For the first time, ehrman reveals where and why these changes were made and how scholars go about reconstructing the original words of the New Testament as closely as possible. Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes -- alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.
. In misquoting jesus, ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today. He frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultraconservative views of the Bible.
Since the advent of the printing press and the accurate reproduction of texts, most people have assumed that when they read the New Testament they are reading an exact copy of Jesus's words or Saint Paul's writings. And yet, for almost fifteen hundred years these manuscripts were hand copied by scribes who were deeply influenced by the cultural, theological, and political disputes of their day.
Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They AreEhrman, interrupted and god’s problem reveals which books in the bible’s new Testament were not passed down by Jesus’s disciples, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus, but were instead forged by other hands—and why this centuries-hidden scandal is far more significant than many scholars are willing to admit.
. Bart D. A controversial work of historical reporting in the tradition of Elaine Pagels, and John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, Ehrman’s Forged delivers a stunning explication of one of the most substantial—yet least discussed—problems confronting the world of biblical scholarship.
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible And Why We Don't Know About ThemThe problems with the bible that new testament scholar bart ehrman discussed in his bestseller Misquoting Jesus—and on The Daily Show with John Stewart, NPR, and Dateline NBC, among others—are expanded upon exponentially in his latest book: Jesus, Interrupted. If you enjoy the work of elaine pagels, john dominic Crossan, and John Shelby Spong, you’ll find much to ponder in Jesus, Marcus Borg, Interrupted.
This new york times bestseller reveals how books in the Bible were actually forged by later authors, and that the New Testament itself is riddled with contradictory claims about Jesus—information that scholars know… but the general public does not.
The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the WorldThis “humane, music, economics, literature, thoughtful and intelligent” book The New York Times Book Review upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, philosophy, ethics, and law. Ehrman weaves the rigorously-researched answer to this question “into a vivid, nuanced, and enormously readable narrative” Elaine Pagels, National Book Award-winning author of The Gnostic Gospels, showing how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time.
The “marvelous” reza aslan, bestselling author of Zealot, New York Times bestselling story of how Christianity became the dominant religion in the West. How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries? In The Triumph of Christianity, early Christian historian Bart D.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. Balancing the jesus of the gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction.
A vivid, persuasive portrait. Salon “this tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process. San francisco chronicle “a special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original. Jon meacham, pulitzer prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power “Compulsively readable.
Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. 1 new york times bestseller • “a lucid, from the host of believer two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, intelligent page-turner” Los Angeles Times that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.
The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal.
The Religions Book Big Ideas Simply ExplainedThe religions book clearly and simply explains all of the important information about the world's major, religions, and many minor, in an easy-to-access format. Using easy-to-follow graphics and artworks, succinct quotations, and thoroughly accessible text, The Religions Book explores the beliefs that underpin religious traditions around the globe and how they developed.
From primal beliefs to the world's great faiths and the continuing quest for spiritual meaning in our complex world, The Religions Book gets to the heart of what it means to believe in God and religion's place in society. The religions book includes:- a dedicated section for each of the world's five major faiths - islam, judaism, graphics, Christianity, ancient and classical mythology, and Hinduism- Primal beliefs, Buddhism, and new religions- Brief biographies and context boxes to give the full historical context of selected religionsThe clear and concise summaries, and quotations in The Religions Book will help even the complete novice understand the ideas behind faiths and the place of religion in the world.
How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from GalileeOnly when some of jesus’s followers had visions of him after his death—alive again—did anyone come to think that he, the prophet from Galilee, had become God. New york times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.
The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But how did he move from being a jewish prophet to being God? In a book that took eight years to research and write, Ehrman sketches Jesus’s transformation from a human prophet to the Son of God exalted to divine status at his resurrection.
But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How jesus became god tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very different in the fourth century than it did in the first.
A master explainer of christian history, and traditions, Ehrman reveals how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God Almighty, texts, Creator of all things. And what they meant by that was not at all what people mean today.
Written for secular historians of religion and believers alike, and is, How Jesus Became God will engage anyone interested in the historical developments that led to the affirmation at the heart of Christianity: Jesus was, God.
The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's PrayerIn the greatest prayer, our foremost Jesus scholar explores this foundational prayer line by line for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer every Christian knows by heart. An expert on the historical jesus, Crossan provides just the right amount of history, scholarship, and detail for us to rediscover why this seemingly simple prayer sparked a revolution.
. Addressing issues of god’s will for us and our response, the theology of our daily bread, our responsibilities to one another and to the earth, and God’s kingdom, the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught.
It is the way jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world’s 2. 5 billion Christians. Every sunday, the Lord’s Prayer echoes in churches around the world. It is an indisputable principle of Christian faith.
Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the SaviorExplaining how oral tradition evolves based on the latest scientific research, the storyteller, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling impacts the story, and the listener—crucial insights that challenge our typical historical understanding of the silent period between when Jesus lived and died and when his stories began to be written down.
As he did in his previous books on religious scholarship, and the existence of Jesus of Nazareth, debates on New Testament authorship, Ehrman combines his deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that will change the way we read and think about these sacred texts.
. Ehrman investigates the role oral history has played in the New Testament—how the telling of these stories not only spread Jesus’ message but helped shape it. A master explainer of christian history, texts, including psychology and anthropology, and traditions, Ehrman draws on a range of disciplines, to examine the role of memory in the creation of the Gospels.
The bestselling author of misquoting jesus, one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament—and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity. Throughout much of human history, our most important stories were passed down orally—including the stories about Jesus before they became written down in the Gospels.
In this fascinating and deeply researched work, leading Bible scholar Bart D.
The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the SoulBeauregard and o'leary explore recent attempts to locate a "god gene" in some of us and claims that our brains are "hardwired" for religion—even the strange case of one neuroscientist who allegedly invented an electromagnetic "God helmet" that could produce a mystical experience in anyone who wore it.
The authors argue that these attempts are misguided and narrow-minded, because they reduce spiritual experiences to material phenomena. Many scientists ignore hard evidence that challenges their materialistic prejudice, clinging to the limited view that our experiences are explainable only by material causes, in the obstinate conviction that the physical world is the only reality.
He offers compelling evidence that religious experiences have a nonmaterial origin, making a convincing case for what many in scientific fields are loath to consider—that it is God who creates our spiritual experiences, not the brain. Traditional science explains away these and other occurrences as delusions or misunderstandings, but by exploring the latest neurological research on phenomena such as these, The Spiritual Brain gets to their real source.
. Do religious experiences come from god, neuroscientist Mario Beauregard shows that genuine, or are they merely the random firing of neurons in the brain? Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, life-changing spiritual events can be documented. But scientific materialism is at a loss to explain irrefutable accounts of mind over matter, and of psychic premonitions of a loved one in crisis, of the "placebo effect" in medicine, of intuition, willpower, of near-death experiences on the operating table, and leaps of faith, to say nothing of the occasional sense of oneness with nature and mystical experiences in meditation or prayer.
Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of RevelationPagels persuasively interprets Revelation as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome. A startling exploration of the history of the most controversial book of the Bible, by the bestselling author of Beyond Belief. Through the bestselling books of Elaine Pagels, thousands of readers have come to know and treasure the suppressed biblical texts known as the Gnostic Gospels.
Soon after, a new sect known as "christians" seized on John's text as a weapon against heresy and infidels of all kinds-Jews, however, even Christians who dissented from their increasingly rigid doctrines and hierarchies. In a time when global religious violence surges, Revelations explores how often those in power throughout history have sought to force "God's enemies" to submit or be killed.
Her new book, dramatically within the new testament canon: The Book of Revelation, however, tackles a text that is firmly, the surreal apocalyptic vision of the end of the world . Or is it?in this startling and timely book, pagels returns the book of Revelation to its historical origin, written as its author John of Patmos took aim at the Roman Empire after what is now known as "the Jewish War, " in 66 CE.
As one of the world's foremost religion scholars, she has been a pioneer in interpreting these books and illuminating their place in the early history of Christianity. It is sure to appeal to pagels's committed readers and bring her a whole new audience who want to understand the roots of dissent, violence, and division in the world's religions, and to appreciate the lasting appeal of this extraordinary text.
Militant jews in jerusalem, fired with religious fervor, waged an all-out war against Rome's occupation of Judea and their defeat resulted in the desecration of Jerusalem and its Great Temple.