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Bu genre is a “kind” of writing that fits cer- tain expected forms. Then he argues how many and big a problem forgeries were. Sure enough, he came to think that even though most of the account was perfectly “orthodox” a “right teaching”some parts were not.

In part because it makes readers less likely to suspect that the book they have is itself a forgery. A forger’s intention, in almost every instance, is to deceive readers about his identity, that is, to make readers believe that he is someone other than who he is. The views found in these writings were bat deemed “heretical” i. But eventually I saw that in fact they could not be.

People didn’t tell and retell, read and re- cite these forms of fiction simply because they thought they were literally true, but for much the same reason that we read fiction today: And what about the letter of Pliny the Younger c.

It also contains what almost anyone today would call lies.

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In fact, there is very good evid- ence indeed, and it comes to us from the pages of the New Testa- ment itself. His concerns are not those of James of Jerusalem So when I use the term “forgery,” I do mean for it to have neg- ative connotations, in part because, as we will see, the terms used by ancient authors were just as negative, if not more so.

As a result, Christians from the very beginning needed to appeal to authorities for what they believed. What I try to do in the present book is to discuss the issue at a layperson’s level, pointing out the really interesting aspects of the problem by highlighting the results of my own research and showing what scholars have long said about the writings of the New Testament and pseudonymous Christian writings from outside the New Testament. What is clear, from the final verse, is that this Gospel, unlike the Gospels of the New Testament, is written in the first person.


Would your own skill in composition vs reading provide an example of the above? To the amateur historian of religion, it is a picnic basket of delights.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

These books explain the pro and con arguments for the traditional authorship of all of the New Testament literature. Though Ehrman is primarily concerned with Christian examples of forgery and other kinds of literary fraud, outside and inside the New Testament, he mentions a couple of examples of forgery in the Hebrew Scriptures, such as vy Book of Daniel that purports to be about four-hundred years older than it actually is.

Forged — Writing in the Name of God admin T Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries. For example, a commentator on the writings of Aristotle, a pagan scholar named David, indicated: Polished stories told over and over until some of them got written down? Some scholars have argued, strenuously, hut without much evidence, that it was a common and accepted practice in schools of philosophy to write a philosophical treatise and sign your mas- ter’s name to it Plato, Pythagoras, etc.

He clears up murky issues, defines sneaky slippery terms and frequently footnotes to lead the reader to other authors’ works. I really enjoy the information in this book, I feel like I learned a lot, but again, the presentation was a little bit dry.

Peter was an illiterate peasant. Thus most Christians did not stress personal revelation to living individuals. Only a few months earlier forgery had been front-page news for weeks in major newspapers around the world.

In no small measure it is for the reason we have seen. Mark Jones, Paul T. According to Galen, forgeries started to ap- pear by unscrupulous authors who simply wanted the money.

But somehow Salvian’s bishop came to suspect that Salvian had written it. Ehrman has a respect for his Christian material that axe-grinding atheists may lack but is not clouded by personal subjectivities and religious dogmas.

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

He appears unaware, however, that Paul also spoke of the resurrection of believers in a forgd sense. This is an enjoyable and challenging book. He argues that the pseudepigraphal writings were viewed by the ancients in the same light that we would view a modern book that claimed to be written by, for example, the Dalai Lama, but that was actually written by an unknown British woman who had converted to Buddhism: In most cases, books in the Hebrew as well as Christian scriptures were composed anonymously and much later attributed to an author by copyists or readers.


So he went home and wrote a book, which we still have today. The joys of paradise opened before us.

The heavens open up and two “men” descend, while the stone in front of the tomb rolls aside. A writing in the name of Peter could authorize one set of views in the name of a great “authority,” named as its “author.

Full text of ” Bart D. Both seem to misunderstand the theology of the real Paul, who maintains that the works of the Hebrew law are not required for salvation, but urges Christians to follow a code of conduct.

It’s very simple – forgers claimed to be apostles or disciples of Jesus because they knew it would give authority to what they wrote. I intend to buy some food for tonight. In 2 Corinthians Craft, emerita, Longwood Univ.

Most Christians haven’t even read the entire Bible. Given the importance the early Christian letters had for their authors and recipients, there was a much greater need for using a secretary in order to craft the letters carefully. And two apostles is most certainly plural. There are plenty of other examples in Scripture in which the lies of God’s chosen ones lead to good ends. By far the dominant discourse in the ancient world opposed forgery and saw it as a deceitful and illicit practice.

I think he would generally acknowledge that. He does, however, footnote everything.