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Misquoting Jesus Audiobook

Misquoting Jesus

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When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today. He frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultraconservative views of the Bible.

Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus's words or Saint Paul's writings. And yet, for almost fifteen hundred years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were deeply influenced by the cultural, theological, and political disputes of their day. Both mistakes and intentional changes abound in the surviving manuscripts, making the original words difficult to reconstruct. For the first time, Ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible.

Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes -- alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.Bart D. Ehrman chairs the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a widely regarded authority on the history of the New Testament.

©2005 Bart Ehrman; (P)2006 Recorded Books

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"Engaging and fascinating." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rachel MATTOON, IL, United States 10-14-11
    Rachel MATTOON, IL, United States 10-14-11
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    "Mind-numbingly boring"

    I was expecting a riveting work that topples traditional biblical views. Instead, this book was hours and hours of rambling about WHO could have changed the bible. The author is clearly very learned and his educational background is impressive, but that doesn't make this book interesting. The title is very misleading.

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    "Essential!"

    I am absolutely impressed and revolutionalized.

    For any person that considers the writings of the New Testament important to their life, this is an emergency highest alert book! The author does what every good historical author should do and every good student of history should want - puts things into perspective.

    Without debunking the divinity of God in any of God's revealed forms, this author sensibly and scientifically reveals the irrefutable information that exposes the sense and the nonsense of the various cultures of Christianity, incredibly relevant to our modern time.

    Anyone who considers the New Testament important should stop cold, not have 1 more Bible study, not pay 1 more homage to the "shrink to fit" doctrines of practiced church, not take 1 more doctrinal discussion until reading/listening to this essential book!

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    HandsomePete Philadelphia, PA 09-22-11
    HandsomePete Philadelphia, PA 09-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "So informative listened twice, great job."

    As a historical reference it opens the the discourse to the lay man, as a starting point, a great listen, and the non-biased look at who may and how possibly the shape of the bible has come to us.

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    Mary Beatty, NV, United States 07-06-11
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    "Misleading title."

    This book sounds like it may be apologetics. It isn't. I believe in Jesus. He doesn't.

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    Dina Lauderhill, FL, United States 06-17-11
    Dina Lauderhill, FL, United States 06-17-11 Member Since 2016
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    "More Backup!"

    Love this book because it gives me more reasons to back up why religion is such a waste of time. Would have given a 5 star, only giving 4 for the Audible version because the reader Richard Davidson is so painful to listen to. I know if I was reading the physical book I would have enjoyed the read better. His voice is rough and he speaks so harshly. It's clear that he is reading rather than just talking to an audience. Other than that, I'm very grateful Dr. Ehrman chose to write this book.

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    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 06-15-11
    Matthew Lincoln City, OR, United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Great facts, INSANELY boring listen."

    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.

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    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 06-12-11
    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Respectful"

    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.

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    Joshua Airdrie, AB, Canada 06-03-11
    Joshua Airdrie, AB, Canada 06-03-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent facts, presented out of proportion."

    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.

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    Paul Charlotte, NC, USA 06-27-10
    Paul Charlotte, NC, USA 06-27-10
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    "A good starter"

    A great start for Prof. Ehrman's other and equally fascinating books. I have also reviewed Jesus, Interrupted. Both incredible books.

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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-13-11
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Second worst thing I ever put in my head."

    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.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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