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How Jesus Became God

Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
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The early Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was God completely changed the course of Western civilization. What exactly happened, such that Jesus came to be considered God?

To ask this question is to delve into a fascinating, multilayered historical puzzle - one that offers a richly illuminating look into the origins of the Western worldview and the theological underpinnings of our civilization. This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world's single most influential human being.

Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God. In 24 provocative lectures, Professor Ehrman takes you deep into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers, demonstrating how this conception was refined over time to become the core of the Christian theology. A distinguished scholar of Christianity and New York Times best-selling author, Professor Ehrman develops the inquiry with meticulous research and in-depth analysis of texts. In these lectures, Ehrman reveals that the theological understanding of Jesus as God came about through a complex series of factors and events, each of which must be understood in order to grasp this most extraordinary and historically pivotal story.

In the enthralling inquiry of How Jesus Became God Professor Ehrman lays bare the diverse elements that combined to produce both an astonishing true-life story and one of history’s most significant developments. Join a renowned biblical scholar in grappling with this pivot.

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Enlightening!

This is a page turner... I enjoyed the book/course. indeed I have learned a lot

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2015-09-20

Go for it!

I've read a of the author's books and this is a good overview of much of his material. If you're interested in a historical understanding of how our understanding and interpretation of J.C. has come to be this is a great course. I like history and for myself, that is essentially what this course is. If you happen to be an ardent believer, belonging to any of the many forms of Christianity... Well, for one I applaud you for seeking a deeper fact based understanding of your faith. However, for someone who believes the Bible is the direct word of God, and does not want that belief challenged, this may cause some major cognitive dissonance.

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  • DBruno1987
  • 2015-10-08

Makes sense

I was raised Catholic and this flipped my upbringing upside down. I honestly wonder what most Catholics would say when asked to describe the Son of Man. Most probably would say it was a name for Jesus. Thinking of Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet really changes things.

The lecturer was engaging and well informed. He did end up screaming the whole time, and his tone alone makes me think he has a somewhat biased view against Christianity. He sounded like he was very determined to prove a point and prove his argument. I don't think any of the information presented was necessarily faulty, but his tone certainly didn't sound calm and rational. Not a huge deal.

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  • Katherine
  • 2017-04-16

Interesting topic, but the narration?

I love Dr. Ehrman's books. His scholarship and writing are outstanding. I have emailed him some follow-up questions, and he has always responded promptly and graciously.

Many of Dr. Ehrman's books are narrated by other people. I was curious to hear from Dr. Ehrman himself, so I purchased this course. Now I understand. Unfortunately, Dr. Ehrman's speaking/lecturing voice can be grating to my ears. That couldn't help but detract from my interest in what he was saying.

I continue to respect Dr. Ehrman's scholarship and writing, but I can't recommend his lectures. Maybe he can take some voice lessons to learn to modulate his tones when lecturing. Until then, I strongly recommend his books that are read by others, but not necessarily the lectures he does himself.

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  • Flying Girl
  • 2019-01-12

Lowering my rating - Prof Performance

I initially gave this a high rating when I first started listening to it. The story got off on a good start, then it meandered around different things and lost my attention. But the very worst part is the professor yells at you the entire story. I just completed the entire audiobook and I’m thrilled that I don’t have to listen to this man yelling anymore. This audiobook needs to be redone without the yelling.

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  • Vic Drawdy
  • 2018-02-19

Historically Intriguing

I greatly enjoyed the facts, no fluff, just facts. At 55 years of age, I never dreamed this is how Jesus became God.

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  • Marianne
  • 2016-06-28

A must hear

A very intelligent and well researched look into the history of Christ and the interpretation of Christ. A must listen for everyone.

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  • C. S.
  • 2015-01-04

Good Storyteller...

This is a well written and well researched book. I disagree with the conclusion that Jesus is not God's son and thus part of the Holy Trinity though. I do enjoy hearing other people's ideas so that part was enjoyable. This teacher is a good storyteller as well. My only complaint about the book is that the author seems to use some circular logic - for example early on he goes to some trouble to show that we must accept the gospels as a reliable historical sources then later he goes to some trouble to show why the gospel writers are not reliable.

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  • Diana
  • 2014-10-12

History Not Theology

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

2000 years is a long time. What do we really know about Jesus? And how did what we think we know come to be constructed? Ehrman makes the case that Jesus' resurrection is possibly the most significant historical event of modern times. What really happened? If you wonder, if you like having new facts and opinions about things you have always taken for granted, then this course is for you.

Have you listened to any of Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've read or listened to a couple of Professor Ehrman's books and courses on early Christianity, so worried that this would be too repetitious, but there was plenty of new ideas and facts to keep me amazed.

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  • sdcoate
  • 2018-06-15

Excellent historic documentary on Christianity

Excellent historic documentary on early Christianity. Very thoroughly documented and studied. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • John
  • 2018-02-11

Oozes credibility and explained brilliantly

Professor Ehrman displays his depth of knowledge and research to inform us mere mortals of how Jesus followers changed world history.

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