Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bart Ehrman is the James A. Gray Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D., magna cum laude), he taught at Rutgers for four years before moving to UNC in 1988. During his tenure at UNC, he has garnered numerous awards and prizes, including the Students' Undergraduate Teaching Award (1993), the Ruth and Philip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement (1994), the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for Excellence in Teaching (1998), and the James A. Gray Chair in Biblical Studies (2003).
With a focus on early Christianity in its Greco-Roman environment and a special expertise in the textual criticism of the New Testament, Professor Ehrman has published dozens of book reviews and more than 20 scholarly articles for academic journals. He has authored or edited 16 books, including The Monk and the Messiah: The Story of How the New Testament Came to be Changed (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005); Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004); Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We
Never Knew (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003); Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium (Oxford University Press, 1999); The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford, 1997; 3rd ed., 2004); and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture (Oxford, 1993). He is currently at work on a new commentary on several non-canonical Gospels for the Hermeneia Commentary series, published by Fortress Press.
Professor Ehrman is a popular lecturer, giving numerous talks each year for such groups as the Carolina Speakers Bureau, the UNC Program for the Humanities, the Biblical Archaeology Society, and select universities across the nation. He has served as the president of the Society of Biblical Literature, Southeast Region; book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature; editor of the Scholar's Press Monograph Series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers; and co-editor of the E. J. Brill series New Testament Tools and Studies. Among his administrative responsibilities, he has served on the executive committee of the Southeast Council for the Study of Religion and has chaired the New Testament textual criticism section of the Society of Biblical Religion, as well as serving as Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at UNC.