Writing in the Name of God : Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

Book - 2011
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"In FORGED New York Times bestselling author, Bart Ehrman, reveals another hidden scandal of the Bible. For centuries, scholars have known that not all of the books in the New Testament are authentic while the general public has been blissfully unaware. The books of the New Testament are widely assumed to be written accounts of Jesus's life by those who knew him best. However, if the Gospels and letters were not written by members of Jesus's inner circle--but by later writers with differing agendas in rival communities--then the authority of the Bible collapses. Based on new, original research, Ehrman takes the reader on a journey to the ancient world and the forgery battles that raged throughout the Roman Empire. The popular myth is that "writing in the name of another" was a common, accepted practice in antiquity. Not so argues Ehrman. Forgery was as scandalous then as it is now. And yet, at a time when all documents and letters where copied by hand and circulated freely with little or no authorial control, identifying who actually penned a piece of writing-be it political, historical, or religious-was fraught with uncertainty. FORGED exposes the forged letters written in the name of Jesus's disciples for the expressed purpose of gaining acceptance in the early church ... which is exactly what happened and why we have the Bible we read today"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062012616
Branch Call Number: 225 EHR
Characteristics: x, 307 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 10, 2018

This is an excellent entry level look into the ways in which forgery, misappropriation and other scenarios play a role in ancient literature, not just the New Testament, but with many examples of other ancient documents. With in depth looks at the propensity of ancient writers to use many means to promote, and get their own points across to the reader, Ehrman shows that the Bible is no different.

kd7677 Mar 28, 2014

All copies of this book appear to have been stolen. I wonder why?

Dec 20, 2013

Dr. Ehrman has a job: . . .
and, from another author:
“To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and 'improved' by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries”
C. Richard Dawkins FRS, FRSL (1941-) from “The God Delusion” 2006

Jul 21, 2013

This is a well written book that is accessible to many. It is intneded as a starting point in discovering how the NT was written. I highly recommend this book.

Apr 22, 2013

Ehrman is one of my favourite authors....this book is not intended for the scholars, not at all, and he says so in the introduction. The scholarly version will be published soon.

I love the way he thinks and he joyfully and deliciously shatters biblical fundamentalism to its core. I am on the Christ Path and do not dare to call myself a Christian, just because of the horrible baggage that this word carries. But I do love my Bible --both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures-- and take great joy when someone like Ehrman delves deep into the Truth about how the Christian canonical books were written and chosen. I will recommend this book to anyone who is seriously looking for Truth.

Mar 31, 2012

Love the title and completely agree with Ehrman that God was not the author of most of those bible quotes.

Mar 13, 2012

This is not one of Ehrman's better efforts. His arguments are very weak--essentially we are expected to simply take his word for it.

He offers very little evidence for his conclusions that many of the NT books were pseudonymous.

And how many times does he have to tell us how he used to be a conservative before he saw the light?


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