Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand??and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of bo For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand??and mistakes and intentional changes a...

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Title:Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Author:Bart D. Ehrman
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Genres:Religion
ISBN:Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:266 pages pages

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why Reviews

  • Stephanie
    Dec 06, 2007
    As a believer in "verbal plenary inspiration", which this author once cherished but came to see as ridiculous, I am curious to hear his experience and case. I want to admit up front that I already find myself distrusting his conclusions because of an assumption/leap-in-logic that he ma...
  • Emily Ann Meyer
    May 24, 2007
    I wish there were a 1/2 star method, because I didn't quite like this up to 4 stars, but I liked it more than 3. The book was not quite what I expected, inasmuch as it focused a lot more on the individual motivations of scribes and/or transcription errors rather than the major polit...
  • Trevor
    Feb 08, 2008
    This really is a fantastic book. When Wendy recommended it I thought that it would be pretty much the same old stuff that one would expect when an Atheist recommends a book on Religion. Let me explain why this isn?t what you might expect. Firstly, it is written by someone who I as...
  • Heather
    Oct 10, 2008
    i really wanted more from this book; it felt like the introduction to a more in-depth exploration. as such, there certainly were things new to me, but as someone with mild exposure to exegesis, much of this was known territory, and i repeatedly felt frustrated at the cursory descriptio...
  • Xysea
    Aug 07, 2007
    I enjoyed this book from many perspectives. I enjoyed reading about a fundamentalist who actually saw the light and understood the Bible, like the Constitution, was intended to be a living document - not a frozen one. And that the whole purpose of Christianity, in Jesus, was to f...
  • Lena
    Jul 26, 2007
    Ehrman was just a teenager when he had a born-again experience that led him to devote his life to the study of Christianity. Hoping to help defend the Bible as the true word of God, he focused his studies on the origins of the Bible, only to discover that the history of a book whose wo...
  • Juhem Navarro
    Sep 10, 2007
    If you read the reviews written in the Barnes and Noble website, you?ll probably see three types of review: 1. The smart ass academic or pseudoacademic who says the book isn?t that good anyway 2. The fundamentalist Christian appalled at the idea of someone doubting the infall...
  • David
    Dec 31, 2007
    Ehrman did a good job of explaining textual criticism for the average person. The reason I only give two stars is because I learned pretty much everything he says in this book at a conservative evangelical seminary. In other words, he writes as if these things are a shocking secret to ...
  • Skylar Burris
    Dec 23, 2007
    While I found it interesting to see what differed in various manuscripts, I did not find any of these changes as sensational, apparently, as the back cover blurb writers did. Ehrman's subject and thesis are interesting, but, unfortunately, he is quite repetitive and his arguments are p...
  • Wendy
    Jan 09, 2008
    As a biblical scholar, the author wanted to read the Bible in the languages in which it was first written and so studied them and went deeper into the texts. His decision to go deeper, to fully appreciate it, led him to find out as the old saying goes more than he bargained for. It led...
  • Jon
    Aug 25, 2011
    An explanation from a noted textual scholar, as to why literal interpretation of the bible is simply not possible. His question is "where is the actual bible you're taking literally?" The one we have is an amalgam of manuscripts, few of them complete, many of them fragments no bigger t...
  • Nat
    Apr 01, 2008
    A must for anyone who wants to know WHY the Bible isn't inerrant. A wonderful work by a biblical scholar who was motivated by his deep faith and only wanted to find the truth. One of the most interesting aspects is that the reader will come to understand how biblical scholars work and ...
  • Erik Graff
    Nov 06, 2009
    Ehrman claims that this, his overview of the formulations of what have come down to us as the texts of the Christian Scriptures, is a work that hadn't been done before. That is a bit of an overstatement. Any work of textual criticism applied to this corpus must needs cover such ground....
  • Jeffrey
    Jun 28, 2008
    Please, if you're Christian, read this. If you're religious, read this. If you're atheist, read this. I guess what I'm saying is read this. Misquoting Jesus reminds me of the game we played in elementary school. The teacher whispers a story in the ear of one child and it's whispered fr...
  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    May 28, 2009
    I found this book interesting. A biblical scholar, who was a born again Christian as a teen, decides to not only study the bible but other more secular studies. He does this to be able to prove to none believers that the bible is without error. But finds out he has been very, very, wro...
  • Katie
    Aug 24, 2009
    When I first started nosing through the Bible about twenty years ago, I noticed that nearly every page had footnotes saying something like "other ancient texts read..." and "according to Hebrew texts; Syriac reads..." Like many American Protestants (or proto-Protestants, which is what ...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Jan 10, 2017
    Before I write my review, I must emphasize that this book is not making a case against Christianity. It in no way seeks to destroy the your faith, your system of belief, or convert you to atheism/agnosticism. I feel this is an important disclaimer. Something about me, I always fee...
  • Eric_W
    Jun 02, 2018
    There was no New Testament until the fourth century. Until that time assorted factions warred over all sorts of different beliefs about Jesus. Some thought he was all human, others he was all God. Some believed there were many gods, others there must be only a few. Their assorted belie...
  • Rickey
    Jul 12, 2013
    I read this after reading Jesus, Interrupted, also by Bart D. Ehrman. This book is slightly more technical than the other, and I would recommend reading Jesus, Interrupted first, then this one. Ehrman begins this book by describing how he was raised as a Christian and was so fascina...
  • T Fool
    May 24, 2009
    Devout Christians should pay attention to this. Not just those strongly adhering to The Word, but those also who fashion a faith on broader foundations that include any writings. People write, take dictation, transcribe, copy, and pass-on traditions that become more and more mistake-pr...
  • Literary Chic
    May 29, 2017
    You had me at "reformed fundamentalist author." Very interesting and the author was fascinating. Definitely read the prologue if you get to this book. The author's education arc adds a lot to the books perspective. Ultimately if you're a believer, this probably won't change your ...
  • Kathy Davie
    Aug 21, 2012
    A non-fictional account of how and why the Bible is NOT the direct word of God. My Take This was an excellent, very scholarly account using scientific and textual inquiry to present the manner in which people have for centuries been changing the words that make up the New Testament...
  • Aaron Jordan
    Feb 12, 2013
    I listened to this book as an audiobook. I generally enjoyed much of this book and found it to be very interesting. On the other hand, I also sensed that the author was writing with an agenda that missed the mark. He seemed to be relishing the prideful pleasure of iconoclasm as he set...
  • Becky
    Jan 27, 2017
    I originally started my review with a big long rant about why even though I still believe in God I no longer go to church or even believe in organized religion. I?m truncating it down to this: the unexamined faith, just like the unexamined life, is not worth living. I feel that if mo...
  • Shaun
    Jul 20, 2014
    This was pretty good for what it was, a textual criticism of the Bible. Sure it's a little repetitive at times, but I think this is the result of the author trying to simplify and explain a complex topic to an ignorant (at least relatively ignorant) audience. Bart Ehrman attended Mo...
  • David Withun
    Jun 10, 2012
    To be completely honest, reading this book was a waste of my time. I generally enjoy Ehrman's work, in spite of his sensationalist style, but I was very disappointed with this one. Misquoting Jesus was filled with page after page of Ehrman's typical version of "shock and awe," none of ...
  • Martin Pierce
    Jun 16, 2012
    There were minor variations in the New Testament manuscripts. This is old news. Unfortunately, Ehrman, a former fundamentalist Christian, thinks it's such a big deal that it casts doubt on the veracity of the Christian faith. Practically nobody agrees, except for people like atheis...
  • Ojo
    Feb 28, 2016
    A real eye opener. I'm familiar with the point the author was trying to make in this book. For a couple of years now, I've known the Bible isn't as infallible as most Christians make it look. I've know that the book is littered with errors by its writers throughout history. But I h...
  • آدم زمین زاد
    Sep 17, 2017
    This book is fascinating and deep. It presents the history of documentation,translation and transmission of the New Testament in a critical way. There are more variations among the 16000 old manuscripts available than the words in the New Testament. The reasons for these variations wer...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    Feb 27, 2016
    The repetition in this book was ridiculous. I don't know how many times the author mentioned that the gospels are copies of copies of copies but it was more than a few. Probably more than a dozen. Eventually, he gets to examples which made it interesting but I'm hoping the book he rele...