Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
By Bart D. Ehrman
(HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780062012616, 320pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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 New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today. In Forged, Ehrmans fresh and 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 Jesuss inner circlebut by writers living decades later, with differing agendas in rival communitieswhat does that do to the authority of Scripture?
Ehrman investigates ancient sources to:
- Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries.
- Explain how widely forgery was practiced by early Christian writersand how strongly it was condemned in the ancient world as fraudulent and illicit.
- Expose the deception in the history of the Christian religion.
Ehrmans fascinating story of fraud and deceit is essential reading for anyone interested in the truth about the Bible and the dubious origins of Christianitys sacred texts.
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.