October 08, 2010
Bestselling author and Christian scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman to speak October 19

On Tuesday, October 19, Lees-McRae College's Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series will present a lecture by Dr. Bart D. Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His lecture, called "The Greatest Stories Rarely Told: Biblical Scholar and the Discrepancies of Scripture", will be held in Evans Auditorium in the Cannon Student Center at 7 p.m.

The New Testament contains numerous accounts of the same events, but often in contradictory detail. Moreover, different authors of the New Testament present diverging views of such important matters as who Jesus was, why he died, and how one is to attain to salvation. Dr. Ehrman's lecture will consider some of these discrepancies and show how recognizing them can enhance and enrich one's understanding of the New Testament.

"It is a distinct honor for the College to have Dr. Ehrman as our opening Staley lecturer this year," said Jim Taylor, member of the Staley Committee at Lees-McRae. "He is a person of great scholarship and insight and we hope that both the college and local community will be enriched and challenged by his presentation."

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is the author of more than twenty books including two New York Times bestsellers: Misquoting Jesus and God's Problem.

Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament. His recent books are the Greek-English edition of the Apostolic Fathers, an assessment of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas in The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot, and his most recent New York Times bestseller, Jesus, Interrupted, a book that addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches.

The Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecture Series is designed to provide scholarly evangelical speakers for religious emphasis programs at small Christian colleges. The founder, Thomas F. Staley, strongly felt that young Americans should have the opportunity of hearing the faith defended by evangelicals who were also well-trained scholars.

His endowment to Lees-McRae College provides the funding for bringing Dr. Bart D. Ehrman to campus this October. Past Staley Lecturers at Lees-McRae College include Dr. Marcus Borg and Dr. Tony Campolo.

These lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Taylor at 1-828-898-8842 or, or visit Dr. Ehrman's website at

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