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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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About the Author
Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus, Gods Problem, Jesus, Interrupted and Forged. He has appeared on NBC Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, The History Channel, and has been featured in Time, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and has been interviewed on top NPR shows. He lives in Durham, N.C.
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.05 x 9 inches
- Publisher : HarperOne (March 22, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B006QS02F8
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,151,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a fascinating story, told well enough, with documentation explained and supposition exposed which, unfortunately at times bogs down in the minutia of research. But if you have an open mind and any stake in Christianity, Professor Ehrman's book should be of great interest.
Ehrman is writing for the lay reader, although for those interested, he does provide notes referencing the scholarship used to support - and in some instances, challenge - his inferences. This is certainly a strength of the book and a clear indication that Ehrman asks readers to approach the topic with an open mind. What I found more interesting than the forgeries themselves was his exploration of why early Christian authors would intentionally seek to mislead readers. His answer points to the rich and complicated history of the early Church and the many competing factions and interpretations among early believers of what it means to be a "Christian" and what someone must believe (and/or do) to claim membership.
I give it four stars because inspite of his incisive analysis, Erhman gets a little repetitive in his writing, particularly in the concluding chapters. Some tighter editing would have addressed this. That being said, the repetition doesn't get in the way of the larger position Ehrman takes. It really makes for some interesting reading.