Great thoughts, much appreciated. Yes, your experience resonates with so much of what I read from Ehrman. Even worse, in my experience, was his book “Forged”. It was a fact checkers nightmare. It is one thing to make an unwarranted claim that two disparate accounts were irreconcilably contradictory, but another thing altogether to be peddling demonstrable falsehoods. I am astounded that he can maintain any scholarly credibility.
As for the day of Jesus death, the Passover question is only relevant because Ehrman wants it to be. Both Mark and John agree explicitly that Jesus died on “the day of preparation”. But to invent his contradiction, Ehrman goes through the most egregious exegetical contortions try to make Mark’s “Day of preparation” the one for the Sabbath, and John’s “Day of preparation” the one for the Passover.
Unfortunately for his “textbook case”, both Mark and John both explicitly clarify that the day of preparation they are talking about is the one before the sabbath. And in John, it is right there black and white in the same chapter he just referenced (ch 19).
And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath… (Mark 15:42 ESV)
Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day)… (John 19:31 ESV)
At worst, he is dishonestly ignoring this glaringly obvious fact. At best, he is too inept to read the entire passage to see if he is in fact right. Either way he is not going to let relevant facts get in the way of his outlandish claims. It is an embarrassment.