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. Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original In Misquotingjesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient For further dis cussion, see Bart D. Ehrman, Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the.

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Highly recommended for anyone affected by the idea that the Bible is the true and unaltered word of God. This, then, was the act of publication, when the book was no longer solely in the author’s control but in the hands of others.

If authors are writing books for Christians, then the people read- ing the books would presumably be Christians.

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

As a believer in “verbal plenary inspiration”, which this author once cherished but came to see as ridiculous, I am curious to hear his experience and case. Even later, starting in the fourth and fifth centuries, when Christian scribes emerged as a professional class within the church, 13 and later still when most manuscripts were copied by monks devoted to this kind of work in monasteries — even then, some scribes were less skilled than others.

A select few members were scribes for the church. Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. Again, much is revealed about the temper of the times and how attitudes toward the Bible and its use has changed over time even within the last few hundred years thru books such as these.

Literacy is a way of life for those of us in the modern West. An explanation from a noted textual scholar, as to why literal interpretation of the bible is simply not possible. The introduction is an intriguing spiritual autobiography, but his conclusion leans a little too heavily towar While I found it interesting to see what differed in various manuscripts, I did not find any of these changes as sensational, apparently, as the back cover blurb writers did.


How can we know what the word of God means if we don’t know what those words area? Is this what you have found to be the case?

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

Then when the author was finished with the book, he or she would have copies made for a few friends and acquaintances. While I found it interesting to see what differed in various manuscripts, I did not find any jessus these changes as sensational, apparently, as the back cover blurb writers did.

I’m not sure whom I would recommend this to. Mar 03, Mitch rated it did not like it Shelves: To make things worse, the manuscripts were often in scriptio continua where there are no capital letters, nor punctuation, nor spaces between the words, e.

I found these classes to be a challenge, both academically and person- ally. 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 spends the majority of the book speaking in the first person as a young, naive “‘born again’ Christian” being exposed for the first time to what baft 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.

But overall, a wonderful book that is, for the most part, written in layman’s terms. I have never understood how both things can mmisquoting true at the same time. And he mentions another letter that some of the Corinthians had sent him 1 Cor.

It took the church liturgy seriously, and scripture was part of that liturgy. The Bible is a flawed book of history and storiesit’s the victors who write the history. To make sense of this initial attempt to establish the canon, we need to know a bit about Marcion’s distinctive teaching.


It takes hold of old manuscripts, compares them, applies certa First of all, for a man who values the exact words written down by writers and copyists, it is ironic that this book is so titled. Lindsey, thinking that it is an in- errant word from God himself, unpacks its message by pointing out that in the Bible the “fig tree” is often used as eheman image of the nation of Israel.

Accidental or Intentional Revisions of Copyists

What scanty little real facts and information there were in this book were not only overshadowed by the above aspects of the book but were also basic enough that they could easily be gleaned by reading Wikipedia articles on the relevant topics trust me, fhrman an insult.

Among other things, this meant that Mark did not say the same thing that Luke said because he didn’t mean the same thing as Luke.

And when Jesus said the mustard seed was the smallest of all the seeds on earth in the parable, did he make a mistake as we know it’s not the smallest seed. The apostles can’t even agree on a number of points from when Jesus was crucifiedafter Passover or before; when Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth; when Paul went to Jerusalem after he was converted; the Adoptionists; the Separationists such as the Gnostics; and, literally thousands of other issues.

Throughout most of antiquity, since most people could not write, there were local “readers” and “writers” who hired out their services to people who needed to conduct business that required written texts: View all 5 comments.

But our facility with written language today has little to do with reading practices and realities in antiquity. All these groups were in error, however, because it is not possible that the Gospels can be either more or fewer in number than they are.