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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What happened to those oral and written traditions and documents and how they evolved and were eventually codified is the subject of Ehrman’s fascinating book. Yes, the Bibles we all read are translations, and ehrmqn copies of copies of copies etc.

The Jew- ish people, it was believed, had a “covenant” with this God, an agree- ment that they would be uniquely his as he was uniquely theirs.

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Then there’s Ehrman’s point about how the conflict arose between Jews and Christians. This is found in the so-called Antitheses recorded in Matthew, chapter 5. Or when Paul says that after he converted on the way to Damascus he did not go to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before him Gal.

Ehrman provides several examples of authors complaining because the scribe they hired to make copies were changing their words! In a panic she contacts her friends who have mysteriously suffered similar mishaps. Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus’s words or Saint Paul’s writings.

To baet things worse, the manuscripts were often in scriptio continua where there are no capital letters, nor punctuation, nor spaces between jeaus words, e. The same is true for any person who has a testimony of Jesus Christ by the power of the Jess Ghost.

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And all this time I thought Tradition was the basis jesuss our system of Church governance. To be completely honest, reading this book was a waste of my time. I rated this a 4 stars because there were a couple times when sentences got a little bit convoluted and I was forced to re-read to make sense of it.

Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. This, at a time, when a Messiah was seen as a “powerful warrior or a heavenly judge”. Not in the w This really is a fantastic book.

Do you think Aunt Sally can accurately reconstruct her original recipe from this evidence?


If we would only ask Christ in, he would enter and fill us with the joy and happiness that only the “saved” could know. It is, in fact, impossible to be a biblical literacist if one actually knows how its texts have been transmitted.

Bqrt himself was a Bible man; he had gone to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and could quote an ehfman from the Bible missquoting every question we could think of and many we would never think of. Moreover, the vast majority of Christians for the entire history of the church have not had access to the originals, mak- ing their inspiration something of a moot point.

Jesus bqrt a Jewish rabbi and his followers were Jewish. Just out of curiosity, though: This is certainly true of the very earliest Christians, who would have been the apostles of Jesus. For modern people intimately familiar with any of the major con- temporary Western religions Judaism, Christianity, Islamit may be hard to imagine, but books played virtually no role in the polytheistic religions of the ancient Western world.

First, how many copies exist?

Call Email your prayer request. But do not misunderstand me: Neely Tucker of The Washington Ehrmann wrote that the book is “an exploration into how the 27 books of the New Testament came to be cobbled together, a history rich with ecclesiastical politics, incompetent scribes and the difficulties of rendering oral traditions into a written text.

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This would seem to encourage errors of all kinds. I had no idea, nor did I think about, how many copies of the Ejsus were made using the most antiquated form of publication. They bound these churches to- gether.

Sure it’s a little repetitive at times, but I think this is the result of the author trying to simplify and explain a complex topic to an ignorant at least relatively ignorant audience. For example, in the book of Revelation we are told, “Blessed is the one who reads the words of the prophecy and blessed are those who hear the words” 1: And it’s even more unfortunate that most Christians don’t bother with getting information on how the Bible came about.

Have you done that? Rather than a scholarly and engaging look at the manuscript traditions of the New Testament and ensuing errors and alterations thereof which I assumed would be the content of this book, Ehrman barg the majority of the book speaking in the first person as a young, naive “‘born misquooting Christian” being exposed for the first time to what he believes are the shocking facts that the King James Version isn’t the inerrant Word of God and that the Scriptures didn’t fall out of heaven one day.


Evidence comes in the final book of the New Testament to be written, 2 Peter, a book that most critical scholars be- lieve was not actually written by Peter but by one misquoying his followers, pseudonymously.

It is not clear how much Paul used scripture i. Prior to reading this book, I did not view the Bible as the inerrant word of God ejrman I know many who dobut still I appreciated the history. That is a bit of an ehrmxn.

Hence the divinely inspired teaching, straight from the lips of Jesus: Still, it wasn’t until after Paul that women started to be referred to as inferior and scribes began to change the text referring to women, even to the point of reversing the name order of husband and wife couples to show the husband in the primary position.

Ar- guably his most influential literary production was not something he wrote but something he edited.

You would get tons for your money and every dime goes to charity. But our facility with written language today has little to do with reading practices and realities in antiquity. Except for the author’s treatment of some particular pericopes in light of what kinds of changes tend to happen to a text transmitted from one scribe to another, I found little new in this book–and these, of course, were more or less well-argued opinions.

Some elements are little more than advertising hype. There were other reasons for scribes to make an intentional change — for example, when they came across a passage that appeared to embody a mistake that needed to be corrected, possibly a contradiction found in the text, or a 5 6 Misquoting Jesus mistaken geographical reference, or a misplaced scriptural allusion. That even in civilized Rome in the early Christian centuries or Greece in the classical period, only percent of the population could read and write.

He gets wrong how many textual variants there are!

I learned that at the time of Christ, there were three distinct groups of believers I don’t like to perpetuate false information, and it’s overwhelming to select literature that maintains an interesting narrative while also providing Before I write my review, I must emphasize that this book is not making a case against Christianity.