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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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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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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

Just okay

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

Interesting

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