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Chance, ideology and 'the word of God',
This review is from: Whose Word is it?: The Story Behind Who Changed The New Testament and Why (Paperback)
This is essentially an account of one Bible scholar's growing disenchantment with the concept of `inspiration' as applied to the New Testament (NT). And though scholarly, it's extremely readable. Ehrman is especially good at taking the reader through the development of the manuscript-copying traditions of the church across the centuries, describing vividly how error can be shown to have propagated through `families' of manuscripts both accidentally and deliberately. He examines carefully the evidence for variant readings of some favourite passages, concluding that they have the potential to unpick aspects of NT theology at critical points more thoroughly than some might perhaps find comfortable. Though not always completely rigorous in his arguments, this is in the end a stimulating and thought-provoking account of how ideology and chance interact in the transmission of sacred literature through history.