An 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.An 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.Read Less
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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.
Dec 26, 2013
Thought Provoking & Challenging
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.
Jul 1, 2013
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.
Jun 17, 2012
Very interesting and enjoyable reading about how translations of the Bible differ and how words may mean something different today than when written.
Dec 17, 2011
Did He really say that?
A challenging treatment that synthesizes the many biblical approaches to try and comprehend the person we know as Jesus. Should be read by all christians, especially ministers of the word.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-08-22 In the absence of any original manuscripts of the books of the New Testament, how can we be sure that we're getting the intended words and meaning? Ehrman, professor of religion at UNC-Chapel Hill, has devoted his life to the study of such questions and here offers an engaging and fascinating look at the way scholars try to answer them. Part memoir, part history and part critical study, he traces the development of the academic discipline called textual criticism, which uses external and internal evidence to evaluate and compare ancient manuscripts in order to find the best readings. Ehrman points out that scribes altered almost all of the manuscripts we now have. In the early days of the Christian movement, scribal error often arose simply from unintentional omissions of words or lines. As Christianity evolved into an official religion under Constantine, however, scribes often added material to existing manuscripts or altered them to provide scriptural support for Christian doctrine or to enforce specific views about women, Jews or pagans. Ehrman's absorbing story, fresh and lively prose and seasoned insights into the challenges of recreating the texts of the New Testament ensure that readers might never read the Gospels or Paul's letters the same way again. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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