The release of a new book by UNC-Chapel Hill’s pre-eminent New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman, has long been an unnerving and occasionally intimidating time for evangelical Christians on campus.

The pugnacious professor, whose challenges to cherished Christian beliefs make him a nemesis among some, relishes the role.

The titles of some of his bestsellers – “Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why,” and “Jesus Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible”- testify to his penchant for knocking dogmas.

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