Saturday, November 25, 2006


Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

by Bart D. Ehrman


For those who, say, grew up in a faith where the Bible was the “unerring Word of God” delivered from His lips to men's pens but who now know differently, Misquoting Jesus will serve as a solid starting point in learning more about how the Bible as we know it today developed. More accessible to the lay reader than some of Ehrman's more scholarly works (e.g., Lost Christianities, still sitting half-read on my nightstand after more than 8 months), this work covers two topics at once. One is the Bible itself, but the other is the scholarly activity of textual criticism, or how researchers can determine how the texts have been altered or even added or deleted altogether over the years. I found the discussion of the criteria scholars use to trace back the lineage, so to speak, of ancient texts just as interesting as that of the specific text in question. Good stuff all around. --Inanna

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