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When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today. He frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultraconservative views of the Bible.

Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus's words or Saint Paul's writings. And yet, for almost fifteen hundred years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were deeply influenced by the cultural, theological, and political disputes of their day. Both mistakes and intentional changes abound in the surviving manuscripts, making the original words difficult to reconstruct. For the first time, Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible.

Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes -- alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a widely regarded authority on the history of the New Testament. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/20/2014

    " This book raises some interesting questions. Questions I've heard in passing at other times, but have never really thought much about. Imagine if one of the scribes was an extremist like, say, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. If just one of the scribes subscribed to extreme theories, where would we be? He could change the bible in his copying and all of the sudden, there's information that was never meant to be there. As the author says, perhaps the original works were inspired, but what we're now looking at are not those works. So, where does that leave us? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Giulia Fiora | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting theory but I found most of his claims to be more skepticism then actual sound fact. If what he says is true however, then it's definitely earth shaking about what Christianity has been built upon. I don't doubt that consecutive manuscripts of the New Testament were edited or changed. I think that happens frequently. Just think of a game of telephone for example. But if none of what's in the New Testament is actually true, then how do you explain all of the powerful spiritual experiences I've had. I don't think it's as black and white as Ehrman makes the Bible out to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marvin | 2/2/2014

    " Excellent book on the origins of the writings that make up the Bible. Or more precisely the way the original scriptures were changed, sometimes by error and sometimes on purpose. Anyone interested in the origins of Christianity and how it changed from a "cult" with various factions to a world-wide religion must read this book. Ehrmann not only points out how certain sections of the gospels were changed or added on but he goes into detail on how historians do their detective work in trying to get as close to the source as they can, which is not an easy feat when even the closest writings we have about Jesus are 60-100 years after the fact. The author relate this information with the utmost respect. This book should be appreciated by anyone with a serious interest in the history of Christianity whether they are Christian or not. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ian | 1/24/2014

    " An oddly encouraging book due to the fact that Ehrman, despite being clearly very educated and clearly bent on discrediting scripture, can summon up surprisingly little here to even begin to make his case. I was left thinking, "Huh, if this is the best they've got, there must not be any significant textual variations to speak of." "

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