Below is a link to the lecture. I gave the lecture soon after my book Forged: Writing in the Name of God. In that book I try to present, to a lay audience, the evidence Commonwealth Club , Forgery and Counterforgery.
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Purchase from one of these links to benefit Bart:. He then goes on to discuss works that were wrongly claimed to have been written by Peter or by Paul as well as other forgeries, including some in the last two centuries.
Most of the forgeries Ehrman discusses served Christian anti-Jewish propaganda, although some were antipagan, while the so-called Gospel of Nicodemus was an attempt to correct the very anti-Christian Acts of Pilate. VERDICT Ehrman reveals for ordinary readers what most mainstream biblical scholars accept, but he then attributes motives to the writers, which are more speculative, ending his book with a discussion of a few justifiable lies or forgeries and those not justified all the rest.
Craft, emerita, Longwood Univ. Their readers, had they known, would probably have called them liars and condemned what they did. But in their own eyes, their conscience may have been free from blame, and their motives may have been as pure as the driven snow. They had a truth to convey, and they were happy to lie in order to proclaim it.
Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as it is today. Forgeries Served Christian Propaganda.
Book Publisher. Ehrman investigates ancient sources to: Reveal which New Testament books were outright forgeries. Explain how widely forgery was practiced by early Christian writers—and how strongly it was condemned in the ancient world as fraudulent and illicit. Expose the deception in the history of the Christian religion.
Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God”…
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Forgeries Served Christian Propaganda
Bart D. Licona, March 27, On March 22, the New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman published his latest iconoclastic book challenging the traditional Christian view. Ehrman is well read on the subject, citing from a number of doctoral dissertations, scholarly monographs, and journal articles in both English and German. Why is the subject matter of this book important?