For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand--and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes. In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, explaining for the first time how the many variations of our cherished biblical stories came to be, and why only certain versions of the stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today. Ehrman frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultra-conservative views of the Bible.
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by Bart D. Ehrman
by Loren D. Estleman
by Joseph Durso
by Sebastian Junger
"Listeners will want to enjoy MISQUOTING JESUS with a Bible at hand, so they can review for themselves the countless passages Bart Ehrman indicates were changed through centuries of scribal transcriptions. While most of the book focuses on which passages were changed and why, the beginning and end are personal narratives of how this growing understanding affected Ehrman's faith. Richard Davidson's narration is perfectly suited to both elements of the book. Davidson expresses the shock of the fundamentalist Christian who finds his Holy Book shifting before his eyes. In the middle sections, his tone smoothly changes to one of patient explanation, which is fitting for a review of translation difficulties and analyses of historical contexts. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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