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When Jesus is about to die, rather than crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Scholars have long and protracted debates over what the notion of “genre” actually means, but for our purposes I think a fairly rough and ready de- scription will suffice. Most, though not all, of the arguments against traditional authorship fall into two categories: His topic this time?

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I really enjoyed reading this book and I think that it would be a good book for all people to read. Would your own skill in composition vs reading provide an ehramn of the bqrt In fact, I like his writing and want to check out his other books. Early Christians realized that there were numerous forgeries in circulation, and they wanted to know which books were written by their alleged authors and which were not.

Plato taught that some lies can be useful, such as those doctors might tell pa- tients for their own good or those rulers of a country might tell their people in order to ensure the healthy functioning of society.

Beyond that he has gotten off the hook with his father by destroying, in effect, any incriminating evidence. A leading motive for writing such books was to combat the teachings of some other Christian sect. But he extends no charity in such an exercise. As I have already intimated, some scholars have long been reluctant, and even opposed, to calling this authorial activity lying and to call the literary products that resulted forgeries.


Where do you draw the line? The issue of authorship is discussed at length in most introductions to the New Testament, which differ from surveys and are usually written for graduate students. We should keep in mind that Josephus was wealthy. Early Christianity was not unified. Ron liked what I was thinking and said that he had cobbed a few cans of malt li- quor and hidden them out in his bushes. For example, a commentator on the writings of Aristotle, a pagan scholar named David, indicated: But if the other scholars are right, that Paul did not compose 2 Thessalonians, then this book itself is a forgery in Paul’s name that was floating around in the church.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

I have even made such statements from the pulpit when discussing how a biblical book was not actually written by the author in the title. The Gospel is not a complete text, with beginning, middle, and end.

This was due to the illiteracy of most Christians but also to the need for the shared experience of hearing gy meaningful texts.

I attempted to write a history paper to argue against this book, but there wasn’t enough historical evidence being proposed to argue against. I’m not asking anyone to give up their faith. May 13, Kris rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, if it can be soundly concluded that some of the New Testament literature were not written by the traditional authors, should the guilty literature be removed from the New Testament canon? Many scholars see this as a well established practice visible in the Old Ehrmam and Jewish apocalyptic.

Dec 13, Darrel rated it it was amazing.

Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God” – Risen Jesus, Inc.

By my definitions these stor- ies are not forgeries; they are not accounts that falsely claim to be written by Peter.


Many of the teachings in the disputed letters of Paul that Ehrman regards as contradictory ehrmxn the teachings in his undisputed letters are solved just as easily with a careful look at the texts in question.

That is, each of these books was written by someone other than the person who claims to be the author, in order to deceive the world at large in the early centuries A.

But a number of New Testament books, including six alleged letters of Paul, were forgeries, plain and simple. One of the reasons Ehrman regards Acts as a forgery is because he sees contradictions between how the relationship between Peter bar Paul are presented in it and how Paul speaks of Peter in his undisputed letters.

But in reality the book was written three centuries or so after Clement himself was in the grave. You don’t really mean forgeddo you?

For one thing, ancient scholars who were invested in detecting forgeries did not have the foged methods of analysis that we have today, with our computers, databases, intricate analyses of writ- ing style, and so on.

Forgeries Served Christian Propaganda

There were many biographies written in antiquity. Galen and Martial were incensed to find someone else claiming their name for writ- ings they did not produce. Some of the forged books contain some rather key concepts.

In the ancient world, the vast majority of people did not have batr names, and a lot of people had the same first names. The truth claims of the story actually work on several levels.

But there is no story in the Gospels of the New Testament about Jesus coming out of the tomb alive.