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Over the course of the next few days, after Stern had announced the most significant historical find in decades, other specialists were brought in.

Ancient people also had a more nuanced sense of truth and baft they too had stories that they accepted as “true” in some sense without thinking that they actually happened. Gospels were in circula- tion that claimed to be written by Jesus’s disciples Peter, Philip, and Mary and his brothers Thomas and James. This has ehrmwn my view for many years, and it used to drive my kids crazy when they were young. In summary, a very interesting book that anyone who is interested in Christianity or general history should read.

Oct 02, John de’ Medici rated it really liked it Shelves: It is true that the ancient authors who lied about their identity may well have felt they had a clear conscience, that what they did was ehmran justified, that they were ultimately in the right.

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Ehrman has the knack of dealing with complex issues in in assessable terms. Serapion indicates that while making the rounds of his churches, he visited Rhossus and found there was a division in the congregation. In this letter “Aristeas” describes how the king decided to include a copy of the Jewish Scriptures in his expanding library, and so he made arrange- ments with the Jewish high priest in Israel to send scholars to Egypt who could translate the sacred texts from their original Hebrew language into Greek.

How can you tell a forgery? May 13, Kris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet it seems clear to me that “forgery” is the correct term. I agree with Ehrman that this is a desperate move. There was no such thing as a “subjective truth. I know that part of the practice in the Hebrew Scriptures was for later editors and redactors to put together existing material that came from various authors. Needless to say, dealing with the issue of forgery or falsity in the Bible is a little like juggling live lobsters and lit dynamite, hot, emotional and controversial.


Object- ive truth, to paraphrase a not erhman Christian song, has been the ru- in of many a poor boy, forgev God, I know, I’m one. In the New Testament, it is only in the Gospel of Matthew that we have a story of Pilate washing his hands at Jesus’s trial, declaring himself “innocent of this man’s blood” In a nutshell, you would carefully craft the document because you would want to keep your job and your present standard of living.

The present book, in other words, is not intended for my fellow scholars, who, if they read this one, will be doing so simply out of curiosity. The early church was not capable of the kind of careful textual analysis that can reveal literary fraud in these texts. What a difference that would’ve made He only seemed to do so. Or if you are a christian, then you really should read this book.

Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God”…

Ehrman has a respect for his Christian material that axe-grinding atheists may lack but is not clouded by personal subjectivities and religious dogmas. In fact, when it came to accepting the Gentiles as brothers in Christ and eating with them, Peter received a revelation of this even before Paul.

On these grounds he allowed the parish- ioners in Rhossus to continue using it. Some of these other forved still survive. Then comes an account of the women going to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus, only to learn that he has been raised. It’s just really sad that so many people base their lives on the Bible, but are at the same time so ignorant of its history.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God by Bart D. Ehrman

Many early Christian writings are “pseudonymous,” going un- der a “false name. There were lots of forged writings in the ancient world, including biblical ones.


That James and Jude did not write the books that bear their names? This Gospel maintains even more emphatically than the Gospels of the New Testament that the blame for Jesus’s death falls squarely upon the Jewish people and their leaders. Orthonymous writing is one really written by the person claiming to be writing it.

But then he be- came very ill, experienced a good deal of pain, and started to think that his earlier philosophizing about pain was bogus in the face of pain itself. Is it possible that any of the early Christian forgeries made it into the New Testament?

Forgeries Served Christian Propaganda

He uses them because that’s what he means, abrt connotations and all. All he’s saying is that the people who were inspired by his story fibbed about some things. This was a problem for me, be- cause I wanted to believe the truth, the divine truth, and I came to see that the Bible was not divine truth without corged.

In particular, it was used by a group of Christians known as docet- ists. Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament.

The author, “Peter,” attacks Christians who interpret his message as saying that the Jewish law is no longer in force.

I deal with this question at length later in the book, looking into evidence that a number of the books of the New Testament were not written by the people who are claimed to be their authors. Spiritually, I am probably best described as a Teilhardian agnostic. Finally, as far as I have seen, this objection isn’t backed up by historical evidence; it appears to be creative conjecture invented to support a predetermined conclusion that Paul must have written all the letters the Bible attributes to him because, well, he must have.

All of the above is simply to establish who I am and what I believe in the most general terms. This is an enjoyable and challenging book.