Forged: Writing in the Name of God
It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today.... show more
It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church. So, if many of the books in the Bible were not in fact written by Jesus’s inner circle—but by writers living decades later, with differing agendas in rival communities—what does that do to the authority of Scripture? Ehrman investigates ancient sources to: Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries. Explain how widely forgery was practiced by early Christian writers—and how strongly it was condemned in the ancient world as fraudulent and illicit. Expose the deception in the history of the Christian religion. Ehrman’s fascinating story of fraud and deceit is essential reading for anyone interested in the truth about the Bible and the dubious origins of Christianity’s sacred texts.
Publish date: March 22nd 2011
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
Interesting book about a topic that I've often wondered about - although the subtitle should be "the authors of the New Testament" which is where the majority of the examples are from.
I'm not really sure what I was expecting to feel after reading this book, but I'm just glad I'm done with it. My plan for reading this in three days didn't work out and I was starting to feel lazy about it. It was a good book (I gave it 4 stars, after all) but that's really all I have to say about i...
If I could give this 3-1/2 stars I would, but I'll round up since I've always enjoyed Ehrman's books. This one seemed a bit drier, but was still informative and thought-provoking.
The material covered isn't new to anyone familiar with critical biblical scholarship. However, Ehrman is different because of the following:1. He's willing to call it forgery, lying and deceit (where appropriate).2. He says those who use milder adjectives are not supported by the evidence.3. He use...