Bart Ehrman to Address Diverging Accounts about Jesus in New Testament

Bart Ehrman, a New Testament scholar and New York Times bestselling author, will deliver the 2009 Lane C. McGaughy Lecture in Ancient Studies on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University.

Ehrman's topic will be "Is the New Testament Confused? Reflections on the Discrepancies of the Christian Scriptures." The New Testament contains numerous accounts of the same events, but often in seemingly contradictory detail as different authors present diverging views of matters such as who Jesus was, why he died and how one attains salvation. Ehrman will address what scholars have said about these discrepancies and why their views have not been widely known outside the academic community.

Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an expert on the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament. He has appeared on National Public Radio's Fresh Air, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, CNN and the BBC.

He has written or edited 21 books, numerous scholarly articles and dozens of book reviews. His bestselling books include Jesus, Interrupted, which addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches; God's Problem, an assessment of the Biblical views of suffering; and Misquoting Jesus, an overview of the changes found in the surviving copies of the New Testament and of the scribes who produced them.

Among his latest publications are a Greek-English edition of The Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library and an assessment of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available starting Oct. 14 for Willamette and TIUA students, faculty and staff; emeritus faculty; and members of the Institute of Continued Learning. The first ticket is free with a Willamette ID and additional tickets are $5, available at the Information Center on the first floor of Putnam University Center.

Willamette alumni may purchase tickets beginning Oct. 20 at 8 a.m., and tickets will be released to the general public on Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. Tickets for both groups are $5, payable by cash or check, at the Information Center or reserved by phone at (503) 370-6300. Reserved tickets will be placed on will call and can be picked up the day of the event, before 4 p.m. at the Information Center, or beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Smith Auditorium.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette University, the Westar Institute and the Northwest House of Theological Studies in Salem. For more information, visit or call Andrea Foust at (503) 370-6654.