Forged has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Bart Ehrman is a legitimate scripture scholar who began as a fundamentalist at the Moody Bible Inst. Arguably the most distinctive feature of the early Christian literature, writes Bart Ehrman, is the degree to which it was forged. The Homilies and. Bart D. Ehrman, the New York Times bestselling author of Jesus, Interrupted Forged. Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We.

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To cite just a few examples. Forgery and Counterforgery is the first comprehensive study of early Christian pseudepigrapha ever produced in English.

In it, Ehrman argues that ancient critics–pagan, Jewish, and Christian–understood false authorial claims to be a form of literary deceit, and thus forgeries. Ehrman considers the extent of the phenomenon, the “intention” and motivations of ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish forgers, and reactions to their work once detected. He also forgedd the criteria ancient critics applied to expose forgeries and the techniques forgers used to avoid detection.

With the wider practices of the ancient world as backdrop, Ehrman then focuses on early Christian polemics, as various Christian authors forged documents in order to lend their forges a veneer of authority in literary battles waged with pagans, Jews, and, most importantly, with one another in internecine disputes over doctrine and practice.

In some instances a forger directed his work against views found in another forgery, creating thereby a “counter-forgery. Shining light on an important but overlooked feature of the early Christian world, Forgery and Counterforgery explores the possible motivations of the deceivers who produced these writings, situating their practice within ancient Christian discourses on lying and deceit.

Table of Contents Acknowledgments Chapter One: Terms and Taxonomies Chapter Four: Aspects of the Broader Phenomenon Chapter Five: Anti-Jewish Forgeries Chapter Twelve: Forgeries involving Debates over the Flesh Chapter Fourteen: Apologetic Forfed Chapter Sixteen: Ehrman is the James A.

Ehrman combines clarity of writing with profound scholarship, building up a detailed case on the basis of historical evidence ehr,an those with more a skeptical view must take into serious consideration. Biblical scholars and historians of early Christianity will find much to ponder in this book.

Samuel Subramanian, Review of Biblical Literature. A erhman that will have a material effect on the future of a faith that is currently experiencing one of its most interesting and fruitful phases of transformation.

Few books have so effectively vorged the basis of scriptural authority in Christianity. It is both an insightful study of the use and usefulness of forgeries in polemics during the first four centuries of Christianity, and a near encyclopedic survey of the forged texts themselves. It will make an enormous impact on the field corged New Testament studies and also studies of pseudepigraphy in the ancient world.


Review of Bart Ehrman’s book “Forged: Writing in the Name of God” – Risen Jesus, Inc.

The book will make a huge contribution to the field. There are comparable books in German, but this one goes beyond them all. And it will be erhman only thing of its kind in English. The author’s contribution lies in updating Speyer’s thesis that pseudepigraphy was usually, on the contrary, an attempt to deceive, and in establishing this thesis in a comprehensive English-language monograph.

Why Christians Lied When Writing Polemical Works

The greatest strength of the book is its comprehensiveness. Whether these authors forged their works to support or critique the Apostle Forgsd, to oppose or celebrate “the flesh”, to promote their own views of doctrine and church leadership, or to defend Christianity against hostile critics, the sheer magnitude of early Christian forgery startles the modern reader.

Ehrman demolishes dhrman claim that forgery was an acceptable literary practice in Greco-Roman antiquity, as well as scholars’ attempts to “explain away” its prevalence in early Christianity. Ehrman’s remarkable and comprehensive account of a misunderstood practice is unparalleled in English-language scholarship.

These works, however well-intentioned, were, quite simply. Ehrman has produced a learned and engaging survey of early Christian controversial literature from the vantage point of authorial identity and rhetorical deceit, asking why Christians ehrmsn about themselves when writing polemical works and why scholars are so resistant to acknowledging their forgeries.

There is no forgfd major scholarly study in English that tackles this subject with such thoroughness, and its usefulness to students of early Christian literature will be undeniable. There is no comparable work in English on forgery.

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I also think general readers will pick it up and find it fascinating. The prose is solid, the arguments are clear and forgev, and the significance of this study is undeniable. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

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Choose your country or region Close. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Ehrman This is the first comprehensive study of literary forgery in the early Christian tradition ever produced in English. It establishes once and for all that ancient critics considered the use of false authorial names to be a form of literary deceit, lying.

It evaluates every major aspect of the phenomenon in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including ancient Judaism: It considers every instance of Christian forgery produced for polemical purposes from the time of the New Testament nearly half of the New Testament books make false authorial claims through the second and third centuries, and up to the end of the fourth century, with the Pseudo-Ignatian letters and the pseudonymous Apostolic Constitutions.


For works whose authorship is hotly debated among scholars for example, 1 Peter; 2 Timothyestablishes decisive grounds for understanding the work as a forgery; in instances where there is now little debate for example, 2 Peter, the Pseudo-Ignatianssummarizes the arguments that are widely deemed compelling. Establishes the polemical use of every forgery he considers, whether in Christians’ conflicts with Jews and Judaism, with pagans and paganism, or with one another in the heated debates over early Christian doctrine and practice.

Highlights in particular the phenomenon that he labels “counter-forgery,” in which a forger directs his work against another work that is a forgery, seeing instances of the phenomenon from our earliest surviving traditions 2 Thessalonians on up through the Fourth Century the Acts of Pilate and the Apostolic Constitutions.

Shows that some well-known works not generally considered to be forged do in fact make clear false authorial claims, including the New Testament books of Acts and 1 John.

Set within the context of other related phenomena: Concludes with a detailed discussion of ancient Christian discourses on “lying,” showing that widely disparate views of the practice were held by such well-known authors as Augustine, who argued that the Christian should never lie, under any circumstances whatsoever, and John Cassian, who, with the majority of Christians, maintained that there were situations in which eyrman was, in fact, the right thing to do to deceive another.

It is within these discourses of lying and deception that the forgers’ self-justifications are probably to be situated. New to this Edition: This is a first edition. Samuel Subramanian, Review of Biblical Literature “This is a significant study in English of a theme not normally explored by scholars, This book is vintage Ehrman: Martin, Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University “The book tackles an important subject–the nature of ancient Christian pseudepigraphy–and makes a significant contribution to it These works, however well-intentioned, were, quite simply, “The quality is very high; it is very thorough and well-researched.

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