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. Full text of “Bart D. Ehrman – Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s .. The forgery trade continues to thrive; forgeries in the names of George .

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He was the father of our nation. Out of the 27 books of the New Testament, 10 might have been forged works depending on which biblical scholar you talked to. That can be seen fored by looking chrono- logically at the Gospels of the New Testament. Despite the condemnations of it, the practice of forgery thrived in antiquity.

A lot of Ehrman’s work I’ve considered simply popularization of stuff that those of us with academic training in religion learned in school. He highlights books that didn’t make it into the canon, primarily because they were deemed t Hart I’d read Bart in my young, conceited seminary days. In fact, there is very good evid- ence indeed, and it comes to us from the pages of the New Testa- ment itself.

Or as he put it in his written defense, the author had “wisely selected a pseudonym for his book for the ob- vious reason that he did not wish the obscurity of his own person to detract from the forgged of his otherwise valuable book.

One of the overarching theses of my book is that those who engaged in this activity in the ancient world were roundly condemned for lying and trying to deceive their readers. Despite its shortcomings, it does a masterful job of raising the issue of traditional authorship in an accessible and entertaining manner to the general public.

Many of them were Paul’s opponents in his various churches. Moreover, it is absurd to argue that the people who wrote the forged Pauline letters did not intend to deceive their readers. I called up my friend Ron down the street to tell him my par- ents would be gone all afternoon, ehr,an that I had snuck a couple of cigars out of my dad’s consistently full stash. Second Thessalonians, in which the passage appears, is itself widely thought ehr,an scholars not to be by Dorged, even though it claims to be written by him we’ll see the reasons for thinking this in Chapter 3.


There was no way of showing whether the historian got it right. One of the miracles involves Peter and a smoked tuna. I would like him to address the following better: If you are an evangelical Christian, it leaves you in the wilderness outside the evangelical camp, but with an unrepentant view of truth. In Greco-Roman historical writing, keeping the narrative flowing was an important component.

Ehrmaan book covers lots of new ground for me and, like his other books, is remarkably interesting. To forestall the outcome, he forged a list of names of political leaders whom the emperor had supposedly decided to have executed for treason and put the forged list into circulation.

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Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God” – Risen Jesus, Inc.

Mar 29, Dave Maddock rated it liked it Shelves: Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. He offers an objection based on an assumption that a failed eschatology is to be read out of the NT. Craig Keener is a New Testament forgde known for his obsessive research. If any of this interests you then you should pick up the book and read it. Dionysius’s argument was compelling and continues to be compelling to scholars today.

What qualifies pseudepigrapha as forgery, forgsd, is authorial intent. Here we are told that Paul is blinded by his vision of Jesus on the road to Damascus; he then enters the city and regains his sight. But somehow Bartt bishop came to suspect that Salvian had written it. Somewhat notoriously the Jewish people this is only in Matthew cry out, “His blood be upon us and our children” This was neither a deceitful practice nor a blatant attempt at forgery, but rather a normal practice in a culture with a deep reverence for ancient traditions which in a largely illiterate society relied on scribes to be the conservators, copiers, preservers and presenters of the tradition, in written form.


I earlier mentioned the poet Martial, who was incensed that other poets tried to pass off their own work which he considered vastly inferior as his. Ehrman returns to some of the letters he had questioned in chapters 2 and 3: As a result, I was de- voted to the field of study known as Christian apologetics.

And certainly this Gospel fits that bill. These books are meant to inspire hope in their readers.

The same is also probably true of Acts and Hebrews. But he is standing by a fishmonger’s shop and sees a smoked tuna hanging in the window. It maintained that there was a real man Jesus flesh and blood like the rest of usbut froged was also a different being known as the Christ. Why fabricate names of recipients, your past relationship with these recipients, remembered experiences you’ve shared, and so on?

Another part of the book that was interesting was how he discussed many of the books that didn’t make it into the New Testament, such as the apocalypse of John, the pseudo-Clementine writings, the gospel of Thomas, etc.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

And ancients had their equivalents of modern fiction. We know because the letter made it into the Christian Canon and, for or more years, people believed Paul was the author. It also does not by any means require that Peter be fluent in Greek, as is claimed; Ehrman is again showing a distinct lack of imagination, as he cannot seem to imagine that scribes could do anything brt transcribe verbatim what others said, without so much as a thought of improving or polishing the contents of the dictation.

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