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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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The Untold Story of Forgery in the Bible
In Forged, leading Bible authority Bart D. Ehrman exposes one of the most unsettling ironies of the early Christian tradition: the use of deception to establish the truth. With the scholarly expertise and provocative claims for which he's known, Ehrman reveals which texts were forged in the name of Jesus's disciples and considers how the deceptions of an unnamed few have prevailed for centuries. The untold story of widespread forgery in the ancient world sheds new light on how documents of scandalous origin became part of the Bible we have today.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Editorial Reviews
“One of the ironies of modern religion is that the absolute commitment to truth in some forms of evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity and the concomitant view that truth is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristi Richardson
Good well thought out information. Writing a little a little repetitive. I have several of Ehrman's lecture series on DVD. Read morePublished 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Jack H
Continuing education from a genuine expert in the field. I wish more people would read Ehrman.Published 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months ago by Dave LaP