One does expect a little better from someone who makes a living out of biblical studies and even charges audiences for his scholarly wisdom.
There was not a Jew on the planet who thought the messiah was going to be crushed by his enemies — humiliated, tortured, and executed. That was the *opposite* of what the messiah would do. To call Jesus the messiah made no sense — i.e., it was nonsense – virtually by definition.
That’s according to Bart Ehrman in a recent blog post, Jesus and the Messianic Prophecies.
Has Bart Ehrman not yet caught up with the scholarship of a prominent Jew on early Jewish beliefs, Daniel Boyarin?
Or worse yet, the even earlier work of a most prominent Christian scholar, Martin Hengel?
Or does Ehrman’s personal loathing of Richard Carrier lead him into an unprofessional inability even to address his own arguments and evidence:
Surely Ehrman would not suggest that Jews only came up with the idea of a suffering messiah in order to somehow out-do the Christians!
Or has Ehrman not yet had time at least to consider any of the highly suggestive evidence presented by Thomas L. Thompson, Jon D. Levenson or William Scott Green or Leroy Andrew Huizenga or Crispin H.T. Fletcher-Louis or Matthew V. Novenson?
Bart Ehrman may be aware of the work that does encourage us to question the conventional wisdom that the only pre-Christian Jewish belief about the Messiah was that he would be a conquering Davidic king. He may disagree with its implications in this direction for good reason. But if so he needs to explain why he can write so confidently that “there was not a Jew on the planet” who thought the messiah would be humiliated…..