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Posted inReligion

“Of course there are discrepancies, embellishments, made-up stories, and historical problems in the Gospels”

Reading Time: 6 minutes There is no doubt that Bart Ehrman is a brilliant author. Two of his books are particularly worth investing in: Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior and How Jesus Became God: the Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Together, they give you such a good appreciation […]

Posted inGeneral

Memory, Oral Transmission, and the Gospels

Reading Time: 11 minutes Bart Ehrman’s book Jesus Before the Gospels is really quite excellent. It’s a must-read for anyone looking into how stories became Gospels, about memory, memorisation, distorted memories, and transmission. I am listening to it now, but let me pick out a few sections for you. In Chapter 4, Ehrman summarises the work of British psychologist FC […]

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The Exorcism of the Man in Black (LSP #145, TPD Ch. 25)

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hi and welcome back! We return now to our longform examination of Frank Peretti’s literary hairball, his 1986 fantasy novel This Present Darkness (TPD). In this installment, Bernice’s attacker has his very own Gerasene Demoniac moment, ending with a(nother) dramatic exorcism. Today, Lord Snow Presides over a millennia-old story retold again. (Please click here to find the […]

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