Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the... show more
When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today. He frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultraconservative views of the Bible. Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus's words or Saint Paul's writings. And yet, for almost fifteen hundred years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were deeply influenced by the cultural, theological, and political disputes of their day. Both mistakes and intentional changes abound in the surviving manuscripts, making the original words difficult to reconstruct. For the first time, Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible. Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes -- alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.
Publish date: November 1st 2005
Pages no: 256
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...