Bart D. Ehrman is a world expert in the textual criticism of the New Testament who has recently written a best-selling book entitled Misquoting Jesus. Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman Jesus, Interrupted by Bart D. Ehrman A History of God by Karen Armstrong The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels Who. Misquoting Jesus The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why BartD. Ehrman Harper S anFranci sco A Division ofHanperCollinsPublishers Photography.

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Ehrman is a world expert in the textual criticism of the New Testament who has recently written a best-selling book entitled Misquoting Jesus HarperSanFrancisco, This lecture asks what it is that has made this book a best-seller.

In both books Ehrman argues that early orthodox scribes changed the text of the New Testament in significant ways. It is, however, in Misquoting Jesus that he argues that because of the corruption that has gone on in the New Testament text, it is not possible to believe that the originals were verbally inspired by God.


Ehrman constructs conflicts behind variant readings and then posits this conflict as a historical absolute by which he judges which readings are original. In days when it is held to be hard to know what an author thought it is even harder to know the motivation behind a variant. Ehrman is aware of this, but his response to it is inadequate.

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It is also possible that many of the variants which he says arose by deliberate act arose accidentally. Ehrman mmisquoting inconsistent in his use of criteria by which to judge an earlier reading.

However, the ensemble of readings that he proposes as earlier has not been recognised by textual critics to be plausible as a whole. Beyond these weaknesses in the historical model that Ehrman presents, there are weaknesses in his argument in Misquoting Jesus.

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However, in his attempt to disprove the divine verbal inspiration of Scripture, Ehrman does not engage with any of the most intelligent representatives of this position. He therefore sometimes ends up attacking straw men. In particular he alternates between material and immaterial definitions of textual entities without realising that he is doing so. There is a further aspect of his work which we can analyse: It is of course legitimate for a scholar to use popular forms of speech.


However, it is arguable that Ehrman uses rhetoric misleadingly. Williams’ review of Misquoting Jesus. Williams’ interview with Bart Ehrman.

Williams sums up some of his thoughts on this topic following his interview with Ehrman in his blog entry Do we contribute to being misunderstood? With transgender issues raising difficult questions, this book from Vaughan Roberts offers a helpful introduction.

The sexual revolution has failed to live up to its promises. This ehrmah looks at how the Christian view offers a better story. This fascinating lecture points out the details which show that the New Testament Gospels must have been based on eyewitness accounts.

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