Friday, March 18, 2011

Bart D. Ehrman's FORGED--Revealing the True Authors of the Bible

New from Bart Ehrman—bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and Jesus, Interrupted is Forged: Writing in the Name of God—Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are.

The books of the New Testament are widely assumed to be written accounts of Jesus’s life by those who knew him best. Using his own original research, Ehrman takes students on a journey to the Roman Empire to reveal how counterfeit works written in the name of Jesus’s disciples have actually been included in the Bible we read today.

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.

Here is essential reading for those studying the Bible and the history of Christianity.

Praise for Bart Ehrman:

“Ehrman’s ability to translate scholarship for a popular audience has made the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a superstar in the publishing world”—IndyWeek

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1 comment:

  1. Forged, written by Professor Bart D. Ehrman, is apparently another attempt to pay for a scholar’s education without any real proof as to the validity of his words. The professor states “that only about half of the New Testament letters attributed to Paul, 7 of 13 were actually written by him. In my humble opinion, and after an exhaustive 4 year search of every original word in the New Testament, Paul not only wrote or dictated each of the 13 books or letters commonly attributed to him, he also authored 4 more books whose names were changed making a total of 17 volumes.

    When writers finally put their ideas down on paper the unique words they select can be used to identify who the real writer was just like the words used by the Unabomber. Words which ultimately led to his identity and capture.

    Authors who write more than one volume often reiterate certain ideas in one volume or another and sometimes these ideas are found in multiple word phrases. Paul used certain unique key words that are not found in any volumes written by the other New Testament writers. Thus these key words and phrases can and do establish the identity of the writer.

    The so called lost books to the Laodiceans were not really lost; they simply got a name change to 1st and 2nd Peter. Paul also wrote two epistles to the Ephesians. The 1st was written from Melita while Paul was stranded there on the way to his trail at Rome but the name was changed to Revelation. The 2nd was written from Rome and is now simply named Ephesians.

    Sadly for us Paul, the man I call the first unnamed Pope, gained a following among the early visible church leaders because he is ultimately the man who laid out a structure and a hierarchy for them. The visible congregations that exist today are the “many” Jesus warned about when he said, many are called, but few chosen. Mt 22:14

    kerusso alethes