Misquoting Jesus

Misquoting Jesus

The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

Book - 2005
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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 the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today. He frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultraconservative views of the Bible.

Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus's words or Saint Paul's writings. And yet, for almost fifteen hundred years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were deeply influenced by the cultural, theological, and political disputes of their day. Both mistakes and intentional changes abound in the surviving manuscripts, making the original words difficult to reconstruct. For the first time, Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible.

Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes -- alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.

Publisher: New York : HarperSanFrancisco, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060738174
0060738170
Branch Call Number: 225.48 Ehrman
225.4 EHRMAN
Characteristics: viii, 242 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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horthhill
Jun 14, 2016

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why by Bart Ehrman is one of the few non-fiction books that I've read twice. I first read it several years ago. I haven't read any other book on the subject so my knowledge of the topic is biased to this one book. Yet I feel I've really learned something. Worth the read.

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shardy
Sep 27, 2015

Excellent. Accessible. Scholarly. Even (especially?) devout Christians can get much from this examination of the evolution (hehe) of the New Testament. Check out Ehrman's other books too especially "Jesus, Interrupted"

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zxm
Nov 25, 2013

An excellent and revelational read! Ehrman does indeed reveal changes and suggest why such were made. __I add that I believe I've seen several alterations in the bible. One involves the parable of (and I paraphrase) "Heaven being like a field, where the hero digs up a treasure, buries it, then goes and works 24 7 to get the money to buy the field". I would suggest that in the _ORIGINAL_, the FIELD ITSELF was the actual treasure. Some poor ignorant scribe couldn't fathom this, so amended the story to include all the digging and generate the further mystery - WHY NOT JUST __TAKE__ THE BLOODY TREASURE!

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jlcaine
Jul 25, 2012

Funny. Excellent. Informative and easy to read!

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catlady3681
Jan 08, 2009

The Bible has most certainly been changed. Did you actually read the book?!?!?!

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