Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

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It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that writing in the name of another was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today. In Forged, Ehrman s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church. So, if many of the books in the Bible were not in fact written by Jesus s inner circle but by writers living decades later, with differing agendas in rival communities what does that do to the authority of Scripture? Ehrman investigates ancient sources to: * Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries. * Explain how widely forgery was practiced by early Christian writers and how strongly it was condemned in the ancient world as fraudulent and illicit. * Expose the deception in the history of the Christian religion. Ehrman s fascinating story of fraud and deceit is essential reading for anyone interested in the truth about the Bible and the dubious origins of Christianity s sacred texts.

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HardCover Pub Date: 2011 Pages: 320 in Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers It is often said. even by critical scholars who should know better. That writing in the name of another was widely Express accepted in and antiquity in But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery. a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today. In Forged. Ehrman's fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world. where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church. So. if many of the books in the Bible were not in fact written by Jesus's inner circle-but by writers living decades later. with differing agendas in rival communities-what does that do to the authority of ScriptureEhrman investigates ancient sources to: Reveal which New Testament books were out...

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The Untold Story of Forgery in the Bible

In Forged, leading Bible authority Bart D. Ehrman exposes one of the most unsettling ironies of the early Christian tradition: the use of deception to establish the truth. With the scholarly expertise and provocative claims for which he's known, Ehrman reveals which texts were forged in the name of Jesus's disciples and considers how the deceptions of an unnamed few have prevailed for centuries. The untold story of widespread forgery in the ancient world sheds new light on how documents of scandalous origin became part of the Bible we have today.

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