'The Greatest Stories Rarely Told: Biblical Scholars and the Discrepancies of Scripture' - April 10
Bart D. Ehrman of UNC-Chapel Hill visits campus for the James P. Elder Lecture in Whitley Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10
Bart D. Ehrman: "The Greatest Stories Rarely Told: Biblical Scholars and the Discrepancies of Scripture"
The James P. Elder Lecture
Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988 after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the director of Graduate Studies and the chair of the Department of Religious Studies.
A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited 24 books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews.
Among his most recent books are a Greek-English edition of the Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press), an assessment of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas (Oxford University Press), and four New York Times bestsellers: an account of scholarly views of the New Testament, an assessment of the biblical views of suffering, an overview of the changes found in the surviving copies of the New Testament and of the scribes who produced them, and discussions on why some books in the New Testament are deliberate forgeries.
His books have been translated into 27 languages.
Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament.
Ehrman has served as president of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical literature, chair of the New Testament textual criticism section of the Society, book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature , and editor of the monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers (Scholars Press). He currently serves as co-editor of the series New Testament Tools, Studies, and Documents (E. J. Brill), co-editor-in-chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae, and on several other editorial boards for journals and monographs in the field.
Ehrman lectures extensively throughout the country. Winner of numerous university awards and grants, he is the recipient of the 2009 J. W. Pope “Spirit of Inquiry” Teaching Award, the 1993 UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, the 1994 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for excellence in teaching.
Ehrman has two children: a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Derek. He is married to Sarah Beckwith, Marcello Lotti Professor of English at Duke University, and lives in Durham, N.C.