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"[A] fascinating account of New Testament textual criticism....For believer or atheist, I recommend Misquoting Jesus to anyone with an interest in where this ancient anthology that has helped shape our culture came from." Doug Brown, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

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For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand — and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes.

In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, explaining for the first time how the many variations of our cherished biblical stories came to be, and why only certain versions of the stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today. Ehrman frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultra–conservative views of the Bible.

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"In the absence of any original manuscripts of the books of the New Testament, how can we be sure that we're getting the intended words and meaning? Ehrman, professor of religion at UNC-Chapel Hill, has devoted his life to the study of such questions and here offers an engaging and fascinating look at the way scholars try to answer them. Part memoir, part history and part critical study, he traces the development of the academic discipline called textual criticism, which uses external and internal evidence to evaluate and compare ancient manuscripts in order to find the best readings. Ehrman points out that scribes altered almost all of the manuscripts we now have. In the early days of the Christian movement, scribal error often arose simply from unintentional omissions of words or lines. As Christianity evolved into an official religion under Constantine, however, scribes often added material to existing manuscripts or altered them to provide scriptural support for Christian doctrine or to enforce specific views about women, Jews or pagans. Ehrman's absorbing story, fresh and lively prose and seasoned insights into the challenges of recreating the texts of the New Testament ensure that readers might never read the Gospels or Paul's letters the same way again." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Although he addresses a popular audience, [Ehrman] undercuts the very religious attitudes that have made the Bible a popular book. Still, this is a useful overview for biblical history collections." Booklist

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"Offers a fascinating look into the field of textual criticism and evidence that Scriptures have been altered." Charleston Post & Courier

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"Whichever side you sit on regarding Biblical inerrancy, this is a rewarding read." Dallas Morning News

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"[An] accessible lay introduction to New Testament textual criticism....Recommended." Library Journal

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Now in paperback, this New York Times bestseller explores the mistakes and changes that ancient copyists made to the New Testament that greatly impacted the Bible used today.

Synopsis:

The author of Lost Christianities reveals how ancient scribes erroneously or deliberately changed New Testament stories in the face of period cultural, theological, and political disputes, explaining how numerous Christian beliefs are based on altered texts.

About the Author

Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an authority on the history of the New Testament, the early church, and the life of Jesus. He has taped several highly popular lecture series for the Teaching Company and is the author of Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew and Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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llibrariann, August 6, 2007 (view all comments by llibrariann)
Oh, great, another excuse to tear out more pages of the Manual. One look at our changing cultural mores would indicate we need every good foundation we have. But that's OK. This much-maligned Book has already told us this would happen and what the results would be. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." ( Some of It's last words on the subject)
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mcleajc, July 29, 2007 (view all comments by mcleajc)
This is a fascinating book, I found it hard to put down. Dr Ehrman is very methodical and gives much needed background to lay people trying to understand the process of putting the New Testament together and the editing that has resulted over the course of time and the course of politics. Many would like to think that God took over the printing presses and out popped the Bible - but that is far from the truth. And the truth is far more fascinating especially as older documents have come to light and into the hands of scholars who can interpret them. I found this to be fair and not overly emotional - with some books you can tell the author has an ax to grind - Dr Ehrman does a great job explaining how the New Testament came to be, how it's been transcribed for hundreds of years, how and why things have been added, even how scholars KNOW they've been added or changed and finally - whether or not those changes actually make a difference in our understanding of Jesus and Christianity. For anyone who wants an understanding of New Testament writings this is a must read.
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ArchiesBoy, July 15, 2007 (view all comments by ArchiesBoy)
I knew all that before, but it's good to see it in print yet again, and it's good to know this book is out there fighting the good fight, especially these days.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060859510
Author:
Ehrman, Bart D.
Publisher:
HarperOne
Author:
Ehrman, Bart
Author:
by Bart Ehrman
Subject:
General
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - General
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Subject:
Christianity
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Plus
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.02x5.38x.65 in. .45 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the absence of any original manuscripts of the books of the New Testament, how can we be sure that we're getting the intended words and meaning? Ehrman, professor of religion at UNC-Chapel Hill, has devoted his life to the study of such questions and here offers an engaging and fascinating look at the way scholars try to answer them. Part memoir, part history and part critical study, he traces the development of the academic discipline called textual criticism, which uses external and internal evidence to evaluate and compare ancient manuscripts in order to find the best readings. Ehrman points out that scribes altered almost all of the manuscripts we now have. In the early days of the Christian movement, scribal error often arose simply from unintentional omissions of words or lines. As Christianity evolved into an official religion under Constantine, however, scribes often added material to existing manuscripts or altered them to provide scriptural support for Christian doctrine or to enforce specific views about women, Jews or pagans. Ehrman's absorbing story, fresh and lively prose and seasoned insights into the challenges of recreating the texts of the New Testament ensure that readers might never read the Gospels or Paul's letters the same way again." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "[A] fascinating account of New Testament textual criticism....For believer or atheist, I recommend Misquoting Jesus to anyone with an interest in where this ancient anthology that has helped shape our culture came from." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Although he addresses a popular audience, [Ehrman] undercuts the very religious attitudes that have made the Bible a popular book. Still, this is a useful overview for biblical history collections."
"Review" by , "Offers a fascinating look into the field of textual criticism and evidence that Scriptures have been altered."
"Review" by , "Whichever side you sit on regarding Biblical inerrancy, this is a rewarding read."
"Review" by , "[An] accessible lay introduction to New Testament textual criticism....Recommended."
"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, this New York Times bestseller explores the mistakes and changes that ancient copyists made to the New Testament that greatly impacted the Bible used today.
"Synopsis" by , The author of Lost Christianities reveals how ancient scribes erroneously or deliberately changed New Testament stories in the face of period cultural, theological, and political disputes, explaining how numerous Christian beliefs are based on altered texts.
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