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Whose word? We don't exactly know ...,
This review is from: Whose Word Is It?: The Story Behind Who Changed the New Testament and Why (Hardcover)
Accomplished Bibilical scholar that he is, Ehrman has written a useful and informative introduction to the current state of research on the origins of the books of the New Testament. While papyri continue to be discovered, and techniques of physical and literary analysis continue to improve, there is more to be learnt. His ending - even in reading the text we draw our own conclusions, so it's to be expected that those who transcribe it do the same - is surprisingly post-modern.
One could have wished for a clearer overview of where current research leaves the core beliefs, such as Jesus' claim to divinity, and the nature of the Trinity, and how it sheds light on issues such as the role of women in the Church. We can hope that his many years of study will bear fruit in a new version of the New Testament which takes account of his and his colleagues' findings. Meanwhile, read this before you're tempted to take a doctrinaire position.
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Initial post: 25 Sep 2012 20:59:03 BDT
Mr. C. D. Finlay says:
Ehrman worked with many others including Metzger on the New revised standard verision of the Bible so he already has helped produce a new version of the New Testament
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