Rather the Council created the Nicaean Creed and twenty Canons, which were rules about church administration. Reviewer: Truth Defender - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 24, Subject: Amazing book, one of the best in the field.. One of the leading Biblical scholar and historian Professor Ehrman clearly presents how the New Testament was altered over the ages, by whom and for what purposes. Even the Christian theologians admit that the New Testament we have today is not in its original form.. How, in that case, it can be claimed that it is an inspiration from God? Professor Ehrman successfully refutes these allegations with sound evidences.

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An accomplished scholar of early Christianity, Ehrman religious studies, Univ. He sketches the development of New Testament literature, the gradual accumulation of errors therein through the accidental or intentional revisions of copyists, and attempts beginning with Erasmus in the 16th century to reconstruct the original text.

Since mainstream study editions of the Bible have long drawn attention to the existence of alternate readings, the reasonably well-informed reader will not find much revolutionary analysis here. Recommended for all public libraries. From Booklist The popular perception of the Bible as a divinely perfect book receives scant support from Ehrman, who sees in Holy Writ ample evidence of human fallibility and ecclesiastical politics. Though himself schooled in evangelical literalism, Ehrman has come to regard his earlier faith in the inerrant inspiration of the Bible as misguided, given that the original texts have disappeared and that the extant texts available do not agree with one another.

Most of the textual discrepancies, Ehrman acknowledges, matter little, but some do profoundly affect religious doctrine. To assess how ignorant or theologically manipulative scribes may have changed the biblical text, modern scholars have developed procedures for comparing diverging texts. And in language accessible to nonspecialists, Ehrman explains these procedures and their results.

He further explains why textual criticism has frequently sparked intense controversy, especially among scripture-alone Protestants.

In discounting not only the authenticity of existing manuscripts but also the inspiration of the original writers, Ehrman will deeply divide his readers. Although he addresses a popular audience, he undercuts the very religious attitudes that have made the Bible a popular book. Still, this is a useful overview for biblical history collections.


Accidental or Intentional Revisions of Copyists

When Wendy recommended it I thought that it would be pretty much the same old stuff that one would expect when an Atheist recommends a book on Religion. Let me explain why this isnt what you might expect. Firstly, it is written by someone who I assume still considers himself a Christian. He begins this book by telling the reader his life story how he became a born again Christian at fifteen and how this lead him to become fascinated in The Bible.


Bart Ehrman - Misquoting Jesus

Works[ edit ] Ehrman has written widely on issues of the New Testament and early Christianity at both an academic and popular level, much of it based on textual criticism of the New Testament. He examines how early struggles between Christian " heresy " and " orthodoxy " affected the transmission of the documents. Ehrman is often considered a pioneer in connecting the history of the early church to textual variants within biblical manuscripts and in coining such terms as " proto-orthodox Christianity ". He outlines the development of New Testament manuscripts and the process and cause of manuscript errors in the New Testament. In doing so, he highlights the diversity of views found in the New Testament, the existence of forged books in the New Testament which were written in the names of the apostles by Christian writers who lived decades later, and his belief that Christian doctrines such as the suffering Messiah , the divinity of Jesus , and the Trinity were later inventions. It makes a case for considering falsely attributed or pseudepigraphic books in the New Testament and early Christian literature "forgery", looks at why certain New Testament and early Christian works are considered forged, and describes the broader phenomenon of pseudepigraphy in the Greco-Roman world.


Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

I was suddenly transformed from being a competent scholar with whom others might disagree here or there to being a Major Public Enemy. Conservative scholars said all sorts of bizarre things about me in the wake of the book. My long-time acquaintance and occasional debate opponent, Craig Evans, wrote, in a book, that I had become an agnostic as soon as I realized that there were lots of textual differences among our manuscripts, and he pointed out how absurd that was. It was indeed absurd — but not because this was why I became an agnostic but because Craig assumed and informed his readers that it was. My realizing that there are differences among our manuscripts had precisely NOTHING to do with my becoming an agnostic, and Craig should have known that. Where did Craig get his information from on this one?


Bart D. Ehrman

Summary[ edit ] Ehrman recounts his personal experience with the study of the Bible and textual criticism. He summarizes the history of textual criticism, from the works of Desiderius Erasmus to the present. The book describes an early Christian environment in which the books that would later compose the New Testament were copied by hand, mostly by Christian amateurs. Ehrman concludes that various early scribes altered the New Testament texts in order to de-emphasize the role of women in the early church, to unify and harmonize the different portrayals of Jesus in the four gospels, and to oppose certain heresies such as Adoptionism. Reviews and reception[ edit ] Alex Beam of the Boston Globe, wrote that the book is "a series of dramatic revelations for the ignorant", and that "Ehrman notes that there have been a lot of changes to the Bible in the past 2, years.

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