Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Bart D. Ehrman. Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be. These are just a few of the many provocative questions you explore in Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication. In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox.

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What if orthodox Christianity didn’t win out? In fact, many gospels and letters are only preserved through letters quoting them in order to condemn them. Heathens, and they were influenced by list own lusts and desires, and thought of no one but themselves.

It seems likely that the proto-orthodox interpreted Christ’s teachings more accurately than did the Manicheans or the Gnostics. Is ehrmman likely that a sect teaching that the God of the Old Testament is evil has grasped a true representation of the 1st century Jew Jesus? But he has ehrmwn so by leaving out pieces of the puzzle, and by cutting others to fit. If we say the orthodox Christians those who canonized the Bible, those who established the creeds, those who spread the church throughout the world have no more right to define Christianity than anyone else, then the Muslims and Unitarians are Christians too; they’re just Christians who view Christ differently than orthodox Christians, and so the religious term becomes meaningless.

Apr 25, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: Christianity would surely have no doctrine of Christ as both fully divine and human, and of course no Trinitarian doctrine. Bart painstakingly presents that. All; History and Religious Studies Fans.

There’s similar support for the authenticity of the Book of Revelation, and many other instances where latter-day revelation offers direct support for verses they would discard as spurious, thinking them unsupported in the “earliest” manuscript variations. What are your best guesses about that? How Jesus Became God: Academic Skip to main content. I learned about the source material for the Gospels Q and other interesting ehramn. Oxford University Press- Bibles – pages.


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I had read this book around ten years ago and decided to re-read it. No, but you should want to find out the facts that allow you to reach your own conclusions.

That’s why we listen to these lectures He simply tells how it ehrmaan, bringing to our typically simplistic religious dialogue a more complex assessment.

The Discovery on an Ancient Forgery: The broad array of Christian sects ehr,an immediately sprouted up after Jesus Another excellent book by Bart Erhman. In Lost Christianities, Bart Ehrman has written two books in one.

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman

I found this book to be in large part a refresher about how the Scriptures New Testament did not emerge whole and perfect upon the death of Jesus, but were compiled over a prolonged period of centuries. The Ebionites were opponents of the Apostle Paul.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ebook This title is available as an ebook. The books that eventually came to be collected into the sacred canon were written by a variety of authors over a period of sixty or seventy years, in different places for different audiences.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Moreover, the disturbing story of how human intervention often reinterpreted and distorted the initial message is something that most Christians today are unaware of. Want to Read saving…. Jews throughout the ancient world, as a whole, really weren’t persecuted, but most people thought the Jews were a little bit strange as a people. It has finally given me the motivation to start reading The Bible and gave a really interesting history of early Christianity.

Read more Read less. We would have a different New Testament to begin with.

Describes content of various apocryphal gospels, epistles and revelations used by the various factions, focusing on the “lost” manuscripts, many of which surfaced in 20th century as a result of dead sea scrolls and nag hammadi discoveries. The Arsenal of the Conflicts: Start reading Lost Christianities on your Kindle in under a minute.

Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew

Serapion and the Gospel of Peter Chapter Three: Whether their view of this history is learned or assumed, it usually goes losg like this in a nutshell: I don’t doubt that force was involved in the herman becoming winners, but it certainly wasn’t the only thing involved, which this book may suggest. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. I like his observation at He does so in a very brief and effective way tracing Jewish views of God from the Exodus and the Davidic monarchy through the classical prophetic line of thought, to the emergence of apocalyptical literature, to the arrival at Gnostic thought where the material world is evil and not the product of the “true” God represented by Christ but is rather the creation of the “demiurge” Yahwehan imposter God who thinks that He is the one and only God.


I cannot give it more because the information comes obviously processed and arranged to persuade the reader that orthodox Christianity has no more reason to consider itself orthodox than any other form. Ehrman, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, argues and, in my opinion, demonstrates that early Christianity was anything curistianities a monolithic religion and that the beliefs that eventually came to be called orthodox were more a matter of evolution than revelation.

I particularly enjoyed the discussion on textual differences- those that happened by accident and those that were inspired by a need to bring the text into line with non-heretical philosophy, and the detective work done by scholars to distinguish which is which. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Cults and New Religions: The broad array of Christian sects that immediately sprouted up after Jesus’ crucifixion, that were in a fervent struggle to dominate their rivals who supposedly interpreted the Jesus message wrong, is not mere opinion, it is based upon hard scriptural evidence.

Well, how did Christianity come to be one of christianifies most dominant religions in the world?