Dr. Bart Ehrman to discuss new book

By Blue Ridge Books | Feb 27, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo 'HOW JESUS BECAME GOD' — Dr. Bart Ehrman will discuss his new book at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Blue Ridge Books.

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman will return to Blue Ridge Books to discuss his newest book, “How Jesus Became God,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and early Christianity.

This event is free and open to the public but seating will be limited. Two tickets for reserved seats are available with the advance purchase of the book.  Advance purchase of the book with reserved seating will begin Monday, March 3.

New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became belief in the first few centuries of the early church.

“How Jesus Became God” tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.

A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, creator of all things. But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God?

In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death — alive again — did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today.

As a historian — not a believer — Ehrman answers the questions: How did this transformation of Jesus occur? How did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? The dramatic shifts throughout history reveal not only why Jesus' followers began to claim he was God, but also how they came to understand this claim in so many different ways.

Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, “How Jesus Became God” will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity — Jesus was, and is, God.