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

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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.


About Bart D. Ehrman

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Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus, God’s Problem, and Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time and has appeared on NBC Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, History Channel, major NPR shows, and other top media outlets. He lives in Durham, N.C.
Published January 23, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 242 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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This piece actually shows the adulation by study of theology in the Bible translations, because this piece is mostly about the methodical process of a theory itself, the building of the Bible’s manuscripts which creates the background of all the words of the Bible, through Ehrman’s specific compi...

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Book Reporter

For New Testament scholars, that means taking the various fragments and manuscripts that do exist --- none dating before the fourth century --- and recreating the text as closely as possible to whatever the original version may have been or, perhaps better, to discover the best possible version.

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Huffington Post

During the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane Garden, did Judas identify Jesus with a kiss, as described in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, or did Jesus identify himself (twice, with no kiss), in accordance with the gospel of John?

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Summary: An eye-opening look at just how much the text of the Bible has changed over the centuries.

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For one thing, it rather begs the question to refer to the “contradictions and illiteracies of the New Testament.” But if we interpret Hitchens as referring, for example, to diverse treatments of Jesus among the four Gospels, then he is simply wrong to say that no “Christian authority” ha...

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Daily Kos

It does a disservice to history itself to insist that either oral histories or written ones - particularly those of a religious nature - were not considered important enough knowledge to command reverence in the faithfulness of linear passage.

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American Thinker

Writing about Ehrman's more scholarly work, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, from which Misquoting Jesus draws heavily, Silva says in the following passage that Ehrman must have an original textual starting point in order to detect scribal intentional corruption in favor of orthodoxy.

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