Bart D. Ehrman is a world expert in the textual criticism of the New Testament who has recently written a best-selling book entitled Misquoting Jesus. Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman Jesus, Interrupted by Bart D. Ehrman A History of God by Karen Armstrong The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels Who. Misquoting Jesus The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why BartD. Ehrman Harper S anFranci sco A Division ofHanperCollinsPublishers Photography.

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The difference can mean something or next to nothing, and, to Ehrman, they seem to mean a bit too much. Ehrman goes over many of the reasons that these variations probably occurred in the Bible — from simple errors to deliberate changes and outright forgery, and the reasons for many of these changes.

Petaus himself had trouble doing much more than that. But overall, a wonderful book that is, for the most part, written in layman’s terms. It makes sense…although, I have to confess that I began to think of the New Testament as a compilation of fanfic. Ar- guably his most influential literary production was not something he wrote but something he edited.

I h I listened to this book as an audiobook. A born-again Christian, Ehrman’s desire to understand the Bible led him to study ancient languages and develop the art and skill of textual criticism, a branch of text scholarship which concerns itself with the identification and removal of errors from jseus. We don’t have the origi- nals!

His followers were, from the beginning, Jews who placed a high premium on the books of their tradition. Just with respect to Paul, we can assume that he wrote many more letters than the ones attrib- uted to him in the New Testament.

The Bible did have a revered place in our home, especially for my mom, who would occasionally read from the Bible and make erhman that we understood its stories and ethical teachings less so its “doc- trines”. He spends much time addressing the differences between Mark and Luke — particularly the passion and the remarkably different portrayals of Jesus in these two Gospels.


Not in the w This really is a fantastic book.

Even many of the early translators could not read and were merely reproducing symbols. To deal with this problem, Christian leaders began to write tractates that opposed “heretics” those who chose the wrong way to understand the faith ; in a sense, some of Paul’s letters ehrmqn the earli- est representations of this kind of tractate.

And at first I did find it to be a bit lib- eral for my tastes. All the more reason, I thought, for learning the language thoroughly. The best and most influential study of literacy in ancient times, by Columbia Uni- versity professor William Harris, indicates that at the very best of times and places — for example, Athens at the height of the classical period in the fifth century B. The question is if God didn’t stop the alteration in his words,then may be there were no original inspired words at the first place.

Sometimes, of course, a scribe may have more misquotign one manu- script at hand, and can correct the mistakes in one manuscript by the correct readings of the other manuscript. Second, the objection assumes oral transmission, which is more easily distorted and misconstrued than something written.

During the period of our concern — the first century of the com- mon era, 1 when the books of the Ehfman Testament were being writ- ten — Jews scattered throughout the Roman Empire understood in particular that God had given direction to his people in the writings of Moses, referred to collectively as the Torah, which literally means something like “law” or “guidance. Some, I suppose, would call this brainwashing. The elderly woman comes to him again and asks whether he has yet handed over the book he copied misquotkng the church leaders.


We don’t even have copies of the copies of the originals, or copies of the copies of the copies of the originals.

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What he As a biblical scholar, the author wanted to read the Bible in the languages in which it was first written and so studied them and went deeper into the texts.

I agree with you in that Bible,Torah or Quran should not be read as a literal experience. It was the words of scripture themselves that God had inspired. A book is copied over and over and over by monks that are human, prone to error, bias, deceit, ehrmann so on.

Still, Ehrman’s point makes sense.

The mjsquoting education arc adds a lot to kesus books perspective. Finally it provides a little perspective into what was going on during those early days of Christianity. Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. At the same time that Justin was writing in the mid second century, another prominent Christian was also active in Rome, the philosopher-teacher Marcion, later declared a heretic.

He read these scriptures, studied these scriptures, interpreted these scriptures, adhered to these scriptures, and taught these scriptures.

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart D. Ehrman

And he was the official local scribe! Surely we have to know what those words were if we want to know how he had communicated to us, since the very words were his words, and having some other words those inadvertently or intentionally created by scribes didn’t help us much misquotting we wanted to know His words.

How can we know what the word of God means if we don’t know what those words ehrnan

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