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Also anonymous are the book of Acts and the letters known as l, 2, and 3 John. There seems to be no doubt about that either. In fact, there is scant evidence to sug- gest that any Christian authors forged documents simply in order to see if they could get away with it.

Not because we are trying to teach them about the facts of colonial history, but because we think the story conveys a “truth” that we want our children to learn. In short, there were long, protracted, and often heated de- bates in the early church over forged documents.

The Jewish authorities crucify Ehrmn and take him off the cross. The reality is that ancient people really did believe that they were written by the bat who claimed to be writing them, as seen repeatedly in the ancient testimonies. After a bit of downtime, they would drive home.

This lengthy book, in eight volumes, gives instructions concerning how the church is to be organized and run by its leaders. Something else must be considered. Of those 13, scholars agree that Paul wrote seven: Yet, modern historians are quite certain Plutarch wrote them. In the ancient world forgery was a bit different from today in that it was not, technically speaking, against the law.


I do have some questions. Those are almost certainly mistaken attributions for several empirical and historical reasons, the specifics of which are not the topic of this review. The modern discovery occurred in orduring an archaeological dig near the city of Akhmim in Upper Egypt.

Forged: Writing in the Name of God

So some people might have mistakenly thought that the Christ was a human who really died; but that was only Jesus. If my wife asks me, “Why are you going to the store?

Why is the subject matter of this book important? As usual, the writing is clear and witty. Consider the following statements by an expert in the early pseudepigraphal Christian literature. Eerdmans,. Instead, they insisted that God had revealed his truth in earlier times through Christ to his apostles. There simply is no evidence that Paul ever used a secretary in that fashion.

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

In oth- er instances it is because an author lied about who he was, claim- ing to be someone he was not. I would like him to address the following better: We’re not talking here about mistaken authorial attribution of a work that, on its face, is written anonymously.

Each of them can do miracles, and each tries to convince the crowds that he, not the other, stands for the truth.

Bart Ehrman argues that the same, now unknown, person wrote 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus because of similarities in vocabulary, brt context and writing style; he believes Ephesians, Colossians, and 2nd Thessalonians were written by three different people. I don’t recall seeing Ehrman address this argument eurman but I’ve heard other people make it, and I freely admit it doesn’t make any sense. The best they could do was to invent a speech that seemed appropri- ate to the character of the speaker and the occasion and trust that it was a more or less close approximation of what was actually said.


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. The inclusion of these forged works explains factual and theological inconsistencies in the New Testament. But there is a terrifically interesting irony connected with this passage.

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

We have other instances in the ancient world of a similar motivation, to pull the wool over someone’s, or everyone’s, eyes. One answer might be, “To buy something for dinner.

This was the national law for Israel, and it had nothing to do with salvation. The basic premise of Forged is that much of the New Testament is in fact comprised of forgeries. Kujau was convicted bg forgery, a crime by modern standards, though, as we’ll see, not by ancient ones, and spent several years in prison. When Ron came over, we headed upstairs to my bedroom, where we threw open the windows, lit up the cigars, popped the cans of brew, and settled in for an afternoon of something less than intellectual discourse.

Ehrman criticizes many scholars, but I found of special interest his criticism of the book titled The Five Gospels published by the Jesus Seminar because it, “contains at least one statement that scholars would call a ‘howler’.

I assume some will have their beliefs vigorously challenged.