Forged has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Bart Ehrman is a legitimate scripture scholar who began as a fundamentalist at the Moody Bible Inst. Forgery and Counterforgery The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics Ehrman has produced a learned and engaging survey of early Christian. On Friday I will be giving a talk at a symposium at York University in Toronto that will be focusing on the use of forgery in the early Christian.

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I think it fitting to close with this warning from Witherington: Ehrman is always a joy to read.

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It is hard to adequately describe what happened to my brain on hearing this. Then we have the concluding sentences of the Gospel: IVP Academic, Throughout the course of the book Ehrman explains that the arguments made to demonstrate that ‘forgery’ is an inappropriate label are themselves flawed and, thus, forgery is an acceptable term.

Again, as a preterist, I find this objection a non-starter. The book you’re reading now is not that scholarly monograph. For Paul, any Gentile who tried to keep the law completely misunderstood that salvation comes from Christ’s death alone, to be received by faith.

With the exception of Philemon, the average length of the New Testament letters is much longer than the average length of letters written by others of the period. As de- fensive individuals often do, Salvian made lots of excuses.

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I would say that the situation could explain a “forgery”, especially the earliest ones – for instance writing a letter in a time of persecution, it would make sense not to use one’s own name just to get marked for the lions but rather write in the name of a dead apostle – with the messenger knowing the real identity. This is an author claiming to be forhed he is not.


The author of the Gospel According to Luke is widely considered to be the author as well of Acts, but even though the gospel cannot be regarded as a forgery, Ehrman makes a persuasive case that Acts should be, because there are several indications within Acts that the author means for the reader to believe that he is a companion of Paul 14something he never does in his gospel.

In one set of these writings the adventures of Clement are prefaced by ehrmaj Epistle of Peter, a letter supposedly written by Peter to the brother of Jesus, James, head of the church in Jerus- alem. He attributed the division to petty squabbling and learned that it may have had its roots in the Gospel that was being used in the church.

Why not just say “we think this is how Paul would have responded to your situation”?

But ancient forgeries were more often made because an author named John Doe knew that if he wrote a book on philosophy, no one would pay much attention, but if he signed the book in the name of Aristotle or Plato, readers would be more likely to take the obscure author 19s ideas seriously. Once again, as with 2 Thessalonians, it is because by doing so he throws his readers off the scent of his own deceit.

Baker, It’s interesting to see which of the books in the NT were actually writt I think this is the eighth book by Bart Ehrman I’ve read this year, so to be honest it’s becoming a bit of a blur.

Why insert this in- struction? The ruler of Athens, Hipparchus, banished Onomacritus from the city; he fled Greece and ended up in Persia. Ehrman has the knack of dealing with complex issues in in assessable terms. Inten- tions are not the same as motivations.

On Falsification and Forgery – The Bart Ehrman Blog

In other verses of this account the Jewish mistreatment of Je- sus is intensified. Seventy-two scholars were sent, and through miraculous divine intervention they managed to produce, individually, precisely the same wording for their trans- lations of the Scriptures.


As I read this post, I was wondering if the famous words in the book of Revelation 22, Here again the point brat perfectly clear: Forgers ehdman begin or end their writing by describing what has led to the book’s disappear- ance and discovery.

If someone named John wrote the book of Revelation and simply called himself John, he wasn’t necessarily claiming to be anyone but himself. Although he provides reasons, he fails to mention even in an endnote that many scholars disagree and have provided answers to what Ehrman regards as conclusive.

Bart Ehrman, Forged

So it is called a nothos, an illegitimate child, a text that does not belong to the author claimed for it. This was for a simple reason: And we know he had co-workers whom he mentioned in his letters.

But even then we never think that absolutely everything found in the movie— all of the characters, the dialogue, the individual scenes, and so on— is ab- solutely and completely the way it “really” happened. And that’s the end of the story. I, Tertius, who write this letter greet you in the Lord.

That is very much to be re- gretted, for fhrman Gospel of Peter has been discovered in modern times, and without knowing what Serapion’s book said, it is diffi- cult to know if what we now have is the same book he had.

This objection also doesn’t explain why the letters claim to be written personally by Paul himself. Sometimes it does feel like he pushes his premises to the limit of acceptability. They are, therefore, forged. And then, behind them, the cross itself emerges from the tomb.