The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament

The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament

by Bart D. Ehrman

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ISBN-13: 9780199739783
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/08/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 486,579
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.18(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

Bart Ehrman is James A. Gray Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the author of two dozen books in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 The Text of Scripture in an Age of Dissent: Early Christian Struggles for Orthodoxy 3

2 Anti-Adoptionistic Corruptions of Scripture 55

3 Anti-Separationist Corruptions of Scripture 140

4 Anti-Docetic Corruptions of Scripture 212

5 Anti-Patripassianist Corruptions of Scripture 307

6 Conclusion: The Orthodox Corruptors of Scripture 320

7 Afterword: Recent "Work on Scribal Corruptions 331

Bibliography of Secondary Works Cited 365

Index of Scripture 387

Index of Modern Authors 391

Index of Subjects and Ancient Sources 397

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The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Professor Ehrman has provided us with an excellent, and well-written book detailing problems revealed in the various texts and manuscripts of the New Testament writings. This truly is not a book for the faint of heart, nor the faint of faith. You will be challenged to the very core of your belief and understanding of the New Testament, but what is so wrong with that?? We have been admonished by Peter to 'be ready to give an answer', and Paul to 'study to show yourself approved.' Yet all too often in Christendom our beliefs are more based in 'feelings and emotions' than in fact. The subject confronted by Prof. Ehrman in this book id both difficult and necessary. It is all too easy to point the judgmental finger of blame and accusation at this servant who has dedicated his life to the study of the scriptural texts. How much more difficult is it to attentively listen to what is said, take into consideration the context of the author, and then change my own flawed beliefs? Bravo, to you Dr. Ehrman!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had first read the review and wasn't going to get this book based on the negative comment that was made by one of the commentors. Then I thought to myself anyone that would put so much effort into trying to take your mind away from the book, what they are really saying is buy the book. Now if they would have said this in response to a love story or something on that level I may have listened, but not with something that may be dealing with a truth. Well I have bought the book an the author of this book has done his research. I recommend this book to anyone that isn't scared to read the truth. If your confortable in a lie I suggest staying as far away from it as possible. Very good book. 2 thumbs up!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ehrman's scholarship is impeccable. anyone who is afraid of thinking should not read his books.
Only-God-is-God More than 1 year ago
I take exception to the review by the member of the Orthodox Church who does not realize the adjective orthodox refers to: 1. of, pertaining to, or conforming to the approved form of any doctrine, philosophy, ideology, etc. 2. of, pertaining to, or conforming to beliefs, attitudes, or modes of conduct that are generally approved. 3. customary or conventional, as a means or method; established. Just as "catholic" refers to the Roman Catholic claim that it is the universal Christian church and "episcopal" refers to the Episcopal Church's assertion that its clergy are ordained by bishops (hierarchical), so the Orthodox Church(es) use the term to assert the claim of conformity of doctrines and practices to what is orthodox or accepted. Ehrman is not attacking the Orthodox Church as such, only to the difficulties the early Eastern AND Western church fathers had in determining what the writings of the canon on the New Testament meant. Their resources were minuscule compared to what is available to modern scholars. No one believes they did not act in good faith; but demonstrable errors were made. I believe scholars are called upon to lead the way to seeing Holy Scripture with new eyes, eyes of faith and eyes of scholarship. There is no dichotomy between the two except for those too lazy to get past the childish understanding from their days in Sunday school. I don't believe I have been called to check my brain at the church door; but how many tedious graybeards are still quoting from their third grade teachers or catechisms! "When I was a child I spoke as a child . . . ." Take a safe example from literature. When Juliette exclaims from her balcony, "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo!" what is she asking? Shakespeare and the King James Bible come from approximately the same era, but if you have always believed Juliette is asking "Where are you, Romeo?" you are making the same error 99(+/-) percent of people make. "Wherefore" in those days was understood to mean not "where" but "why!" She's asking why Romeo has to be the scion of the family that are her own family's mortal enemies. The meaning of words changes over time. It changes from rural to urban societies; from Aramaic to Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English. From a Jewish community to gentile. Think about the word "gay, " as in the movie title "The Gay Divorce." That movie was not about a divorced homosexual; but virtually everyone under 30 would assume so. Professor Ehrman brings his considerable scholarship and love of God's Holy Word to those of us who seek the Truth. Ignorance will not set us free. Truth shall set us free. Remember, the Bible is not God; the Church is not God; only God is God.
karlpov More than 1 year ago
My rating attempts to average the content and the ebook construction. Bart Ehrman provides various examples of textual differences in early New Testament manuscripts and argues that many accepted texts are changes made to enforce those beliefs which have become orthodox or normal Christianity. Dry stuff by its nature, but well done. The problem is that Ehrman copiously quotes from the original Greek of the New Testament, and the quotes wind up too tiny to read on some, perhaps all readers. All these quotes are actually jpegs of Greek text. Those responsible for conversion of Ehrman's work apparently have never heard of Unicode or embedded fonts. The reader can generally figure out the sense of the text without the Greek, but that is no excuse for such laziness and incompetence.
John_Gill More than 1 year ago
Almost similar to reading the tired and flawed arguments of Warfield. Burgon's The Traditional Text of the Gospels (Vol1) and The Cause of Corruption (Vol2) from the 19th century also covers much of the same material. The difference is that Burgon was a Christian and a critic of the form of textual criticism used by then textual critics and now used by Bart Ehrman. Vol 1 of Burgon is support offered for the Traditional Text (sometimes called Byzantine Text or Textus Receptus) as the text of Christendom up until the end of the 19th century. Vol 2 covers various types of corruptions within the text, both deliberate and unintentional. In the deliberate corruptions he provides corruptions by both Christians and anti-Christians. I like Ehrman's arrangement a bit better than Burgon's. Ehrman tries to list them based on the belief of the corrupter. I find the negative reviews rather humorous. Most Christians who disagree with Ehrman so vigorously, seem to be of those who support James White and Dan Wallace's debates with Dr. Ehrman. Yet both White & Wallace agree almost completely with all that Dr. Ehrman says and yet lack the conviction of their beliefs to go all the way. At least Dr. Ehrman is no coward. For those interested Vol 1 of Turrentin's Institutes (excerpts online, books at Monergism Books), disprove all of Dr. Ehrman's works. I give it 4 stars because it is a useful reference.
Darrol on LibraryThing 6 months ago
This is an excellent book. It is the book of which Misquoting Jesus is only a summary. (A LibraryThing review elsewhere claims that Ehrman writes the same book over and over. I tend to agree.) Good detailed insight into how 2nd century theological controversies led scribes to "occasionally" alter the text they were copying.
ronjawdi on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Bart Ehrman's main proposal here is that proto-Orthodox scribes of the second to third centuries adapted ambiguous texts (he uses the word "corrupt") regarding particular christological issues in favour of orthodox interpretations. Chapters 1 and 6 are geared toward a general audience. Chapters 2 through 5 are very technical and may better benefit those with background in New Testament textual criticism. There are two excellent benefits to reading this book. First, for those in the beginning phases of this strand of research, Ehrman's analysis of particular problems provides a good example of how to do text criticism. Second, this is a remarkable piece of scholarship demonstrating scribal tendencies in early Christianity.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
But I like to give my opinion on the subject matter. For those of you wondering whether the 'Orthodox Church' corrupted scripture, you should know that they did, and not only them but centurys of scribes before hand. However, except for on some points in which even the casual reader will find obvious, the scriptures remain in tact generally. So, if you want to learn about the corruption of the 'Orthodox Church', I would say this would make an interesting read but shouldn't destroy your faith in the scriptures. But the tampering of the Catholic (I mean, 'orthodox) church with the scriptures is a matter of history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slanted take on the developement of scripture in the early Church, implying a nefarious plot This book is academically rigorous as The Divinci Code Nothing new in the last millinium on accusations wont be the last
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another subtle attack on the Church and the Word. A good text for the faithful to read to understand the arguments the devil better armed for spiritual combat. These are not new arguments. The devil and his minions have been hard at work since the beginning of time turning man's heart away from the path of theosis. And, the devil knows that the most convincing arguments are the simplest. Here, the argument is that the Word is incomplete, redacted, and flawed. Undermine the Word and he undermines the faith itself. The Apostoles and Holy Fathers have cautioned us of this many times. The Holy Fathers also teach us that Satan does his dirty work, not with the theatrics of an 'Exorcist' but with whispered and reasonable arguments. As he did not compel Adam and Eve but seduced them, so he continues to today. The Christian's path to theosis is meant to be hard and full of trials of body, mind, and spirit. Of all our trials, perhaps the heaviest and most wearisome is bearing the cross of doubt about one's faith. Books such as this one and men such as its author are to be met with faith, prayer, and thanks to God for the opportunity to overcome one's doubts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is completely wrong about what the Orthodox Church is. I am a member of the Orthodox Church and this is so wrong. Don't waste your money, time, or your life on this book. If you are interested in what Eastern Orthodoxy is about, then read a book from an Orthodox Christian who is enlightened by Jesus to write, not someone who has a hatred toward us!