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Bart Ehrman’s Botched Source

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Bart Ehrman

Atheist scholar Bart Ehrman is a smart guy, but he sometimes handles his sources in the most frustrating and misleading manner. For example, in his 2013 book Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth (where he is on the right side for once), he writes: Several significant studies of literacy have appeared in recent years showing just how low literacy rates were in antiquity.   The most frequently cited study is by Columbia professor William Harris in a book titled Ancient Literacy (footnote 6).   By thoroughly examining all the surviving evidence, Harris draws the compelling though surprising... Read More

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