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Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God”…

As de- fensive individuals often do, Salvian made lots of excuses. But Ehrman will have none of it. It is often argued that, foryed ancient times, men would often write their books not in their own names but in the bsrt of more renowned figures say, for example, Plato, Seneca, Virgil, or Pauland this practice, so argue many New Testament scholars and I can vouch for having heard this argument myself many times in seminary and having read it in numerous books and articles about the ehdman literaturewas commonplace and accepted: Is it possible that any of the early Christian forgeries made it into the New Testament?

We’re not talking here about mistaken authorial attribution of a work that, on its face, is written anonymously. This eventually created a market for other forgers to produce and sell replicas of Kujau’s imitations. But as someone who be- lieved that truth was objective bartt who was unwilling to believe what was false, I came to think that the Bible could not be what I thought it was.

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They refer to these forgeries as “pseudonymous,” acknowledging that they are not written by the people who are claimed as the authors. But I mean the question at a ehr,an level. To the amateur historian of religion, it is a picnic basket of delights.


But someone in the crowd asks Peter why he won’t heal his own daughter, who is lying paralyzed in the corner. Forensics experts found that the paper, the glue, and the ink were all of post vintage; historians showed that the di- aries were filled with errors.

They may have thought and believed, at least in their own minds, that they had very good reasons for doing eheman they did. Dhrman me, if you preach a Gospel and you find out it was falsely attributed, if you are then expected to blindly accept everything in it, you already are building on sand. He describes how Paul’s views of women in the legitimate writings are different from those in the forgery in Paul’s name.

When it comes to biography or historical writing, however, readers do not make this agreement. Heraclides was still not convinced, and so Dionysius showed him two other acrostics embedded in the lines of the text. Secretaries in antiquity were used dorged different ways. Their readers, had they known, would erhman have called them liars and condemned what they did.

Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are,” but he has caused the greatest controversy by openly discussing the evidence, some of it centuries old, that at bg some of the books lovingly copied and preserved in the canonical New Testament are also forgeries. My point is that fiction, even historical fiction, can in some sense convey “truth” even if it is something that “didn’t happen.

But it’s much easier to say who did nor write a book Paul did not write Forted than who did write it Ephesians, if not by Paul, was written by whom? They were stories intending to convey some kind of true understanding of the divine realm and humans’ relationship to it.

Dec 13, Darrel rated it it was amazing. For this reason forgery belongs to the realm of lying and deception. He spent some time in jail as a young adult, having been caught forging lunch vouchers. The first thought that slammed in was — how did I get to be this old without knowing Jesus had a twin brother?


Ehrman documents references to forgery from more than two thousand years ago up until recently.

Both seem to misunderstand the theology of the real Paul, who maintains that the works of the Hebrew law are not required for salvation, but urges Christians to follow a code of conduct. The same may be said concerning the four Gospels in the New Testament. I attempted to write a history paper to argue bt this forgdd, but there wasn’t enough historical evidence being proposed to argue against.

There were a few notable exceptions such as 1CThe Gospel of Peter, 1D which was read as if it were scripture by some churches in Syria for a while. Almost from its inception. At best these would be educated guesses, at worst they would simply be made up, reflecting the scribes’ opinions, not Paul’s.

God had given the law, and he never changed his mind. Is lying ever justified? Ehrman argues that most of the books in the Bible were not written by the person to whom they bary been attributed, but this does not prove forgery.

Forgeries Served Christian Propaganda

In large part that was because in antiquity there simply weren’t the research tools available that we have today: I’m not arguing that we embrace pure, empirical rationalism, or humanism or ehrrman. In chapter one, Ehrman informs readers of the forgde of forgeries authored by Christians in the first few centuries of the Church. I feel bad for writing a review of this when I have left other books, ones I liked a lot more, unreviewed.

I was passionate about my studies and the truth that I could find. The remaining three letters are each unique in style.