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

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It is often said, even by critical scholars whoshould know better, that “writing in the nameof another” was widely accepted in antiquity.But New York Times bestselling author Bart D.Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literaryforgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and originalresearch takes readers back to the ancient world,where forgeries were used as weapons by unknownauthors to fend off attacks to their faith andestablish their church. So, if many of the books...

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Overview

It is often said, even by critical scholars whoshould know better, that “writing in the nameof another” was widely accepted in antiquity.But New York Times bestselling author Bart D.Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literaryforgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and originalresearch takes readers back to the ancient world,where forgeries were used as weapons by unknownauthors to fend off attacks to their faith andestablish their church. So, if many of the books inthe Bible were not in fact written by Jesus’s innercircle—but by writers living decades later, withdiffering agendas in rival communities—whatdoes that do to the authority of Scripture?

Ehrman investigates ancient sources to:

  • Reveal which New Testament books wereoutright forgeries.
  • Explain how widely forgery was practiced byearly Christian writers—and how strongly it wascondemned in the ancient world as fraudulentand illicit.
  • Expose the deception in the history of theChristian religion.

Ehrman’s fascinating story of fraud and deceit isessential reading for anyone interested in the truthabout the Bible and the dubious origins ofChristianity’s sacred texts.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The evocative title tells it all and hints at the tone of sensationalism that pervades this book. Those familiar with the earlier work of Ehrman, a distinguished professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and author of more than 20 books including Misquoting Jesus, will not be surprised at the content of this one. Written in a manner accessible to nonspecialists, Ehrman argues that many books of the New Testament are not simply written by people other than the ones to whom they are attributed, but that they are deliberate forgeries. The word itself connotes scandal and crime, andit appears on nearly every page. Indeed, this book takes on an idea widely accepted by biblical scholars: that writing in someone else's name was common practice and perfectly okay in ancient times. Ehrman argues that it was not even thenconsidered acceptable—hence, a forgery. While many readers may wish for more evidence ofthe charge, Ehrman's introduction to the arguments and debates among different religious communities during the first few centuries and amongthe early Christians themselves, though not the book's main point, is especially valuable. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Ehrman (religious studies, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Misquoting Jesus) provides evidence here that the ancient world, in fact, generally condemned forgeries as much as the modern world does. He then goes on to discuss works that were wrongly claimed to have been written by Peter or by Paul as well as other forgeries, including some in the last two centuries. He distinguishes between the use of a pen name to hide the writer's identity and a forgery that claims to be the work of someone else. Most of the forgeries Ehrman discusses served Christian anti-Jewish propaganda, although some were antipagan, while the so-called Gospel of Nicodemus was an attempt to correct the very anti-Christian Acts of Pilate. Ehrman uses other forgeries as well to support his conclusion that "Christians intent on establishing what was right to believe did so by telling lies." VERDICT Ehrman reveals for ordinary readers what most mainstream biblical scholars accept, but he then attributes motives to the writers, which are more speculative, ending his book with a discussion of a few justifiable lies or forgeries and those not justified (all the rest). Recommended for sophisticated readers who will come to their own conclusions about Ehrman's opinions.—Carolyn M. Craft, emerita, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062078636
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 132,546
  • File size: 759 KB

Meet the Author

Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. A master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, his work continues to drive debate among supporters and detractors alike. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus; God's Problem; Jesus, Interrupted; and Forged. Ehrman has appeared on Dateline NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, and top NPR programs, and he has been featured in Time, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and more.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Facing the Truth 1

1 A World of Deceptions and Forgeries 13

2 Forgeries in the Name of Peter 43

3 Forgeries in the Name of Paul 79

4 Alternatives to Lies and Deceptions 115

5 Forgeries in Conflicts with Jews and Pagans 143

6 Forgeries in Conflicts with False Teachers 179

7 False Attributions, Fabrications, and Falsifications: Phenomena Related to Forgery 219

8 Forgeries, Lies, Deceptions, and the Writings of the New Testament 251

Notes 267

Index 293

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    A Must Read

    This is an excellent book. It paints a good picture of the literary climate during the times when the gospels were written. It offers a fair and balanced view of the bible's authors for the general reader, with copious notes for those desiring further study. I have already ordered three more of Ehrman's books.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2011

    Not very well written..

    Ehrman eschews real concrete details and facts for dogmatic assertions and emotional arguments. I think he must have been hurt by Christians in the past and sadly, this has affected his writing..

    6 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    The Funny Thing Is...

    As a dyed in the wool believer in a creator, I have read all of Bart Ehrman's books. I find them fascinating and enlightening. This creation of his called Forged is one of his best. Not only it is a great `connect the dots' tome, the reasoning behind is theories is very compelling.

    To believe that authorities would lie to us and try to spin the truth so we adhere to a certain view continues to this day. Politics is the latest and greatest example. Why so many people believe that every single word in the NT is directly from God is astounding. This thinking not only belittles the scholars and believers that adhere to the belief that the NT came directly from God, but more importantly it belittles our creator.

    Ehrman does a fantastic job of writing of producing work that is several things rolled into one. For a beginning, it is historical, that is, a history lesson in and of itself. As a scholarly work I find it very well researched. Finally I find it an excellent example of critical thinking.

    The funny thing is that Ehrman has created his own cottage industry of publications that attempt to dispel his writings. While I can't say I have read all of them, I have read a good many. They do a good job of countering each of Ehrman's assessments. Taken together, the reader comes out at the end a much more knowledgeable person.

    I highly recommend this book. I think it would serve the reader well to look at some of the other books that counter his claims. A well-rounded reader is always a benefit to society at large.

    Michael L. Gooch, Author of Wingtips with Spurs

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Accurate and excellent

    This book uncovers the contradictions, errors, and plain old lies found in the bible with devastating logic and accuracy. A must read for anyone who wants to know the truth about religion.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2012

    What I liked about the book was it gave me facts I could use in

    What I liked about the book was it gave me facts I could use in talking with my "the Bible is innerrant" friends to show that the Bible does indeed have errors and it does indeed contrdict itself. That is what makes the Bible believable. If it had no errors, then it would not be an authentic book. That is why I believe the Bible to contain the word of God. Inerrantists must not allow the Bible to be a human book, because then they would not know where the errors began and where they ended, and then they trully would be in a hell of a mess. Gale Tenney

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Excellent

    As a Christian i was really impressed with the book. It was an eye opener. I remember finding questionable scriptures and interpretations when in my teens. I was a ardent researcher and saw many contradictions. I will now read his next book on the subject.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Forged

    An interesting read but it seemed the author expected the readers to be completely without knowledge of the subject. He oftened commented that the book was not to be a scholarly edition. If the reader wanted more Ehrman suggested other works including his own. These type of comments throughout the book left me with the impression of the author talking down to me.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Ehrman has become a joke. His books are repetitive, designed to

    Ehrman has become a joke. His books are repetitive, designed to inflame, poorly written and poorly researched. He is no longer well respected among academics and has to pander to armchair students who desire to discredit the Bible. A good indication is who most often references him - atheists and Mormons.

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