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

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Oxford University Press, Feb 29, 1996 - History - 328 pages
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The victors not only write the history, they also reproduce the texts. In a study that explores the close relationship between the social history of early Christianity and the textual tradition of the emerging New Testament, Ehrman examines how early struggles between Christian "heresy" and "orthodoxy" affected the transmission of the documents over which, in part, the debates were waged. His thesis is that proto-orthodox scribes of the second and third centuries occasionally altered theirsacred texts for polemical reasons--for example, to oppose adoptionists like the Ebionites, who claimed that Christ was a man but not God, or docetists like Marcion, who claimed that he was God but not a man, or Gnostics like the Ptolemaeans, who claimed that he was two beings, one divine and one human. Ehrman's thorough and incisive analysis makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the social and intellectual history of early Christianity and raises intriguing questions about the relationship of readers to their texts, especially in an age when scribes could transform the documents they reproduced to make them say what they were already thought to mean, effecting thereby the orthodox corruption of Scripture.
  

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

User Review  - Sharman Wilson - Goodreads

Ehrman lets you know up front that most of this book is written for Bible scholars. He encourages the rest of us to read the introduction, read the beginnings and summary of each chapter, skimming as ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Jon Sedlak - Goodreads

Read the book Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament by Wallace. It clearly refutes a lot of claims and exaggerations found within this book by Ehrman. Read full review

Contents

The Text of Scripture in an Age of Dissent Early Christian Struggles for Orthodoxy
3
AntiAdoptionistic Corruptions of Scripture
47
AntiSeparationist Corruptions of Scripture
119
AntiDocetic Corruptions of Scripture
181
AntiPatripassianist Corruptions of Scripture
262
The Orthodox Corruptors of Scripture
274

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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.

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