Forgery and Counterforgery The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics Ehrman has produced a learned and engaging survey of early Christian. On Friday I will be giving a talk at a symposium at York University in Toronto that will be focusing on the use of forgery in the early Christian. Full text of “Bart D. Ehrman – Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s .. The forgery trade continues to thrive; forgeries in the names of George .

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How was this book received by the Neutestlamenter community? My use of the term “forgery,” however, does not say anything about the legal status of the document in question or the criminal activity of the author. Three years elapsed between his conversion experience and his first post-conversion trip to Jerusalem.

But why would authors claim to be people they weren’t? Second Thessalonians, in which the passage appears, is itself widely thought among scholars not to be by Paul, even though it claims to be written by him we’ll see the reasons for thinking this in Chapter 3. Ehrman is well read on the subject, citing barf a number of doctoral dissertations, scholarly monographs, and journal articles in both English and German. If scholars who think that 2 Thessaloni- ans was not written by Paul are wrong— that is, if Paul really wrote it— then it shows that Paul himself knew of a forgery in his name that had come to the Thessalonian church.

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Written in an authoritative style, the let- ter seemed to its readers actually to have been written by Timothy, the famous companion of the apostle Paul four hun- dred years earlier. The inclusion of these forged works explains factual and theological inconsistencies in the New Testament.

The Christ was divine and could not suffer.

What kind of person was he? Ehrman barrt that the Gnostics were Christians in the same sense as the Orthodox or what he would call the proto-Orthodox. I wrote papers on difficult passages.

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Thus, for example, if you wanted to write a philosophical treatise in which you dealt with some of the most confounding ethical problems facing the world, but you bsrt not a famous philosopher, you might write the treatise and claim that you were, signing it Plato or Aristotle.


In chapter 7, Ehrman turns to a discussion of anonymous literature, that is, literature that makes no direct claims pertaining to its authorship. Licona, March 27, They, instead, might be called “fabrications,” stories invented about Peter. Feb 16, Miles Fowler dhrman it really liked it Shelves: They mainly cared that the books were 1Corthodox 1D in their outlook were consistent with the doctrines agreed upon by leaders of the church and at least purported to be written by recognized authorities such as apostles or those who had known apostles in the first century.

Carson and Douglas J. The Jewish historian Josephus, for example, reports that an en- emy of Alexander, the son of King Herod, forged a letter in Alex- ander’s name in which he announced plans to murder his father.

Do you side with Augustine, that a lie is never excusable? And since the Christian forgers way back then had no problem with lying for God, maybe the writers of the authentic Christian documents bbart also inventing material about Jesus to suit their theological needs and passing these tales off as historical.

We simply can’t peer into their hearts and minds to see what they were thinking, deep down, when they decided to hide their own identity and to claim, deceitfully, that they were someone else.

With the exception of Philemon, the average length of the New Testament letters is much longer than the average length of letters written by others of the period. Forgers sometimes begin or end their writing by describing what has led to the book’s disappear- ance and discovery. By writing in Paul’s name, he hoped to make people listen to what he had to say. The rorged letter sometimes attributed to Paul is Hebrews, but Paul did not write it and its author did not make much, if any, effort to persuade his readers that he was Paul.

If they wanted to justify a political institution or reli- gious practice by citing the views of an authority or wanted to have their own views accepted as authoritative even if they them- selves were completely unknown, it would make no sense to claim to be someone else knowing full well that no one would be- lieve you.


Given this caution in the early Church, my approach is this: Unfortunately, bagt scholarship has pulled back the veil on those early times and revealed fogred of human shortcomings involved in the development of the New Testament scriptures. In a nutshell, you would carefully craft the document because you would want to keep your job and your present standard of living. Several people have told me how the “ring around the rosies” children’s song is about the bubonic plague and Black Death, taking delight in how a gruesome ghastly grim piece of history is hidden innocuousl I feel bad for writing a review of this when I have left other books, ones I liked a lot more, unreviewed.

Forgdd think this is the eighth book by Bart Ehrman I’ve read this year, so to be honest it’s becoming a bit of a blur.

The Gospel of Matthew, written at about the same time as Luke, has Pilate wash his hands to declare that he is innocent in the shed- ding of Jesus’s blood. This other letter allegedly teaches an idea that Paul himself op- poses. Let me conclude this introduction simply by saying that I have spent the past five years studying forgery in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, especially but not exclusively within Christianity.

Ephesians, Colossians, 2nd Thessalonians, 1st and 2nd Timothy, and Titus.

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Why ask for a personal favor from a person you’re writing to, if you’re not really writing to that person? He spent some time in jail as a young adult, having been caught forging lunch vouchers. This was the national law for Israel, and it had nothing to do with salvation. It is often translated “spurious,” which may be accurate enough, but does not carry the same connotations as the Greek word, which refers typically to a bastard child.

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