The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
By Bart D. Ehrman
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780060859510, 272pp.)
Publication Date: February 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand––and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes.
In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, explaining for the first time how the many variations of our cherished biblical stories came to be, and why only certain versions of the stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today. Ehrman frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultra–conservative views of the Bible.
Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus, God's Problem, and Jesus, Interrupted. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time magazine and has appeared on NBC's Dateline, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, History, and major NPR programs.
“Offers a fascinating look into the field of textual criticism and evidence that Scriptures have been altered.”
-Charleston Post & Courier
“Whichever side you sit on regarding Biblical inerrancy, this is a rewarding read.”
-Dallas Morning News
“One of the unlikeliest bestsellers of the year.”
“Misquoting Jesus is a godsend.”