switched over from being a tiny sect of Judaism to a major world religion. He takes a historical approach, and talks about what we can and can't know about Jesus and the early Christians (as opposed to what theologians, Christians, or agnostics might believe). I like how he emphasizes the distinction between theological belief, and historical evidence. He takes a clear, often humorous approach to the important subject matter, and seems comfortable addressing often touchy subjects like faith versus historical evidence. Learning a lot, and it was a good investment at the discounted rate.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Christianity was born I've sat in church listening to sermons where the preacher exclaimed the bible is the "truth", Jesus is God or actually God is the Holy Trinity, yadda, yadda, yadda. When I listened and analyzed what was being preached it just did not make sense to me. I have a analytical and critical mind. The "How Jesus Became God" lectures made a lot more sense about Jesus and how Christianity came to be. I really enjoyed these lectures and they really satisfied my curiosity. As a result I feel much more settled in my personal beliefs. Next I want to learn the details behind the material presented in this course. These courses were well done. Thanks Mr. Ehrman!
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have just watched this one. I found it very, very interesting, even though I'm an atheist. I've passed it to my brother so he can watch it, too.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Logical organization While I am only 2/3 the way through the course, I have impressed with the manner it which it was organized, the documentation of the lessons,and the teaching style of the instructor. Can’t wait until the next lesson. Don
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How Jesus Became God As a Christian, I personally did not like this course. I felt that the presenter began with a preconceived notion and then went on to attempt to justify his opinion. I believe the title is misleading in that it is an intellectual argument versus what I had hoped to be spiritual presentation.
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Speaker, Poor Scholarship Bart Ehrman is a great speaker but is incredibly biased. He could have spent his recent years contributing to the wealth of great scholarship but instead he chose to be a sophist.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thiis is real bible study An incredible look at the history of the bible through time. What a great perspective!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How Jesus became God Do not buy this course. This presentation follows the basic process of starting with a hypothesis and mines data discarding all data that does not support the hypothesis. Sad. My first Great Courses and based on this experience, I will never buy another.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professor Ehrman knows his stuff! I have not completed the series yet, but the four lectures I have heard so far have been fascinating. I can understand whyBart Ehrman is a best-selling author. He relays the lessons in a clear, folksy manner without over-simplifying the material. Another excellent series.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cleared up a lot of the confusion I had. I've associated with the Christian Faith all my life, more sometimes than others. But I always had doubts about certain aspects that others accepted without question. Dr. Ehrman covered many of these and explained the historical reasons why things could have happened or probably didn't happen as recorded. Using Biblical and historical writings and research analysis, he lead me to to the conclusion that most of the writings were based more on competitive needs than historical accuracy. But, in the end I am more firmly convinced that Jesus was real and that his message changed the world forever. It took several days of thinking, but now my Faith is stronger. My understanding of Jesus, his teachings, and his life are much clearer and I am more amazed with his greatness than ever. This is not an easy read, as Dr. Ehrman needs to expose somethings to the light of present day understanding. It will make you think and it will make you question. In the end I hope that for you, like it was for me, this is a study well worth the effort.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bart need to get a different style of clothes - I appreciate what he is saying and will be continuing to view it but when I have insomnia at night, he is the cure for it.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If you’re a Christian, this won’t make you happy As a Christian, I felt that this entire program was designed to tear down and refute any statements made in the Bible. The parts that were interesting related to Jewist history and explained to me why his comrades never recognized him as God’s son. But the author seems to take an almost-antagonistic approach to the Bible, seemingly attempting to refute every statement. I, frankly, got tired of it. I bought it thinking he has a theologian and historian, and it seems he is simply an historian. I don’t recommend it.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Atheist Approved This course was very insightful and clearly from a historical, rather than religious perspective. I don't believe in god but was also curious as to how the man named Jesus became to be worshiped as the son of god and god himself. This course did a good job of explaining that process, and other interesting aspects along the way.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed Although Dr. Ehrman is a dynamic and entertaining instructor, and he is certainly knowledgeable about his facts, I was very disappointed in that his strong biases were very obvious. He insistently drew conclusions about things that are essentially unknowable ( that Jesus couldn't have been buried, that his body couldn't have been given to Joseph ....) . He also gives his interpretations of New Testament stories as the only ones possible. So, I feel that I learned an awful lot about the history but was very turned off by Dr. Ehrman's opinionated teaching
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mystery This course should be approached like a Sherlock Holmes mystery, an amazing one, NOT to solve the mystery of religious dogma, but in my opinion far more interesting, how that dogma came to be. As such it is based on facts and much of the source material is the Bible itself. If you have preconceived notions about these issues that you cannot bear being contradicted, this course might be a waste of time for you as it is a historical course. What I would say is, approach it as an investigation into a historical character you do not have preconceived notions about, the source material is there, let the Detective make his case using the facts and then also make your own conclusions, in any case you WILL be enlightened about the subject matter. For those reviewers who are worried that your faith might be questioned, I would say It is a strange faith that worries about being questioned by the analysis of historical material. Let the light shine then make your own opinion
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from difficult if a true believer- worth the struggle Bought this for a son who as a child switched churches often and now is struggling with a loss. It is good to here a Moody Bible student express his doubts and learning about the history of the various church beliefs. I would hope that anyone in doubt remember to watch the Astronomy Great Courses DVD's. We are on a Goldilocks planet. Enough electromagnetism to keep us protected from our Star's CME's and the Giant Gas Planets mostly protect us from the incoming comets and asteroids. So maybe the entity is no so much a personal dude as a thinking Higgs Boson? I am enjoying this and hope others will make the journey. (Joseph Campbell is also in my library)
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ehrman yet Full disclosure: I'm a great fan of Bart Ehrman. I've read several of his books (including the one this course is based on), and purchased some of his other Great Courses lectures. This one is, in my opinion, his best. The material, as always, is well-researched. The important fact about this specific course is Ehrman himself. He's much more relaxed than in his past Great Courses lectures and doesn't rely on notes. He's a great scholar/performer giving a great scholarly performance.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how jesus became god I had learned a lot from the courses from this author, brilliant , he dared to challenge the fact that Christ thought of himself as God or that he was God himself, before I listened to the author, I had my doubts even though I believe in God after listen to him( thank you), and read more deeply the bible , there wasn't any doubts that the Christ was indeed God himself, the author go a great length to explain you of the contrary, by explaining that being an anointed one doesn't mean he is god , being a prophet doesn't mean he is god and he is totally right but wait a minute is he asking you or any reader is he is the anointed one or is he is God?, asked Peter who do you think I am , the answer that he got from peter was not satisfactory for the Christ , ( son of man), the author doesn't explained why Christ called himself the son of man, that's all in the so called synoptic gospel , weather we are Christian believer or not believer of that faith There is no doubt that he is trying to tell us that he is God himself , love these courses, thank you (God remaining what he was he assumed what he was not, Humanity)
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging! As a fundamentalist apostolic Christian, I find Dr. Ehrman’s Lectures engaging and challenging at times. The depth of knowledge he shares in each lecture will certainly hold your attention. The content is rich but - spoiler alert - the conclusion that Jesus is nothing more then a prophetic preacher awaiting the soon appearance of the anointed one and that his being “God” was the contrivance of his followers 60-100 years after his death is a stretch. Overall a good lecture series.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Jesus became God is very easy to understand an I am using this course in our Sunday school class. We have only just started it, but we like the way everything is explained. Can't wait to finish this one.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive on every level This title sounded intriguing, but I was so impressed with the actual execution, I have been buying all Dr. Ehrman's other classes. His voice quality is good, you can listen for hours and hours. He organizes the material from foundations to details - as an experienced instructor always does. [I teach college too so I know really good work when I hear it!] He reviews a lot so you can't get lost. And he is focused on scholarship, logic, research, bringing in archaeology, many sources of ancient literature, background history and culture of 30 CE Palestinian Jewish culture, without shying away from where the facts lead out of fear of - anything. He hits every note spot on. I cannot praise this enough.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from excellent course, but Christinas beware! Professor Ehrman is clearly a good lecturer. However, as one can discern from reading a bio on him, he no longer holds to a predominantly Christina perspective. I would advise Christians who are not secure in their theology to avoid this course. He actually states a few times that he doesn't believe certain tenets, and actually states that he does not believe that Mary has made appearances to the faithful. I did find the lectures 12-24 more engaging, as they dealt with a more traditional historical perspective. However, given his clearly stated bias, I am considering asking for a refund, as I will not likely ever watch them again.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorough I listen in my car and feel like I am sitting in Dr. Ehrman’s classroom. He speaks in a conversational tone that i am able to follow, but the ideas and analysis challenge me to think. I have listened to most or all of his courses several times and will buy whatever course he teaches.
Date published: 2017-11-25
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