- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; Updated ed. edition (8 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199739781
- ISBN-13: 978-0199739783
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 3 x 15.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament Paperback – 8 Jul 2011
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a fine summary of Ehrman's developed thinking and concerns, and as such a valuable contribution to the general discourse on the aims, methods, and limitations of textual criticism. (Dirk Jongkind, Churchman)
About the Author
Bart Ehrman is James A. Gray Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the author of two dozen books in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity.
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There's a lot of scholarly details. Ehrman is sensitive to that: he recommends in the introduction that non-scholars may want to just read the beginning and conclusion of the four chapters that are very detailed. However, a lay reader could profit from reading everything.
Ehrman selected four significant heresies to focus on. Each has a chapter. Each of those chapters presents textual changes that would make sense if scribes were trying to avoid the heresy covered in that chapter. There is also a introductory chapter and a concluding chapter. I was surprised how many textual changes Ehrman was able to present in each chapter. Sometimes it wasn't clear to me how the change led to text less likely to support a heretical view, but many of the changes seem quite plausible. I didn't feel that Ehrman was pushing convenient interpretations on me; it seemed that the textual changes spoke for themselves. But I did appreciate the historical background Ehrman provides. He seems to have a good understanding of the various Gnostic Christian beliefs present during early Christianity.
Elaine Pagel's "The Gnostic Gospels" is a top down look at Christian Gnosticism, with a lot of her conclusions and some selected reference to details.Read more ›
This is arcane raw research, leading Ehrman toward his later books for a wider audience, such as the far more accessible Misquoting Jesus.
--author of Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story
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Outstanding review of how the Christological controversies and other heretical movements impacted the transmission of the text of the New Testament. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Derek Black