Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
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,... show more
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.
Publish date: February 5th 2007
Pages no: 266
Edition language: English
A confession - I don't attend any type of services because I am relentlessly skeptical of (and often outraged by) organized religion. In that vein, I found this book refreshing in its honesty about the ethereal and context-driven Word. Isn't faith supposed to be about accepting that we don't know? ...
Misquoting Jesus is an amazing piece of historical work. I -- like so many -- grew up with the bible in my house. Over the years I lost my faith as something that just didn't have any basis in fact, but I still find the study of religion very fascinating. Bart Ehrman has done an excellent job here, ...
Well, he doesn't take the conclusion where I think he should and he's a little too brief (I guess because he is not intending this for the scholars) but otherwise it's a great point that should be made over and over. I mean, it's obvious but many people would argue it's false or what have you.
Excellent book on the origins of the writings that make up the Bible. Or more precisely the way the original scriptures were changed, sometimes by error and sometimes on purpose. Anyone interested in the origins of Christianity and how it changed from a "cult" with various factions to a world-wide r...
I loved this book. It was packed full of great information, and best of all, it didn't read like some dusty textbook from a college theology class.It was an invaluable resource when trying to do an accurate study of the Bible and the history thereof. This should be handbook for every bible study gro...