Forgery and Counterforgery The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics Ehrman has produced a learned and engaging survey of early Christian. On Friday I will be giving a talk at a symposium at York University in Toronto that will be focusing on the use of forgery in the early Christian. Full text of “Bart D. Ehrman – Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s .. The forgery trade continues to thrive; forgeries in the names of George .

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But educated readers realized that this is what the histori- ans were doing, and so here again there was a kind of understood contract between author and fforged the ehrmqn would come up with his best guess at what a speaker said and readers would ac- cept it for what it was, a best guess.

Most classical authors did not include their name. It was written, in part, in order to show the divine inspiration of the Jewish sacred texts, even in their Greek translation. The final chapter is an intriguing discussion of wide-range of other practices that he also considers lying and condemns. Bar the modern world, as we have already seen, the principal motivation is to make money, as in the case of Kon- rad Kujau and the Hitler diaries. Her- aclides eventually quoted it to illustrate a point about Sophocles.

Even so his case is a short-shrift to the evidence.

Ehrman spends some space discussing the four Gospels which were anonymous in their original manuscripts. And amazingly, that is virtually all Ehrman forgwd to offer on this subject related to authorship! Papyri, labor, and courier fees added up quickly.

This is one major exception to our modern tendency to take offense when an author is not credited with the creation of a text. My mother felt utterly betrayed and refused to lie to us kids about anything like that. He maintained that the nart style of the book ehrkan so different from that of the Gospel of John that they could not have been written by the same person modern scholars differ from Dionysius only in thinking that the Gospel too was probably not written by John.


This compelled the scholars to refine their methods, which in turn drove the forgers to improve their craft. He often needs to be taken with a pound of salt.

Forgery and Counterforgery – Bart D Ehrman

Ehrman is not some lone crackpot with a keyboard and a few wacky ideas. The sport of belief-busting, and unbusting, and re-busting, and so on.

That is, technically speaking, true of one-third of the New Testament books. First Ehram argues how illiterate the people were.

From that hour on, the people “venerated Peter as a god. The details about the books themselves are nothing new to people who know what they Not much new in this book if you’re familiar with Ehrman’s other work.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

These authoritative authors produced authoritative teachings. I know of no one who takes Phil.

With 2 Thessalonians we are presented with a particularly in- teresting situation. Ehrman has unwittingly eliminated his own argument against the heavy involvement of secretaries!

Do you permit small social lying? Galen was extremely learned and one of the most prolific au- thors from the ancient world. Earlier I mentioned the fifty obscene letters that the philosopher Ehrmman forged in the name of Epicurus in order to sully his reputation.

And we will be coming back to this important observation later. As it turn out, many ancients were very concerned about the dangers of forgery, and Paul was one of them. People didn’t tell and retell, read and re- cite these forms of fiction simply because they thought they were literally true, but for much the same reason that we read fiction ehrkan But it is interesting that Dionysius, according to the church father Eusebius, had a number of predecessors who had argued that Revelation was written not by a different man named John, but by a heretic named Cerinthus, who forged the account in order to promote his false teaching that there would be a literal future forgec of a thousand years here on earth.


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Forged: Writing in the Name of God by Bart D. Ehrman

Who forrged George Washington? The notion of “fiction” is very interesting. 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.

So, his larger agenda is broader in scope.

Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God”…

Now, I’m no expert as Ehrman is, but he seems to do an awful lot of this kind of reasoning – but in the negative, in countering the explanation given by typically Christian theologians – and then offering his own suggestive explanations to why his view sounds more reasonable. I agree with Ehrman that this is a desperate move. This is the accepted view in academia; it is the consensus among almost all New Testament scholars.