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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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Firstly, it is written by someone who I assume still considers himself a Christian. We should recall here that Paul instructs his Thessalonian hearers that his “letter is to be ehdman to all of the brothers and sisters” 1 Thess.

Or changed so it would be more easily understood or to reflect that scribe’s patron’s point of view. The com- ing end of all things was a source of continuous fascination for early Christians, who by and large expected that God would soon intervene in the affairs of the world to overthrow the forces of evil and establish his good kingdom, with Jesus at its head, here on earth. When the truth about most of those scribes who could write was simply that they could copy the forms of letters?

This allows us to reconstruct with fair accuracy Cel- sus’s claims. Which, of course, is exactly what Ehrman wants. What if your country asks you to go to war, do you kill?

Accidental or Intentional Revisions of Copyists

Although God is perfect, He is not the perfectionist that we myopic human beings so often assume Him to be. To assess how ignorant or theologically manipulative scribes may have changed the biblical text, modern scholars have developed procedures for comparing diverging texts. The apostles can’t even agree on a number of points from when Jesus was crucifiedafter Passover or before; when Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth; when Paul went to Jerusalem after he was converted; the Adoptionists; the Separationists such as the Gnostics; and, literally thousands of other issues.

The most amazing find of all, however, is a small portion of John Vox Day wrote a book responding to Ehrman, and I’d recommend that instead.

Full text of “Bart Ehrman – Misquoting Jesus”

Something about me, I always feel very lost when it comes to selecting educational books on my own. Yes, if Jesus had given significant insight into any of the areas you mention it would have been better evidence of a divine nature than all of the miracle stories and spotty manuscripts we were given. These doubts both plagued me and drove me to dig deeper and deeper, to understand what the Bible really was.


And really, you only have to read the comments section to any current front page news article to know that. This is old news. I thought perhaps one of the most interesting insights I gained is how rewriting, adding or editing was an accepted practice and uesus as so many today would imagine as sacrilidge and evil and not in keeping with the Biblical writings being “holy or sacred” texts. Sally rounds up all the surviving handwritten copies, 26 in all.

Rather than scholarship, you will receive a thinly-veiled attack on Ehrman’s own straw-man of Christianity he barh, after all, begin the book with the story of his own conversion from “‘born-again’ Christianity” to atheismmade all the more pitiful for not only being possibly the weakest criticism ever leveled at Christianity but for Ehrman’s halfhearted attempt to make his attack look like real scholarship.

For me, though, this was a compelling problem.

In 2 Peter 3 the author makes reference to false teachers who twist the meaning of Paul’s letters to make them say what they want them to say, “just as they do with the rest of the scrip- tures” 2 Pet. Jesus wants to show the Pharisees that “Sabbath was made for hu- mans, not humans for the Sabbath” and so reminds them of what the great King David had done when he and his men were hungry, how they went into the Temple “when Abiathar was the high priest” and ate the show bread, which was only for the priests to eat.

Novum Testamentum suggested that Misquoting Truth was a useful example of how conservative readers are reacting to Ehrman.

Misquoting Jesus – Wikipedia

It is written for people who know nothing about textual criti- cism but who might like to learn something about how scribes were changing scripture and about how we can recognize where they did so.

At the same time that Justin was writing in the mid second century, another prominent Christian was also active in Rome, the philosopher-teacher Marcion, later declared a heretic.

The Bible did have a revered place in our home, especially for my mom, who would occasionally read from the Bible and make sure that we understood its stories and ethical teachings less so its “doc- trines”. For in the ancient world “reading” a book did not mean, usually, 42 Misquoting Jesus reading it to oneself; it meant reading it aloud, to others. Second, the transmission was not linear, but geometric—e. How do we account for this paradox? A book is copied over and over and over by monks Please, if you’re Christian, read this.


Upon arriving in the Rome, he made an enormous donation to the Roman church, probably, in part, to get in its good favor. Return to Book Page. If the full meaning of the words of scrip- ture can be grasped only by studying them in Greek and Hebrewdoesn’t this mean that most Christians, who don’t read ancient lan- guages, will never have complete access to what God wants them to know?

Is it possible that in some places ehrmzn scribe wrote down the wrong words? Codex Alexandrinus contains the whole Old Testament and a nearly complete New Testament and dates from the mid-5th century. Ehrman is aware of this, but his response to it is inadequate. One of the ways we differentiated ourselves from these ehrmn was in our commitment to Bible study and prayer. And this guy loves his stuff. Through his studies he began to doubt that the Bible was indeed the inerrant word of God based on the fact that it suffered from centuries of editing problems.

During baart discussion, a student of mine of a particular Christian sect piped up and desired to end the discussion by saying, “Well, just do what the Bible tells you to do. It was indeed absurd — but not because this was why I became an agnostic but because Jewus assumed and informed his readers that it was.

Faith is hard when modern society has shifted to an evidence based mindset. I have no problem with any of this–but I do have a problem with his moving from this to agnosticism or atheism he admits that he does not believe in God.