Thursday, April 12, 2012

Doherty responds to Ehrman: Did Jesus Exist?

Bart Ehrman's book "Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth" takes on the question of historicity of Jesus of Nazareth. It answers the question with a resounding "Yes". I had reviewed this book in my earlier post.

Earl Doherty who has championed the view that early Christians believed in a mythical Jesus and not in an earthly incarnation has been responding to the book. The rebuttal is going to be a series of blog posts. And it will follow Ehrman's book section by section.

I am collecting the links to the posts for easy access for anyone interested.

Post 1: Introduction
Post 2: Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Mythical View of Jesus
Post 3: Chapters 1,2
Post 4: Chapter 2 (continued)
Post 5: A Roman Trio
Post 6: What Did Jews Have to Say?
Post 7: Telling the Gospels Like It Is
Post 8: The Existence of Non-Existent Sources for the Gospels
Post 9: Form Criticism and the Sources of the Gospels
Post 10: Later Sources from Outside the New Testament
Post 11: Three Voices on the Historical Jesus – No. 1: Papias
Post 12: Three Voices on the Historical Jesus – No. 2: Ignatius of Antioch
Post 13: Three Voices on the Historical Jesus – No. 3: 1 Clement (with Addendum on the Epistle of Barnabas)
Post 14: Non-Pauline Epistles – Part One
Post 15: Epistle to the Hebrews (Part One)
Post 16: Epistle to the Hebrews (Part Two)
Post 17: Jesus Tradition in the Acts of the Apostles
Post 18: The Pauline Epistles – Part One
Post 19: The Pauline Epistles – Part Two
Post 20: The Brother of the Lord
Post 21: “Key Data” in Proving Jesus’ Historicity – The Crucified Messiah
Post 22: A Crucified Messiah
Post 23: Part II: The Mythicists’ Claims – One: A Problematic Record

Post 24: Mythicist Claim Three: The Gospels Are Interpretive Paraphrases of the OT
Post 25: Is Jesus Based on Pagan Precedents?
Post 26: Mythicist Inventions: Part One – Creating the Mythical Christ from the Pagan Mystery Cults
Post 27Did the earliest Christians regard Jesus as God?
Post 28: Did Jewish Personified Wisdom generate Paul’s Christ Jesus? Was Jesus an Unknown Jew Who Lived a Century Before Paul?
Post 29: Bart Ehrman vs. Earl Doherty
Post 30: Did Mark Invent Jesus of Nazareth?
Post 31: Scholarly Reconstructions of the Historical Jesus
Post 32: Ehrman’s Case for Jesus as an Apocalyptic Prophet
Post 33: Ehrman’s Picture of the Apocalyptic Jesus
Post 34: Ehrman’s Conclusion

This series has now been published as an e-book.
The End of an Illusion: How Bart Ehrman's "Did Jesus Exist?" Has Laid the Case for an Historical Jesus to Rest.


  1. The photo here is NOT that of Earl Doherty the author of The Jesus Puzzle, etc. If it was taken from Librarything someone needs to find a way to have it removed from there. I asked Earl Doherty himself and he is also quite concerned about this photo passing as his.

    Neil Godfrey

  2. Neil,

    My apologies. I assumed that it was genuine. I have removed the link/photo from the blog post.


  3. Earl will be pleased :-)

    I have emailed librarything to see if anything can be done about removing that image.