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Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth

Did Jesus Exist?

Did Jesus Exist?**

**Book Review**

Regardless of your stance on God or Christianity, this book is a must read for anyone interested in the facts about the historical evidence surrounding, “the man,” Jesus Christ. Bart Ehrman spends the first half of the book breaking down many of the misconceptions promoted by the “mythicists” camp, and then proceeds to build a solid foundation why historical sources (both biblical and secular) indicate a strong case for the existence of a literal Jewish man named Jesus, circa AD 30.

He carefully lays out the method scholars use to determine the validity of historical documents, and then explains why some can be trusted more than others. One of the things I like about Ehrman’s approach, is that he is an equal opportunity offender, and does not feel threatened by validating a biblical or Jewish position (much to the chagrin of atheist’s and agnostics) if he believes it to be true, but this two-edged sword is similarly painful for many Christians, because he brings up difficult questions about apparent inconsistencies in the Bible. The basic premise Ehrman closes the book with, is, yes, Jesus did exist, but no, he was not God.

I am sure he is aware of the vast hermeneutical differences amongst Judeo/Christian scholars, but he did not offer any indication of this disparity in his personal version of orthodox arguments and apologetics. This arrogant tone is not unusual for an Ehrman book, but if he had acknowledged multiple vantage points within the religious community, I would have given this book a five star review instead of a four since it is well written and backed up with facts addressing both the pro and con viewpoints.

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The Bible Includes Satyrs, Unicorns, and Dragons

Fire Breathing Dragon

Did you know that the Trojan War happened before David and Goliath? In fact, it probably happened before the traditional Exodus story. Most ancient societies were not superstitious cavemen, dragging women around by their hair, and carrying clubs. They had rich, highly developed cultures, full of architects, artists, writers, musicians, and scholars. Before Abraham, the Minoan people on the isle of Crete had running water and flushing toilets, and this was at least one thousand years before Rome!

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Me standing in front of the Lion Gate (~1350 BCE) which is traditionally believed to be the home of King Agamemnon.

Archeologists are perplexed at the water erosion around the base of The Great Sphinx of Giza, which probably dates the structure pre-deluge (before Noah’s Ark). So my verses today come from the prophet Isaiah, and they frustrate many of my literalist’s friends because whether figurative, wrong, or literal, they complicate understanding the scriptures. But no matter how you slice and dice it, the Bible makes it fun to read about giants, satyrs, wizards, witches, unicorns, cockatrices, dragons, monsters, flying horses, demons, talking donkeys, and many other cool things.

KJV-Isaiah 13:21, 14:29, 27:1, 34:7 = Satyrs, cockatrices, leviathans, dragons, and unicorns