How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

Written by:
Bart D. Ehrman
Narrated by:
Walter Dixon

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2014
10 hours 36 minutes
New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.

The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.

A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, Creator of all things. But how did he move from being a Jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection. Only when some of Jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today.

Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, and is, God.
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Wojciech Gres

Its a first audiobook I didn't finish. I reached for a book instead. Book is ok but audiobook is just read way to fast. For example I just finished to listen Zealot. Both books are same size of pages and letters. Zealot audiobook takes 8h and 10 min and has 217 pages. Where How Jesus... takes 10h and 36 min and has 370 pages.

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