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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Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why – Bart D Ehrman

To begin with, it appears that this letter, like others by Paul, was not written by his hand but was dictated to a secretarial scribe. Ehrman claims that this, his overview of the formulations of what have come down to us as the texts of the Christian Scriptures, is a work that hadn’t been done before.

As with many Episcopal churches, this one was socially re- spectable and socially responsible. It may seem odd now — given the circumstance that has come and gone, with no Armageddon — but, on the other hand, there are millions of Chris- tians who still believe that the Bible can be read literally as completely inspired in its predictions of what is soon to happen to bring history as we know it to a close.

He also makes an interesting point about literacy rates in the ancient world. As we saw earlier, however, many kinds of books were being written and read by Christians in the early centuries, not just the books that made it into the New Testament.

They were Christians who understood the religion in fundamentally different ways. When someone is this engaged, this excited and this informed about what they are writing and obsessed in it is impossible not to feel your pulse race as you read. Judaism as a Religion of the Book The Judaism from which Christianity sprang was an unusual religion in the Roman world, although by no means unique. This sounds almost perverse, but really it is obvious.


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He is wrong that some of these variants matter! At the time, I took this as a sign of weakness in fact, I thought I had nearly all the answers to the questions he asked ; eventually I saw it as a real commitment to truth and as being willing to open oneself up to the possibility that one’s views need to be revised in light of ehmran knowledge and life experience.

The Readers of Christian Writings In the preceding section our discussion focused on the canonization of scripture. This would seem to encourage errors of bartt kinds.

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I read this after reading Jesus, Interrupted, also by Bart D. Neither assumption applies to the text of the New Testament. Is this what you have found to be the case?

Somehow, though, he has managed to break through to a more general audience, and that takes talent.

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

I generally enjoy Ehrman’s work, in spite of his sensationalist style, but I was very disappointed with this one. These so-called church orders became increasingly impor- tant in the second and third Christian centuries, but already by about C.

More Perspectives on Spiritual Life. He says at one point that “there are more errors in the new testament then there are words in it”.

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: More- over, the letters that survive — there are twenty-one in the New Testa- ment — are only a fraction of those written.

Only about 50 manuscripts contain the entire New Testament. Thinking it was impossible to learn the true meaning in translation he found himself soon at Princeton Theological Seminary, a downright bastion liberal thinking where he studied Greek and eventually Hebrew. Suppose, though, that the scribe got all the words percent cor- rect. Stranger things have happened. In all these ways they misquuoting from one another.


Ehrman explains the story in an bar manner with no blame applied. Examples of the Problems For the first example, let’s take Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It iesus a radical shift from reading the Bible as an inerrant blueprint for our faith, life, and future to seeing it as a very human book, with very human points of view, many of which differ from one another and none of which provides the inerrant guide to how we should live.

Interestingly, I read a review this morning that said most Christians already know jesuw about these “problems” and they don’t care, but I don’t find that to be the case. Repeatedly we are told that if you compare the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament you will find that there are more differences between them than there are words in the New Testament.

One of these copies would go to a man named Clement, who may have herman a person known from other texts to have been the third bishop of the city of Rome. Anyone reading a book in antiquity misquotinb never be completely sure that he or she was reading what the author had written.

Soon it had numerous successors. I think he would have wanted them to stop micro-analyzing every word and start living them.