This is my concluding review of Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God, giving a summary of the book and my overall impressions. For a slower in-depth walk through the book, its arguments, and the reply book How God Became Jesus, check out my series Ehrman’s Christology War.
Moving on in my tour of Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God and Bird’s (& co) How God Became Jesus, we’ve arrived at the third major stage to Ehrman’s presentation: Jesus’ burial and resurrection (here’s a chapter summary). As Ehrman has argued so far, “Jesus did not declare himself to be God” (p128), that was for His disciples to do later on once they believed He was raised.
I’m starting to work through Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God and Bird’s (& co) How God Became Jesus. I’ve decided to review them side-by-side in bigger chunks. You can follow the entire series here. I’ll start by summarizing Ehrman, my thoughts, then the response by Bird. I’ve tried to keep this post short, and really appreciate comments!
I’m still not sure exactly how I’ll review How Jesus Became God. I have a few ideas: either a normal review, or a chapter-by-chapter thoughts in progress walk-through, or a back-and-forth review with its partner book, How God Became Jesus.