An expert on the Bible reveals how ancient scribes changed the New Testament, forever impacting fundamental Christian beliefs. He claims many widely ...Show synopsisAn expert on the Bible reveals how ancient scribes changed the New Testament, forever impacting fundamental Christian beliefs. He claims many widely held beliefs including the divinity of Jesus, and the origin of the Bible are the results of intentional and accidental alterations by scribes.Hide synopsis
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excellent excellent excellent. if you really want to learn the true nature of the new testament... through in depth research based on mostly factual findings... this is the book for you. this is not a book that bashes jesus. it is an honest search for truth an understanding.
Bart Ehrman makes a very good case for the human aspects of the development of the Bible - both Old & New Testaments. With all the tedious copying which went on for centuries in some cases, and with copying scribes possibly inserting comments which might be made part of the text by later copiers, it is hard to take everything in the Bible as being dictated by a Holy hand.
Bart does an in-depth examination of various translations or languages or usages or punctuations (or lack thereof) to make his point.
The book is done well enough that it does not give the reader the reason to nod off.
Bart D. Ehrman discusses the way in which various 'books' of the bible were published. Essentially they were copied, by hand, at first by non-professional scribes and later by the scribes of religious orders. As one would think, there exist mistakes either by accident or intentional that change meanings. Ink can smudge, words misunderstood, shadows making it look different, ink bleeding through and sheer carelessness lead to most of the mistakes, but some texts have been altered to bolster one side or another of a theological debate. Scribes altered texts to reflect their beliefs not necessarily what the original author may have intended. With the discovery of more and older manuscripts differences have been detected. In fact some of them are noticeably altered. While making a xerox copy of a xerox copy of a xerox copy leads to degradation, a better example might be the party game of telephone. A statement is whispered in one's ear and that person passes it on to another and then another until the last person attempts to repeat what was said. However, in this case their is an additional caveat, the last person has to repeat it in faultless Greek.
For those who are getting all excited about Ehrman's book, have you ever considered that he has an axe to grind and that he may have reached wrong conclusions? Since you have read this book, try reading "Misquoting the Truth: A guide to the fallacies of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus" by Timothy Paul ...
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