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Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

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Publisher's Summary

It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times best-selling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church. So, if many of the books inthe Bible were not in fact written by Jesus’s inner circle - but by writers living decades later, with differing agendas in rival communities - what does that do to the authority of Scripture?

Ehrman investigates ancient sources to:

  • Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries.
  • Explain how widely forgery was practiced by early Christian writers - and how strongly it was condemned in the ancient world as fraudulent and illicit
  • Expose the deception in the history of the Christian religion.

Ehrman’s fascinating story of fraud and deceit is essential reading for anyone interested in the truth about the Bible and the dubious origins of Christianity’s sacred texts.

©2010 Bart D. Ehrman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jean 12-29-11
    Jean 12-29-11
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    "Repetitive"

    I repeat, repetitive. I can't get 15 words on the page without saying it again.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Pasadena, CA, United States 05-15-11
    Scott Pasadena, CA, United States 05-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A very thorough presentation of the thesis"

    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.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren HERNDON, VA, United States 02-14-12
    Lauren HERNDON, VA, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2013

    32 year old female in the DC area with a terribly long commute and high standards for my audiobooks... I like science fiction, science, instructional, and humorous novels.

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    What would have made Forged better?

    I think I still judge a book by its cover, even if I order it online. I swear I bought this book because the cover was so pretty and the inside didn't live up to it. This man repeated words and phrases more than Dean Koontz; it was as if he had a two chapter idea he wanted to stretch into a full book. Shame on you, Mr. Ehrman. It was so bad, I actually got road rage from my audiobook.


    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    George Ewing, NJ, United States 04-17-12
    George Ewing, NJ, United States 04-17-12

    Thinker. Runner. Attorney. Follow your dreams kinda guy.

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    "A very mechanical read. Left me wanting."
    What would have made Forged better?

    The author should have gave us a chapter about how his research relates to the world and what his personal view are.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Walter Dixon?

    Anybody. Nothing personal, but not my taste in a narrator. Sounded like a computer, emphasized the wrong words, ect. Aweful. Had to turn it to 1.5 speed just to get through it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Hartford, CT, United States 03-09-12
    Martha Hartford, CT, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring, boring, boring"
    Would you try another book from Bart D. Ehrman and/or Walter Dixon?

    I have read/listened to other Bart Ehrman books and enjoyed which is why I ordered this.


    Has Forged turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just Bart Ehrman


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. It was very, very repetitious.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Bartley Atlanta, GA 06-17-11
    Leigh Bartley Atlanta, GA 06-17-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Bart Ehrman never disappoints"

    Excellent book! Like his other books, this one is just as informative and enlightening --it's kind of like brain food! Definitely a must-have to your audiobook library.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Hot Springs Village, AR, United States 07-31-11
    James Hot Springs Village, AR, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2009

    Retired Clergy. PhD in Comparative Religion. Enjoying retirement of golf, motorcycling, model railroading, gardening, and reading.

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    "Aha!"

    Ehrman nailed it with this one. For those who mistakenly assume the Bible is the "Word of God" this will be a hard slap in the cheeks. For those who have the courage to think for themselves and examine other people's assumptions, this is a wonderful book. From my perspective, this is Ehrman's best...but I'm a fan. If you thought the Bible was super natural in origin, I dare you to read this.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-05-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 07-05-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    This book was good but it didn't wow me as I thought it would have. I was expecting more, much more out of this.

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    June Los Alamos, NM, United States 05-01-11
    June Los Alamos, NM, United States 05-01-11 Member Since 2012
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    Interesting subject matter, but not my cup of tea. I do not have a strong enough background in Biblical teachings to absorb all of the information in this book.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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