Whose Word is It?: The Story Behind Who Changed The New Testament and Why

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A&C Black, Mar 1, 2006 - Religion - 256 pages
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With the advent of the printing press and the subsequent publishing culture that reproduces exact copies of texts en masse, most people who read the Bible today assume that they are reading the very words that Jesus spoke or St. Paul wrote. And yet, for almost 1,500 years manuscripts were copied by hand by scribes - many of them untrained, especially in the early centuries of Christendom - who were deeply influenced by the theological and political disputes of their day. Mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions that continue to plague biblical scholars who determine which words, phrases, or stories are the most reliable and, therefore, merit publication in modern Bibles.


Whose Word Is It? is the fascinating history of the words themselves. Biblical scholar Bart Ehrman shows us where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, changes that continue to have a dramatic impact on widely-held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself. Many books have been written about why some books made it into the New Testament and why others didn't (canonization) or about how the meaning of words change when translated from Aramaic to Greek to English. But this is the first time that a leading biblical scholar reveals for the general reader the many challenging - even disturbing - early variations of our cherished biblical stories and why only certain versions of those stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today.

 

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User Review  - Michele Biery - Goodreads

Disappointed that Ehrman has given up his Christianity. So, it was okay, but He didn't really say anything he hadn't said in his other books. Read full review

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User Review  - Johanne - Goodreads

Fascinating but drier than the Atacama Desert Read full review

Contents

I
44
TEXTS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
71
Methods and Discoveries
101
ORIGINALS THAT MATTER
127
THEOLOGICALLY MOTIVATED ALTERATIONS
151
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164
THE SOCIAL WORLDS OF THE TEXT
177
Notes
219
Index
229
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He is the author of Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew, Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make it into the New Testament, The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot, Lost Scriptures, Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium and New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings

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