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I earlier mentioned the poet Martial, who was incensed that other poets tried to pass off their own work which he considered vastly inferior as his.

In ForgedEhrman works through each piece of writing, and presents the evidence for who wrote it and why. By contrast, the historical evidence against Paul’s authorship of those six letters is substantial.

On the other hand, it was a serious shock. In the cases presented in this chapter, the Christians fored responding to their conflicts with Jews and pagans.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

Forgeries were literary texts in which the author adopted a kind of fiction without the permission of readers. Consider the motivations for forgery mentioned earlier. Mar 31, Bill Kerwin rated it liked it. Stories like this can easily be multiplied.

When God told Jonah to proclaim to the city of Nineveh that in forty days it would be overthrown, he obviously knew full well that the people would repent and that he would stay his hand of judgment. Beyond that he has gotten off the hook with his father by destroying, in effect, any incriminating evidence.

They were stories intending to convey some kind of true understanding of the divine realm and humans’ relationship to it. Only a few months earlier forgery had been front-page news for weeks in major newspapers around the world. Needless to ehrjan, dealing with hy issue of forgery or erhman in the Bible is byy little like juggling live lobsters and lit dynamite, hot, emotional and controversial.


However, I am of the opinion that if there is no direct word from the Creator than we should not have fkrged follow some good, some bad rules in order to receive eternal life. May 27, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: It is better to be truthful and face the consequences than to live a life of dishonesty. This book is another winner by Bart Ehrman, whose works I have reviewed before.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God by Bart D. Ehrman

My approach to the traditional authorship question is that there is evidence of varying weight in support of the traditional authorship of each of the 27 books and letters in the New Testament. According to one ancient source, Epicurus’s followers were not amused. I return to this is- sue in Chapter 8, but for now I should at least set the stage by asking a more bj question.

But someone in the crowd asks Peter ehrrman he won’t heal his own daughter, who is lying paralyzed in the corner. We will never know. Col- lectors of memorabilia later paid for the materials, and one such collector, named Konrad Fischer an alias for Konrad Kujauhad ended up with the diaries.

I really wanted to read this book, however, because it made what to me was a new argument. Many early christian writings are pseudonymous, going under a false name. In a kind of appendix he gave a list of the offensive passages. He confronted Salvian with the mat- ter, and Salvian admitted that he had done it.

The truth is the same, even if someone accidentally or intentionally put the wrong name enrman a book. Eventually I came to real- ize that the Bible not only contains untruths or accidental mis- takes.

Kujau was convicted of forgery, a crime by modern standards, though, as we’ll see, not by ancient ones, and spent several years in prison. He points out just how many scholars and theologians know of this fact, but are hesitant to call this practice for what it truly is.

An “orthonymous” literally, “rightly named” writing is one that really is written by the person who claims to be writ- ing it.


The last chapter of the book does make a person think about Lying. That doesn’t mean that people didn’t engage in the practice— adultery is usually seen as a deceitful and illicit practice today, hut that doesn’t stop a lot of people.

Forgeries Served Christian Propaganda

Sometimes the motivation for a forgery was less political than religious— to defend religious institutions or practices or to de- fend one’s religious claims against those of opponents.

Through Paul, then, the church largely filled up with Gentiles who did not see themselves as Jew- ish and who worshiped the God of Israel without following his law. It is only later readers who claimed that the author was someone else. He received his doctorate from the same school and also had Bruce Metzger as his mentor.

Another issue that some letters forged in Paul 19s name get wrong is that they confuse works according to the Jewish law Paul 19s concern with ordinary good deeds the concern of pseudo-Paul in Ephesians.

The early church was not capable of the kind of careful textual analysis that can reveal literary fraud in these texts.

When comparisons can be made, Ehrman is almost always in agreement with this scholar. It had been standard in my education and in other commentaries I’ve read to claim t A lot of Ehrman’s work I’ve considered simply popularization of stuff that those of us with academic training in religion learned in school. But we still tell it to our children. It was well known that when defeat was imminent, Hitler had several metal boxes filled with his per- sonal effects flown out of Berlin; but the plane had been shot down and its pilot killed.

A more common word for this is forgery.