Bart Ehrman’s New Book

Bart Ehrman is a serious biblical scholar and a prolific writer. His past books include Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why and Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible. The guy does his research and can back up everything he writes.

Well, he’s got a new one: Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are. There’s a press release out now about the book and its claims “that parts of the Bible contain intentional deceptions, and that some of its texts were deliberately and painstakingly crafted to further the agendas of Christians living after the apostles…” Here are some examples:

  • The Apostle Peter was illiterate, and therefore could not have written two letters (1 & 2 Peter) credited to him in the Bible.
  • Six of the Pauline letters in the New Testament are forgeries.
  • The First Book of Timothy, known to be a forgery, is still used today to oppress women, and provides the Scriptural basis for the Roman Catholic Church’s refusal to ordain female priests.

Sounds like another interesting read for the open-minded.

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