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Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew. Bart D. Ehrman. Shows how early forms of Christianity came to be. The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs, according to Bart Ehrman, author of Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We . From Publishers Weekly. What if Marcion’s canon-which consisted only of Luke’s Gospel and Paul’s letters, entirely omitting the Old Testament-had become.

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And it’s hard to imagine him converting to one of these other kinds of Christianity. The New Testament is a collection of writings that support a particular set of views of Christianity.

Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between “proto-orthodox Christians”–those who eventually compiled the canonical books of the New Testament and standardized Christian christianitjes the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame.

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. It also served erhman resolve a question of mine with respect to the historicity of Jesus so many different and sincere groups with different interpretations and their own Scriptures make me fall squarely on the view that Jesus was a historical figure.

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Why couldn’t there be other writings on Christians we read them everyday walking into bookstores and even writing them ourselves Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. More By and About This Author.


Is there losg God, two gods, or many gods? Loyal Enemies Jamie Gilham. My hunch is that if that had happened, anti-Semitism wouldn’t have developed among Christians. Lost Christianities dis Of the four main strands of Christianity prevalent before the fourth century, only one had what it took to emerge as the religion we know today. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

In this one, he focuses on the different early forms that Christianity took, prior to the Romanization of the religion when it was melded with official Roman state authority in the 4th century. The author Bart D.

The Christianity Battles

I just had one minor annoyance – it would have been helpful if he used footnotes instead of end notes. Most obscure academic terms are spelled out and I never found myself getting bogged down in any of the explanations of things. Aug 27, Pamela Tucker rated it it was amazing.

On the Road to Nicea: Jul 05, Jim 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.

Lost Christianities – Bart D. Ehrman – Oxford University Press

For one, even where ehrnan an ambiguity over the authorship of Hebrews within the LDS faith see Szink, in How The New Testament Came to Bethe inspiration thereof was never a mat I can’t recommend this to anyone lacking a thorough familiarity with the pitfalls in higher criticism, which can ultimately lead one batr question everything and believe very little.

And yet, as Ehrman explains, there continued to be debates and disputes even in his own church. What if orthodox Christianity didn’t win out? He specifically covers 44 texts and their role during early Christianity. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty.


Well, it’s an amusing hypothetical, I suppose, but it’s rather like saying, “What if the Constitution didn’t become the standard for the U.

These and many other questions had differing answers depending on who you asked and at what point in time you asked them. This funny question dropped into the mailbox today. It has finally given me the motivation to start reading The Bible and gave a really interesting history of early Christianity. In Lost ChristianitiesBart D. Bart Ehrman has the rare gift of communicating scholarship in writing that is lively, enjoyable, and accessible.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? He simply tells how it happened, bringing to our typically simplistic religious dialogue a more complex assessment. Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much about the ways in which history gets written by the winners. In his book he shows that different religions since the time of Christianity, but what is missing is fundament I admit I am an admirer to Bart D.

This book often plays a “what if” game. This really outlines at a high-level how ‘consensus’ was ultimately won and consolidated into what we know today as the New Testament.