Bart D. Ehrman, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus, Interrupted and God's Problem reveals which books in the Bible's New Testament were ...Show synopsisBart D. Ehrman, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus, Interrupted and God's Problem reveals which books in the Bible's New Testament were not passed down by Jesus's disciples, but were instead forged by other hands--and why this centuries-hidden scandal is far more significant than many scholars are willing to admit. A controversial work of historical reporting in the tradition of Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg, and John Dominic Crossan, Ehrman's Forged delivers a stunning explication of one of the most substantial--yet least discussed--problems confronting the world of biblical scholarship.Hide synopsis
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If you have questions about the origins and authenticity of the Bible, this book will help you sort fact from fiction. I believe most people believe what makes sense, and perhaps just wonder about the rest. The truth doesn't destroy your faith, but will help put things in perspective. The Author is very knowledgeable and the book well researched. And it will lead you to other sources you may want to explore.
Ehrman has provided an easily read explanation of discrepancies leading to the understanding that a preponderance of the books of the "New Testament" are forgeries of one sort or another. Writings have been attributed to the 'Apostles' in order to promote points of view which has led to numerous contradictions within the 'New Testament'. Recognizing that most of the 'disciples' were actually from the poor working, illiterate class who spoke Aramaic questions the written word from the beginning inasmuch as the 'Gospels' were written in Greek. Ehrman argues that the early church 'fathers' and scribes altered texts to support their own points of view. At other times the 'writers' of these texts claimed to be the important personage they were not to gain support for their ideas. The winners of the 'battle' declared other works heretical and ordered them destroyed. Perhaps Ehrman best describes the forgers with a phrase also found on the fly leaf. "They had a truth to convey, and they were happy to lie in order to proclaim it." On page 250 Ehrman sums up his work by noting 'there were numerous ways to lie in and through literature in antiquity.... The use of deception to promote the truth may well be considered one of the most unsettling ironies of the early Christian tradition."
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