How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 0061778192
ISBN-13 9780061778193
Year 2015-04-07
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher HarperOne
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New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesuss divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was and is God But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesuss lifetimeand it is not what Jesus claimed about himself How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first A master explainer of Christian history texts and traditions Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty Creator of all things But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God In a book that took eight years to research and write Ehrman sketches Jesuss transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection Only when some of Jesuss followers had visions of him after his deathalive againdid anyone come to think that he the prophet from Galilee had become God And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity Jesus was and is God

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