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

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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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 religion scholar Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today. Here, Ehrman's 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?--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062012616
Branch Call Number: 225.1 EHRMAN
Characteristics: x, 307 p. ; 24 cm.


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Apr 10, 2018

This is an excellent entry level look into the ways in which forgery, misappropriation and other scenarios play a role in ancient literature, not just the New Testament, but with many examples of other ancient documents. With in depth looks at the propensity of ancient writers to use many means to promote, and get their own points across to the reader, Ehrman shows that the Bible is no different.

kd7677 Mar 28, 2014

All copies of this book appear to have been stolen. I wonder why?

Dec 20, 2013

Dr. Ehrman has a job: . . .
and, from another author:
“To be fair, much of the Bible is not systematically evil but just plain weird, as you would expect of a chaotically cobbled-together anthology of disjointed documents, composed, revised, translated, distorted and 'improved' by hundreds of anonymous authors, editors and copyists, unknown to us and mostly unknown to each other, spanning nine centuries”
C. Richard Dawkins FRS, FRSL (1941-) from “The God Delusion” 2006

Jul 21, 2013

This is a well written book that is accessible to many. It is intneded as a starting point in discovering how the NT was written. I highly recommend this book.

Apr 22, 2013

Ehrman is one of my favourite authors....this book is not intended for the scholars, not at all, and he says so in the introduction. The scholarly version will be published soon.

I love the way he thinks and he joyfully and deliciously shatters biblical fundamentalism to its core. I am on the Christ Path and do not dare to call myself a Christian, just because of the horrible baggage that this word carries. But I do love my Bible --both the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures-- and take great joy when someone like Ehrman delves deep into the Truth about how the Christian canonical books were written and chosen. I will recommend this book to anyone who is seriously looking for Truth.

Mar 31, 2012

Love the title and completely agree with Ehrman that God was not the author of most of those bible quotes.

Mar 13, 2012

This is not one of Ehrman's better efforts. His arguments are very weak--essentially we are expected to simply take his word for it.

He offers very little evidence for his conclusions that many of the NT books were pseudonymous.

And how many times does he have to tell us how he used to be a conservative before he saw the light?


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