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Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 22, 2011
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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.
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"Forged" was not written for scholarly progressive Christians or obscurantist conservative Christians. It was written for the large number of people who more or less accept Christianity as true, or at least a pleasant and socially useful belief system, but who have some questions, perhaps some doubts, and are curious to learn more about their scriptures. Secondarily it is written for people like Erhman himself (and incidentally, me) who were evangelical Christians with a religiously inspired commitment to truth, who find that our dedication to the truth is leading us away from the religion itself. This is how Erhman starts "Forged," with another brief take on his "testimony"--a move from devout evangelical at Moody, to a skeptic at Wheaton, to a critic at Princeton.Read more ›
As usual, Ehrman takes a topic that could potentially bore one to tears and makes it accessible and fascinating. Like all of his popular works, this book was engaging, enlightening and very easy to read. After reading for awhile, I was always surprised how much progress I had made.
As for the content of the book, it is just what you would expect. While he does touch on forgeries a bit in other books (Jesus Interrupted, for example), he really goes into a lot of depth on what went on in the early Christian church, and how people would go about trying to get their views heard, the tricks they used, and how modern scholars work to see through the lies.
It truly is fascinating to learn about how many different viewpoints were being thrown around at that time. Apparently, forgery was so rampant, that some authors would develop little tricks to catch and dissuade forgers. But then forgers would turn around and condemn forging texts, just so people wouldn't get suspicious of their own forgeries!!
One thing that I always appreciated with Ehrman's work, is that he touches on early Christian texts that most people have never heard of. He discusses Gnostic forgeries, anti-Gnostic forgeries, as well as gospels I have never heard of. I was very amused to learn that there exists a "Gospel of Pilate" (forged of course). And it is always amusing to hear that scholars agree that some books of the Bible are forgeries, such as first and second Timothy.Read more ›
While reading this, I had a few problems, the first was just how little of this book actually dealt with forgeries in the new testament canon. Later while reading Jesus, Interrupted, I was surprised to find that it covered many of the same arguments presented here, surely with a book almost 10x the size of that section, you'd find far more detailed arguments but sadly that's not the case. Further he seems to try so hard to prove that books of the new testament are forgeries that he seems to contradict himself, for example in Misquoting Jesus (p.59) while talking about Paul dictating his letters to a scribe, he (Ehrman) throws out the idea that maybe Paul just listed a few points and then the scribe filled in the rest (with his own writing style and perhaps got some of the ideas wrong), in Forged that idea is thrown out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book emencelly. A lot of my questions about the biblical writers were addressed and avenues for further study opened.Published 11 days ago by SciAu
I appreciate this one--answers many of my questions about religious writings that we accept but that seem to clash with other biblical scripturesPublished 13 days ago by Dr. Denny
An excellent study of writings during New Testament times. An explanation of how and why some books in the canon most certainly were not written by the people to whom they were... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoy Dr. Erhman's writings. He is honest....and that counts with me.Published 24 days ago by R. Pullen
Bart Ehrman is a well-known scholar, but his books are written for the layman. Mr. Ehrman is always at pains to say that he began life as a fundamentalist Christian, who after... Read morePublished 25 days ago by olemikey
This is one of those books that is too long, yet doesn't adequately cover the subject. The excessive length comes from too many detailed accounts of forgeries other than those to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael D. Gantt
Lots of efforts have gone into this book to substantiate fabrication, falsification, etc of new and Old Testament over centuries and the motives behind it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Seshadri Sampath
Bart D Ehrman is my favorite author on Christian history. If you are familiar with his work, this is typical Ehrman, so you will not be disappointed. Recommended.Published 3 months ago by Glakhmed