The evocative title tells it all and hints at the tone of sensationalism that pervades this book. Those familiar with the earlier work of Ehrman, a distinguished professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of more than 20 books including Misquoting Jesus, will not be surprised at the content of this one. Written in a manner accessible to nonspecialists, Ehrman argues that many books of the New Testament are not simply written by people other than the ones to whom they are attributed, but that they are deliberate forgeries. The word itself connotes scandal and crime, and it appears on nearly every page. Indeed, this book takes on an idea widely accepted by biblical scholars: that writing in someone else's name was common practice and perfectly okay in ancient times. Ehrman argues that it was not even then considered acceptable—hence, a forgery. While many readers may wish for more evidence of the charge, Ehrman's introduction to the arguments and debates among different religious communities during the first few centuries and among the early Christians themselves, though not the book's main point, is especially valuable. (Apr.)
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It is often said, even by critical scholars whoshould know better, that “writing in the nameof another” was widely accepted in antiquity.But New York Times bestselling author Bart D.Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literaryforgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and originalresearch takes readers back to the ancient world,where forgeries were used as weapons by unknownauthors to fend off attacks to their faith andestablish their church. So, if many of the books inthe Bible were not in fact written by Jesus’s innercircle—but by writers living decades later, withdiffering agendas in rival communities—whatdoes that do to the authority of Scripture?
Ehrman investigates ancient sources to:
Ehrman’s fascinating story of fraud and deceit isessential reading for anyone interested in the truthabout the Bible and the dubious origins ofChristianity’s sacred texts.See all Editorial Reviews
Good well thought out information. Writing a little a little repetitive. I have several of Ehrman's lecture series on DVD. Read morePublished 1 day ago by David Creighton
A fascinating account of the many canonical books that aren't written by who the books claim they were. Covers many non-canonical instances of forgery as well. Read morePublished 14 days ago by K. Trsek
He makes a powerful case for why the Gospels and some of the Pauline writings are not written by whom it is claimed to have written them. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Verner Hultman
I have now read several of Dr. Ehrman's books and this was my favorite. Not wanting to be like the close-minded person I was in my former Christian life I searched for rebuttals to... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jack H
Continuing education from a genuine expert in the field. I wish more people would read Ehrman.Published 23 days ago by azuremouse
Scholarship has revealed considerable detail which questions the chronology of the gospels and also the elucidation of the probable agendas of the authors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roxie G. Powell
There are some committed Christians who aren't willing to accept the reality that some of the texts in the New Testament were written by people other than who they claim to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave LaP
Must read for beginning Biblical scholars... or, anyone interested in biblical authorship (Which I imagine is anyone reading any part of the bible.)Published 1 month ago by Michael Young
Ehrman really knows his stuff when it comes to Biblical textual criticism. He can really destroy your naive belief that "the Bible is inerrant" in this and others of his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kmoore