This was closed per "policy" as seen in this meta post.
However the OP (and MOD which closed it) clearly agrees with Jon's comment:
The Ehrman question is among the most useful on the site; I enjoyed answering it, I link to it frequently, and it helps us understand the difficulties and rewards of reading the most popular books ever written on the subject of textual criticism. The question is about a person, but it's also about their body of work. I'd like to leave it open for dissenting answers, if nothing else. I think the Edersheim question is helpful, but it would probably be better if self-answered (or even just answered).
While I agree to follow the rules for rules sake at times, this question appears relevant to the site, well enjoyed by the members, etc. Closing it appears to be nonsensical, especially when it comes to the INTENT of this SE - opposed to the rules generated afterwards.
Also, this sets a poor precedent that is not shared on other SEs (namely Christianity) where old questions which existed before the rule change remain - we don't go back and close off-topic questions just because we decide that they're off-topic a year (or 2) later.