For the first time since Bart's delivery between October 12-14, 2004, the three part lecture from the Yale University Convocation 2004 has been retrieved from Yale's video archives, and edited for Bart's readers. Almost three hours of lectures include, "Christ Come in the Flesh," "Christ The Divine Man," and "Christ Against the Jews." The central theme of the Kent Shaffer Lectures was "Christ in the Early Christian Tradition: Texts Disputed and Apocryphal." Bart outlined the primary ways in which early Christian groups tried to restrict readings of the ancient Christian manuscripts to suit their own purposes.
Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude.