Bart D. Ehrman is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity and a Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The author of six New York Times bestsellers, he has written or edited more than thirty books, including Misquoting Jesus, How Jesus Became God, The Triumph of Christianity, and Heaven and Hell. Ehrman has also created nine popular audio and video courses for The Great Courses. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages, with over two million copies and courses sold.
"Heaven and Hell is a tour de force: erudite, provocative,
and often fun."
--Washington Independent Review of Books
"Expect delightful, informative examinations of ancient ideas about heaven and hell; ideas that have evolved as human needs and desires have also evolved."
-- Library Journal (starred review)
"In Heaven and Hell, Bart Ehrman provides an informative, engaging, and compelling account of the evolution of conceptions about the afterlife."
"Thanks to COVID-19, mortality--and what awaits those who pass from this life--is at the forefront of many people's minds. Bart D. Ehrman's Heaven and Hell, then, is an inadvertently prescient read."
-- Smithsonian Magazine
"The reader is struck by his nimbleness in drawing the thread of this rich-layered narrative, sprinkling larger thematic arcs with anecdotes that honor the non-lineal and multivalent nature of eschatological thought."
-- Boston Globe
"This elegant history explores the evolution of the concept of the afterlife in Western thought... Well-trod subjects are presented with engaging clarity, and more contentious theories are laid out carefully."
-- New Yorker
"This is a complex history, and it could easily become confusing or, worse, boring. But Ehrman has avoided both pitfalls... Ehrman has the expertise necessary to make this difficult subject comprehensible. Even better, his witty, self-deprecatory style makes Heaven and Hell an enjoyable read. Most importantly, this is an optimistic book."
-- Bookpage (STARRED REVIEW)
"A readable book of popular Christianity."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Ehrman's eloquent understanding of how death is viewed through many spiritual traditions is scintillating, fresh, and will appeal to scholars and lay readers alike."
-- Publisher's Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
"Ehrman's twin strengths are deep knowledge and an accessible style. This displays both in spades."