The title says it all. A+ facts to help you destroy any high and mighty fanatic christian.....if you can make it through 3 chapters of the most boring narrator ever.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but felt this was very respectfully written, especially since the author goes to great detail to explain the research he's done & how he has (really) dedicated his life asking the same questions all Christians ask. Very good for someone who is confused about their committment to Christianity.
Ehrman sets things up in the first few chapters in an, "OMG! the New Testament has errors!!!1!!" kind of way. But it is not as big of a deal as he makes it out to be. He uses two major (and well known) changes, as examples of the "thousands of changes" in the manuscripts, as if to say that many of those thousands of changes are of the same major significance, even though they are not.
He does get into a more reasoned study after that though, and this book could serve as a decent introduction to textual criticism. Although like he himself said, some matters of textual criticism are not straight forward, and many scholars disagree on the original readings--so too here, the reader should not take Ehrman's opinions as the final word on any of the specific passages he examines. Some of the manuscript changes he mentions are not even in modern translations, but he includes them in a way that suggests they are still significant errors in our Bibles (maybe they are for those who still hold to the KJV).
A very good resource is the NET Bible which includes a wealth of text critical notes where the translators clearly explain why they chose the readings they did (they do deal with many of the passages Ehrman mentions, except for Hebrews 2:9).
Ehrman concludes that the NT is "not well preserved", but fails to mention that compared to other ancient writings (Homer, Plato, et cetera), the books of the NT are incredibly well preserved.
The text is the most boring, inaccurate, self-serving lecture ever. The reader is a parody of the the worst lecturer ever, only because he didn't write it (the reader's not the lecturer himself, but is playing him on this audiobook). Please, buy any other book. Or just flush a fiver and call it even.
A quick burn in a fire pit would be a definate improvement. Take one egotistical high brow wanna-be author, combine a difficult complex subject, blend in tons of egotistical holier than thou attitude, add a marginal reading and you have this book. Of the 300 books I have purchased here, this is by far the worst waste of money and time.
The Leopard and Winds of War are downloading now
I would never have recorded this
A waste of time and hard earned money
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
This was a great listen, and it certainly set my brain to working overtime. Great material. Learned a lot about the history of the interpretation of the bible I didn't know, and am glade that I now have that knowledge.
I was expecting details about specific changes to the Bible and how those changes shaped the religions today. Instead, this book focusses on HOW changes to the Bible happened in general, for example sloppy transcribing or sometimes willful intent to convey a specific meaning. The actual details of such changes are only inserted as examples.
The first few chapters were a little slow, perhaps because I kept looking for the meat of the actual changes. But in the end, I wound up learning a lot about the tangled history of the Bible.
I also appreciate how the book avoids the entire issue about whether the Bible is Truth. This story starts when the earliest manuscripts are gathered, translated and transcribed.
If your into book by narcissistic authors who tell you more about themselves than the title of the book would suggest then this book is for you I found it dull boring and self serving and I learned little to nothing about who misquoted or how they misquoted Jesus which was what I thought the book was going to be about