Whose Word is It?
"In Whose Word Is It? Bart Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had on the Bible we use today. He makes the provocative...
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"In Whose Word Is It? Bart Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had on the Bible we use today. He 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 intentional and accidental alterations by scribes - alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible."--BOOK JACKET.
With the advent of the printing press and the subsequent publishing culture that reproduces exact copies of texts en masse, most people who read the Bible today assume that they are reading the very words that Jesus spoke or St. Paul wrote. And yet, for almost 1,500 years manuscripts were copied by hand by scribes - many of them untrained, especially in the early centuries of Christendom - who were deeply influenced by the theological and political disputes of their day. Mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions that continue to plague biblical scholars who determine which words, phrases, or stories are the most reliable and, therefore, merit publication in modern Bibles.
Whose Word Is It? is the fascinating history of the words themselves. Biblical scholar Bart Ehrman shows us where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, changes that continue to have a dramatic impact on widely-held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself. Many books have been written about why some books made it into the New Testament and why others didn't (canonization) or about how the meaning of words change when translated from Aramaic to Greek to English. But this is the first time that a leading biblical scholar reveals for the general reader the many challenging - even disturbing - early variations of our cherished biblical stories and why only certain versions of those stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today.
Bart D. Ehrman (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus; Jesus, Interrupted:Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them); God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer and God's Problem. Ehrman and is a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. He has been featured in Time and has appeared on Dateline NBC, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, the History Channel, major NPR shows, and other top media outlets. He lives in Durham, N.C.
- Introduction Chapter One: The Beginnings Of Christian Scripturechapter Two: The Copyists Of The Early Christian Scriptureschapter Three: Texts Of The New Testament: Editions, Manuscripts, And Differenceschapter Four: The Quest For Origins: Methods And Discoverieschapter Five: Originals That Matterchapter Six: Changes That Signify: Theologically Motivated Alterations Of The Textchapter Seven: Changes That Signify: The Social Worlds Of The Textconclusion: Changing Scripture: Scribes, Authors, And Readers