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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (800 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bart D. Ehrman Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780062027481
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Bart D. Ehrman, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus, Interrupted and God’s Problem reveals which books in the Bible’s New Testament were not passed down by Jesus’s disciples, but were instead forged by other hands—and why this centuries-hidden scandal is far more significant than many scholars are willing to admit. A controversial work of historical reporting in the tradition of Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg, and John Dominic Crossan, Ehrman’s Forged delivers a stunning explication of one of the most substantial—yet least discussed—problems confronting the world of biblical scholarship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ehrman reveals for ordinary readers what most mainstream biblical scholars accept, but he then attributes motives to the writers, which are more speculative, ending his book with a discussion of a few justifiable lies or forgeries and those not justified (all the rest). Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] gloves-are-off review of New Testament authorship.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hom Sack | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent sequel to his previous book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible & Why . His arguments here as well as in the other book, are persuasive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/16/2014

    " I find Ehrman's explorations of the textual history of Christianity fascinating. I've read a number of his other books targeted at the lay audience and am looking forward to this latest addition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 1/13/2014

    " Still reading it just now. Very informative though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/5/2013

    " I listened to this as an audiobook because I couldn't get it (free) any other way and I found it really interesting, although I would have liked to actually "read" it so I could have taken notes on some of the fascinating "forgeries" he talks about. A hard book for anyone who doesn't like to ask uncomfortable questions about faith. A great book for everyone who cares about the intellectual honesty (or lack thereof) in the bible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 10/3/2013

    " Not my favorite book by Ehrman, but it is relatively interesting. I learned a bit and some of his examples were good. He alludes to his other writing too much for my liking. I prefer a popular nonfiction book (made for the general public - not a researcher) to stand on its own merit and not require someone to have read widely on the topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edgardo Veguilla | 9/22/2013

    " Detailed and comprehensive rebuttal of the alleged reliability of the biblical text. Discusses what books , or parts of books, were forged, altered, intentionally or unintentionally misattributed, and why the practice cannot be regarded as normal, or accepted, even at the time when it took place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/14/2013

    " If I could give this 3-1/2 stars I would, but I'll round up since I've always enjoyed Ehrman's books. This one seemed a bit drier, but was still informative and thought-provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 9/7/2013

    " A bit long and pedantic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 8/10/2013

    " Not bad, but not great. A lot of the same points talked about over and over again (I know that is kind of the point, but repetitive nonetheless). Now that I have one side of the story, I want to see what the other side says. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah Richardson | 5/7/2013

    " SLAM! finally a book which vindicates my belief that the bible was copied, etc, etc, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will G | 2/23/2013

    " A fun look at the motives for the creation of the books in the new testament. Turns out people are people, even when divinely inspired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allen Setzer | 9/26/2012

    " Another book by the author in exposing inaccuracies within the New Testament and early Christian learders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cicely | 11/23/2011

    " This book adds come new arguments to his point of view that he makes from his book Jesus Interrupted. This book repeats his ideas too much as I had just read the previous book mentioned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin St.Clair | 10/14/2011

    " Again..... Thanks Bart...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Fielder | 10/8/2011

    " This book reads like a detective story. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cappy | 6/20/2011

    " This book is something less than shocking and something more than trivial. Ehrman's point - that ancient authors perpetrated forgeries to further the faith - is well-taken, but not really of central importance to a thinking Christian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 5/3/2011

    " Love Ehrman as a lecturer and most of his work but this is obviously a quickly written prelude to a greater effort in more academic form. Not much meat on these bones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/29/2011

    " Informative and clear. Ehrman is precise in his claims, and supports them well. "

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About the Author
Author Bart D. Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University, he came to Chapel Hill, where he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament. He has published extensively in these fields, having written or edited over twenty books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews. Professor Ehrman is married with two children, a daughter and a son, and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.