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. Misquoting Jesus The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why BartD. Ehrman Harper S anFranci sco A Division ofHanperCollinsPublishers Photography.

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Books were completely cen- tral to the life of bartt early Christians. Early Acts of the Apostles Not just the life of Jesus, but also the lives of his earliest followers were of interest to the growing Christian communities of the first and second centuries.

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He studies in various and, to a fundamentalist Christian, increasingly challenging universities and finally has his faith — the simple-minded faith he started with — rocked to the core by what he learns. More- over, the letters that survive — there are twenty-one in the New Testa- ment — are only a fraction of those written. That is a bit of an overstatement. Ehrman is right on the facts, as far as they go. The audience of the time might have had little idea of what was being described, but making it part of Scripture would have preserved it for later generations.

Since an- cient religions themselves did not require any particular sets of “right doctrines” or, for the most part, “ethical codes,” books played almost no role in them.

A born-again Christian, Ehrman’s desire to understand the Bible led him to This was pretty good for what it was, a textual criticism of the Bible. All of these authors are trying to understand the world and their place in it, and ehr,an of them have valuable things to teach us.

They were slaughtered in jail while awaiting trial for the property damage of a printing press. None of these letters survives.

And then, when I completed the letters of the book it was suddenly seized from my hand; but I did not see by whom Shepherd 5. This accept- ance may have had its roots in the authoritative teaching of Jesus himself, as his followers took his interpretation of scripture to be equal in authority to the words of scripture itself. Their assorted beliefs were transcribed by the individual congregations themselves, obviously representing their own particular view of reality.


I rated this a 4 stars because there were a couple times when sentences got a little bit convoluted and I was forced to re-read to make sense of it.

The one exception he names in his reply to Celsus involves several groups of heretics, who, Origen claims, maliciously altered the sacred texts. But the changes were made nonetheless, and the author’s original words, as a result, may have be- come altered and eventually lost. If authors are writing books for Christians, then the people read- ing the books would presumably be Christians. Nart book is copied over and over and over by monks Please, if you’re Christian, read this. Yes, the Bibles we all read are translations, musquoting are copies of copies of copies etc.

Surprising as it may seem, this Christian was writing in the second half of the fourth century, nearly three ehrmzn years after the books of the New Testament had themselves been written.

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

And this guy loves his stuff. Before explaining how and why the manuscripts of the New Tes- tament have made a real difference to me emotionally and intellectu- ally, to my understanding of myself, the world I live in, my views of God, and the Bible, I should give some personal background. For the first time, Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made jess how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible.

It contains no mistakes. When he writes to the Galatians, is he writing to one of the churches or to all of them? Bruce could quote the Bible at will, and did so to an amazing de- gree. It is not clear how much Paul used scripture i. It’s a bit hard to know what the words of the Bible mean if we hesus even know what the words are! It seems that God suffered the same fate as many great writers and had his words altered by numerous editors Ehrman was just a teenager when he had a born-again experience that led him to devote his life to the study of Christianity.


In his attack on Christianity and its literature, Celsus had maligned the Christian copyists for their transgressive copying practices: This was not a casual letter to be read simply by anyone who was mildly interested; the apostle insists that it be read, and that it be accepted as an authori- tative statement by him, the founder of the community.

For the writers of the New Testament, including our earli- est author, Paul, the “scriptures” referred to the Jewish Bible, the col- lection of books that God had given his people and that predicted the coming of the Messiah, Jesus.

I’ve done a little reading in the area, but I’m no expert to be sure, and yet aside from a egrman minor dates and interesting stories, I was familiar with almost everything covered in this book. I don’t want to come between Mr. Churches around the Mediterranean, including those founded by Paul, started appointing leaders who would be in charge and make decisions rather than having every member as “equally” endowed with the Spirit ; rules began to be formulated concerning how the community was to live together, practice its sacred rites miswuoting.

I certainly hope you tacked a copy of Misquoting Jesus to the door of a church somewhere. Nor was it just Jesus’s teachings that were being considered scrip- tural by these second- or third-generation Christians. Some thought he was all human, others he was all God. What we have are copies of these writings, made years later — in most cases, many Introduction 5 years later.

View all 25 comments. Quotes from Misquoting Jesus At the same time, this Introduction 7 started making me question my understanding of scripture as the ver- bally inspired word of God. This we have learned by relatively recent discoveries of “heretical” literature, in which the so-called heretics maintain that their views are correct and those of the “orthodox” church leaders are false. Endangering the health of society?

Mis- takes multiply and get repeated; sometimes they get corrected and sometimes they get compounded.