Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why  -     By: Bart D. Ehrman
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Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

Harpercollins Publishing / 2007 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 266
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.02 X 5.38 X 0.65 (inches)
ISBN: 0060859512
ISBN-13: 9780060859510
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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.

Author Bio

Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, his work continues to drive debate among supporters and detractors alike. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus; God's Problem; Jesus, Interrupted; and Forged. Ehrman has appeared on Dateline NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, and top NPR programs, and he has been featured in Time, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and more.

Editorial Reviews

“Offers a fascinating look into the field of textual criticism and evidence that Scriptures have been altered.”
“Whichever side you sit on regarding Biblical inerrancy, this is a rewarding read.”
“One of the unlikeliest bestsellers of the year.”
“Misquoting Jesus is a godsend.”

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    Anyone interested in NT textual criticism knows Bart Ehrman is one of the big names in the field. Thus, one cannot simply pass over this important work.

    Pros:

    1. Ehrman brings complicated TC discussions down to a layman's level.

    2. Ehrman writes well and keeps a tough topic rather interesting.

    3. He brings a wealth of knowledge and preparation to the table.

    Cons:

    1. The book has a clear negative apologetic aim. He seems to want to drive his readers to conclusions uncharitable to Christianity regardless of other options that may be out there.

    2. Ehrman seems to be fine with his readers drawing more drastic conclusions than he himself draws. For example, Ehrman knows that it is notoriously difficult to find an "original reading;" however, he allows his readers to draw conclusions that say that none of the New Testament has any value. Ehrman himself doesn't seem to believe this, but he makes it easy for his readers to believe it.

    Readers should learn to appreciate Ehrman for his layman's introduction to the hugely important topic of textual criticism; however, they should also be prepared to ask critical questions like "is this the only conclusion to be drawn from the evidence." Sometimes the answer is yes; other times it is a resounding no. This book would earn an easy five stars if not for the clear bias behind the text. I still heartily recommend it.
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