My own thoughts on the scholarship of Ehrman are not completely kind, or better, they are mixed. His translations of the Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library, which I use regularly, and his textual work is fine, scholarly work. When he tries his hand at any deep thinking, about the nature of biblical interpretation, history or philosophy, at even an undergraduate textbook level (I used his The New Testament Writings 2nd Edition.
Still, it is hard not to be a little jealous or resentful (I hope that has not seeped through) when you see a Bible blog open that is so bold to charge money, when it is hard enough to draw people to your page for free. For instance, when I decided to start this blog after writing at America Magazine for a number of years, I decided to accept advertising, and it is for a similar reason that Ehrman is charging for his blog: I told my wife that I would donate all the money gained from advertising on this blog to Feed My Starving Children, a wonderful charity in the Twin Cities that we support. That is still where my advertising money would go, but after almost four months, I have not yet earned enough money to be sent a check. I do not much agree with Ehrman on many issues related to biblical studies - especially the revelatory nature of the texts - but I do hope he is successful as the money he brings in will go to excellent causes. But feel free to send your friends here, too, as for free I will give you all the shallow and deep thoughts I have! I cannot promise what percentage of shallow to deep thoughts are on supply; I suppose if you keep diving in and hitting your head on the bottom of the pool, that will be a clue you are not in the deep end. You can do with my thoughts what you will, but if you click on the ads on this page, I can assure you that when the first check comes, if it does, it will go to Feed My Starving Children.
UPDATE: See Tim Henderson's post at Earliest Christianity and Mark Goodacre's at NT Blog.
John W. Martens
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