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Bart Ehrman reveals how gospel of Judas portrays different view of Jesus

January 29, 2007

Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman will visit Wake Forest University Feb. 13.  During the day, he will present a lecture for Wake Forest students and participate in a coffee and discussion time with them.  At 7 p.m., he will present a public lecture titled “The Alternative Vision of the Gospel of Judas” in Wait Chapel.  A booksigning will follow the lecture.  Admission is free.

Ehrman is a scholar of the New Testament and early Christianity and the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor in religious studies department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught for more than 15 years.  He is a prolific writer and has written or contributed to 19 books, including The New York Times bestseller “Misquoting Jesus:  The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why” and “Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend.”

His most recent book, “The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot:  A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed,” is the basis for his lecture at Wake Forest.

Ehrman has been called a pioneer in connecting the history of the early church to textual variants within biblical manuscripts.  His theory is that the Orthodox, rather than the heretics, tampered with biblical manuscripts.

Ehrman once considered himself a strong evangelical and attended both Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College (B.A., 1978).  He received his Master of Divinity and doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Prior to taking his position at UNC-CH, he taught at Rutgers University.  After three decades of studying the origins of Christianity, he says he has rejected his original beliefs. 

Ehrman has appeared on A&E, the History Channel and CNN.  He has also taped several highly popular lecture series on early Christianity and the history of the Bible for The Teaching Company.

Ehrman’s visit is presented as a part of the Wake Forest Department of Religion’s Albritton Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Public Theology Program of the Wake Forest Divinity School.  The lecture is also part of the university’s “Voices of Our Time” Speaker Series. 

For more information, call (336) 758-3957.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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