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.
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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’ve given it some thought and I’ve figured out how I will review How God Became Jesus and How Jesus Became God. Considering the books have parallel(ish) chapters, I plan to review the books side by side in a series of posts. I will probably overview a chapter at a time, or maybe a topic, and present “both sides” of the debate. Then at the end I’ll give a final review of both books.
Two titans are being released today and will no doubt cause internet carnage in their wake. One book is called How Jesus Became God and the other, How God Became Jesus, is responding to it. The former is from the (in)famous skeptical scholar Bart Ehrman, and the latter is from a supergroup of evangelical scholars – but hopefully unlike supergroups, they’re actually good together – Michael Bird, Simon Gathercole, Craig Evans, Charles Hill, and Chris Tilling. These two books tackles the questions of whether Jesus’ earliest followers considered Him as divine or whether this was a later development in the church.