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Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible & 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 mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows...more
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Firstly, it is written by someone who I assume still considers himself a Christian. He begins this book by telling the reader his ‘life story’ – how he became a born again Christian at fifteen and how this lead him to become fascinated in The Bible. Not in the w ...more
1. The smart ass academic or pseudoacademic who says the book isn’t that good anyway
2. The fundamentalist Christian appalled at the idea of someone doubting the infallibility of the Bible
3. Your average Joe that finds the book quite interesting
In my case, I could be a #1 considering that I’m both a smart ass and an academic (or so I like to think). In the case ofMisquoting Jesus Cover bi ...more
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The book was not quite what I expected, inasmuch as it focused a lot more on the individual motivations of scribes and/or transcription errors rather than the major political and theological debates that also contributed to changes in the text.
There is much of this that I already knew - changes are made and mistakes happen. What was new to me, and what really made me sit up and take n ...more
Update: I am kind of disappointed in this author, because I feel like he promised these earth-sha ...more
Usually I find self-reference off-putting when used in scholarship. In this case, however, Ehrman's introductory account of how ...more
Ehrman begins this book by describing how he was raised as a Christian and was so fascinated by the Bible that he began intently studying it, and I do mean intently. He was so interested in it that he learned Greek, Latin, and some of the ancient languages in order to translate the ancient manuscripts hims ...more
It's not just that we in America are reading English versions which rely on translating notions and cultural contexts almost certainly to veer from the original setting, but for which we ca ...more
that said, i am glad i read this, and i highly recommend this to *anyone* who takes the bible to be the inerrant word of god. ehrman's writing style is relatively easy to understand, has a ...more
Rather than a scholarly and engaging look at the manuscript traditions of ...more
I enjoyed reading about a fundamentalist who actually saw the light and understood the Bible, like the Constitution, was intended to be a living document - not a frozen one.
And that the whole purpose of Christianity, in Jesus, was to foment change in how people viewed the things they previously believed were absolutes as well (Laws of Moses).
As an aside, I had been down this road before. I took a course in college called the New Testament as Literature. ...more
I knew some of the basics of textural criticism before but it was fascinating to see how it applied to these particular texts. And I'd known that the oldest forms of Latin were written without grammar or even spaces between words, but I had no idea the same was true of Ancient Greek.
It was also interesting that the older texts ...more
A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Div ...more