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It is often said, even by critical scholars whoshould know better, that “writing in the nameof another” was widely accepted in antiquity.But New York Times bestselling author Bart D.Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literaryforgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and originalresearch takes readers back to the ancient world,where forgeries were used as weapons by unknownauthors to fend off attacks to their faith andestablish their church. So, if many of the books inthe Bible were not in fact written by Jesus’s innercircle—but by writers living decades later, withdiffering agendas in rival communities—whatdoes that do to the authority of Scripture?
Ehrman investigates ancient sources to:
Ehrman’s fascinating story of fraud and deceit isessential reading for anyone interested in the truthabout the Bible and the dubious origins ofChristianity’s sacred texts.
Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, his work continues to drive debate among supporters and detractors alike. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of more than twenty books, including theNew York TimesbestsellingMisquoting Jesus;God's Problem;Jesus, Interrupted; andForged. Ehrman has appeared onDateline NBC,The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, and top NPR programs, and he has been featured inTime, theNew York Times,The New Yorker,The Washington Post, and more.
Buy this book. If for no other reason that you will have information that most believers do not have. It will piss them offPublished 7 months ago by ernest reinhart
Let me state from the outset that I applaud Ehrman's efforts to cover the on-going work of biblical scholars and specifically here to discuss in this book on Forgery "the issue at... Read morePublished on May 2 2011 by D. Peter Humphrys