Bart D. Ehrman is a world expert in the textual criticism of the New Testament who has recently written a best-selling book entitled Misquoting Jesus. Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman Jesus, Interrupted by Bart D. Ehrman A History of God by Karen Armstrong The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels Who. Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original In Misquotingjesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient For further dis cussion, see Bart D. Ehrman, Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the.

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My upbringing was nothing out of the ordinary. And all this time I thought Tradition was the basis of our system of Church governance.

This allows us to reconstruct with fair accuracy Cel- sus’s claims.

View all 7 comments. I read about the transitory and foolish imsquoting and pride of the world, as contrasted to the eternal rewards of obedience. Ehrkan have never understood how both things can be true at the same time. One of the most pressing of all tasks, therefore, was to ascertain what the originals of the Bible said, given the circumstances that 1 they were inspired and 2 we don’t have them.

As it turned out, I was pretty good at the basics of the language and was always eager for more.

It led him to reevaluate his faith which had been based on a belief in the literal truth of what he had been taught it said and in the inerrancy of it as brought down thru the ages.

We read all the time, every day.

When the truth about most of those scribes who could write was simply that they could copy the forms of letters? Evidently Paul correlated the events of Christ’s death and resurrection with his interpretation of key passages of the Jewish Bible, which he, as a highly educated Jew, obviously could read for himself, and which he interpreted for his hearers in an often successful attempt to convert them.

I can only surmise that falsely leading readers into believing the opposite would sell more books. Faith is hard when modern society has shifted to ehrmab evidence based mindset. The Copyists of the Early Christian Writings As we saw in chapter 1, Christianity from its very beginning was a literary religion, with books of all kinds playing a central role in the life and faith of the burgeoning Christian communities around the Mediterranean.


Reading a text, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, means you are interpreting these words in light of your own experiences. One of the most interesting is a pagan opponent of Christianity named Celsus who lived in the late second century.

Just as human scribes had copied, and changed, the texts of scripture, so too had human authors origi- nally written the texts of scripture. The world was heading for an apocalyptic crisis of catastrophic propor- tions, and the inerrant words of scripture could be read to show what, how, and when it would all happen.

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The writings of these intellectuals are sometimes called apologies, from the Greek word for “defense” apologia. The author of the First Epistle of Clement argued in favor of it: And so, you will write two little books, sending one to Clement and the other to Grapte.

I suspect preaching came about simply because most of the people couldn’t read, so they came to a central location where someone would read to them. Ehrman is a world expert in the textual criticism of the New Testament who has recently written a best-selling book entitled Misquoting Jesus HarperSanFrancisco, But he would sometimes often? These doubts both plagued me and drove me to dig deeper and deeper, to understand what the Bible really was.

I had no idea, nor did I think about, how many copies of the Bible were made using the most antiquated form of publication. I was particularly struck by the “when. Marcion believed this understanding of Jesus was taught by Paul himself, and so, naturally, his canon included the ten letters of Paul available to him all those in the New Testament apart from the pastoral Epistles of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus ; and since Paul some- times referred to his “Gospel,” Marcion included a Gospel in his canon, a form of what is now the Gospel of Luke.

All scribes did this. These religions were almost exclusively concerned with honoring the gods through ritual acts of sacrifice.

Already at Moody he had become fascinated by scriptural differences and seeming contradictions. I am kind of disappointed in this author, because I feel like he promised these earth-shattering finds against the integrity of the Bible’s message, yet most of what he brought up were single-word or single-verse translation differences so widely known that they are noted in the footnotes of several popular English translations already.

Feb 28, Ojo rated it it was amazing. Then, again some centuries later, a third scribe read the manuscript and noticed the alteration his predecessor had made; he, in turn, erased the word bears and rewrote the word manifests. Throughout most of antiquity, since most people could not write, there were local “readers” and “writers” who hired out their services to people who needed to conduct business that required written texts: They were Christians who understood the religion in fundamentally different ways.


Not so in the ancient world. But at the end of my paper he made a simple one-line comment that for some reason went straight through me.

Again, much is revealed about the temper of the times and how attitudes toward the Bible and its use has changed over time even within the last few hundred years thru books such as these.

Since an- cient religions themselves barg not require any particular sets of “right doctrines” or, for the most part, “ethical codes,” books played almost no role in them. The apolo- gists wrote intellectual defenses of the new faith, trying to show that far from being a threat to the social structure of the empire, it was a religion that preached moral behavior; and far from being a danger- ous superstition, it represented the ultimate truth in its worship of the one true Misquotung.

We read newspapers and magazines and books of all kinds — biographies, novels, how-to books, self-help books, diet books, religious books, philosophical books, histories, memoirs, and on and on. In the Gospel accounts, we find that most of Jesus’s disciples are simple peasants from Galilee — unedu- cated fishermen, for example. So when I state the facts baldly, they get upset about it. The details of the Crucifixion differ between Mark and John, for example.

Accidental or Intentional Revisions of Copyists

After finishing this book, I picked up my error-ridden King James Version of the New Testament and read from the first three chapters of the first epistle of John. From the earliest times, Christians were aware that a variety of interpretations of the “truth” of the religion existed within their own ranks. Some Chris- tian authors produced prophetic accounts of what would happen at this cataclysmic end of the world as we jewus it.