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Misquoting Jesus

Misquoting Jesus

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Published by Ayesha Khan
Misquoting Jesus
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Published by: Ayesha Khan on Feb 19, 2012
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Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Misquoting Jesus is a provocative book, written by a New Testament scholar, Bart D.Ehrman. The book introduces readers with layers of textual criticism of the bible. Anumber of textual variants, accidental and intentional, are discussed in this enthrallingtext. This book, which made it into the New York Times Best Sellers List, is available inhardcover and paperback.
Bart D. Ehrman
Bart Ehrman is one of North America’s leading textual critics today. As a teacher andwriter, he is logical, witty, provocative. Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more thantwenty books, including the New York Times bestselling Misquoting Jesus. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of NorthCarolina, Chapel Hill, and is a leading authority on the early Church and the life of  Jesus. He has been featured in Time and has appeared on NBC's Dateline, The DailyShow with Jon Stewart, CNN, The History Channel, major NPR shows, and other topmedia outlets.
Reviews and reception
Alex Beam of the Boston Globe, wrote that the book is "a series of dramatic revelationsfor the ignorant,” and continues to say, "Ehrman notes that there have been a lot of changes to the Bible in the past 2,000 years. I don't want to come between Mr. Ehrmanand his payday, but this point has been made much more eloquently by...others." Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News wrote: "Whichever side you sit on regardingBiblical inerrancy, this is a rewarding read."American Library Association writes, "To assess how ignorant or theologicallymanipulative scribes may have changed the biblical text, modern scholars havedeveloped procedures for comparing diverging texts. And in language accessible tononspecialists, Ehrman explains these procedures and their results. He further explainswhy textual criticism has frequently sparked intense controversy, especially amongscripture-alone Protestants."
Charles Seymour of the Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX wrote: "Ehrmanconvincinglyargues that even some generally received passages are late additions,which is particularly interesting in the case of those verses with import for doctrinalissues such as women's ordination or the Atonement."Neely Tucker of The Washington Post wrote that the book is "an exploration into howthe 27 books of the New Testament came to be cobbled together, a history rich withecclesiastical politics, incompetent scribes and the difficulties of rendering oraltraditions into a written text."Daniel B. Wallace, in review of Misquoting Jesus says the book "comes up short ongenuine substance about his primary contention. Scholars bear a sacred duty not toalarm lay readers on issues that they have little understanding of. Unfortunately, theaverage layperson will leave this book with far greater doubts about the wording andteachings of the NT than any textual critic would ever entertain." Wallace also saysEhrman is selective in his use of evidence and ignores the views of scholars thatdisagree with him and he avoids giving his readers enough information so they can fullyunderstand the issues and make up their own minds. Wallace concludes, however: "Igrieve for what has happened to an acquaintance of mine, a man I have known andadmired—and continue to admire—for over a quarter of a century. It gives me no joy toput forth this review. But from where I sit, it seems that Bart’s black and whitementality as a fundamentalist has hardly been affected as he slogged through theyears and trials of life and learning, even when he came out on the other side of thetheological spectrum. He still sees things without sufficient nuancing, he overstates hiscase, and he is entrenched in the security that his own views are right. Bart Ehrman isone of the most brilliant and creative textual critics I’ve ever known, and yet his biasesare so strong that, at times, he cannot even acknowledge them."Craig Blomberg, of Denver Seminary in Colorado, wrote that "Most of Misquoting Jesusis actually a very readable, accurate distillation of many of the most important factsabout the nature and history of textual criticism, presented in a lively and interestingnarrative that will keep scholarly and lay interest alike." Blomberg also wrote thatEhrman "has rejected his evangelicalism and whether he is writing on the history of thetransmission of the biblical text, focusing on all the changes that scribes made over thecenturies, or on the so-called 'lost gospels' and 'lost Christianities,' trying to rehabilitateour appreciation for Gnosticism, it is clear that he has an axe to grind."
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misquoting_Jesus 

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