Biblical scholar Bart Ehrman will speak at the Kiva at Kent State



Michaela Write

A renowned biblical scholar, Bart Ehrman, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Kiva.

Ehrman is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has published more than 20 books.

Ehrman is a graduate of Wheaton College and received his master’s and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” NPR and CNN.

Thursday’s lecture is based on his most recent book, “Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know About Them).”

The book is written from a scholar’s perspective, Ehrman said.

“Many people think of the Bible as a completely perfect book, and this talk will be showing how there are different points of view, and even discrepancies in it,” Ehrman said. “Scholars have long known about this, but the lecture and the book it’s based on will show why they think so in terms accessible to the non-scholarly but interested reader.”

David Odell-Scott, chair of Kent State’s Philosophy Department and Religion Studies coordinator, has followed Ehrman’s work for years.

“He approaches biblical text as a historical critic and has a lot of interest in ancient manuscripts,” Odell-Scott said.

There will be a reception and book signing following the lecture. Ehrman’s visit is sponsored by the Religious Studies program, Philosophy Department, Department of History, Modern and Classical Language Studies, English and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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