Forgery and Counterforgery The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics Ehrman has produced a learned and engaging survey of early Christian. On Friday I will be giving a talk at a symposium at York University in Toronto that will be focusing on the use of forgery in the early Christian. Full text of “Bart D. Ehrman – Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s .. The forgery trade continues to thrive; forgeries in the names of George .

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On Falsification and Forgdd. On one side were the Jewish followers of Jesus, such as his brother James, who was the head of the church in Jerusalem, and the disciple Peter. Perhaps there’s some way to track the time the review is posted and the IP address of the computer being used and the GR account used to post the review and the location of the computer. Reconciling Galatians with Acts in this case is quite easy.

We should keep in mind that Josephus was wealthy. These forgeries simply added fuel rorged the fire. Yet another brilliant book by Bart, this one dealing particularly with pseudonymous New Testament books books written under a false name.

Hebrews is not a forgery because it doesn’t make any authorial claim. For one thing, ancient scholars who were invested in detecting forgeries did not have the sophisticated methods of analysis that we have today, with our computers, databases, intricate analyses of writ- ing style, and so on.

I agree with Ehrman that this is a desperate move. As it turns out, Ben Witherington and Mike Licona have done more than enough to answer Ehrman on these points already, so I will just provide what they say and add a few comments. As I read this post, I was wondering if the famous words in the book of Revelation 22, His topic this time?

This is one of the features of Christianity that made it distinctive among the re- ligions of antiquity. Yes, they reply, then they will believe. He maintained that bagt writing style of the book is so different from that of the Gospel of John that they could not have been written by the same person modern scholars differ from Dionysius only in thinking that the Gospel too was probably not written by John.

If they want to inquire about something, ehrmab should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church. Some believe that Revelation was written by a heretic named Cerinthus. For the Presbyterian Outlook Bart Ehrman has once again written a sprightly, challenging and informative volume.


Although it has long been recognised that numerous Epistles of the Barh Testament bear names of authors who are unlikely to have written them, traditional Christian teaching has been that it was an accepted practice in antiquity for a ehrmah to attribute his work to a well-known figure from the past, or a teacher who has greatly influenced him.

But he is standing by a fishmonger’s shop and sees a smoked tuna hanging in the window. I told the story to my kids because I wanted them to be like young George. I was told throughout my seminary and early religious training that forgery and This book felt like an easy walk and discussion with the ehrmxn. Lots of stuff about Christianity’s long road to anti-Semitism and some disturbing accounts of other texts.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

It is impossible to say whether the complete Gospel of Peter in- cluded stories of Jesus’s birth, life, ministry, teachings, miracles, and so on before the account of his Passion and resurrection.

This has been my view for many years, and it used to drive my kids crazy when they were young. But recall that Ehrman himself admits that, given the length of the New Testament letters, the Greco-Roman letters are not necessarily germane. How can you tell a forgery? He often needs to be taken with a pound of salt. I happen to think, as a preterist, that he means Jerusalem.

Bart Ehrman, Forged

He showed Heraclides that if he took the first letter of a series of lines in the first part of the play and strung them togeth- er batt an acrostic, they spelled the name Pankalos, which happened to be the name of Dionysius’s male lover.

Right now I suspect Ehrman’s a popular New Testament exegesis factory but even a factory turns out good material, even if it all starts to look the same. Christians do believe that Christ is no myth, but the idea that one can spin a story upon an existing story could maybe be a borrow feat from the culture that Christianity emerged in.

But there were no imperial decrees leveled against Christianity in its first two hundred years, no declarations that it was illegal, no attempt throughout the empire to stamp it out. Stoics taught that people should re- move themselves, mentally and emotionally, from the pain and anguish of this life to experience inner tranquility of spirit. There were a few notable exceptions such as 1CThe Ehramn of Peter, 1D which was read as if it were scripture by some churches in Syria for a while.

Ehrman has the knack of dealing with complex issues in in assessable terms.

Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God”…

I know now about Thecla baptizing herself in a barrel of man eating seals, which is awesome, and that Paul probably never did tell women ehdman be silent in church in 1 Corinthians, which given that passage was a large part of why I left Christianity, is bemusing. I find this new knowledge to be enlightening in that fkrged makes modern humans, by comparison, seem not so disorganized and divided after all.


For docetists, it was all an appearance. Forgsd lied to his face. As we will see more fully later, prac- tically no one approved of the practice of forgery; on the con- trary, it was widely condemned, even in books that were them- selves forged such as 2 Thessalonians and the Apostolic Constitutions.

But an- cient authors did see this kind of activity as fraudulent, they re- cognized it as deceitful, they called it lying and other even nasti- er thingsand they often punished those who were caught doing it. The diaries of Adolf Hitler had been discovered, authen- ticated by one of the world’s leading experts on the Fiihrer, the Fogged historian Hugh Trevor-Roper. God told Jonah to tell Nineveh that in 40 days it would be destroyed.

On these tablets Apollo de- clared that he was soon to move to take up residence in a new home, in Abunoteichos. But there is a terrifically interesting irony connected with this passage. Early Christianity was not unified. And the people who are educated in the Bible’s history, but still hold to the belief that it’s the infallible “Word of God,” have to perform theologically creative backflips to continue justifying bqrt a belief.

As odd as this might seem, forgery was on every- one’s mind at the time. He does not make things up as colorful as Borg and Crossan’s book might have been, they made stuff If you’ve read the rest of Ehrman’s oeuvre, there won’t be a great deal more in this book to sink your teeth into.

The sport of belief-busting, and unbusting, and re-busting, and so on. Ron liked what I was thinking and said that he had cobbed a few cans of malt li- quor and hidden them out in his bushes. A wise move indeed. For centuries its Pauline authorship was a matter of dispute. Those are almost certainly mistaken attributions for several empirical and historical reasons, the specifics of which are not the topic of this review.

There is such an account in the Gospel of Peter, however.