#2377 Overall Influence

Bart D. Ehrman

New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity.

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Ehrman was born in 1955 in Lawrence, Kansas. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1978. He then went on to study at Princeton Seminary, where he obtained a master of divinity in 1981 and a PhD in 1985. His doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. Ehrman is currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ehrman’s work has focused on textual criticism of the New Testament, the origins of early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He has written or edited thirty books, including textbooks for undergraduate students and five New York Times bestsellers. Considered an expert on the New Testament and history of early Christianity, Ehrman has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other print media. He has also appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, the BBC, major NPR shows, and other top media outlets. He’s received numerous awards, including the UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award in 1993, the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for excellence in teaching from 1998 to 2001, the Pope Spirit of Inquiry Teaching Award in 2008, and the Religious Liberty Award from the American Humanist Association in 2011. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

Notable published works from Ehrman include How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings and more recently, Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife.

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Bart Denton Ehrman is an American New Testament scholar focusing on textual criticism of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and the origins and development of early Christianity. He has written and edited 30 books, including three college textbooks. He has also authored six New York Times bestsellers. He is currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Wheaton College

Christian liberal arts college in Wheaton, Illinois

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Princeton Theological Seminary

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Moody Bible Institute

Bible institute

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#35 World Rank
Religious Studies
#1440 World Rank
Literature