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."

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  1. (Set) Historical Jesus; New Testament & From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity  Set

    (Set) Historical Jesus; New Testament & From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $764.85 Starting at $764.85 $764.85 $764.85$764.85
    Gain invaluable insights into the history of Christianity in this three-course set taught by expert religious historian and award-winning Professor Bart D. Ehrman. In The Historical Jesus, discover what various biblical and historical works can reliably tell us about Jesus's life, words, and deeds. Then, draw on modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis to trace...
  2. (Set)  The World of Biblical Israel & Historical Jesus Set

    (Set) The World of Biblical Israel & Historical Jesus

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  3. (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 $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$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...
  4. (Set) From Jesus to Constantine & After the New Testament  Set

    (Set) From Jesus to Constantine & After the New Testament

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Investigate the formative years of the Christian faith with this two-course set. The 24 lectures of From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity explain how the faith transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. And After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers introduces you to the most important collection of post–New Testament writings by Ignatius of...
  5. (Set)  Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & New Testament Set

    (Set) Augustine: Philosopher and Saint & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $314.90 Starting at $314.90 $314.90 $314.90$314.90

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  6. (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
  7. (Set) Old Testament & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Old Testament & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Discover new ways to look at the Hebrew and Christian Bibles with two expert religious scholars. The Old Testament probes the content of the Hebrew Bible's various books and various debates over their meaning. The New Testament draws on modern scholarship, recent archaeological evidence, and literary analysis to trace the history of the Christian Bible and the early Christian community.
  8. (Set) Why Evil Exists & New Testament  Set

    (Set) Why Evil Exists & New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$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...
  9. (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & How Jesus Became God Set

    (Set) Jesus and His Jewish Influences & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    One of the most important people in the history of the world was Jesus. Dive into his rich past with this two-course set. Start with an archeological look into how ancient Jewish beliefs affected Jesus’s teachings with Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Then look at the diverse elements that combined to produce both an astonishing true-life story and one of history’s most significant happenings in How Jesus Became...
  10. (Set) Gnosticism & How Jesus Became God Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Study the history of Christianity with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in How Jesus Became God, follow the historical documents about Jesus's life, his death, and his followers.
  11. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  12. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90

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  13. (Set) How Jesus Became God & Lost Christianities Set

    (Set) How Jesus Became God & Lost Christianities

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
  14. (Set) The History of Christianity II & How Jesus Became God Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity II & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $654.90 $369.90$654.90
    Encounter the dramatic story of Christianity and Jesus in this two-course set. Start by exploring the last 500 years of history through the lens of Christianity with The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch. Then, dive deeply into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers with How Jesus Became God.
  15. (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & How Jesus Became God Set

    (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Deepen your understanding of Jesus with this two-course set. Explore the wealth of early Christian literature with The Apocryphal Jesus. Then, dive deeply into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers with How Jesus Became God.
  16. (Set) Gnosticism & Lost Christianities Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & Lost Christianities

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Dig deep into scripture with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in Lost Christianities, explore the various books that did not make the cut to be included in the Bible.
  17. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90

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  18. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
  19. (Set) How Jesus Became God & The Historical Jesus Set

    (Set) How Jesus Became God & The Historical Jesus

    Bart D. Ehrman
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
  20. (SET) The Pagan World & How Jesus Became God Set

    (SET) The Pagan World & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Follow the fascinating historical path from paganism to Christianity in this two-course set that pairs The Pagan World: Ancient Religions Before Christianity with How Jesus Became God. In the first course, meet the fascinating, polytheistic peoples of the ancient Mediterranean and beyond, and come to better understand the foundational role religion played in their lives. And in the second course, delve into a...