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To the amateur historian of religion, it is a picnic basket of delights.

ehrmsn Ehrman rather thinks the book a forgery not only because of its theology but because its attitude toward Jews is anachronistic and belongs to the second ehran, which is when this gospel was probably written 14a hundred years after Peter 19s probable death. Yet another brilliant book by Bart, this one dealing particularly with pseudonymous New Testament books books written under a false name. Biblical writers who wrote as Peter, Paul or any other authority figures merely followed this tradition.

Many early Christian writings are “pseudonymous,” going un- der a “false name.

This was due to the illiteracy of most Christians but also to the need for the shared experience of hearing spiritually meaningful texts. Reconciling Galatians with Acts in this case is quite easy. In Book 6 of his Church History Eusebius tells the story of an important bishop of the large church in Antioch, Syria, near the end of the second century, a man named Serapion. Ehrman insists that the Gnostics were Christians in the same sense as the Orthodox or what he would call the proto-Orthodox.

The Hitler diaries consisted of some sixty books of handwrit- ten notes that Hitler himself had allegedly made during his time in power, from June to the very end in In this case the author agrees to stick to the historical facts insofar as she can, and read- ers expect her to do so.


Forged: Writing in the Name of God

Everyone has a distinctive style of writing, and every style, ehrmqn principle, can be imitated. If a child born out of wedlock is raised by his mother and her husband who is not the child’s fatherthen the child does not “belong,” by blood, to his alleged father; they bbart not related. In fact, Ehrman works in little quips like “Some docetists claimed Christ’s body only seemed to be human, because forgev was, in fact, phantasmal like Caspar the Friendly Ghost.

There are pages and pages of text in this book explaining why Peter could not be the author of the two books he supposedly wrote, in fact, textual analysis shows that whoever wrote 2 Peter was NOT the person who wrote 1 Peter.

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

There is also nothing in Galatians to suggest that Peter did not see it this way or that he thought Paul was wrong about the matter. I think we all recognize this deep down, even if we haven’t given it a good deal of thought. What does forged really mean? A religion based on a book that has forgers as many of the authors.

So, tons of pointless religious talk coming. I’m certainly not asserting that we must deny the existence of a supernatural or spiritual realm.

This explains why the bible can be so contradictory – why do the views espoused in one of Paul’s letters contradict the views in another? So he went home and wrote a book, which we still have today. But an- cient authors did see this kind of activity as fraudulent, they re- cognized it as deceitful, they called it lying and other even nasti- er thingsand they often punished those who were caught doing it.


Would it then be a forgery to write the recollection of the original, in the name of the author of the original – trying to keep the message, but not able to do the wording right and having one’s own swung to it? The ehrkan scholars became at recog- nizing a forgery, the better forgers got at avoiding detection.

He confronted Salvian with the mat- ter, and Salvian admitted that he had done it. The “intention” is what you want to accomplish; the “motivation” is the reason you want to accomplish it.

He is not afraid to call out antiSemitism – in fact, he notes that it’s a good thing that several apocryphal and forged books did not make it into the canon, because they were even more antiSemitic than the ones that did make it in! Eerdmans,. In the window were two men ar- guing about a book that was allegedly written by Galen!

Go out and read this book: Other scoundrels today will occasionally forge a document just to see if they can get away with it.

Forgeries Served Christian Propaganda

Serapi- on admitted that most of the Gospel was perfectly orthodox, but he found some “additions” that were troubling and that could be used by docetic Christians. Why did the church let forgeries into the Bible?

In antiquity, just as today, there were any number of reasons people forged documents in other people’s names.

While some have historically inaccurate portraits of Pilate in remorse, others were eliminated because they were unfavorable to Pilate. He makes sure the lines are clearly drawn, and also makes a point of being kind to those who disagree with him.