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Evidently Paul correlated the events of Christ’s death and resurrection with his interpretation of key passages of the Jewish Bible, which he, as a highly educated Jew, obviously could read for himself, and which he interpreted for his hearers in an often successful attempt to convert them.

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

And by saying this they persuade them Against Celsus 3. Usually I find self-reference off-putting when used in scholarship. However, in his attempt to disprove the divine verbal inspiration of Scripture, Ehrman does not engage with any of the most intelligent representatives of this position. He does not deny, in other words, that the Christian community is largely made up of the lower, uneducated classes.

Ironically, this is precisely the point Ehrman unwittingly demonstrates as he closes out his case against the New Testament documents.

It is impossible to come up with an exact figure, but it appears that the percentage would not be very high.

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See 2 questions about Misquoting Jesus…. Not so in the ancient world. He does this to be able to prove to none believers that the bible is without error. Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Like adherents of any of the other hundreds of religions in the Mediterranean area, Jews acknowledged the existence of a divine realm populated by su- perhuman beings angels, archangels, principalities, powers ; they subscribed to the worship of a deity through sacrifices of animals and 1 8 Misquoting Jesus other food products; they maintained that there was a special holy place where this divine being dwelt here on earth the Temple in Jerusalemand it was there that these sacrifices were to be made.

Note that for misqquoting ancient documents only missquoting handful of manuscripts exist, some facing a time gap ofyears or more. It would be worthwhile, I think, to see how that person would deal with the issues Ehrman has brought up.

This book should encourage Christian teachers and pastors to teach these things to the people in their ch Ehrman did a good job of explaining textual criticism for the average person. View all 12 comments. The Torah was what they knew and set the backdrop for Christianity, the second book-oriented religion in the world.


miaquoting I don’t like to bartt false information, and it’s overwhelming to select literature that maintains an interesting narrative while also providing Before I write my review, I must emphasize that this book is not making a case against Christianity.

As it turns out, we are able to pinpoint the first time that any Christian of record listed the twenty-seven books of our New Testament as the books of the New Testament — neither more nor fewer.

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By the second half of the second century, apologies had become a popular form of Christian writing. Now, imagine telling all these people that their cherished fetish is flawed.

These jobs, in other words, went to the wealthier members of the society and carried a kind of status with them, but they required the expenditure of personal funds. The book nonetheless portrays, accurately IMHO and in the opinion of non-biased scholars, Joseph Smith as the charlatan, conman and womanizer that he actually was. So if you want to have an informed faith and make your own decisions about the reliability of your scripture or at least the translation you are using I highly recommend Dr.

He lists our twenty-seven books, excluding all others. Maybe if there was information in the text, other than simply general knowledge from the time period and culture, fundamentalists might have a stronger leg to stand on. Dec 23, Skylar Burris rated it it was ok Shelves: No missing parts need be replaced.

Accustomed as we are today to seeing jesuz copies of books appear on the shelves of major book chains around the bartt just days after they are published, we simply ac- cept that one copy of, say, The Da Vinci Code will be exactly like any 46 Misquoting Jesus other copy. When Wendy recommended it I thought that it would be pretty much the same old stuff that one would expect when an Atheist recommends a book on Religion.

The scholarly world would be a happier place if all authors had readers such as these. To illustrate the latter category he mentions “certain inanimate things, such as the manuscript which we often hurl from us because it is written in too small a script or tear up because it is full of mistakes. We still have some of the others: This kind of realization coincided with the problems I was en- countering the more closely I studied the surviving Greek manu- scripts of the New Testament.

Presumably the situation was similar in various churches scattered throughout the Mediterranean region, even though no other church was probably as large as the one in Rome.

Moreover, I know that this Spirit, which I obtained through reading the Bible, can become within me a source of living water that can help me to help other people draw closer to God and build their own faith. In a much discussed passage from the writings of the Christian intellectual and apologist Justin Martyr, for example, we get a glimpse of what a church service involved in his home city of Rome: The teacher whispers a story in the ear of one child and it’s whispered from one ear to the next until the last child tells the story out loud.


And we know that by the middle of the second century, a good portion of the Christian worship services involved the jdsus reading of scripture. Another egregious error that he seemed to commit was to assume that scriptural texts are the foundation and lifeblood of the Christian religion.

The Moody experience was intense. I have never understood how both things can be true at the same time. He replies that he can’t remember everything she has read and asks her to “Give me the book to make a copy.

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

The example that illustrates the problem of defining literacy in- volves an Egyptian scribe called Petaus, from the village of Karanis in upper Egypt. For the writers of the New Testament, including our earli- est author, Paul, the “scriptures” referred to the Jewish Bible, the col- lection of books that God had given his people and that predicted the coming of the Messiah, Jesus. He lives in Durham, North Carolina. Part of the reason the author says it is important to get some idea of the original text of the New Testament — for Christians and Non-Christians alike — is that The Bible is a cornerstone of our culture and this alone makes it an important document to understand.

Oh well, I give up Jan 09, Wendy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And James is different from Paul”. It is not unreasonable to conclude that the person who provided the home also provided the leadership of the church, as is assumed in a number of the Christian letters that have come down to us, in which an author will greet so-and-so and “the church that meets in his home. Wettstein, who, in the early 18th century, sought to find the original words and he given access to the Codex Alexandrinus where is was startled to note problems with Timothy 1 3: Maybe, when Jesus says later in Mark 4 that the mustard seed is “the smallest of all seeds on the earth,” 1 Misquoting Jesus maybe I don’t need to come up with a fancy explanation for how the mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds when I know full well it isn’t.

Just out of curiosity, though: