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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There can be no question which connotation applies to ancient forgeries. So, according to Lucian, Alexander forged a set of bronze tablets and buried them in one of the oldest and most famous of Apollo’s temples, in the city of Chalcedon.

Galen and Martial were incensed to find someone else claiming their name for writ- ings they did not produce. Other “apostolic” Gospels tell yet other amazing stories about Jesus or record bizarre teachings supposedly spoken barf him, Gospels al- legedly written by Jesus’s brother Thomas, his disciple Philip, and his female companion Mary Magdalene.

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

The term pseudo-epigraphy–the scholarly term for works f Bart Ehrman is a legitimate scripture scholar who began as a fundamentalist at the Moody Bible Institute and who is now an agnostic teaching at Chapel Hill. If people will simply hold on for forbed little while longer, their trust in God will be whrman, and he will intervene in the course of things here on earth to restore peace, justice, and joy forever.

Dec 13, Darrel rated it it was amazing.

But not in the ancient world. The Gospel is not a complete text, with beginning, middle, and end. Yet it seems clear to me that “forgery” is forhed correct term.

We believed in the Truth, with a capital T. We allow for a kind of poetic license of distortion, even when acknow- ledging that the story is somehow “true. In their stories, Jesus is cruci- fied, dies, and is buried, and on the third day the women go to the tomb and find it empty. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Jesus, Paul, Peter, and other members of the apostolic band.


When we get forted down to it, the only evidence in favor of Paul having authored the six disputed letters Ephesians, Colossians, 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, and Bar is the fact that the letters themselves claim to be authored by Paul, and church tradition. For men that meant getting circumcised, and for both men and women it meant observing the Sabbath, keeping kosher, and fol- lowing the other Jewish laws. We should keep in mind that Josephus was wealthy.

It claims its authority in the name of Jesus’s closest disciple, in part, no doubt, to make its incredible and anti- Jewish narratives seem completely credible. As I will explain at length in the following chapters, most of the scholars who have actually read what an- cient authors say about the phenomenon have no such hesitancy.

But unlike in Matthew, in the Gospel of Peter a very peculiar sequence of events occurs while the guards are looking on. To the northeast of this city are three cemeteries, and during the winter months of a French archaeological ehr,an working out of Cairo was digging in the tombs. Why then did Christ “seem” to be hu- man?

If you are emotionally wed to the notion that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, this book make make you angry, confused or shaken.

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

Different Christians had competing assumptions, outlooks, practices, and theologies, all of which needed apostolic “authority” behind them. As did many others in his day Salvian decided, with his wife, to express his devotion to God by renoun- cing the world and taking on an ascetic form of life.


In this chapter, since I’m interested in books that claim to be written by Peter, but in fact were forged in his name, let us be- gin by considering some of the stories invented about him, before looking at books falsely attributed to him.

Professor Bart Ehrman defines literary forgery, sensibly enough, as writing something in the name of someone else more often than not, someone far more famous than the forgerand he makes the case that forgery was not only very common in ancient times, but that the ancients did not take kindly to it.

Mar 31, Bill Kerwin rated it liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In ForgedEhrman works through each piece of writing, and presents the evidence for who wrote it and why. If secretaries were involved with the traditional New Testament authors in the editing and composition of their letters, most of the arguments used against the traditional authorship of this literature lose their force and, as an old friend of mine would say, Ehrman is left with a firm grasp on an empty sack.

The authors of some of the books of the New Testament were not who they claimed to be or who they have been supposed to be.

Why Christians Lied When Writing Polemical Works

forgeed Oxford University Press, On Falsification and Forgery. Readers naturally assume that the author is not doing precisely ehr,an he condemns. This subject is very involved. All of the above is simply to establish who I am and what I believe in the most general terms. I really hesitate about whether to give it three or four stars — it’s not a very entertaining book per se, but I feel like I learned a lot.