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Misquoting Jesus | [Bart D. Ehrman]

Misquoting Jesus

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.
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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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    Root Dorn 01-12-12
    Root Dorn 01-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wrong Title"

    It does have some interesting information but...

    This work is so repetitively redundant that it could have been done on a pamphlet. One of the authors' favorite lines seems to be "...as we discussed in the previous chapter".

    "Misquoting Jesus"? Where did you get that ambiguous, inaccurate title? VERY LITTLE was discussed about anything that Jesus had to say. Most of the narrative was about scribes who copied the New Testament and the errors that were inserted into the Testament by mistake or on purpose. A good portion of the book also covers the fact that Luke copied, retold, and edited the Gospel of Mark.

    The author repeatedly expresses that "We can't know what the Will of God is unless we know the original texts.". Then he follows that up by repeated telling us that NO original documents exist. In fact, the closest they can get to an original, is from 3 A.D. (Which this author calls "3 C.E.)

    He gives quite a history of the known scribes of the New Testament and their efforts to assemble a canon. He sites one such attempt in an anecdote, with all the critism that it stirred up in the churches only to show that the guy was not successful. But then the author totally skips over the story of William Tinsdale. He also dodges the story of who might have written The Letter to the Hebrews.

    Then at the end, Ehrman seems to do a total 180 and say that everytime we read any book, we can only interpret that book based on our experiences. He cites that, even now in this modern age, with The Bible editions being almost identical to each other, mankind has found a way to have mulitple denominations and forms of worship.

    This narration was fair but not really worth even the sale price, I recommend getting from the library and skimming through it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. 01-09-12
    J. 01-09-12

    I like to read books that make me a better person.

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    "I want to delete this book"
    What would have made Misquoting Jesus better?

    I want to delete this book


    What was most disappointing about Bart D. Ehrman???s story?

    I want to delete this book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard M. Davidson?

    I want to delete this book


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

    I want to delete this book


    Any additional comments?

    I want to delete this book

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PENDLETON, OR, United States 01-01-12
    Amazon Customer PENDLETON, OR, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    "weak arguments"
    Would you try another book from Bart D. Ehrman and/or Richard M. Davidson?

    I will not try another book from Bart D. Ehrman. His arguments were shallow and yet still not applicable to his declared targeted demographic of the layman. It seems as if he simply tries to overwhelm his listeners with statistics of


    What was most disappointing about Bart D. Ehrman’s story?

    Weak Examples.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Raybe Springfield, TN, United States 01-01-12
    Raybe Springfield, TN, United States 01-01-12
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    "I'm so disappointed."
    What disappointed you about Misquoting Jesus?

    the arguments presented are not factual and possibly biased to serve a personal agenda...
    Sell this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ????


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard M. Davidson?

    none, Richard M. Davidson did a fine job


    What character would you cut from Misquoting Jesus?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I WANT A FULL REFUND.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Prather, CA, United States 09-25-11
    Lisa Prather, CA, United States 09-25-11
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    "Not Recommended for the Die Hard Christians"

    If you believe that the bible has no errors, your heart will be broken. If you want to continue believing that, do not listen to this book. Because this author gives you many very logical reasons and proof of where the bible is in fact full of errors. If you are a skeptic or simply a curious person, you will love this book.

    While, I did like this book and found it interesting. I am giving it 3 stars because I felt that the author at times was repetitive and was beating me over the head with certain concepts. I was there the first time around, we don't need to go round and round several times. And there were times in which I was getting bored. The book was twice as long as it should be.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry United States 02-06-11
    Terry United States 02-06-11
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    "Great Book but To much at times"

    I have read 2 of Bart D. Ehrman books and this one I found very intreasting but way to long in parts. It seemed that he really was stuggling to get his point accross at time when in fact he already had. He is very pasionate.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Hal Helms Marietta, GA United States 05-07-10
    Hal Helms Marietta, GA United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book. Excruciating reading."

    I purchased this book having just read the excellent Jesus Interrupted, also by Ehrman. It's really hard to make a judgment on the book itself because, as other reviewers have noted, the narration is execrable. I wasn't aware narrations could suffer from over-acting. Well, I'm now more educated. The narrator should be thoroughly ashamed of himself.

    If you're looking for a good survey of the problems of the NT, I highly recommend Jesus Interrupted. Now, I have to see if I can make it through the rest of this book. Really, the narration is that awful.






    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alex mahpoac, NY, United States 02-04-09
    Alex mahpoac, NY, United States 02-04-09 Member Since 2013
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    "disappointing"

    The goal of the book is to sow doubt in the minds of Christians as to the worth of the Bible. Why even read the Bible if one cannot trust the contents and meaning. The author gives a few examples of differences between different texts but provides little supporting evidence for his conclusions. The book does not focus on the reason for changes, nefarious plots or just lazy scribes. Both reasons are given without any supporting evidence. The author makes no effort to guide the reader to what manuscripts are less likely to be altered; in fact he suggests that texts from the apostles themselves could have been written wrong in the original form. This was also stated without the benefit of evidence.

    All in all, I thought it was a waste of my time to listen to. All of the authors points regarding the alterations to the Bible could be equally applied to any text be it an ancient writing or one found in the New York Times.

    17 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    leeduck 05-23-11
    leeduck 05-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Jesus,Jesus, Jesus what have we wrought?"

    yes, it addresses the Gentlemens
    Club , Church, puts it into an understandable and acceptable listen.
    will take two listens to get it all.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-29-11
    CW Weston, WV, United States 12-29-11

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    "FORGET IT"
    Has Misquoting Jesus turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard M. Davidson’s performances?

    NO.


    What character would you cut from Misquoting Jesus?

    DID NOT GET THAT FAR


    Any additional comments?

    HE STATES THE OBVIOUS. ANY PERSON WITH HALF A BRAIN WOULD HAVE FIGURED OUT THAT MISTAKES HAVE ENTERED THE TEXT. I GOT THE IMPRESSION OF A SOURED MAN WHO HAS LOST HIS FAITH WHO WISHES TO DISILLISIONS OTHERS. I THROUGH GOOD MONEY AWAY ON THIS PURCHASE.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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