Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend

ISBN-10: 0195343506

ISBN-13: 9780195343502

Edition: 2008

Authors: Bart D. Ehrman
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Description: Bart Ehrman, author of the highly popular books Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code, Lost Christianities, and the New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus, here takes readers on another engaging tour of the early Christian church, illuminating the lives of Jesus' most intriguing followers: Simon Peter, the Apostle Paul, and Mary Magdalene. What does the Bible tell us about each of these key followers of Christ? What legends have sprung up about them in the centuries after their deaths? Was Paul bow-legged and bald? Was Peter crucified upside down? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? In this lively work, Ehrman separates fact from fiction, presenting complicated historical issues in a clear and informative way and relating vivid anecdotes culled from the traditions of these three followers. He notes, for instance, that there is no evidence to suggest that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute (this legend can be traced to a sermon preached by Gregory the Great five centuries after her death), and little reason to think that she was married to Jesus. Similarly, there is no historical evidence for the well-known tale that Peter was crucified upside down. A serious book but vibrantly written and leavened with many colorful stories, Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene will appeal to anyone curious about the early Christian church and the lives of these important figures. "An informed but breezy look at the myths surrounding Jesus' most influential followers.... This book contains valuable historical scholarship. It also encourages readers to approach the Scriptures with fresh and enlightened eyes." --Christian Science Monitor

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and graduated from Wheaton College in 1978. He earned his Masters of Divinity and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and has taught at Rutgers University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor. He has published more than 20 scholarly and popular books, including three New York Times bestsellers, plus numerous articles and book reviews.

Preface
Introduction
Simon Peter
The Quarry: Our Sources for Peter the Rock
Peter: Solid Rock or Shifting Sand?
The Rocky Beginning
Peter at the Passion
On This Rock I Will Build My Church
Peter: Christian Author and Martyr
The Apostle Paul
The Apostle Paul: Polling Our Sources
Paul the Convert
Paul the Apostle
Paul's Proclamation According to Later Sources
Paul's Impassioned Allies
Paul's Embittered Enemies
Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene in Popular Culture and History
Mary During the Ministry of Jesus
Jesus and Mary in Conversation
Mary at the Passion
Mary and Her Revelations
Mary: The Residual Questions
Conclusion: Peter, Paul, and Mary in Perspective
Notes
Credits and Permissions
Index
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