Forged gives some insight into what we actually know about many of the ancient writings of the Bible and who the true writers were. The book was dry at times, when quoting many of the writings and become somewhat repetitious toward the end. The pattern became clear through the book and this might have worn on me as I made my way toward the end. I had to remind myself that the author's intent was to keep everything on a simple, understandable level without getting too deep into the technical side of things. I picked out some interesting facts that were presented and ended up forgetting some parts of the book entirely. Worth a listen if this type of stuff interests you otherwise you might find yourself getting bored less than halfway through.
I have bought all Bart Ehrman's books that I know of. And continue to re read them (well listen anyway - plus one on kindle) As a former Jehovah's Witness (fulltime pioneer) I also had a 'no fault' belief in the scriptures and if there was a question raised it was my fault or the Watchtower society hadn't given me the answer yet! Barts methodological process of highlighting biblical errors and why they are there have been helpful. He hits items I also found (that star over a building to identify where Jesus was - can you identify a specific country a star hovers over never mind a town or building). Context and historical background is essential and justified. There has been scholarly justification for some errors and forgeries but these excuses are rejected and clear arguments for that decision given. Bart's academy and erudition gives all you want if you haven't had the formal training. All his arguments he justifies and yet its at a lay level but adds to your personal knowledge and can test at the edge of your own education making it an interesting, challenging but educative read. Very well recommended.
I heard a more complete story of the opposing position to Biblical realizability and authority in this work, and I'm grateful to have understood it. I can see where those who side with the author are coming from. Though, I believe there are other positions and defenses not shared that would be a good argument against this which I find to be true. The Bible is a trustworthy source of who Jesus was and the way to salvation.
I would not recommend this to anyone since this is repetitive information of the first book title Misquoting Jesus and Jesus interrupted.
I would not have written another story if I know the same information is repeated in different ways.
Forged is already follow up of the last two previous title "Misquoting Jesus" and "jesus Interrupted". No follow up is needed on this book anymore
Between the 3 titles "Misquoting Jesus", "Jesus Interrupted" and "Forged in the name of God" the best one is "Jesus Interrupted" is the best one, buy this one to avoid paying extra for the same information on the other title.
It was one of the most informative factually.
The large number of distortions in the New Testament, about which they never told you in Sunday School.
All were interesting and I especially liked the new picture of Paul, not as a male chauvinist, but as a real man who valued women as essentially equal to men.
I have long questioned much of what was written in the New Testament. I believe Jesus was one of the greatest people who ever lived; however, I have felt his life was misrepresented by many of the writings of the New Testament. This book confirms much of what I, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and other founding fathers believed of the New Testament.
Any document written over one hundred years after events must be filled with what the writers thought, not what actually occurred,
I reserve five stars for books I would listen to again. I started this book and realized I had already read it, but I enjoyed it again. (Note to self: look on bookshelf before ordering from Audible.) So five stars.
I appreciate Bart Ehrman's books for the way they challenge my beliefs and stir things up when I'm getting lazy.
Say something about yourself!
The author cannot decide whether he is writing for academics for the the average reader. It got so dull that I almost fell asleep driving on the highway. I had to quit listening for my own safety.
I have read many of Prof. Ehrman's other books, and I have enjoyed all of them. While I still enjoyed this book and received some gain from it, I felt like something was different. For whatever reason, this book felt as though it had a more skewed ratio of personal, rather than scholary, commentary.
I felt the author did a very good job presenting his facts, data, and conclusions to support his premise that many of the books of the Bible are written by people who in one way or another are not who you think they are. I am not a Bible scholar, but found his review to be rigorous and convincing. The book could have been a little tighter and it took a while to get into the meat of the material, but all in all, this book delivered what it promised in the title.