Lecture at the Smithsonian – The Bart Ehrman Weblog



Element A single of 4: Christianity’s Most Critical Convert: The Apostle Paul

In February 2018 I gave a series of 4 lectures for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington DC, primarily based on my book The Triumph of Christianity.   It was a bit difficult, as these points constantly are, figuring out which components of the book to concentrate on, considering the fact that every single lecture could genuinely be only on a single issue, not lots of points.  I decided to give the very first lecture on the most crucial convert in the history of Christianity — not Constantine (as I argue in the book) but the apostle Paul.  Without the need of that conversion, would we even have *had* Christianity as a globe-wide religion?  Superior query!   It’s tough to know.  But it *is* clear that this was a conversion of huge significance.  Right here is the lecture:

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