Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Misquoting Jesus

From NPR, audio story and an exerpt from the book available here:

Fresh Air from WHYY, December 14, 2005 =B7 Scholar Bart Ehrman's new
book explores how scribes -- through both omission and intention --
changed the Bible. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the
Bible and Why is the result of years of reading the texts in their
original languages.

Ehrman says the modern Bible was shaped by mistakes and intentional
alterations that were made by early scribes who copied the texts. In
the introduction to Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman writes that when he came
to understand this process 30 years ago, it shifted his way of
thinking about the Bible. He had been raised as an Evangelical

Ehrman is also the author of Lost Christianities: The Battle for
Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew, which chronicles the period
before Christianity as we know it, when conflicting ideas about the
religion were fighting for prominence in the second and third

The chairman of the religious studies department at the University of
North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Ehrman also edited a collection of the
early non-canonical texts from the first centuries after Christ,
called Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New

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