Giving students access to current scholarship, Ehrman explains why these opposing perspectives are found in the New Testament:
- The authors of the New Testament had diverging views about who Jesus was and how salvation works.
- Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented radically different religions.
- Many of the books were written in the names of the apostles by Christians living decades later.
- Central Christian doctrines were the inventions of still later theologians.
Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is also the author of God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer and Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why.