3 Men & Me
The reading is intonation is on point. There were parts of this book that sort of made me cringe as a Christian, but kept me listening so that I could understand how the transcribing of what is considered the original texts aren't that at all. What we have now as our Bible is the best that could be written with the limited material that was available and missing the original documents (first writing) for many of the books. It is easier to see why there are so many different interpretations and how this came to be.
I want to listen again and take notes and talk with my pastor. Overall it helped to reaffirm my beliefs in Jesus as my savior and explain some of the discrepancies in the Bible that I had been struggling with. Highly recommend if you seek to further your knowledge of the history of the Bible along with your spirituality.
Going into this book I was pretty ignorant about the origins of the bible, and I found it very informative. Anyone should be able to find this book interesting because of the impact that the bible has had on western culture, but it's especially for Christians that this book is really a must-read (or listen).
I feel it's important to mention that Christians should listen to this because I noticed that a few of the other reviews cried heresy, and it would be a shame if any Christians avoided this book because of that. The book gives you an idea of how the bible came to be. If you live your life by the bible's teachings then it should go without saying that this subject is extremely relevant to your life. It's also worth noting that the author doesn't argue for or against the validity of Christianity, having listened to the book all the way through I'm still not even sure if the author is a Christian or not. (Although he does make a very good argument against completely literal interpretations of the bible, but that's unavoidable in any serious look at this subject)
It is a surprise to find this kind of audiobook available. For those of us who know about textual criticism this is a good exercise and refresher on how the ancient and surviving texts and their redaction shape and are shaped by the powerful forces in the history of the church. Just the fact that a technical and scholarly book like this is available at Audible is a big surprise -- whether one agrees with the author's thesis or not.
I was very impressed with the research that went into this book. It was very easy to understand and very logical. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how the bible came to be written.
I think it would help potential listeners to understand this is a book primarily about the process or science of textual criticism and how scholars study origins of text and reach conclusions about which version might or might not be original. I found it fascinating.
New testament as the subject of textual criticism would only be relevant or interesting to someone with a Christian background or understanding, especially if you've been involved in some of the in-fighting among various sects of Christianity. If you are familiar with the debates about divine inspiration and care about other nit-picky details. You don't need 12 years of catholic school, but a basic knowledge and interest in the topic helps.
If you're not involved in the debate over one word, if you are looking for dramatic expose, or a worldwide sinister conspiracy theory, you will be disappointed. There are no shocking revelations. Its about an added sentence here or there, a single changed word, either deliberate or accidental. Its about why and how someone today would identify what words are suspect and which of various scripts might be original and how they can tell the difference. The basic story of the new testament doesn't change all that much, if at all.
I think the narrator is a must, he does an excellent job explaining new concepts of textual criticism that wouldn't be familiar to the non-scholar. There's nothing too hard to understand, but for someone not familiar with the terminology, its much easier if you have someone read it and use proper pronunciation and inflection throughout the sentences.
I think this is a book that lends itself to being read aloud that reading the text yourself.
I was very happy with this because it gave me the opportunity to listen on my way to work and use my hour drive to benefit my mind! Very though provoking and informative, highly recommended. You will learn so much that most do not know about the bible and its true history.
After reading some other books that, maybe for the first time, got me to ask "where did we get the bible from anyway?" I came across Misquoting Jesus.
I couldnt recommend the book enough not only because of its comprehensive nature but the ability of the author to keep the book interesting and thought provoking.
I found it easy to understand and unlike a lot of books on the matter this one is not apologetic and skewd towards the beliefs of a practicing Christian who wants you to still believe everything is good even though theres a lot of problems with the text. However its not a Hitchens god basher either. A very well rounded scholarly book for the layman such as myself.
Great book and well worth the time to listen or read.
A fascinating book with a neutral position on religion and an academic approach to the evolution of the Bible.
'Misquoting Jesus' is historically based and so full of new information (to me) that I'll have to go through it at least once more to fully absorb all that it offers. His treatment is scholarly, yet easily accessible. It clarified how very many questions I had had about the origins of the books of the Bible and the timeline from the time of Jesus to the latest interpretations. What I thought was the Bible's short, straight path from the apostles to King James is far more convoluted and obscured.
My only challenge is: the role of scribes, as functionaries of a larger church, (of many larger churches), was not adequately explored. In the beginning, I puzzled over how Ehrman could attribute so much independent thought and deed to mere monks but gradually learned to read the word 'scribe' more broadly.
"Misquoting...' won't threaten a reader's view of the Bible unless that view is that the Bible is the unadulterated word of God. For all else, it will likely be an education and a revelation!
I did enjoy this book, although it is a little dry. It started out very autobiographical, then got scholerly, I expected the conclusion to return to the autobiographical theme and let the reader know what the authors take on the "misquotes" especially concerning his own faith... the path of which he shares in the beginning. However it did not return to the authors impressions. I was interested in the grist of the book, and for that it is a good read, although if this is really information you are interested in it may be better in a printed version, so as to go back and take notes etc. I had a lot of difficulty in rewinding, but that may just be getting used to my ipod. I would recomend having a bible handy.
This is a book written by a former Evangelical Christian who has studied Biblical history in depth. It is an amazing book that looks at the history of the Bible, how it came to be written, translated, and interpreted. For those who believe that the Bible is the inerrant work of God, it is important to remember that, while God may ahve had all the ideas, man was still responsible for the editorial process. This is a well-written and accessible introduction to Biblical studies and textual analysis.