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Bart Ehrman

Bart Ehrman is a New Testament scholar and expert on early Christianity. He is currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ehrman is well known for his writings on early church history and the development of the New Testament canon.

Ehrman received his B.A. at Wheaton College in 1978, and later attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he received an M.Div. (1981) and a Ph.D. (1985). Having studied under Bruce Metzger, Ehrman also specializes in the area of New Testament textual criticism.

Although Ehrman had a strong background in Evangelical Christianity, having attended both Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College, his personal beliefs have shifted over time. Ehrman now considers himself an agnostic. Ehrman is a popularizer of the idea that the New Testament is significantly corrupted, beyond reliability and is the author of Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.


  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible And Why We Don't Know About Them (HarperOne, 2009) ISBN 0061173932.
  • God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question-Why We Suffer (HarperOne, 2008) ISBN 0061173975.
  • The Lost Gospel of Judas: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed (Oxford, 2006) ISBN 0195314603
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend, (Oxford University Press, 2006) ISBN 0195300130.
  • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005) ISBN 0060738170.
  • w/ Bruce Metzger, revised ed., The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (Oxford University Press, 2005) ISBN 0195166671.
  • Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 0195181409.
  • A Brief Introduction to the New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 0195161238.
  • The Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 0195141830.
  • The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 0195154622.
  • w/ Andrew Jacobs Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 0195154614.
  • Apostolic Fathers: Volume II. Epistle of Barnabas. Papias and Quadratus. Epistle to Diognetus. The Shepherd of Hermas (Harvard University Press, 2003) ISBN 0674996089.
  • The Apostolic Fathers: Volume I. I Clement. II Clement. Ignatius. Polycarp. Didache (Harvard University Press, 2003) ISBN 0674996070.
  • The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 0195154649.
  • Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2003) ISBN 0195141822.
  • Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium (Oxford University Press, 1999) ISBN 019512474X.
  • After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 1998) ISBN 0195114450.
  • The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament (Oxford University Press, 1996) ISBN 0195102797.
  • "Didymus the Blind and the Text of the Gospels", (The New Testament in the Greek Fathers; No. 1), Society of Biblical Literature (1987) ISBN 1555400841.

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