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    Author to Discuss Whether New Testament has Forgeries

    Feb 28, 2011

    "Many people have read the New Testament and know the Bible by heart. But while reading they may miss many of the inconsistencies in the New Testament," said Bart D. Ehrman, a New Testament expert, while on the Colbert Report in 2009.

    He offered an example: the crucifixion of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark said that Jesus died in agony and asked God why he had forsaken him. But in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus was not in pain and instead showed more concern for the welfare of those around him. Ehrman, an expert in the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic father and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament, will discuss these and other inconsistencies during the annual Colliver lecture at University of the Pacific.

    Ehrman's lecture, "Are there forgeries in the New Testament?," will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 at University of the Pacific in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.

    "Bart Ehrman, author of one of the textbooks that I use in class, is someone that many of my students are very excited to listen to" said Caroline Schroeder, a professor in Pacific's Religious & Classical Studies Department. "He is sure to leave the audience with something to think about".

    Ehrman is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Since his graduation from Princeton, Ehrman has written 20 books about the New Testament and early Christianity. These books include the three New York Times bestsellers "Jesus Interrupted," "God's Problem" and "Misquoting Jesus." Besides numerous appearances on The Colbert Report, he also had been interviewed on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and on National Public Radio.

    The Colliver Lecture Series was established in 1957 to honor the memory of George Colliver, a former religious studies professor at Pacific. Each year at least one speaker is brought to campus to discuss an aspect of religion and society. The lectures are sponsored by College of the Pacific's Religious & Classical Studies Department.

    Ehrman will be available for book signings after the lecture.

    For more information about Ehrman visit http://www.bartdehrman.com.

    For more information about the lecture contact Caroline Schroeder at cschroder@pacific.edu.

    To view clips of Ehrman on The Colbert Show visit: