“Provocative, personal, and packed with fascinating details, Ehrman’s lively tour of Greek philosophy, early Jewish sources, the Gospels, Paul’s letters, Revelation, and later Christian notions of eternal reward and everlasting torment educates, entertains, and, for those concerned about the afterlife, ultimately consoles.”
-Amy-Jill Levine (University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University)
From Discussion Facilitator, Clyde Evans:
We are planning to discuss Bart D. Ehrman’s 2020 book Heaven and Hell – A History of the Afterlife. Ehrman is a very interesting writer and combines meaningful and provocative content with a very readable style.
We intend to meet on four Wednesdays: April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. We will still be gathering via Zoom as we did with our last book in November. We are all becoming increasingly comfortable with Zoom – even if it is not ideal. I look forward to returning to our original format which includes meeting for a soup supper at the church; perhaps we will be able to do this in the fall of 2021.
We have purchased enough books for everyone and, in fact, they have arrived. It is a new hardcover book which we were able to purchase with a 25% discount and free shipping. Our purchase cost was about $29 per book versus what would have been a full retail cost of about $39. We are asking you to consider, if you are able, a $20 contribution towards the church’s cost for these books.
I would very much appreciate hearing from you in regards to your interest in our next book, as well as any thoughts you might have on our upcoming sessions. Although the start date for our sessions isn’t until the Spring, the books are available now if you are looking for an interesting Winter read! Please contact me via email anytime to arrange to pick up Ehrman’s book.